Dum Dum Dugan (Origin) – Comic Basics

Origin of Dum Dum Dugan

Origin of Dum Dum Dugan

Real Name: Timothy Aloysius Cadwallader Dugan

First Appearance: Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #1 (May, 1963)

Powers: Highly skilled marksman. He is also proficient in Judo and has strength beyond that of a normal man. Because he is a trained marksman, he is skilled with explosives. Further to all of these, Dugan is also a great leader and excellent tactician. 

Affiliation: S.H.I.E.L.D., Howling Commandos, U.S. Army, British Army, Flying Commandos, Godzilla Squad, S.T.A.K.E.

Did You Know? Neil McDonough, the actor who played Dum Dum Dugan in the MCU, has also voiced DC’s Green Arrow, Deadshot, and Damien Darhk

A Little History

The origin of Dum Dum Dugan is pretty straightforward. 

Dum Dum Dugan was created by comic book legends, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. He first appeared inside the pages of Sargent Fury and His Howling Commandos # 1 back in 1963. While he has appeared in various forms of media and been a member of numerous organizations, he is most often associated with the Howling Commandos. 

Timothy “Dum Dum Dugan” hails from Boston, Massachusetts. During the Second World War, Dugan sought out employment from a local circus. Seeing his considerable size, the circus hired him as their resident strongman. While working for the circus, Dum Dum Dugan gave aid to Sam “Happy” Sawyer and Nick Fury, both of whom had been trying to escape from a group of Nazi’s. 

The encounter inspired Dugan and shortly after his inspiration, joined the British Army. After a short stint with the British Army, Dugan was enlisted by the newly formed Howling Commandos. Now a member of the Howling Commandos, Dugan transferred to the United States Army and became Nick Fury’s Second in Command. 

As the Korean War began, Dugan left the Commandos and U.S. Army. This, of course, didn’t last as eventually, he rejoined the Howling Commandos and the U.S. Army. Rather than rejoining as just another reserve, however, he rejoined as Second Lieutenant under First Lieutenant, Nick Fury. This First and Second Lieutenant pairing went on to last through many wars, the Vietnam War included.

At the conclusion of his Wartime affairs, Dugan followed Nick Fury to both the C.I.A. and S.H.I.E.L.D. … a place he’s remained since. 

And that’s it. The origin of Dum Dum Dugan.

Title Image © Marvel

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