Friday, November 29, 2013

Jim Wilson

Real Name
James Wilson

AIDS clinic manager; former vigilante, drifter, sidekick 


Place of Birth 
Harlem, New York
Known Relatives

Gideon Wilson (Mr. Gideon, father), Mrs. Wilson (mother), Sam Wilson (Falcon, uncle), Sarah Casper (aunt), Jody Casper (cousin) 
Group Affiliation

Formerly Young Watchers, Corporation, US military (special civilian associate) 

High school (unfinished) 

5' 10" 

144 lbs. 




Quick-witted and resourceful, Jim developed some fighting skills while partnered with the Hulk. During his association with the US Army, he also became familiar with assorted military equipment, installations, and procedures. In addition, Jim trained in unarmed combat with the Young Watchers. Jim learned chess from Betty Ross. Being an experienced traveler and frequent hitchhiker, he had extensive knowledge of many American towns and highways. Jim was a charismatic, funny, loyal, and courageous young man who made friends easily. He was also a capable manager and a dedicated social activist.

Other Info
James "Jim" Wilson grew up in Harlem at odds with his father who was a strict Christian minister. As a dreamer, Jim always wanted to travel, perhaps an impulse fueled in part by the demise of their upstairs neighbor "Smiley," and elderly blues musician. When Him was young, Smiley died a lingering, lonely death. Shaken by the incident, Jim prayed he would never die old and helpless like Smiley. As he grew up, Jim sought adventure and escape from his fractious household Jim, which resulted in Jim dropping out of high school at age 15. This sparked an angry argument with his father that nearly ended in violence. After this, Jim left town on a bust headed for Los Angeles. Once there, he soon became a starving street person. However, unwilling to return home, Wilson ended up living in a burned-out tenement building and claimed he was an LA native whose parents had died in a fire, sometimes even convincing himself that his story was true. Desperate, Jim once even snatched a woman's purse; however, he felt so ashamed that ended up leaving it behind without taking any money.

At one point, when the Hulk (Bruce Banner) was on the run, he sought refuge in Jim's tenement. This resulted in Jim and Hulk bonding with each other as kindred spirits and fellow outcasts. This resulted in Jim quickly became one of the Hulk's closest friends, and eventually aiding him against foes such as HYDRA, Xemnu, Rhino, Abomination, Quintronic Man, Stingray, and the Leader.  (To learn about all the above highlighted characters, just click on their names.)

Also, Jim began a recurring association with the US Army, who often called on Wilson because he was one of the few people with any positive influence over the unstable Hulk's actions. Despite his wariness of authority in general and the military in particular, Jim eventually became friendly with General "Thunderbolt" Ross and his daughter Betty. In addition, Wilson soon began a serious long-term romance with Talia Green, though she disapproved of Jim's attempts to help the Hulk. (Click on the highlighted names to learn about the above characters. Note: Beware of the very revealing outfit worn by Betty Ross in her Red She-Hulk form on her bio page.)

At one point, Wilson was briefly drawn into the subversive Corporation organization; however, Jim quickly turned on them and was marked for death. Luckily, the Hulk rescued Jim from their assassin, the Constrictor.  (To learn about the company and/or character above, just click on their highlighted names.)

Later on, Jim participated in Doc Samson's ill-fated attempts to rehabilitate the Hulk, which were sabotaged by Corporation agent Moonstone (Karla Sofen). Afterward, the Hulk helped Captain America, Falcon, and Marvel Man (Wendell Vaughn) deal the Corporation a crushing defeat. In the process, Jim learned that the Falcon was his uncle, Sam Wilson. After this, Jim renewed his ties with some of his Harlem relatives. In addition, Jim joined a community-policing group known as the "Young Watchers," helping Falcon and Spider-Man purge a secret criminal faction within the Young Watchers. (Click the highlighted names above to learn about the characters. Note: Beware of the very form-fitting outfit on Moonstone's bio page.)

At some point, Jim contracted HIV and it eventually developed into AIDS. After learning about this, his girlfriend Talia abandoned him. However, Wilson found a new calling as a manager of a Los Angeles clinic that cared for dying AIDS patients. Unfortunately, at one point, Wilson found out that an  LA mob boss named Paul Lang hired some thugs to kill Jefferson Wolfe--the "longtime companion" of his son, Tyler Lang, who was also HIV-positive. (Lang blamed Wolfe for giving Tyler the disease, and deeply resented the fact that Wolfe still appeared in good health). After learning about what was going to happene, Jim called in Falcon, Rick Jones, and the Hulk for assistance, and they all helped fight off Lang's super-assassin, Speedfreek, from killing Wolfe. Unfortunately, during the attack, Jim was seriously wounded. But, he soon recovered. (To learn about the characters above, just click on their highlighted names. Note: Beware of the low-cut dress worn by one in the background of Rick Jones' bio page.)

More recently, Jim suffered broken ribs when he was attacked by a mob protesting the fact that a court had ordered an HIV-infected boy to be allowed into a public school. The Hulk showed up and broke up the scuffle. He then took the injured Jim to the Mount--the secret headquarters of the Pantheon (a superhero group which the Hulk was a member of at the time). However, Jim's health was far worse than he had previously admitted and he was dying. Wilson remembered that a blood transfusion from the Hulk turned his cousin, Jennifer Walters, into the She-Hulk. Therefore, Wilson asked Bruce to give him a transfusion of his blood, hoping that the Hulk's gamma-irradiated blood would act as a cure to the virus. However, the Hulk refused, fearing that he might transform Jim into another destructive monster. Accepting Bruce's decision, Jim soon died peacefully with the Hulk at his side. (To learn about the above highlighted team, just click on their name. Note: Beware of the revealing/form-fitting outfit worn by the She-Hulk on her bio page.)

Later, Bruce Banner anonymously donated enough money to keep Jim's clinic running for the next decade.

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Jim Wilson makes a brief cameo in the film, The Incredible Hulk, where he is shown in a news interview at Culver University.

1 comment:

  1. Even though he had such a small part, I think it's cool that they chose a guy who looks like the character in the comics - curly hair and all =)