Name: Steve Rogers
Occupation: crimefighter, (former) freelance artist
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal
Other Aliases: Nomad, the Captain
Place of Birth: New York City
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Joseph (father, deceased), Sara (mother,
Group Affiliation: Former member of the Invaders, former
partner to Bucky, the Falcon, and Nomad, current member of the
Base of Operations: New York City
First Appearance: CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1 (1941)
History: Steve Rogers was born during the
Depression and grew up a frail youth in a poor family.
His father died when he was a child, his mother when he
was in his late teens. Horrified by newsreel footage of
the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to try to enlist
in the Army. However, because of his frailty and sickness,
he was rejected. Overhearing the boy's earnest plea to
be accepted, General Chester Phillips of the U.S. Army
offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special
experiment called Operation: Rebirth. Rogers agreed and
was taken to a secret laboratory in Washington, D.C. where
he was introduced to Dr. Abrahan Erskine (code named:
Prof. Reinstein), the creator to the Super-Soldier formula.
After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered
the Super-Soldier serum. Given part of the compound intravenously
and another part orally, Rogers was then bombarded by
"vita-rays," a special combination of exotic
(in 1941) wavelengths of radiation designed to accelerate
and stabilize the serum's effect on his body. Steve Rogers
emerged from the vita-ray chamber with a body as perfect
as a body can be and still be human. A Nazi spy who observed
the experiment murdered Dr. Erskine mere minutes after
its conclusion. Erskine died without fully committing
the Super-Soldier formula to paper, leaving Steve Rogers
the Sole beneficiary of his genius.
Roger was then put through an intensive physical
and tactical training program,teaching him gymnastics,
hand-to-hand combat and military strategy. Three months
later, he was given his first assignment, to stop the
Nazi agent called the Red Skull. To help him become a
symbolic counterpart to the Red Skull, Rogers was given
the red, white, and blue costume of Captain America.
During the war, he served as both a symbol of
freedom and America's most effective special operative.
Then, during the final days of the war, he was trying
to stop a bomb-loaded drone-plane launched by Nazi technician
Baron Heinrich Zemo when the plane exploded, killing his
partner Bucky; and throwing him unhurt into icy Arctic
waters. The Super-Soldier formula prevented crystallization
of Captain America's bodily fluid, allowing him to enter
a state of suspended animation. Decades later, he was
rescued by the newly-formed Avengers and became a cornerstone
of the team. His might undiminished. Captain America remains
a symbol of liberty and justice.
Height: 6 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 240 lbs.
Strength Level: Captain America represents
the pinnacle of human physical perfection. While not superhuman,
he is as strong as a human being can be. He can lift (press)
a maximum of 800 pounds with supreme effort.
Known Superhuman Powers: Captain
America has agility, strength, speed, endurance, and reaction
time superior to any Olympic athlete who ever competed.
The Super-Soldier formula that he has metabolized has
enhanced all of his bodily functions to the peak of human
efficiency. Notably, his body eliminates the excessive
build-up of fatigue-producing poisons in his muscles,
granting him phenomenal endurance.
Captain America has mastered the martial art of
American-style boxing and judo, and has combined these
disciplines with his own unique hand-to-hand style of
combat. He engages in a daily regimen of rigorous exercise
(including aerobics, weight lifting, gymnastics, and simulated
combat) to keep himself in peek condition. Captain America
is one of the finest human combatants Earth has ever known.
Limitations: Captain America is subject
to all human vulnerabilities, although his immunity to
diseases is extraordinary.
Weapons: Captain America's only weapon
is his shield, a concave disk 2.5 feet in diameter, weighing
12 pounds. It is made of a unique Vibranium-Adimantium
alloy that has never been duplicated. The Shield was cast
by American metallurgist Dr. Myron MacLain, who was contracted
by the U.S. government to create an impenetrable substance
to use for tanks during World War II. During his experiments,
MacLain combined Vibranium with an Adamantium-steel alloy
he was working with and created the disc-shaped shield.
MacLain was never able to duplicate the process due to
his inability identify a still unknown factor that played
a role in it. The shield was awarded to Captain America
by the government several months after the beginning of
The shield has great aerodynamic properties:
it is able to slice through the air with minimal wind resistance
and deflection of path. Its great overall resilience, combined
with its natural concentric stiffness, enables it to rebound
from objects with minimal loss of angular momentum. It is
virtually indestructible: it is resistant to penetration,
temperature extremes, and the entire electromagnetic spectrum
of radiation. The only way it can be damaged in any way
is by tampering with its molecular bonding.
Played by Matt
Salinger in Captain