Ed Brubaker. On the name “Winter Soldier”. As researched by Glen Tickle in his article “Learn the History of the Term “Winter Soldier” and Why Ed Brubaker Used the Name in Captain America“:
“I came up with the name in 2004, when I was pitching for [Captain America]. I liked the sound of it for a Russian assassin from the cold war, and also liked its connections to Thomas Paine, my personal favorite founding father.”
You have to hit the link to read the full article and the full quote. It’s a great piece of discovery by Mr. Tickle, especially with today’s release of the second Captain America movie. Enjoy.