Roscoe Simons (Earth-616) from Captain America Vol 1 181 (cover).jpg
Real Name
Roscoe Simons[1]
Current Alias
Captain America
Affiliation
Junior partner to Falcon
Base of Operations
Status
Living Status
Identity
Citizenship
Occupation
Mechanic
Education
High school dropout
Characteristics[6]
Gender
Origin
Origin
Human, a dedicated Captain America fan who was able to get his hero to accept him as his successor when Rogers became disillusioned with the USA government and gave up the role of Captain America.
Reality
Place of Birth
Creators and Appearances

History

Roscoe Simons actively assumed the role of Captain America after Steve Rogers had abandoned the Captain America identity and became Nomad. Rogers' two replacements Bob Russo and "Scar" Turpin had attempted to become Rogers' official successors but both quit immediately after minor disruptions in their initial attempts to be Cap where Russo could not climb a wall and Turpin was defeated in his first battle preferring to fight with a tire iron. Neither Russo or Turpin received Rogers' indestructible shield.[2]

Roscoe was a Cap fan who got to live his ultimately fantasy when the very public Russo failed to continue. After proving himself capable in battle, he was able to gather the support of Rogers as the new Cap and was given the shield.[3]

The Falcon decided to begin training Roscoe though was still hoping Roscoe would decide to retire on his own fearing the worst could happen to him. Wilson's fears were well founded as Roscoe was killed by the Red Skull who was engaged in a money laundering scheme (breaking into banks and steal real money and replacing it with counterfeit bills) and was opposed by the Roscoe and the Falcon.[4]

Roscoe's death

The Skull killed Roscoe when he found out that the Captain America opposing him was Roscoe and not Rogers. In a graphic bit of scenery, particularly for a comic from this era, Roscoe was crucified and tortured by the Red Skull as a message to Rogers that any other person in the costume would also suffer the same fate if the Red Skull encountered any of these "fake" Captain Americas.[5]

Roscoe's sacrifice inspired Steve Rogers to abandon the Nomad identity and re-claim the mantle of Captain America despite Rogers' anger and disillusionment with the government.[5]

Powers and Abilities

Power Grid[7]
Intelligence2
Strength2
Speed2
Durability2
Energy Projection1
Fighting Skills3

Powers

None

Physical Strength

Roscoe possessed the strength of a man his age who engages in intense regular exercise.

Weaknesses

Roscoe possessed all the weaknesses of an unenhanced human male.

Paraphernalia

Weapons

Captain America's Shield

Notes

  • Roscoe Simons spoke with a pronounced Brooklyn accent.

Trivia

  • Roscoe along with Sam Wilson are the only people Rogers has personally accepted as his successors in the role of Captain America.

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

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