JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA
Created by Roy Thomas
Special thanks to Aaron Severson and John Wells
The All-Star Squadron was a World War II assembly of heroes that went far beyond the membership of the Justice Society. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt called all costumed heroes into America's service. The Squadron was initially chaired by Hawkman and the JSA members participated freely. The core of the Squadron, however, was made up of lesser-known heroes like Liberty Belle, Firebrand, Johnny Quick, Hawkgirl, Commander Steel, Robotman and the Shining Knight.
The Squadron was on-hand when the Justice Society was called into a higher level of service, as the Justice Battalion. (All-Star Squadron #21) Such an army of heroes was necessary not only because of the scope of the war, but also because Hitler had acquired the Spear of Destiny. This legendary artifact allowed him to erect a "Sphere of Influence" around Europe and other Axis territories. If any metahuman entered the Sphere, they would immediately fall prey to Hitler's evil.
Thanks to the Ultra-Humanite, the Squad and JSA unwittingly met their own children and successors, Infinity, Inc. The Infinitors traveled back in time to try to stop Ultra, who was working with his own past-self in 1942. (#21-26, Ann. #2)
In February 1942, the All-Star Squadron held their first full meeting in the Perisphere, the former site of the New York World's Fair. The massive gathering was interrupted by Uncle Sam, who told the All-Stars how he and his comrades had tried to stop the attack on Pearl Harbor. Sam then assembled a group of new heroes called the Freedom Fighters. (#31-35)
The Squadron operated throughout the war and in April 1942 even inspired its own spin-off group: the Young All-Stars. This group of young heroes was anchored by the All-Stars Dyna-Mite and Neptune Perkins and joined by new heroes Iron Munro, Flying Fox and Fury. This group distinguished themselves by defeating Axis Amerika (Young All-Stars #1-6) and saved Albert Einstein from kidnappers. (#21)
No non-JSA All-Stars were on hand during one of the JSA's most pivotal cases. When the chronal energies of the evil sorcerer Ian Karkull granted them extended longevity. (Annual #3)
Notes for Inclusion:
This membership list includes non-JSA heroes who were featured in the pages of All-Star Squadron.
» SEE ALSO: JSA Members • Fawcett Comics Heroes Freedom Fighters Seven Soldiers of Victory • Quality Comics Heroes
It also includes heroes from pre-Crisis Earth-Q, Earth-X and Earth-S who, at the time of the series' publication, were not official All-Stars. In post-Crisis continuity, heroes of these Earths are now part of mainstream continuity, including the All-Stars.
Heroes who wore modified military clothing and whose operations were limited to the military/OSS (like Hop Harrigan) were never considered members of the All-Star Squadron. » SEE: Section 3.3: Secondary Heroes
This list may contain some heroes who are only assumed to have been members.
