Name: William Nasland
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal
Other Aliases: Captain America (II)
Place of Birth:
Place of Death: Boston, Massachusetts
Marital Status: Presumed single
Known Relatives: None
Affiliation: (as Spirit of 76) Crusaders, (as Captain America II) Invaders,
All Winners Squad
Bale of Operations: Philadelphia, also mobile
First Appearance: (as Spirit of '76) INVADERS #14, (First modern appearance
as Captain America II) WHAT IF #4
Final Appearance: WHAT IF #4
History: The Spirit of '76 first came to prominence during the early
1940s as a costumed adventurer who fought Nazi espionage in the United States.
Presumably he adopted his patriotic costume and name in imitation of the original
The Spirit of '76 left America in 1942 and took up residence
in Great Britain to serve as a member of the Crusaders, a British
team of superhumanly powerful champions who intended to battle
Nazis. The Spirit of '76 was the sole American member of the team
and the only one who lacked superhuman abilities. The Crusaders
had been recruited and organized by a man known as Alfie, whom
they believed to be a representative of the British government
or military. In fact, however, "Alfie" was an agent
of Germany who had organized the Crusaders in order to discredit
the Invaders, another team of superhuman champions opposing the
Nazis, and in order to further a plot to assassinate King George
VI of Great Britain at the christening of a new British battleship.
"Alfie" convinced the Crusaders that the Invaders were
actually Nazi agents, and the two groups clashed at the christening.
However, the Invaders exposed and thwarted the assassination plot,
and the Crusaders realized they had been duped. The Crusaders
broke up as a team, but the Spirit of '76 apparently continued
his career as an adventurer.
In 1945, shortly before the end of World War II in Europe, Steve
Rogers, who was the original Captain
America, and his partner Bucky Barnes both disappeared. Harry
S. Truman, the new president of the United States, selected the
Spirit of '76 to assume the identity of Captain America and chose
a boy named Fred Davis to be the new Bucky. As members of the
Invaders, Captain America II and Bucky II battled the Japanese
in the Pacific theater of operations during the remainder of World
War II. After the war ended, Captain America II and Bucky II served
as members of the All-Winners Squad, the postwar successor to
In 1946 the All-Winners Squad learned that Adam II, a malevolent
android creation of Prof. Phineas T. Horton, intended to substitute
a robot double for a Boston congressional candidate. Captain America
II and Bucky II found Adam II and learned that the candidate Adam
II intended to replace was John E Kennedy. The two adventurers
battled Adam II and other robots. Bucky II was knocked unconscious,
and Captain America II went to Boston's Old North Church to summon
the other members of the All-Winners Squad. One of Adam II's superhumanly
strong robots caught Captain America II and crushed him in its
grip, mortally injuring him. But the dying hero used a flare device
to render the robot inactive, simultaneously providing the signal
that summoned the other All-Winners to Kennedy's rescue.
Another costumed adventurer, the Patriot,
found Captain America II just before the latter died. Inspired
by the second Captain America's noble sacrifice, the Patriot donned
a spare Captain America costume he found in the nearby flagship
of the Sub-Mariner, another member of the All-Winners Squad. Thus
the Patriot became the third man to take the identity of Captain
America. He and other All-Winners Squad members, who had seen
Captain America's signal, prevented Adam II from killing Kennedy.
Height: 6 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 215 lbs.
Strength Level: The Spirit of '76 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: The Spirit of '76 was a brilliant all-round
athlete and a superb hand-to-hand combatant.
Weapons: As Captain America II, the Spirit of '76 carried
a shield resembling the one carried by the original Captain America.
However, the shield used by Captain America II was made of ordinary
steel and hence was not virtually indestructible like the original
Captain America's shield.
Paraphernalia: In his original costumed identity the
Spirit of '76 wore a cloak that was made of an unknown material
and that was both bulletproof and flameproof.