Stars & Stripes Forever


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The Flag was one of Ace Periodicals’ more obscure heroes, which is saying something when you consider that Magno, Lash Lightning and The Raven weren’t exactly household names.

(Doctor Nemesis, the crime-fighting surgeon, did find a second life decades later at Marvel however … )

The Flag only appeared in five adventures, didn’t have much of a secret identity (the poor guy wasn’t even given a last name) and was clearly the tossed-off product of uncredited writers and artists looking to cash in on the success of Captain America and The Shield.

Yet, I still have some affection for the character because of the crazy back-story and admittedly nifty costume design. Plus, his debut appearance in Our Flag Comics #2 boasted a striking cover by a young artist named Jim Mooney.

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From Our Flag Comics #2 (Ace, October 1941), here’s “Meet The Flag.” The artist and writer are not credited.

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