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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 would be 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 would be sent to cover the signing of a food treaty between the United States and Britain. However, during the press conference, there would be a Nazi air raid, and in the commotion the treaty papers were stolen by spies. Jerry would follow 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 Ministers 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 would catch the spies off guard and knock them all out, taking control of the plane and returning the stolen papers to the government. The incident would make Hunter a national hero and a scourge to the Nazi regime[1].

His personal curiosity on his next assignment would also mark him as a hero. Seeking to get an interview with reclusive munitions manufacturer Lord Wotonby, Hunter would sneak 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 would blow up the tank, saving London and once more being hailed as a hero, earning a medal of bravery[2]. Hunter would next expose 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, Reginalds brother who also stood to gain the family fortune if his brother were incarcerated[3]. Later while investigating a series of cases of illness, Hunter would track it's source to the country, where Nazi agents were crop dusting vegetables with poisons. Hunter would kill the Nazi agents with their own poison before reporting the story to the Affiliated Press[4].

Hunter would next be 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 would save the life of a scientist who was outspoken against Hitler's regime and send the spies attempting to kill him falling down the Swiss Alps to their deaths[5]. When Reginald Whitney returned from Moscow with information on Nazi Germany that would be a boon to the war effort, Jerry would be the only member of the press given a pass for an exclusive interview. Hunter would be blindsided by rival reporter Will Jenks, who turned out to be Nazi Gestapo agent Wilhelm von Logor. Hunter would foil Logor's attempt to assassinate Whitney and get the interview he was assigned to take[6].

Public sentiment would 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 would seek out an even greater story. He would soon discover that the Nazi's were attempting to eliminate the people of Britain with a slow acting poison gas. Rushing to the presses, Hunter had emergency fliers printed and would personally see 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 it's propeller. Checking the wreckage of the crash he would find the body of Guy Stafford, who was in reality a Nazi spy. Hunters quick thinking in this emergency would exonerate him in the eyes of the public and he was once more considered a hero[7].

In his last recorded appearance, Hunter would prevent German agent Herr Horner from kidnapping Lord Danvers, Britain's largest publisher who published a vast amount of anti-Nazi material[8].

Hunters subsequent activities during the remainder of the war are unrecorded.

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.

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