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.