- Real Name: Steven Rogers (legally changed from William Burnside)
- AKA: Captain America, Captain America of the 1950’s, Steve, Prof. Rogers, Grand Director, “Captain Un-America” (by Barnes only), The Flag
- Family: –
- Base of Operation: Mobile
- Identity: Secret Identity
- Citizenship: American
- Martial Status: Single
- Occupation: Director of the Comics; Adventurer; former Soldier; former US Government agent; former criminal (under mind control)
- Education: Ph.D, American History
- Gender: Male
- Height: 6′ 2″ (1.88 m)
- Weight: 220 lbs (99.79 kg)
- Eyes: Blue
- Hair: Blond
- Unusual Feature: Burns over large portions of chest and arms
- Origin: Human Mutate. Enhanced by an imperfect variant of the Super-Soldier Serum
- Universe: Marvel Prime Universe (Earth-616)
Delusional Captain America to White Supremacist. Introduced in Captain America #153 (1972) (though retroactively in Young Men #24 (1953)) by Steve Englehart and Sal Buscema as a way to explain why Cap was still active after WWII when he was frozen in ice, William Burnside idolized Captain America and wanted to become him. So much so, that when he learnt of Rogers, and later Nasland and Mace’s death, he would undergo surgery to take on the appearance of Steve Rogers. He would discover the super-soldier formula and would force the US Government to make him the new Captain America during the time the US was involved in the Korean War. He would also gain a sidekick in the form of Jack Monroe (the former Nomad). After the war, he would become a schoolteacher and took on an extreme patriotic view against Communism, dubbed Commie Smasher. However, his mind began to snap, and he became extremely paranoid. The US Government had no choice but to capture them when Burnside and Monroe attacked government buildings and place them in cryostasis.
After Steve Roger’s return, the pair would be revived and would attack Rogers and Falcon, believing them to be fake. They were captured again and placed in cryostasis but fell into the custody of Dr. Faustus, who used his skills to brainwash Burnside into becoming the Grand Director of the neo-Nazi National Force. He was believed killed by Faustus but survived with severe burns and kept in a catatonic state. He was revived and brainwashed by Faustus under the order of Red Skull, to take the role of Cap after Roger’s assassination. He would be sent to kill Bucky, who had taken up the mantle of Cap, with Faustus using the death of Monroe as motivation for Burnside. He would escape and try to adapt to the modern world. Feeling that the US wasn’t like it was when he grew up, he joined the Watchdogs and would force Barnes to fight him in his old Bucky costume. Bucky had no choice but to shot him, faking the former Cap’s death and insure he got the help he needed.
We haven’t gotten a true version of Burnside but considering that he share the same appearance of Rogers, in and out of the costume, the Classic version of Captain America can be used as this.
Captain America of the 50’s
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- Burnside was obsessed with Steve Roger, so much so he had surgery to make him appear just like Rogers. He forced the government to make him the new Captain America, which in his deranged mind, he would believe was Rogers himself. As such he would wear the classic version many times.
- Why do you need it for your collection?
- You will more than likely use this figure as Rogers but if you can also use it as Burnside as well, especially for his Commie Smasher period.
- Does it need a remake?
Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of them being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not facts. Please let me know if I have missed anything.
Alternates: Captain America s
Universe: Prime Universe (Earth-616)