Commission on Superhuman Activities is a specially appointed
task force that operates under the direct command of the
President of the United States and that has been charged
with the task of supervising America's so-called "superhuman
resources," or, in other words, American citizens
possessing superhuman powers.
The full scope of the Commission's powers has yet to
be revealed. It is not yet known to what lengths the Commission
will go to locate Americans with superhuman abilities
and to supervise their activities. The Commission's task
was made easier by the recently passed Mutant Powers Registration
Act, which requires that all mutants with superhuman abilities
register themselves as such with the federal government.
It has been made clear that the Commission will take
action against any superhumans whom its members regard
as threats to national security After the government ended
its direct ties with the Avengers, the Commission sought
to form a team of superhumans who would operate under
their own direction to cope with threats posed by other
superhumans. Commission member Dr. Valerie Cooper founded
the team that the Commission wanted when Mystique, leader
of the second Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, offered her
group's services to the government. Dr. Cooper now supervises
the activities of the Brotherhood, now renamed Freedom
Force, for the Commission, and has had other superhumans
inducted into the team.
The Commission summoned Steven Rogers, alias Captain
America, to appear before it and pointed out to him that
his costume, his shield and even the very name and concept
of Captain America were created by the federal government;
hence, the Commission claimed, they were all federal property.
Moreover, the Commission asserted that Rogers had never
been officially discharged from the United States Army.
Hence, the Commission demanded that Rogers stop acting
as a free agent in the role of Captain America and that
he instead operate solely under the direction of the federal
government. Unwilling to agree to the Commission's terms,
Rogers abandoned the role of Captain America. On behalf
of the Commission, Dr. Cooper offered the role to John
Walker, alias the Super-Patriot, who accepted it.
Douglas Rockwell, the chairman of the Commission was
secretly in league with the subversive Red Skull. After
the Skull murdered Rockwell, Dr. Valerie Cooper succeeded
him as chairperson and reinstated Rogers as Captain America.
The current commission membership includes Orville Sanderson,
George Mathers, General Haywerth, Henry Peter Gyrich (a
Special Assistant to the National Security Council), Dr.
Valerie Cooper, Adrian Sammish, and Avengers liaison Raymond
Sikorsky, Martin Farrow and Wesley Warner.
First Appearance: CAPTAIN AMERICA #331