|LIVING AND/OR ACTIVE||DECEASED||GONE WITH THE CRISIS||STATUS UNKNOWN: These heroes have not appeared in any modern-day in-continuity stories.|
|Member (Real Name)||Joined||Status & Info|
|Atom (Albert "Al" Pratt)||All-Star Squadron #1||Deceased Zero Hour #3|
|Dr. Mid-Nite (Dr. Charles McNider, Starman II)||Deceased Zero Hour #2|
|Hawkman (Carter Hall)||Active in adventuring|
|Johnny Quick (Johnny Chambers)||Deceased Impulse #11|
|Liberty Belle (Elizabeth "Libby" Lawrence Chambers)||Retired|
|Plastic Man (Patrick "Eel" O'Brian)||Active in adventuring|
|Robotman (Dr. Robert Crane, aka Paul Dennis)||Retired|
|Phantom Lady (Sandra Knight)||All-Star Squadron #2||Retired|
|PEARL HARBOR: THE ORIGINAL FREEDOM FIGHTERS|
|Hourman (Rex Tyler)||All-Star Squadron #31||Semi-retired|
|Invisible Hood (Kent Thurston, Invisible Justice)||Murdered by the Icicle and the Mist, Starman #2|
|Magno (Tom Dalton)||Deceased All-Star Squadron #31|
|Miss America (Joan Dale Trevor, Miss Cosmos)||Active in adventuring|
|Neon the Unknown (Tom Corbet)||Presumed deceased All-Star Squadron #31; revealed alive Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #5|
|Red Torpedo (Jim Lockhart)||Active as a civilian.|
|Uncle Sam (Patriot)||Active in adventuring|
|PEARL HARBOR AFTERMATH|
|Batman of Earth-2 (Bruce Wayne)||All-Star Squadron #3||Deceased Adventure #462|
|Dr. Fate (Kent Nelson, Nabu)||Deceased Book of Fate #1|
|Flash (Jason Peter "Jay" Garrick)||Active in adventuring|
|Green Lantern (Alan Wellington Scott, Sentinel)||Active in adventuring|
|Johnny Thunder (Johnny Thunder II & Yz)||Active in adventuring, as the Thunderbolt|
|Sandman (Wesley Dodds)||Deceased JSA Secret Files #1|
|Sandy the Golden Boy (Sanderson Hawkins, Sand)||Active in adventuring|
|Spectre (James Brendan Corrigan)||Deceased Spectre #62|
|Robin of Earth-2 (Dick Grayson)||Deceased Crisis #12|
|Shining Knight (Justin)||Active in adventuring|
|Starman (Ted Knight)||Deceased Starman #72|
|Superman of Earth-2 (Kal-L, Clark Kent)||Deceased Infinite Crisis #7|
|Wonder Woman of Earth-2 (Diana Prince)||Deceased Infinite Crisis #5|
|Firebrand II (Danette Reilly)||All-Star Squadron #5||Presumed deceased, Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #12|
|Hawkgirl (Shiera Sanders Hall)||All-Star Squadron #6||Deceased Zero Hour #3; resurrected Blackest Night #8|
|Commander Steel (Hank Heywood)||All-Star Squadron #8||Murdered, Eclipso #13|
|THE SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY|
|Crimson Avenger (Lee Walter Travis)||All-Star Squadron #13||Deceased in DC Comics Presents #38|
|Green Arrow (Oliver Queen)||Gone with the Crisis|
|(Alias) The Spider (Tom Ludlow Hallaway)||Killed in Shade #3|
|Speedy (Roy Harper)||Gone with the Crisis|
|Star-Spangled Kid (Sylvester Pemberton, Skyman)||Deceased Infinity Inc. #51|
|Stripesy (Pat Dugan, S.T.R.I.P.E.)||Active as S.T.R.I.P.E.|
|Vigilante (Greg Sanders)||Deceased Seven Soldiers #0; returned Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen Special #1|
|Wing (Wing How)||Deceased Justice League of America #102|
|The Guardian (Jim Harper)||All-Star Squadron Annual #1||Killed, as shown Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen Special #1; succeeded by a clone|
|Wildcat (Ted Grant)||Active in the JSA|
|Tarantula (Jonathan Law)||All-Star Squadron #18||Presumed deceased Nightwing #90|
|Amazing-Man (Will Everett)||All-Star Squadron #25||Deceased Justice League America #87|
|Sargon the Sorcerer (John Sargent)||All-Star Squadron #28||Deceased Helmet of Fate: Sargon|
|OPEN CALL — THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS, part deux|
