Art by Carlo Pagulayan.
|First appearance||Strange Tales #144 (May 1966)|
|Created by||Stan Lee (writer)
Jack Kirby (artist)
|Notable aliases||Agent 22|
Jasper Sitwell appears as an agent of the fictional espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D., beginning in the feature "Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D." in Marvel Comics' Strange Tales #144 (cover-dated May 1966) and continuing into the subsequent Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. comic-book series in 1968. He became the S.H.I.E.L.D. liaison to defense industry contractor Tony Stark beginning in the "Iron Man" feature in Tales of Suspense #93 (Sept. 1967), and continuing into that subsequent series as well. He was seldom featured from the early 1970s until the 1988 miniseries Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D., and then again in the 1996-1997 series Iron Man vol. 2. Sitwell afterward appeared in a three-issue arc of the superhero-team series The Avengers in 2000, and in Punisher War Journal #1 (Jan. 2007).
Fictional character biography
Jasper Sitwell graduated at the top of his class at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, with particularly high marks in airborne jump school and underwater maneuvers. When first introduced to S.H.I.E.L.D. Executive Director Nick Fury, the new agent's eager-beaver attitude meets initially with mock (and occasionally real) frustration from Fury and second-in-command Dum Dum Dugan, but Sitwell soon proves himself and earns his fellow agents' respect — albeit tinged with occasional humor aimed at his youthfulness and idealistic naïveté. Mentored by Fury himself and occasionally appointed interim director when Fury is on solo missions in the field, Sitwell later is assigned to Stark Industries as liaison between S.H.I.E.L.D. and that defense-industry contractor, which designs and manufactures much of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s ordnance and equipment. There he confronts costumed assassins and terrorists such as Grey Gargoyle, Spymaster (who shoots him and puts Sitwell in a coma for a time), and A.I.M., and even romances Whitney Frost, a one-time Stark paramour. Sitwell is eventually reassigned back to S.H.I.E.L.D.,[volume & issue needed] but continues to play a role in the affairs of Tony Stark from time to time. When Obadiah Stane takes over what was by then named Stark International, Fury sends Sitwell on an ultimately failed attempt to retrieve the Iron Man armors.
Sitwell, like most of the S.H.I.E.L.D. leadership at the time, is seemingly killed by a self-aware, renegade "Deltan" variety of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s artificial human "Life Model Decoys", and replaced by one such LMD, which was then installed as Executive Director. The real Sitwell later turns up alive after having been brainwashed by a faction of the terrorist organization HYDRA, placed in suspended animation, released as part of a plot against Fury, and eventually deprogrammed. He has since become S.H.I.E.L.D.'s top interrogator, often paired with fellow agent Jimmy Woo. He has also worked closely with G. W. Bridge, mainly in an attempt to neutralize the threat of the Punisher.
Sitwell was one of the many S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who refused to join Norman Osborn's H.A.M.M.E.R. organization in the wake of the Skrull Secret Invasion. He would join with Dum Dum Dugan to form a mercenary paramilitary group that would engage H.A.M.M.E.R., HYDRA and its associate "Leviathan" program, alongside Nick Fury's Secret Warriors. One of these many skirmishes sees Jasper lose his friends Eric Koenig and Gabriel Jones.
During one of the Winter Soldier's missions, a brainwashed Black Widow is brought into custody at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters. She had been influenced by old Russian brainwashing technology so it seemed she had broken free of one brainwashing attempt and had returned to her old self. This was actually a ruse by rogue Russian elements in order to strike at Nick Fury. Black Widow tried to kill Nick Fury but Sitwell got on the trajectory of the shot and was killed instead of Fury. His sacrifice gave Fury the opportunity to save himself.
He returned as a zombie through unknown ways and was held in Area 13 by a S.H.I.E.L.D. division called S.T.A.K.E. Sitwell joined the Life Model Decoy of Dum Dum Dugan and Agent Martin Reyna to fight Teen Abomination. After the defeat of Teen Abomination, Jasper was brought back to his cell. On the way back to his cell, he crossed Dugan and recognized him.
Powers and abilities
Jasper Sitwell has S.H.I.E.L.D. training where he was trained in espionage, firearms, and hand-to-hand combat.
In other media
- Jasper Sitwell appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, voiced by Tom Kane.
- Jasper Sitwell appears in three episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) titled "The Hub", "Yes Men", and "End of the Beginning", and is portrayed by Maximiliano Hernández (who reprises his role from Marvel films). His appearance in the latter episode takes place immediately before Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Jasper Sitwell appears in several films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, portrayed by Maximiliano Hernández. He debuted in the 2011 Marvel Studios film Thor, and went on to appear in the Marvel One-Shots short films The Consultant and Item 47, as well as the 2012 film The Avengers. In the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he is revealed to be a Hydra sleeper agent, is captured and reveals Hydra's plan to Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff and Sam Wilson. He is quickly betrayed by his fellow Hydra, and thrown out of a car by a brainwashed Winter Soldier.
- Jasper Sitwell's zombie form appears in Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell, voiced by Mike Vaughn.
- Jasper Sitwell appears as a supporting character in Marvel: Avengers Alliance, specifically in its Marvel XP section.
- Jasper Sitwell appears in Lego Marvel's Avengers, voiced by Keith Silverstein.
- Winter Soldier #9-10 (2012). Marvel Comics.
- Tales of Suspense #95. Marvel Comics.
- Iron Man Vol.1 #33. Marvel Comics.
- Iron Man Vol. 1 #104. Marvel Comics.
- Iron Man Vol.1 #174. Marvel Comics.
- Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. (1988)
- Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD Vol.2 #45. Marvel Comics.
- Secret War: From the Files of Nick Fury
- Punisher War Journal #1 (Jan 2007). Marvel Comics.
- Secret Warriors #17 (2010). Marvel Comics.
- Secret Warriors #19 (August 2010). Marvel Comics.
- Winter Soldier #1. Marvel Comics.
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 3 #9
- Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
- Old Man Logan Vol. 2 #14-15
- Ultimate Fallout #5. Marvel Comics.
- "Declassifying Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Hub". Marvel.com. October 24, 2013. Archived from the original on October 24, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
- "(#115) "Yes Men"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
- "(#116) "End of the Beginning"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
- Patten, Dominic (March 21, 2013). "Movie Castings: Seth Rogen Scores 'The Interview', 'Endless Love' Remake Gets Leads & 'Winter Soldier' Sees An Agent Return". Deadline.com. Archived from the original on March 21, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
- Wickline, Dan (October 7, 2016). "Where Monsters Dwell - Hulk Gets New Animated Feature With Dr Strange And The Howling Commandos". Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News. Retrieved October 24, 2016.