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Carter, Sharon

Real Name: Sharon Carter
Occupation: Special Field Officer of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Identity: Publicly known
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Other Aliases: Agent 13, Irma Kruhl
Place of Birth: Richmond, Virginia
Place of Death: New York City
Known Relatives: Margaret ("Peggy," sister), Harrison (father), Amanda (mother)
Group Affiliation: S.H.I.E.L.D.
Base of Operations: S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters, New York City
First Appearance: TALES OF SUSPENSE #75
Final Appearance: CAPTAIN AMERICA #237

History: Sharon Carter was the daughter of Harrison and Amanda Carter, two wealthy Virginians, and the younger sister of Margaret "Peggy" Carter, a heroic freedom fighter during World War II. Peggy Carter was idealistically dedicated to ending Nazi oppression and therefore joined the French Resistance while she was still a teenager. She proved to be a valiant and highly capable agent with the Resistance and served on several Resistance operations alongside Captain America. Carter and Captain America fell in love with each other, but had to part when Captain America went on to other assignments. Carter was captured by the Gestapo and was being held captive in Paris when the Allies liberated it. However, a shell exploded near her during the battle that freed the city, and the shock gave her amnesia. Hence, she and Captain America did not meet again during the war. Moreover, Captain America knew only her code name, not her true identity.

Carter was found, identified by Resistance colleagues, and sent home to her parents in Virginia. There she began to recover from her amnesia, but was suffering from mental and emotional distress, and kept calling for Captain America. But then the Daily Bugle reported the rumor that Captain America had apparently been killed just before the end of the war in Europe. Carter's doctors told her that she would never see Captain America again, and the shock of this news caused her to become highly withdrawn, refusing to speak and dressing in mourning. Believing that any additional shock, even a happy one, might make her incurably insane, her doctor did not tell her about the later "reappearances" of Captain America. (Actually, three other men took on the role of Captain America before the original Captain America, who had gone into suspended animation, finally revived many years later.)

Peggy Carter told her younger sister Sharon many stories about Captain America as Sharon grew up. Inspired by these tales of heroism, and by her sister's own exploits during World War II. Sharon Carter decided to become an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., the international espionage and law enforcement agency. On her first major assignment, Sharon Carter, code-named Agent 13, was chosen to pick up a cylinder containing the powerful explosive called Inferno 42 from a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who had stolen it from THEM, the governing body of the subversive organization HYDRA. By coincidence, Captain America, in his secret identity of Steve Rogers, saw Carter on her way to receive the cylinder, and was struck by her close resemblance to her sister Peggy. However, Rogers had no idea who Sharon Carter was.

Soon afterwards, the costumed mercenary Georges Batroc, who had been hired by THEM to recover the cylinder, attacked Sharon Carter. As Captain America, Rogers came to her assistance, and while he and Batroc battled each other, Carter made off with the cylinder, unaware that its casing had been damaged, activating the explosive within. Learning from Batroc that she was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Captain America went in pursuit of her, and succeeded in saving her life and preventing THEM from making use of the explosive.

Captain America and Sharon Carter, whom he now knew only as Agent 13, met again during a later encounter with Batroc. Still later, Carter infiltrated the subversive organization AIM, but was taken captive when she was revealed to be a double agent. Captain America went to rescue her, and they escaped AIM's submarine headquarters together. By this time Carter and Captain America were deeply in love with each other. They worked together again when she impersonated the spy Irma Kruhl in order to infiltrate the organization of a man impersonating the late Baron Heinrich Zemo. Soon afterwards, following their defeat of the Red Skull's "Fourth Sleeper" robot. Carter was finally allowed by S.H.I.E.L.D. to reveal her true identity to Captain America.

Sharon Carter became both Captain America's lover and his ally on many suquent missions. She was also one of the principal members of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s so-called Femme Force, an all-women squad of commandos. Captain America eventually learned that Carter's sister Peggy was the woman he had loved during World War II. After being reunited with Captain America, Peggy made a complete recovery, although she did not renew her romantic relationship with him, and joined S.H.I.E.L.D. herself.

In what proved to be he final mission, Sharon Carter was assigned to be S.H.I.E.L.D. liaison to the New York City police department while both organizations investigated the subversive group called the National Force, which was secretly controlled by the criminal psychologist known as Doctor Faustus. Carter fell under the influence of Faustus's mind-influencing gas during a National Force rally in Central Park, causing her to loose her free will and become irrationally violent. Carter was abducted by the National Force's Grand Director, who was actually the fourth Captain America, and made to join the National Force in marching on New York City's Harlem area to burn it down. Carter, still under the gas's influence control was made to wear a National Force uniform containing a means of self-incineration in the event of capture. When the Nation Guard arrived to intervene in a battle the National Force and Harlem area criminals, the mesmerized Carter, in accordance with the order given by Faustus, activated the self-destruct device in her costume and was incinerated. Later, the original Captain America, horrified, witnessed her demise on a videotape of the battle in Harlem.

Height: 5 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 135 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde

Strength Level: Sharon Carter possessed the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise.

Known Superhuman Powers: None

Abilities: Sharon Carter was a superb hand-to-hand combatant, a skilled all-around athlete, and an excellent marksman. She was a leading espionage agent, adept at undercover assignments.

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