|Air Wave (Larry Jordan)||All-Star Squadron #31||Killed DC Comics Presents #40|
|Black Condor (Richard Grey, Jr., a.k.a. Senator Thomas Wright)||Deceased|
|Doll Man (Darrell Dane)||Semi-active in adventuring|
|Dyna-Mite (Daniel Dunbar)||Semi-retired|
|Firebrand (Rod Reilly)||Deceased Cancelled Comics Cavalcade #2|
|Human Bomb (Roy Lincoln)||Killed by Bizarro, Infinite Crisis #1|
|The Jester (Chuck Lane)||Retired in Opal City|
|Manhunter I (Donald "Dan" Richards)||Murdered Manhunter v.2 #7|
|Manhunter II (Paul Kirk)||Deceased Detective #443|
|Midnight (Dave Clark)||Status Unknown|
|Mister America (Tex Thomson, Americommando)||Presumed deceased National Comics v.2 #1|
|Mister Terrific (Terry Sloane)||Deceased Justice League of America #171|
|The Ray (Langford "Happy" Terrill, Neon II)||Semi-active in adventuring|
|Red Bee (Richard Raleigh)||Deceased All-Star Squadron #35|
|TNT (Thomas "Tex" N. Thomas)||Killed Young All-Stars #1|
|The Whip (Rodney Elwood Gaynor))||Revealed deceased JSA #55|
|Zatara (Giovanni Zatara)||Deceased Swamp Thing #50|
|Aquaman of Earth-2 (Arthur Curry)||All-Star Squadron #59||Gone with the Crisis|
|Dr. Occult (Richard Occult)||Active in adventuring|
|THE YOUNG ALL-STARS|
|Flying Fox (unrevealed)||Young All-Stars #1||Unknown|
|Fury (Helena Kosmatos)||Active in adventuring|
|Iron Munro (Arnold Munro)||Active in adventuring|
|Neptune Perkins||Deceased Infinite Crisis #3|
|Tsunami (Miya Shimada)||Retired|
|Tigress (Paula Brooks)||Young All-Stars #9||Retired|
|Fireball (Sonya Chuikov)||Young All-Stars #22||Unknown|
|Phantasmo (Jean-Marc de Villars)||Unknown|
|The Squire (Percival Sheldrake, the Knight)||Killed by his arch-enemy, Springheeled Jack|
|Quicksilver (Max Mercury)||Young All-Stars #27||Lost to the Speed Force|
|Judomaster (Sgt. Ripley "Rip" Jagger) & Tiger (Tiger Tanaka, Avatar) (Charlton)||Who's Who Update '87 #1||Judomaster deceased Infinite Crisis #7. Tiger now a villain, per The L.A.W. #1|
| POST-SQUADRON +
The following heroes were shown active after the cancellation of the All-Star titles
|Wonder Woman III (Hippolyta)||Wonder Woman, v.2 #133||Removed from Earth-0 continuity|
|Red Tornado (Mathilda Hunkel)||All-Star 80-Page Giant #1||Retired|
|Merlin (Jock Kellogg)||All-Star Comics v.2 #1||Killed All-Star Comics v.2 #1|
|Tor (James "Jim" Slade)||Killed All-Star Comics v.2 #1|
|The King ("King" Standish)||Star-Spangled Comics v.2 #1||Unknown|
| THE HEROES OF FAWCETT
Generally considered All-Star members. Only Bulletman has been shown active in the Squadron.
|Bulletman (Jim Barr)||Starman v.2 #39||Retired|
|Bulletgirl (Susan Kent Barr)||Power of Shazam! #12||Deceased, revealed PoS #43|
|Commando Yank (Chase Yale)||Unknown|
|Ibis (Prince Amentap)||Inactive, Helmet of Fate: Ibis|
|Minute-Man (Jack Weston)||Deceased, per Justice Soceity of America v.3 #3|
|Mister Scarlet (Brian Butler)||Retired|
|Phantom Eagle (Michael "Mickey" Malone)||Unknown|
|Shazam (the Wizard, Jebediah of Canaan)||Deceased Day of Vengeance #6; returned JSofA v.3 #25|
|Spy-Smasher (Alan Armstrong)||Retired|
|OTHERS PRESUMED TO HAVE BEEN MEMBERS (ACTIVE AFTER THE WAR)|
|Blue Beetle (Dan Garrett)||Secret Origins v.2 #2||Deceased, Blue Beetle v.1 #18|
|Captain Triumph (Lance and Michael Gallant)||The Golden Age #1||In prison, Titans #36|
First Appearance: More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941)
Featured Appearances: Adventure Comics #103-on; More Fun Comics #73-107
Gone with the Crisis. The Golden Age Aquaman had much more limited powers than his Silver Age successor.
