Summary of Character
Margaret ("Peggy") Carter is the daughter of Harrison and Amanda Carter, two wealthy Virginians, and the aunt of Sharon Carter, who would grow up to become the espionage operative Agent 13. Carter was idealistically dedicated to ending Nazi oppression and therefore joined the French Resistance while she was still a teenager. She proved to be a valiant and highly capable agent with the Resistance and served on several Resistance operations alongside the hero Captain America. Carter and Captain America fell in love with each other, but had to part when Captain America went on to other assignments. Carter was captured by the Gestapo and was being held captive in Paris when it was liberated by the Allies. However, a shell exploded near her during the battle that freed the city, and the shock gave her amnesia. Hence, she and Captain America did not meet again during the war. Moreover, Captain America only knew her by her code-name and not her true identity.
Carter was found and identified by Resistance colleagues and sent home to her parents in Virginia. There, she began to recover from her amnesia, but was suffering from mental and emotional distress, and kept calling for Captain America. But when the Daily Bugle newspaper reported the rumor that Captain America had apparently been killed just before the end of the war in Europe, Carter withdrew from the world, refusing to speak, dressing in mourning, and requiring hospitalization. Believing that any additional shock, even a happy one, might make her incurably insane, her doctors did not tell her about the later "reappearance" of Captain America (who was succeeded three times before he was revived from suspended animation which supposed his death). Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Dick Ayers, Peggy first appeared in the Marvel Comics title Tales of Suspense (1st series) #77 (March 1966).
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