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Quote1 You lily-livered, chicken-scratchin', pickle-pickin', pink-eyed son of a bob-tailed hyena-- YA DENTED MY EVER-LOVIN' FEDORA!!! I don't mind a guy takin' a pot shot or two at a fella-- but ya went too far this time!! Quote2
-- "Dum-Dum" Dugan src

Early Life

Timothy Aloysius Cadwallader "Dum-Dum" Dugan was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He was born into a poor family of Irish immigrants. To make money worked as a circus strongman. He was on tour in England on the lead up to World War II. [2]

World War II

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Howling Commandos

During World War II, In early 1941 Dugan was traveling with the circus through Europe. In the Netherlands Dugan first met Nick Fury, the man who would become his closest friend, who was then a performer in a stunt flying act and parachute instructor. Dugan helped Fury and Sam Sawyer escape the Nazis during a mission. Dugan later joined the British Army.

Howling Commandos

When Sawyer was charged with creating Fury's First Attack Squad, also known as the Howling Commandos, Sawyer invited Dugan to become second in command. After training, the unit was dispatched back behind enemy lines in France to recover Free French resistance fighter who was captured by Nazi soldiers. This was a vital rescue mission since they knew the date and time of an impending Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy. With the help of Free French resistance fighters they rescued the man from the Nazis before he could be forced to talk.[2] His exceptional strength saved the day in several of his adventures with the group. During his time with the Howlers Dugan became skilled on all Allied small weapons and gained experience in all forms of hand to hand combat, especially Judo. With his trademark derby, Dum Dum frequently struck fear into the Nazi and Japanese enemies in mission after mission. The Howling Commandos were so feared by the Third Reich that a counter squad of elite fighters, the Blitzkrieg Squad was formed, and among their number, bar room brawler Siegfried, whose story of defeating six men with his bare hands made it to the ears of Von Strucker, was chosen to stand against Dum Dum Dugan.

After seeing combat in a French coastal town, Fury was called back to base where he was informed that the Nazis were getting ahead in the race to develop an atomic bomb. Posing as sailors the Howling Commandos managed to smuggle their way into Germany to seek out the laboratory in the town of Heinemund where the atomic weapons were being developed. Initially Dugan was captured by the Nazi's and the rest of the Howling commandos attempted to free him but they realized the only way they could get near the lab was to allow themselves to be captured and placed into a nearby concentration camp. Breaking free, Fury and his Commandos attacked the Germany laboratory, sabotaging the scientists works there. After they fled the exposed rods of nuclear material reached critical mass and destroyed the lab in a massive nuclear explosion. It is possible that this set back is what caused Nazi leader Adolf Hitler to call off any further development of atomic weapons. [3]

Among the foes Dum Dum squared off against was Colonel Klaue, stepping in for Fury on a one-on-one match with the iron-handed officer. Following this incident, Dugan was brought up on court martial charges, but Fury soon revealed that it was a plot by the Agent of a 1,000 Faces. Perhaps one of his most daring moments was his face off against the Sea Shark, during which he lead a group of prisoners to take over the German ship. Foreshadowing his future experiences in S.H.I.E.L.D., Dugan also faced a number of supernatural and super-human menaces during the war, including Baron Blood.

Dugan had many opportunities to take command of the Howlers himself. On one occasion, trapped behind enemy lines during Allied bombings of a German town Dum Dum took command and lead a demoralized team back across heavily fortified enemy territory with a wounded Fury in tow.

Deadly Dozen

His experience with the Howlers lead to Dugan to being assigned to train the similar task force known as the "Deadly Dozen" by Sawyer. Promoted to sergeant, Dugan along with fellow Howlers Pinkerton and Maneli trained and fought alongside the Dozen on their first missions. Dugan was reassigned to the Howlers just prior to the Battle of the Bulge where he fought alongside not only his Howler teammates, but also the Deadly Dozen with their new commander and Captain America and Bucky[4].

Korean War

Like the rest of the Howling Commandos, Dugan re-enlisted in the army when the United States entered the war in Korea in 1950's. The army reunited the Howling Commandos, with Dugan again serving as Fury's second in command.

