Real Name: Timothy Aloysius Cadwallader Dugan
Occupation: Former circus strongman, former soldier, now agent
Identity: Publicly known
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Other Aliases: None
Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts
Marital Status: Widower
Known Relatives: Mrs. Dugan (wife, deceased), mother-in-law (name
unrevealed, presumably now deceased), Sean, Mary (grandchildren), unnamed grandchild
Group Affiliation: Former member of the "Howling Commandos"
(First Strike Force), leader of the Deadly Dozen; now Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Base of Operations: New York City and S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, also
Glen Cove, Long Island, New York
First Appearance: SGT FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS #1
History: In the late 1930’s the young Timothy Cadwallader
"Dum Dum" Dugan worked as a strongman with a traveling circus. It
was during this time that Dugan encountered the adventurer Dominic Fortune.
In early 1941 Dugan was traveling with the circus through Europe.
In the Netherlands Dugan first met Nick
Fury, the man who would become his closest friend, who was
then a performer in a stunt flying act and parachute instructor.
Fury was assisting the American military officer Samuel
Sawyer on a secret mission to rescue a British agent before
he was captured by the German forces that had invaded the Netherlands.
Dugan agreed to help Fury and Sawyer, and together they succeeded
in getting the scientist to England safely.
Inspired by this mission, Dugan decided to leave the circus and enlist in the
British armed forces to help fight the forces of Nazi Germany. (At this point
the United States had not yet entered World War II; Sawyer himself was working
with the British at this time.)
After the Japanese attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Japan,
in December 1941, the United States officially entered World War II. Dugan and
Sawyer were both transferred to the United States Army's Rangers (soldiers fighting
on commando missions). Sawyer's company of Rangers, including Dugan, battled
German forces throughout Europe and in North Africa.
After Sawyer was forced to retire from combat duty due to injury, he and G-2
(army intelligence) together organized the First Strike Force, the special squad
of rangers that came to be known as the Howling Commandos. Sawyer, who had become
a colonel, arranged for both Fury, who had become a sergeant in the United States
Army, and Dugan, who was now a corporal, to be assigned to this team. The Howling
Commandos became legendary for their long string of remarkable victories over
the Axis forces during the war. Dugan acted as Fury's second in command, and
led the Howling Commandos on those occasions that Fury was unavailable.
For a short time during the war Dugan led his own ranger team, known as the
Deadly Dozen, but he was soon transferred back to the Howling Commandos.
Like the rest of the Howling Commandos, Dugan reenlisted in the army when the
United States entered the war in Korea in 1950. The army reunited the Howling
Commandos, with Dugan again serving as Fury's second in command.
The Howlers reunited once again in the late 1960s to go on a special mission
in Vietnam for the United States government. Dugan was no longer a member of
the army at this time, and he, like the other civilian Howlers, went on the
mission on a volunteer basis.
Presumably it was Nick Fury who brought Dugan and another former
Howler, Gabriel Jones, into the international law enforcement
agency, S.H.I.E.L.D., shortly after
he became its public director. Dugan became one of Fury's top
agents, assisting him in the battles against HYDRA,
AIM, and the robot duplicate
of the Yellow Claw.
When the gigantic mutant dinosaur known as Godzilla invaded the United States,
it was Dugan who commanded the large special S.H.I.E.L.D. task force that was organized
to hunt down and destroy the creature. This hunt, which lasted for months and
included several battles with the monster, ended when Godzilla swam off into
the Atlantic Ocean.
In recent years Dum Dum Dugan suffered a major heart attack, and as a result
finally retired from combat activity for S.H.I.E.L.D., although he remained active
within the organization.
Dugan was one of the handful of leading S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who were not killed and
replaced by one of the artificially created human beings called the Deltites.
Even after the Deltite infiltrators had Fury himself branded as a traitor to
the organization, Dugan himself remained loyal to his old friend. Ultimately,
the Deltite takeover was exposed and defeated by Fury and others. Fury subsequently
persuaded the United Nations to disband S.H.I.E.L.D.
Dugan was among the few agents who accompanied Fury in his travels around the
world to close down S.H.I.E.L.D. offices, discharge their remaining personnel, and
destroy its more dangerous technology.
Dugan subsequently retired to spend the remainder of his life with his wife
and grand children. However, after Mrs. Dugan was murdered by the Death's-Head
Commandos (formerly part of HYDRA), Dugan joined the new, more efficient S.H.I.E.L.D.
organization which Fury organized to replace its predecessor.
Height: 6 ft.
Weight: 260 lbs.
Strength Level: Dum Dum Dugan currently possesses the normal
human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in moderate
regular exercise. In his prime Dugan possessed the normal human strength of
a man of his age, height, and build who engaged in intensive regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: None
Other Abilities: Dum Dum Dugan was a superb hand-to-hand combatant,
skilled in both boxing and wrestling. He is an excellent marksman with a rifle.
He has considerable expertise and experience in commando tactics.
Limitations: Dum Dum Dugan's physical prowess and stamina,
although still remarkable for a man of his age, have been lessened as a result
of the heart attack he suffered in recent years.