A neighborhood friend of a young pre-Captain America Steve Rogers. Arnie Roth normally took up for the scrawny Steve Rogers when he was bullied by neighborhood Brooklyn toughs.[citation needed]

Arnie served with distinction in World War II as a sailor. He did run into Steve Rogers at this time and marveled that he had undergone such a physical transformation (courtesy of the Super-Soldier Serum that made him Captain America).[citation needed]

After the war, Arnie met Steve again, telling him that he had guessed that he was, in fact, the costumed icon, Captain America. Captain America helped Arnie rescue his boyfriend Michael from kidnappers. Michael was killed by Vermin. Arnie later assisted Captain America and his computer hotline for some time.[citation needed]

He eventually died of cancer.[citation needed]

  • Arnie Roth was one of the first openly gay characters of the Marvel Universe.

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