Today is Independence Day in the United States, a day that tends to be celebrated by relaxing, perhaps enjoying your beverage of choice with those you love, and, of course: Fireworks! Here at Major Spoilers, we love comics, and we know you do, too, and thus, our fireworks might be a bit different from what you might expect… Welcome to Ten (Or More) Things!

The origin of the modern superhero myth dates back to the late 1930s, a time of world war, and it’s no coincidence that a major upswing in popularity of comic books coincided with America’s entry into the war, and beginning in 1941 with the first patriotic hero (stay tuned for that story), the red-white-and-blue two-fisted hero has become a staple of the comic book industry…

Thus, Whooshman-Bicarbonate Films, in conjunction with ‘An Amateur Comics Historian’, and ‘The Mysterious Dr. Reinstein’, Presents:

TEN TWENTY-FIVE STAR-SPANGLED PATRIOTIC HEROES!

25) SKYROCKET

Skyrocket

Her electromagnetic Argo Harness allows her to make her own fireworks as a member of The Power Company…

 

24) MISTER U.S.

Mister U.S.

An archetypical hero, whose cyborg enhancements included titanium arches to repair his flat feet…

Yes, really!

 

23) THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO

Ralph Hinkley

Ralph Hinkley (aka Ralph Hanley) gained his powered uniform from aliens, but accidentally lost the operating instructions.  Wackiness ensued…

 

22) U.S. BILL

US Bill

The strongman of The Specials may fall short in intellect, but he makes up for it in heart and sheer guts…

 

21) THE EAGLE (AND BUDDY)

Eagle I

A minor Golden Age hero from Fox Feature Comics, his striped cape was the height of fashion circa 1940!

 

20) CAPTAIN FLAG

Captain Flag

You might have thought I was kidding, but Archie Comics’ Captain Flag followed suit (and striped cape) soon after…

 

19) THE ALL-AMERICAN (AND SLUGGER)

All-American & Slugger

Astro City’s sporting avenger and his kid sidekick operated in the forties, at the height of the patriotic hero craze…

 

18) MAJOR VICTORY

Major Victory I

As with all the Harry “A” Chesler heroes, Major Victory wasn’t around for long, but his adventures featured some wonderful art…

 

17) LIBERTY GIRL

Liberty Girl

Liberty Girl is part of The Front Line, a team of heroes created to fill in the gaps in the ever-expanding Marvel Universe timeline, as seen in ‘Marvel: The Lost Generation.’

 

16) IRON PATRIOT

Iron Patriot

After focus groups deemed the named ‘War Machine’ unpalatable, Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes changed his look and his name…

 

15) COMMANDER STEEL

Commander Steel

Initially just ‘Steel: The Indestructible Man’, a hybrid of Captain America and the Six-Million-Dollar Man, Hank Heywood received a field promotion and later joined the All-Star Squadron…

 

14) U.S. ANGEL

USAngel

A WWII aviator, he was shot down and became an actual angel, giving him abilities which he used to fight evil…

 

13) BIG CRABB

Crabb

Noted entomologist Bob Crabb was mutated by aliens into a powerful insect/human hybrid, using his powers to defend the world alongside fellow bug-folk Mikros and Saltarella.

 

12) PAT PATRIOT

Pat Patriot

A two-fisted Golden Age hero, Pat didn’t have the staying power of Wonder Woman, but her fashion sense (and her right cross) are impeccable…

 

11) CAPTAIN AMERICA

Captain America (Sam Wilson)

A long-time ally of Captain America, Sam Wilson kept his Falcon wings when he stepped up to take over Steve Rogers red-white-and-blue role…


10) FIGHTING YANK

Fighting-Yank

A minor hero from Better Comics, circa 1941, I love his whole costume, especially that it looks like he’s wearing a souvenir t-shirt…

 

9) FIGHTING AMERICAN

Fighting American

Created by Simon and Kirby after they stopped working on Captain America, his adventures were a more tongue-in-cheek look at nationalistic fervor, years ahead of their time…

 

8) AMERICAN DREAM

American Dream

Sharon Carter’s niece, Shannon, possesses the skill (in both combat AND leadership) to serve as Captain America’s successor in Marvel’s future MC2 universe…

 

7) U.S. AGENT

U.S. Agent

John Walker was chosen by the government to take over as Captain America, but repurposed Steve Rogers’ uniform as ‘The Captain’ when Steve returned to the red-white-and-blues…

 

6) AMERICAN EAGLE

American Eagle

Though his original costume was pretty stereotypical, Jason Strongbow is one of Marvel’s most under-utilized cool heroes…

 

5) AMERICAN MAID

American Maid

The world of The Tick has hundreds of heroes, but only a few who are truly good at their job.  American Maid is the best and most effective of all…

 

4) MINUTE-MAN

Minute-Man

The vast majority of reworked stars-and-stripes flag-inspired uniforms are garish messes, Minute-Man has one of the absolute coolest…

 

3) THE SHIELD

Shield I

The original patriotic hero, predating even Captain America himself, Archie Comics’ Shield has a long (if somewhat erratic) history of heroism…

 

2) CAPTAIN AMERICA

Captain America TV

You kids today don’t know how good you have it with your superhero adaptations, as when I was a kid, Captain America had a Flexible Flyer for a shield and a spandex leotard costume.

 

1) MISS AMERICA

Miss America II

She’s beauty, she’s grace…

She’ll punch you in the face.  That’s pretty much what you need to know…

Feel free to follow along (@MightyKingCobra) for more Ten Things madness on Twitter, including a little something to accompany this list! As with any set of like items, these aren’t meant to be hard and fast or absolutely complete, but for the record, I tried. Either way, the comments section is Below for just such an emergency, but, as always: Please, no wagering!

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The Author

Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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2 Comments

  1. Mauther
    July 6, 2015 at 4:09 pm — Reply

    Came here late to give you grief for missing one. Especially since its Astro City. I’d submit Old Soldier

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