Jerry Hunter was an American newspaper reporter who worked for the Associated Press who was active during the 1940's. With the outbreak of World War II, he was dispatched to cover the conflict in Britain as a foreign correspondent. Initially, he started off having trouble getting scoops over other reporters, but during the height of the conflict during the early 1940's, Hunter grew to become a well known figure in the public, often being part of the news that he covered, earning him the nickname "Headline Hunter".
In his first recorded adventure, Hunter was hard pressed to find a scoop and was sent to cover the signing of a food treaty between the United States and Britain. However, during the press conference, there was a Nazi air raid, and in the commotion, the treaty papers were stolen by spies. Jerry followed after them, learning that one of the spies was American Mr. Cools. Captured and strapped to a bomb, Hunter was to be dropped on the Prime Minister's residence at 10 Downing Street. However, Hunter grabbed the landing gear for dear life and was carried back to Germany. There, Hunter cut himself loose of the bomb, causing it to land on a German munitions factory. Climbing back into the cockpit of the plane, he caught the spies off guard and knocked them all out, taking control of the plane and returning the stolen papers to the government. The incident made Hunter a national hero and a scourge to the Nazi regime.
His personal curiosity on his next assignment also marked him as a hero. Seeking to get an interview with reclusive munitions manufacturer Lord Wotonby, Hunter snuck into the factory and learn that Wotonby was really a Nazi sympathizer who was building a massive tank to attack London. Using an airplane, Hunter blew up the tank, saving London and once more being hailed as a hero, earning a medal of bravery. Hunter next exposed a Nazi plot that saw the murder of an American actor in Britain and frame it on a British citizen named Reginald in order to sour relations between the US and the UK. Hunter exposed the leader as a man named Perry, Reginald's brother who also stood to gain the family fortune if his brother were incarcerated. Later, while investigating a series of cases of illness, Hunter tracked its source to the country, where Nazi agents were crop dusting vegetables with poisons. Hunter killed the Nazi agents with their own poison before reporting the story to the Affiliated Press.
Hunter next was sent on assignment to Switzerland to investigate a series deaths involving German scientists who had fled the country after the outbreak of the war. There, he saved the life of a scientist who was outspoken against Hitler's regime and sent the spies attempting to kill him falling down the Swiss Alps to their deaths. When Reginald Whitney returned from Moscow with information on Nazi Germany that would be a boon to the war effort, Jerry was the only member of the press given a pass for an exclusive interview. Hunter was blindsided by rival reporter Will Jenks, who turned out to be Nazi Gestapo agent Wilhelm von Logor. Hunter foiled Logor's attempt to assassinate Whitney and got the interview he was assigned to take.
Public sentiment soon be turned against Hunter thanks to Guy Stanford the editor of the Tattler newspaper, who accused Hunter of giving valuable information to the Nazis following the sinking of a British fleet that Hunter had previously reported about. In order to repair his damaged reputation to the people of London, Hunter sought out an even greater story. He soon discovered that the Nazis were attempting to eliminate the people of Britain with a slow acting poison gas. Rushing to the presses, Hunter had emergency fliers printed and personally saw them air dropped all over the UK, instructing people how to prepare a serum to protect themselves against the poison. Hunter was almost stopped by a Nazi plane, which Hunter caused to crash by wrecking its propeller. Checking the wreckage of the crash, he found the body of Guy Stafford, who was in reality a Nazi spy. Hunter's quick thinking in this emergency exonerated him in the eyes of the public, and he was once more considered a hero.
Hunters subsequent activities during the remainder of the war are unrecorded.
Powers and Abilities
Jerry Hunter is a professional reporter and a skilled fighter.
Not counting the villain he created for the text story "Captain America Foils The Traitor's Revenge!" in Issue 3, Jerry Hunter holds the distinction of being the first character that Stan Lee helped to create for a comic book.