Name: unnamed general
Other Names: General
Number of Appearances: 1
Teams/Affiliations: U.S. Army
Note: on govt. committee that covered up facts of alien visitor
In Captain America Annual #3 (1976), Captain America faced off against a powerful parasitic alien known as "The Captive" and also encountered agents from a powerful warship who were sent to re-capture the Captive. On the very last page of this story (page 35), Captain America met with a "top-level security committee." The committee consisted of a general whose name was not identified, John (a government official wearing a pin-stripe suit, and light-gray-haired bespectacled man wearing a solid-color conservative suit with a striped necktie.
The general wore a full military dress uniform. Numerous badges on his chest indicated that he had an accomplished career. The general was mostly bald, but had some graying hair at his temples.
At the end of the meeting with the committee, Captain America said: "I can offer no further facts, gentlemen..."
The light-gray-haired committee member said: "That's been the problem... there are no facts! We therefore call this inquiry to a close!"
The general said: "Sorry, Cap. This space-opera of yours sounds mighty exciting--but we've found no physical evidence to support its validity!"
John, smoking his pipe thoughtfully, continued: "Dents in the soil -- charred vegetation -- it's the kind of thing we encounter in the average U.F.O. story... Sorry about Hendricks... the circumstances of his deaths seem highly unusual, but nothing beyond our knowledge... I must leave... I have an appointment at three."
The general said to John: "I'll join you in a moment, John."
John and the light-gray-haired committee member left the room. The general continued to talk to Captain America for a few moments, further explaining why the government did not want to spread information about alien life to the general public, lest it cause a panic.
Captain America said: "That's it, then-- you're closing the book on this incident."
With John and the light-gray-haired committee member out of earshot, the general confided in Captain America: "Officially, there's been no incident, Cap... Only your prestige has earned you this hearing. You got it... and now, it's over."
Captain America said: "I... see..."
The General said: "Do you--? Aliens are easy for you to understand. You've fought Kree and Skrull alike, consorted with a living... god... But what does the average man know-- or care-- or Galactus, or the Watcher... or any of the myriad nightmares we've discovered these past few years? And if the average man did know... Good Lord, man, just imagine the panic... the terror... We downplay UFO's because we have to, Cap... to preserve mankind's collective sanity... But who knows maybe someday we'll be able to meet these aliens on their level. Someday, but not today..."
The general walked away, as Captain America said: "Let's hope so, General."