Avengers (1950's)

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Avengers 1950's

In 1959 Dugan joined Nick Fury in assembling a group of superhumans who would be under presidential order to undertake missions too dangerous for ordinary operatives. Dugan accompanied Fury in looking for the people required to compose these so-called Avengers, first travelling to Madripoor to seek out Victor Creed. When a belligerent Creed began threatening Fury, however, Dugan shot him in the head. Assuming Creed to be dead, Dugan turned to leave when Fury informed him of the mutant's healing factor. Creed then got up and agreed to join Fury's team. Dugan and Fury then travelled to Paris where they recruited Dominic Fortune, the Emerald Coast in Florida where both Namora and Kraven the Hunter agreed to join and Boston where they recruited Ulysses Bloodstone and the Silver Sable.[5] For some reason, Dugan did not join the group on their mission to Helsingborg, Sweden, where they were tasked with stopping a Red Skull impersonator from finishing a chemical compound which turned out to be a mixture of the Nazi version of the Super-Soldier Serum and the Infinity Formula.[6] The group succeeded in capturing the Red Skull, though Sabretooth beheaded him before he could reveal any information and they recovering the sample formula.[7]

Dugan was also not present at the team's dinner at the Stork Club back in New York City where Fury congratulated them on a job well done.[8] Instead, he was acting as General Hill's bodyguard on Fury's orders and helped to save the general from a perceived Nazi boobytrap, which was set up in actuality by the organization ICON.[9] After the Avengers managed to end ICON's threat, Dugan was sent with Eric Koenig to Latveria by the U.S. State Department to rescue Prince T'Chaka of Wakanda who was being held prisoner there by ICON's forces.[10]

Great Wheel

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The Great Wheel

In 1961, Dugan, along with other intelligence agents John Garrett, Thomas Davidson, Vasili Dassaiev, Cornelius van Lunt, Baron Strucker, Shoji Soma, Nick Fury, Jake Fury, Daniel Whitehall and Viktor Uvarov, were called by Leonardo Da Vinci alias Aries to form the Great Wheel of Zodiac. Each member was assigned a codename from the Zodiac Calendar, Dugan being Libra. The group consisted of the best covert intelligence agents from around the globe. After only a few key missions for Da Vinci, he would provide them resources that would be of great value to their own separate agendas. The mission was a success, and Vasili began conspiring with with Viktor. Together, they betrayed the Great Wheel and stole the technology their missions had acquired. [11]


The broken Great Wheel led to the creations of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra, Leviathan and the Zodiac Cartel. Due to their long history together Nick Fury invited Dugan to join S.H.I.E.L.D.[11]


In August of 1966, a year after the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fury and Dugan found themselves in a top secret mission to stop Otto Vermis from destroying Fort Knox. What was supposed to be a typical mission took a turn for the worse when Dugan was reached by a ricocheted bullet, dying a few moments later.

Nick was deeply affected by the loss of his best friend, and decided to put into work some extremely advanced Life-Model Decoys which had been retrofitted with alien tech to supersede Dugan. Only Nick knew of the real Dugan's death, the LMD and others that would replace it would believe he maintained his youth and vigor by using the Infinity Formula.[12] The A.I. modeled after Dugan would be kept in a secret central unit, and it would be beamed to a spare LMD each time one was destroyed.[13]


  • Marksman: During his time with the Howlers Dugan became skilled on all Allied small weapons. He is skilled in the use of most firearms
  • Judo: He gained experience in all forms of hand to hand combat, especially Judo.

Strength level

  • Dum Dum Dugan currently possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise. In his prime Dugan possessed the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engaged in intensive regular exercise. He used his strength to become a circus strongman.


  • Dugan's physical prowess and stamina, although still remarkable for a man of his age, have been lessened as a result of the heart attack he suffered in recent years.


Dugan has access to a wide variety of equipment and weaponry designed by S.H.I.E.L.D. technicians. He wears a S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform made of 9-ply Kevlar


Helicarrier, various other air, land, and sea craft provided by S.H.I.E.L.D.


Dugan has access to the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. highly advanced arsenal of weaponry.

  • Dugan is now officially referred to as "Commander" Dugan [14]

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