Saturday, June 14, 2014

Today in Comics History: Underwhelming superhero with world's stupidest birthmark is born


Panels from the Flag's origin story in Our Flag Comics #2 (October 1941), pencils by Harry Anderson

Then, twenty-one years later...


WHOA THAT'S QUITE A JUMP CUT


Man, Lincoln there looks like he's about to hand down the death sentence, doesn't he? Luckily, Flag McFlagg not his real name knows what to do with this amazing new superpower: financially benefit himself! Oh, wait, no, fight crime.


Thus began the popular criminal custom of burning the American flag.

6 comments:

JonJ said...

"But you can't have the power of not ageing in 21 years -- we've already given that to your Dad."

"George, is this even Constitutional?"

"Shut up, Abe!"

Wriphe said...

"No one must know that you are Jim Courtney, son of the old Flag Maker."

Maybe "The Flag" isn't the best way to keep that secret. Even Lois Lane might be able to put those 2 and 2 together.

SallyP said...

I have a birthmark too. But somehow the "blotch" doesn't have that same ring to it.

Blam said...

I'm not sure I'd go to a guy who picked you up as a giant toddler and thought you were born that day for advice, Jim.

Dave said...

That beginning needed one transition to make it complete: http://www.progressiveruin.com/images/thenkorea.jpg

DC Sheehan said...

I admire the subtlety here.