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Dum Dum Dugan (full name Timothy Aloysius Cadwallader Dugan) is a fictional character who appears in publications from Marvel Comics. He is an officer of SHIELD and is one of the most experienced members of Nick Fury's team, known for his marksmanship with rifles and for his impressive physique. He is likely most recognized for his trademark derby hat.

Publication history

Dum Dum Dugan first appeared in Sgt Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 (May 1963), and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Dum Dum Dugan received an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89 #2.

Character biography

Dugan was born in Boston, Massachusetts. During World War II, while working as a circus strongman, Dugan helps Nick Fury and Sam "Happy" Sawyer escape the Nazis during a mission recounted in issue 34. Dugan later joins the British Army, and when Sawyer is charged with creating Fury's First Attack Squad, also known as the Howling Commandos, Sawyer invites Dugan to become second in command. His exceptional strength saves the day in several of his adventures in the Sgt. Fury comic books. Later on in life he is placed in charge of internal security on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.

Dum Dum Dugan is placed in charge of a SHIELD Unit coined The Godzilla Squad, charged with the task of tracking and stopping the radioactive kaiju. Godzilla: King of the Monsters 1977 Marvel Comics. Over the twenty-four issue series, Dugan goes from loathing the creature's destructive tendencies to accepting the beast's existence after Godzilla saves him on numerous occasions. Dugan later recalls a long list of his greatest nightmares, one of which includes Godzilla.

Power Struggles

In Marvel Graphic Novel #18: She-Hulk, Dugan ran SHIELD during one of Nick Fury's absences. His authority is usurped by the craven, sex-obsessed agent Roger Dooley. She-Hulk and her boyfriend Wyatt Wingfoot are illegally captured. Dugan protests Dooley's forcible strip-search of She-Hulk in public but is over-ruled. His authority is regained when Dooley is killed in action.

Dugan and the entirety of S.H.I.E.L.D. later deal with another mutiny from within. A Life Model Decoy had replaced many of the organization's top brass, with the rare exception, Dugan included. It is believed all those replaced had been killed. Some time after the threat is cleared, the replaced officers are found alive.

Dum Dum calls on Squirrel Girl to help him take down various supervillains.

With Nick Fury's absence at the S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, Dugan is placed second-in-command to Maria Hill. Dugan is put in charge of mutant affairs, and deals with Wolverine. Dugan apparently knows a dire secret to Logan's past.

Civil War

In Marvel's Civil War crossover, Dugan, along with several other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, is sent to capture his fugitive friend Captain America. The entire group is defeated. He expresses regret to fellow agent Sharon Carter for trying to capture his friend. He also states his concerns about losing faith in S.H.I.E.L.D due to the war and the way the organization is run under Director Maria Hill.

After the events of Civil War and as Tony Stark takes over as director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Dugan turns in his letter of resignation, stating that he does not approve of the changes Stark has made, or of the way he runs the organization. Dugan's resignation is not accepted however, as he is too vital to S.H.I.E.L.D. Despite Dugan's disapproval of Stark's leadership, Stark still trusts Dugan and Dugan alone with the command of a weapon that could send an abandoned Manhattan into the Negative Zone, destroying the island and anyone inside during World War Hulk, citing that Hulk and the Warbound are too dangerous a global threat to leave Manhattan free. Stark trusts that Dugan will know the appropriate time to execute the plan, if at all. Dugan never used the weapon.

Dum-Dum Dugan is stabbed through the chest by Wolverine's son, Daken, but Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Queseda recently confirmed he was not killed in the attack.

Secret Invasion

It was later revealed that, shortly after the death of Captain America, Dugan was ambushed and stabbed by a Skrull impersonating Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine, who then took his place. What happened to the real Dugan afterward remains unknown. Secret Invasion Prologue The Dugan impostor destroys the Peak, S.W.O.R.D.'s Orbital base, in a suicide strike that allows the Skrull armada to invade Earth.<ref>Secret Invasion #1

Other versions

Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan in The Transformers from Marvel Comics.
Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan in The Transformers from Marvel Comics.


In Marvel 1602, the commander of Sir Nicholas Fury's soldiers is named Dougan. In 1602: New World, he is the defender of the Roanoke colony.

Earth X

Dugan appears, on the other side of the afterlife, in the climatic battle against Mephisto's forces in Earth X Volume 1, issue 'X'. Along with multiple modern superheros, Dugan fights with many of his old 'Howling Commandos' comrades.

The Transformers

Dum Dum Dugan and Nick Fury show up in the episode "Prisoner of War!" from Marvel Comics The Transformers as guest characters along with Peter Parker and Joe Robertson.

Ultimate Dum Dum Dugan

Dugan appears in Ultimate X-Men several times, once at the end of the Blockbuster storyline, then again, during New Mutants, and one more time as a hologram at the beginning of the Magnetic North story arc. Here, Dugan is also a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with a mysterious connection to Wolverine, even remembering Logan's real name while Wolverine himself couldn't recall it. Also of note is that this version of Dugan has never been seen with the mainstream version's trademark derby hat. He was involved with Project: Rebirth, the project that made Captain America.

In other media


The character also appeared in the 1990s Iron Man animated series, voiced by W. Morgan Sheppard.


Gary Chalk portrayed Dum Dum Dugan (named "Timothy Dugan") in the 1998 TV movie Nick Fury: Agent of Shield.

Video games

Dugan also appears as a non-playable hero in the video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance voiced by Scott MacDonald. He helps the heroes retake the Omega Base from the Masters of Evil. He has special dialogue with Wolverine when the heroes meet him the first time. He also appears in the Spider-Man disk, in which Spidey protects him from Scorpion and AIM troopers.

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