So Sayeth the Odinson: The Odinson Celebrates America’s Birthday with a Look at Patriotic Heroes

Greetings from the Odinson,

In honor of the 4th of July the Odinson would once again like to share a list of his favorite Patriotic Super Heroes.

Spirit of ’76 – This patriotic hero was a member of the World War II super-team known as The Crusaders (a group of heroes loosely based on DC’s Freedom Fighters).  The Crusaders fought along side the Captain America led Invaders and helped defeat the Nazis.  After the war, the Spirit was recruited by the President of the United States to take the place of the then MIA Steve Rogers as the new Captain America.  Not long after, he was killed saving the lives of the super-hero team known as the All-Winners Squad.
Must Read Stories:   Invaders (1975-1979 Marvel 1st Series) #14-15 and What If (1977-1984 1st Series) #4.

Minuteman – Frank Stiles was a scientist who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II.  He soon found out that one of his co-workers was a Russian spy, but he could never prove it.  Years later, dishonored, disgruntled and old, Stiles stumbles upon a meeting between his treacherous former co-worker and another Russian spy.  Frank is shot and left for dead.  With his last ounce of strength, he reaches for the glowing Statue of the Concord Minute Man.  Suddenly Frank Stiles is invigorated with youth and strength he never dreamed of.  The statue had in fact been doused in Energy X, an alien substance that grants ordinary people extraordinary powers.  Now known as the patriotic Minuteman and armed with his invincible staff, Vigilance, Frank Stiles fights a neverending battle against the forces of evil alongside the members of Freedom Force, the staunch defenders of Patriot City.  Must Read Stories:  Freedom Force #1-6.

Miss America – After an electrical accident Madeline Joyce was granted the ability to fly and her physical attributes were bolstered.  Alongside the super fast Whizzer and now calling herself Miss America, Madeline joined the Allies and fought beside the Invaders, Crusaders, and Liberty Legion to stop the Nazis in their tracks.  Even after the war Miss America continued to serve her country as a member of the All-Winners Squad and even worked with her husband as an out of costume agent for the government.  Must Read Stories:  Giant-Size Avengers #1, Miss America Comics, and Marvel Premiere #29-30.

Uncle Sam – He is the embodiment of the American Spirit.  On a world where the second World War never ends, Uncle Sam is the greatest champion for justice.  His super-human abilities fluctuate with the tide of American patriotism.  When it is strong, Sam is as powerful as Superman.  When it ebbs, Sam is vulnerable to defeat.  His immortal courage has kept him at the forefront of the fight against evil for generations.  Must Read Stories:  Freedom Fighters #1-15, Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters, and Uncles Sam and the Freedom Fighters: Brave New World

The Shield – The Shield is one of the very first patriotic super-heroes (he debuted over a year before the 1st appearance of Captain America).  The Shield has had a long distinguished history.  First, Joe Higgins perfected a formula his father was working on, a formula that endowed him with super-human strength and nigh-invulnerability.  Though Higgins’ career came to an end when he was turned to stone by the diabolical Eraser, his legacy lived on through his son, Bill.  Bill would go on to become a powerful force for justice and a founding member of the super-hero strike force known as the Mighty Crusaders.  Now, in the pages of New Crusaders, Shield mentors the next generation of super heroes and forges them into an invincible force of justice.  Must Read Stories:  Mighty Crusaders #1-7, Shield: The Mission Begins, and Mighty Crusaders: Origin of a Super-Team.

Superman – He’s the champion of truth, justice, and the American way.  That says it all.  Arguably the greatest super-hero in the history of the medium, Superman has been fighting the good fight for over seven decades.  He’s the first, the bravest, and noblest of them all.  He is the bench mark by which all other heroes are measured, and he has never wavered in his love for his adoptive country, even when he is charged with taking down a troublesome vigilante who is making a ruckus over in Gotham City.  Must Read Stories:  The Man of Steel, Peace on Earth, All-Star Superman, Brainiac, The Dark Knight Returns, and Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?

Captain America – He is the Sentinel of Liberty.  Hands down, he is the greatest patriotic super-hero of them all.  Steve Rogers was a frail man who wanted to serve his country.  After undergoing a top secret experiment Rogers was endowed with super-human perfection.  He’s faster, stronger, and more durable than any normal man alive.  But these are not the things that make him great.  Rogers’ unshakable belief in the American Dream makes him an inspiration to his contemporaries and a feared adversary to those who would attack this dream.  With courage unparalleled, a keen tactical mind, and his remarkable unbreakable shield, Captain America stands as the example of what all other heroes should aspire to be.  Must Read Stories:  Marvel Masterworks: Captain America HC Vol. 1-6, To Serve and Protect, Operation: Rebirth, The New Deal, and The Winter Soldier.

This is Odinson bidding thee farewell

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About Odinson

I am a lifelong comics fan and pop culture enthusiast. Comic books, novels, games, television, movies, I love it all. From fantasy to science fiction, drama to comedy, as long as the writing and execution are interesting, I love it, and I want to talk about it.

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