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Welcome back to my on-again, off-again series about bizarre patriotically themed superheroes that emerged in the wake of the Shield's debut. We previously covered the super-patriot from the future and a very patriotic ghost entity thing. But nothing, and I do mean nothing is quite as weird as the subject of this post.

Before I posted these scans on the origin scans_daily, almost nobody knew who Yankee Doodle Jones was or just how weird his origin was. But ever since that post, I've seen him mentioned on a number of sites, and those references almost never fail to wonder what the hell were his creators smoking. I admit, it makes me feel oddly... proud.

In any case, the following story originally appeared in Yankee Comics #1. Writer unknown, art by Lou Fine.


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Yankee Doodle Jones went on to appear in all subsequent issues of Yankee Comics (all four of them). Dandy appeared in a three-part text-story crossover where he met Yankee Comics' Yankee Boy and Johnny Rebel. And while their stories were reprinted a few times, they haven't been revived by anyone - at least as of this writing.

And, on an unrelated note - is anyone going to C2E2 this year? Since the convention is happening in my neck of the woods, I will be attending on Saturday. It would be nice to see at least some of the people behind the handles. I meant to ask about this weeks ago, but I kept forgetting...

Tune in next time to see a comic where just about everything is a product placement. I am not exaggerating.

Date: 2011-03-12 07:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
God knows I love Golden Age crack, but where would one even begin to even START analysing this? A genuinely baffling origin; is Jones the recipient of the assorted organs from the suicidal donors (and the injection is someone else entirely), or is the invincibility serum produced by rendering the extracted transplant organs down? I'm not sure which is less grotesque.

Random self-medicating sidekick is random, and also "Dandy" as a codename much make Bucky and Robin feel a LOT better about themselves. (Though I have to say I rather like their adorable matching outfits)

Random comments are random "Don't you think about anything except chocolate cake?" (I assume that Tuesday is Dadaism day for Yankee Doodle Jones). "Whistle Yankee, whistle!" and too many others to mention.

Date: 2011-03-12 10:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] his_spiffynesss
I still say the worst Golden Age sidekick nickname belongs to Ploopie Carr.

Date: 2011-03-12 11:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
That would a tough one to beat I grant you...

Date: 2011-03-13 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] nemryn
Tell me about Ploopie Carr, plz.

Date: 2011-03-13 08:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] his_spiffynesss
Not much to really say actually. He was half of Nedor's "Crime Crushers" team with his buddy Steve Barry. They weren't superheroes, just detectives that tended to solve their cases less by deduction than by beating people up.

Date: 2011-03-13 06:52 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
I kind of assumed it was a combination of both. He's either a distinct entity formed from the volunteers' parts, or a regular guy who gave up his own life to become Yankee Doodle Jones - either way, he got organs and so forth from the volunteers transplanted into him, which were activated by a serum made from the rest of them, hence making him superhuman.

Date: 2011-03-13 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredneil.livejournal.com
At least there's a theme there; "Yankee Doodle" and "Dandy." Besides, naming him was the last thing his father said before he died. He's not going to mind going along with it too much.

And Bucky, I don't think anyone put too much thought into that one. "Do you have a nickname? Ok, that'll be your superhero identity, too."

Robin is the one that would bug me, though. "You could have gone for something cool, something else that would strike fear into the hearts of criminals, but you had to go 'something else that flies' instead."

Date: 2011-03-13 06:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Bucky is definitely the LAZIEST name, and the worst for the concept of a secret identity. (Sandy Hawkins becoming "Sandy, the Golden Boy" probably ties with him)

Robin was originally linked to the legendary outlaw Robin Hood as much as the bird. (I agree, there are scarier birds he could have gone with, though that would have sort of missed the point both at a meta level and a non meta level)

Date: 2011-03-13 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredneil.livejournal.com
Bucky even had a domino mask. I can just picture the first time he was up all night fighting the Red Skull. "You really need to get more sleep. You're getting dark circles under your eyes. Hey. You look like someone. Don't tell me. I'll get it. It's that kid that hangs around with Captain America. The one with the same name as you, too."

I'm not seeing the link with Robin Hood. Maybe he should have traded names and costumes with Speedy.

Date: 2011-03-13 07:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
"Untold Legend of the Batman" certainly addresses this (though I don't think it was the first) Bruce suggests that, since he uses a bat as his motif, Dick should use another flying creature, and with the bright colours of the costume Dick has chosen (Or rather that Bruce wore himself whilst working with Detective Harvey Harris), a robin would be appropriate. Dick agrees noting that "Robin Hood was always one of my favourite heroes too".

Date: 2011-03-12 08:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mynondw
Whaaaa did I just read? Wow. This really is the worst of this era.

Date: 2011-03-13 06:46 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
The worst... or the BEST?

Date: 2011-03-12 08:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] junipepper
Oh. My. God.

Date: 2011-03-12 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] nemryn
It would help greatly if there were an actual, y'know, red circle of death in the 'look at this gory red ring!' panels. And the witch getting knocked over and falling into the noose is reeeeallllly stretching the Code. (Hilariously so!)

But, I did notice that there's some nice use of breaking out of the panels.

Date: 2011-03-12 11:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
You actually can sort of see it, the ring goes right around the throat because they've been strangled, and you can see what looks like a line running around the neck

Date: 2011-03-12 10:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] miramira
It's like Captain America meets Little Nemo and...I don't even know what else.

Date: 2011-03-12 10:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
Good goddess is this set in a universe where everyone's a hunchback?

Date: 2011-03-13 05:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bradhanon
I have never had this much trouble figuring out what's meant to be happening from panel to panel. Including Seaguy.

Date: 2011-03-13 06:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] randyripoff
This makes me happy that Fletcher Hanks never came up with origins for Stardust the Super Wizard and Fantomah...

Date: 2011-03-13 07:04 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
I kind of like the Fear's look, I have to say. (And maybe this makes me a bad person, but I can't help but chuckle at 'No wonder he couldn't take off - he's dead!' Well, yes, that would do it, all right.)
Yankee Doodle Jones would be an interesting character to play around with today, I would think. Whether he's an actual gestalt entity formed from the bodies of three veterans or just a regular guy transformed by their organs and essence, there's just something vaguely creepy about him. I mean, he's essentially a Frankensteinian creation in the body of a typically chiseled hero - there's room to play with that. I can picture people being sort of creeped out by YDJ without knowing why - there's just something indefinably 'off' about him. Dogs howl when he passes by. Cats hiss. Psychics clutch their heads in pain. There's nothing wrong with him as a person - he's a genuine hero who believes in what he does - but there's just something unnatural about him, and people sense it. This is a boon to his hero work - crooks are genuinely afraid of him - but it doesn't make him very popular outside of it. People respect what he does, but they don't like being around him. He freaks them out, and they don't know why.

Date: 2011-03-13 07:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Something similar happens in Willinghams "Elementals", the heroes, indeed all the superpowered beings in that world are, at some level, dead, having died before they became empowered, and though they walk and talk and breathe and eat etc and appear perfectly normal, normal humans get unnerved around them after a while, and uncomfortable, though they'd be hard pushed to tell you exactly why.

Date: 2011-03-13 08:05 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
That sounds like what I was talking about, yeah. It would be a little more concentrated than that, though - like, he'd walk into a room and people would have to struggle to keep from flinching.

Date: 2011-03-13 12:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leoboiko
Particularly enjoyed the “I AM BLIND” sign.

Date: 2011-03-14 06:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
What do you get when you take three World War I veterans, a super-serum and Uncle Sam?

The Aristocrats!

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