CHAMPION OF LIBERTY²
Created by: Jim Burrows
Art by: Gilbert Monsanto
REAL NAME: Jack O’Neill
KNOWN ALIASES: John Steele, Jr.
OCCUPATION: Thief, FBI Agent (under cover)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Newport News, Virginia
CITIZENSHIP: US citizen, with criminal record
MARITAL STATUS: Divorced
KNOWN RELATIVES: John Steele, Sr. (father), Rose O’Neill (mother)
USUAL BASE OF OPERATIONS: Washington, DC
Jack is the son of John Steele, Sr., the original Champion of Liberty. He was brought up by his single mother, Rose O’Neill, without his father’s knowledge. Young Jack was a high-school drop-out, thief and hacker. Convicted of hacking federal computer systems, Jack was imprisoned at FCI Petersburg. There, he was recruited by the FBI to spy on his fellow inmates. When he was released, he continued working undercover. Eventually, the Bureau revealed to him who his father was, treated him with the Myrmidon super-soldier serum and gave him his father’s uniform and powered gauntlets. He then assumed the identity of the second Champion of Liberty and the name John Steele, Jr.
KNOWN POWERS AND EQUIPMENT
Jack inherited his father’s unique genetic susceptibility to the Myrmidon treatment, and as a result has developed the same enhanced levels of strength, speed, agility and stamina. He is also a gifted hacker and an experienced undercover FBI agent. His equipment includes an armored uniform and powered gauntlets capable of absorbing, storing and delivering major levels of kinetic energy in the form of a kinetic pulse or a hugely amplified punch. His headgear contains a simplified version of the circuitry of a Myrmidon augmentation and control helmet.