Religion: not determined yet

Name: J.W.

Other Names: Sergeant; Sarge; JW

Classification: supporting character supporting character  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: Captain America (vol. 1) #156 (Dec. 1972): "Two Into One Won't Go!"

Creators: Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema, Frank McLaughlin

Number of Appearances: 1

Ally: Homer
Employer: Miami Police 5th Precinct

Occupation: police

Location: Miami, Florida, USA

Race: white

Gender: male

Note: set up police barriers at Captain America's request

William Burnside, the 1950s Captain America returned, and thought that the real Captain America (Steve Rogers) was a fake. Their confrontation ended up in Miami, where Burnside challenged Rogers to a final duel at the Torch of Friendship. Steve Rogers wanted to keep that appointment and put Burnside down for good. But he did not want people getting hurt, so he went to the Miami Police 5th Precinct to ask for their help.

Cap told the desk sergeant J.W.: "--roping off the Torch should keep everyone safe, Sergeant."

J.W. asked: "Yeah? And if there's a fake Captain America in this city, like you say--- how do I know you're not him?"

Captain America answered: "I see your point, Sergeant. Will you settle for a slightly water-soaked identification card from the Avengers?"

Captain America handed the ID card to the desk sergeant.

A police officer standing next to the sergeant asked, "Lemme look, J.W."

J.W. observed: "Signed by--- the Vision, acting chairman."

Homer (perhaps a bit prejudiced against androids) said: "You better see if androids have legal rights in Florida, J.W."

J.W. didn't like what Homer had to say. He retorted: "Homer, I'm the sergeant in this precinct. Get your tail over to Bayfront Park and block the Torch off. And if you see that other Captain America, you leave him be, hear?"

Homer headed out to do as ordered, saying: "Right way, Sarge."

But although outwardly compliant, Homer wasn't pleased. He thought to himself: "Just you wait till I take the detective exam, you old--"

J.W. and Homer are seen later in this issue. J.W. talks to Captain America (Steve Rogers) before going into the barricaded Torch park area to confront Burnside. J.W. tells Captain America: "He's in there, all right, C.A. My boys got here after he did, but we've caught glimpses of him among the palms from time to time."

Captain America replies: "Thanks, Sarge. Now just make sure everybody keeps back-- --because this could be the toughest battle of my life!"

J.W. (who is apparently somewhat familiar with Cap's history) says: "Are you kidding, C.A.? You've fought everything from the Red Skull to space monsters!"

After the battle, the Miami police (including, presumably, J.W. and Homer) are seen again.

There is even a cutaway shot to J.W. during the battle between Captain America (Steve Rogers) and William Burnside. J.W., observing the battle, says: "Cripes! He's got Cap off-balance, and that jagged shield's right in his face! My orders said not to interfere, but..."

J.W. appears on pages 8, 13-14, 17, and 19-20.

This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
Captain America (vol. 1) #156 (Dec. 1972): "Two Into One Won't Go!"