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The Watchdogs are a paramilitary organization
based in the southeastern United States, dedicated to
eradicating those elements they feel would corrupt the
nation by imposing their brand of morality upon the American
public. They use vandalism, arson, flogging, lynching
and other acts of torture upon institutions and people
whose behavior they do not desire. They have occasionally
resorted to murder.
The Watchdogs believe themselves to be the
arbiters of the public good and consider their cause a
crusade for decency and righteousness. They publicly denounce
anything they believe to be immoral, such as pornography,
abortion, sex education, and the teaching of evolution.
There are over one thousand members of the
Watchdogs nationwide. The head of the organization is
simply called Watchdog One. Each realm (state) is ruled
by a Head Dog and a Pack Leader heads each pack (local
unit). Individual members refer to each other as Dog-Brother.
When a new member joins, he or she is asked to swear the
following oath: "I solemnly vow to walk the virtuous
path, to safeguard society from the forces that would
corrupt it, and to destroy the enemies of decency, of
morality, and of the values upon which our country was
When the Watchdogs burned an adult book
store and killed its proprietor, the Federal Bureau of
Investigation contacted the Commission
on Superhuman Activities to infiltrate the organization.
The Commission sent John
Walker, who had assumed the role as the new Captain
America when the original Captain
America temporarily resigned, and his partner, Lemar
Hoskins, then called Bucky, on the mission. Walker
proudly accepted his first official mission as the new
Captain America, even though it meant returning to his
home town of Custer's Grove, Georgia. Hoskins portrayed
an agent looking for local women to appear in a pornographic
magazine. Walker barged in and staged a fight with him,
landing them both in prison. A former friend of Walker's,
named Harold, released him by paying 200 dollars for bail.
Harold explained that he was a member of
the Watchdogs and that they were interested in initiating
Walker. During the initiation ceremony, the Head Dog sent
Walker and sixteen Dog-Brothers to burn a library which
refused to remove certain books they deemed unfit for
reading. Meanwhile, the Head Dog was supposed to lynch
Hoskins. Walker managed to slip away and change into his
Captain America guise. He defeated the sixteen Watchdogs
and thwarted their plan to torch the library. Hoskins's
augmented neck muscles allowed him to stand up to the
stress of strangulation long enough to snap his handcuffs
and tear himself down. He then defeated the Head Dog.
The new Captain America and his partner
then proceeded to bring down thirteen more Watchdogs attempting
to fire-bomb the Kleppel Health Clinic in Harristown,
Alabama for distributing birth-control information to
When the new Captain America's identity
was revealed on national television by Left-Winger and
Right-Winger, the Watchdogs kidnapped Walker's parents
and forced him to surrender to them. He capitulated to
them but as they were about to lynch him, Walker used
his own augmented neck muscles to break free as Hoskins
had done. Since he had been forced to relinquish his shield
to the Watchdogs, however, the group opened fire on Walker's
parents, murdering them. Walker went berserk, killing
nine of the Watchdogs and leaving sixteen severely wounded.
Since that incident it has been learned
that the Watchdogs were at least partially funded by the
Nazi known as the Red
Skull. The organization is still very active despite
its reduction in numbers caused by Walker as Captain America.