General Wade Eiling
Wade Eiling as The General
Art by Howard Porter.
|First appearance||Captain Atom #1
|Created by||Cary Bates
|Alter ego||General Wade Eiling|
|Team affiliations||Suicide Squad
|Notable aliases||The General, Shaggy Man|
|Abilities||Superhuman strength, speed and endurance,
Regenerative healing factor, Military expert
General Wade Eiling, sometimes known as The General, is a fictional character published by DC Comics. He first appeared in Captain Atom #1 (March 1987), and was created by Cary Bates and Pat Broderick.
Fictional character biography
Wade Eiling is a military tactician who blackmails the accused Nathaniel Adam into participating in the atomic experiment that turns Nathaniel into the nuclear being Captain Atom, and causes Adam to disappear for 18 years. This is considered a failure by Eiling and Heinrich Megala, the project's main scientist. They would attempt the experiment again, which ends up with the creation of Major Force.
During the 18 years in which Adam is gone, Eiling marries Adam's wife and acts as father to his two children. Eiling also manipulates Captain Atom into serving the military. His first attempts, a chance for Adam to view his children in exchange for retrieving a lost submarine, falls apart in issue #3 of the 1980s Captain Atom series. This embarrasses Eiling in front of his superiors. The same issue details the cover story for Captain Atom that Eiling helps create, one that is, in his words, "a scenario just far-fetched and hokey enough to sound authentic". His continuing conflicts with the title character were a major focus of the 1980s Captain Atom series. Eiling would also form an intensely adversarial relationship with Megala.
General Wade Eiling makes a cameo appearance in SoftWar, the very first story arc of 1993 maxi-series The Hacker Files.
In JLA #24 after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, Eiling sends a military team to salvage the indestructible body of the second Shaggy Man from the Pacific Ocean (it is unclear which Shaggy Man this is supposed to be, as no version was ever last seen at the bottom of the ocean, making this a possible continuity error). Green Lantern and Aquaman attempt to stop the Corps from retrieving the body, but their efforts are thwarted. 
The General returns to his base of operations, Threshold. From there he orchestrates a military assault on the JLA. Answering a call for help in Phoenix, Arizona, the Justice League are attacked by American military forces. Spearheading the offensive is a new superhero team called the Ultramarine Corps. Recruited and genetically enhanced by Eiling's lab team, The Ultramarines already exhibit signs of terminal illness. Meanwhile, Batman, the Huntress and Plastic Man track Eiling to Threshold, where they discover that the general transferred his brain patterns into the indestructible body of the Shaggy Man.
The JLA battle the military and the Corps until JLA #26 (Feb 1999). Eiling's forces consider mutiny as doubts against attacking the League come to a head. Superman, whose super-senses have diagnosed the Ultramarine's disease, persuades the Ultramarine Corps that Eiling has used and betrayed them. The Corps members, who volunteered for service in good faith, switch sides and speed with the JLA toward Threshold. 
Even against the combined might of the JLA and the Ultramarines, the General is unstoppable. Batman notices that Eiling's tactical edge and focus are diminished in his new artificial form. Working together, the team fights the monster onto a bulk-matter teleport platform. Eiling is transported to 433 Eros, a 'rocky needle', six miles in length, at the heart of the Sol system's asteroid belt.
General Eiling has also appeared in issue number 5 of the Justice League Unlimited spin-off comic book.
The Injustice Gang
He stays there for several months until Queen Bee recruits him into Lex Luthor's new Injustice Gang. Eiling battles against the Justice League a second time as part of a coordinated attack, this time utilizing a large-scale machine gun. At least once he declares that the League was wrong to banish him to the asteroid with no trial whatsoever. The battle moves to one of the White Martian warships that is currently inside the Phantom Zone. There, Eiling states his plan to utilize the weapons of mass destruction on Earth itself. Orion's war dog Sturmer participates in a trick against Eiling. The canine tackles the man through a ship's airlock, into the Phantom Zone. This naturally distresses Superman but Orion assures him that Sturmer has willingly made this choice. 
Back as a threat
Having somehow escaped, he has since appeared in the JSA comics fighting Hal Jordan. He is one of the hundreds of villains recruited into the Society.  He is a participant in the Battle of Metropolis, the first step of the Society's war on the heroes. This effort fails. Later, he is recruited into the Suicide Squad, where his regenerative powers are significantly diminished. He betrays the team to their intended target. Rick Flag detonates a bomb implanted in Eiling's head, ending the threat. His head and brain eventually regenerate, but results in some amnesia. Eiling continues to serve as a Squad member through Salvation Run. This is the name for a program that exiles supervillains to a distant, earth-like planet without a trial.
In other media
- A significantly altered version of General Wade Eiling appeared in the Justice League Unlimited voiced by J.K. Simmons and resembling the Marvel character General 'Thunderbolt' Ross. In the episode "Dark Heart," he is a U.S. Air Force General fighting the nanomechanical constructs. After the "Dark Heart" was shut down by the Atom, General Eiling and his soldiers confiscated the device, making ominous comments about the Justice League satellite laser that had been used to hold off the nanomachines. General Eiling was subsequently shown to be a member of Project Cadmus. He even went so far as to send a nuclear warhead just to kill Superman, willing to kill innocent people to do it. Later, he compelled Captain Atom to decide on his loyalty: to the USAF, or to the Justice League. After Cadmus disbanded, Eiling was relegated to a position he described as that of a "pencil-pusher." Unhappy with this situation and still regarding superpowered beings as a threat to humanity, he injected himself with a supersoldier serum, aka "Captain Nazi serum" turning himself into a giant, disfigured super-strong humanoid similar in appearance to his "General" days in the comic books, except having four fingers and toes. Unable to find Superman, his primary target, he instead fights several of the League's non-superpowered members: Green Arrow, Speedy, Shining Knight, Crimson Avenger, Vigilante, Stargirl, and S.T.R.I.P.E. (a homage to the original Seven Soldiers of Victory). He badly beat them before being persuaded to back down by a group of civilians which included characters based on the Newsboy Legion and an unidentified elderly woman (voiced by CCH Pounder, who also voiced Waller). Before leaving, he still stubbornly insisted that he was "right" and told them that he'll be back if the Justice League became a major threat.
- General Wade Eiling appears in the Young Justice episode "Failsafe" voiced by Jeff Bennett. In a mind-training exercise conducted by Martian Manhunter, General Wade Eiling was leading the Army in defending Washington DC from an alien invasion when the entire Justice League was "vanquished."
- General Wade Eiling appears in The Flash, portrayed by Clancy Brown. In the episode "Plastique", he is a two-star U.S. Army general leading a task force that is attempting to capture Bette Sans Souci, an Army EOD specialist who was transformed into a metahuman by the same S.T.A.R. Labs explosion that transformed Barry Allen into the Flash. Eiling fatally shot Souci, causing her body to become unstable and eventually explode. He covered up her death by claiming that the military was performing an underwater explosives experiment. Eiling is also stated to have worked with S.T.A.R. Labs head Harrison Wells five years prior, on a project to develop metahuman mental abilities for use in interrogation; a flashback to that time shows Eiling and Wells arguing over the treatment of a test subject, a gorilla whose cage bears the nametag "Grodd".
- Jimenez, Phil (2008), "General, The", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 135, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017
- JLA #24
- JLA #26
- JLA, Vol. 6: World War III (collects JLA #34-41, 2000, ISBN 1-56389-618-4)
- (Infinite Crisis #3)
- Ng, Philiana (August 8, 2014). "Clancy Brown has joined The CW's "Arrow" spinoff as a powerful comic-book character.". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 8, 2014.