Aquaman was one of few wartime heroes to survive DC's super-hero purge of the early 1950s. DC continued to publish his adventures through the '50s. In pre-Crisis continuity, the Aquaman of the 1950s was considered to have lived on Earth-1.
» SEE ALSO: Aquaman (post-Crisis)
First appearance: Mystery Men Comics #1
First DC appearance: Secret Origins v.2 #2
DC owns the rights to all Blue Beetles, including the original 1940s vitamin-powered hero, published by Fox Features Syndicate. He was acquired and retooled by Charlton Comics in the 1960s. This '60s Beetle possessed a magic amulet and was the basis for DC's Garrett Blue Beetle.
In Booster Gold v.2 #2 (2008), the original Beetle is shown in Aug. 14, 1939. Prior to this, he had been portrayed by DC as a Silver Age hero. His appearances in the Blue Beetle series (1986) are probably still valid. He died and passed the mantle on to Ted Kord, Blue Beetle II (who is also now deceased). The current Blue Beetle is Jaime Reyes.
Comics #20 (Oct. 1938). Adopted a
new costume in Detective Comics #44.
Featured Appearances: Detective Comics #20-29, 37-89 Justice League of America #100-102 Leading Comics #1-14 World's Best Comics #1 World's Finest Comics #1-5
The Crimson Avenger died in DC Comics Presents #38. Lee Travis was a publisher who used to fight crime with his companion, Wing. He is succeeded by a mysterious new female Avenger, who possesses his pistols. (JSA #33) Wing's death was revealed in Justice League of America #102. His full name has never been revealed.
» SEE: Seven Soldiers of Victory.
First Appearance: New Fun Comics #6 (October 1935); in costume More
Featured Appearances: More Fun Comics #7-33.
Active in adventuring. Merged with partner Rose Psychic sometime during World War II. There are two differing accounts of this merge. In All-Star Comics v.2 #2, Rose stepped in to share her body and soul with the injured Dr. Occult. And in Superman v.2 Annual #7, it was Rose who died at the hands of the demon Thahn. "The Seven" then saved her somehow.
» SEE ALSO: Sentinels of Magic
First Appearance: Young All-Stars #1 (June 1987)
Some text excerpted from Who's Who Update '87
The youth named Flying Fox by his people was a descendant of Bright Sky After Storm called Arak by the Vikings. Upon Arak's death, his father He-No, God of Thunder, vowed that during the Quontauka tribe's darkest hour a descendant of Arak's would save them. He then gave the tribe a mystical fox fur.
This secluded Native Americans tribe lived in northern Canada and passed the pelt down through the generations. Their hidden civilization was found during World War II by the Nazis, who came ashore via U-boat. The Nazis unsuccessfully attempted to convince the tribe to engage in guerilla warfare against the Canadian government. When the tribe's shaman refused them, the Nazi commander ordered the tribe's chief shot dead.
The chief's son (whose birth name is unknown) was grief-stricken, but the shaman directed the youth towards their ancient talisman — the cape and cowl of the magical flying fox. The shaman permanently painted the emblem of the flying fox onto the boy's chest, who was renamed Flying Fox hmself. The shaman trained Flying Fox in the use of his new magical powers and sent him to the United States to aid in the war effort against Nazi Germany.
The nineteen-year-old Flying Fox arrived in New York City in April 1942 and, along with other new "Young All-Stars" helped the All-Star Squadron defeat Axis Amerika.
On the recommendation of FDR, Flying Fox and the others were made members of the Squadron and went on a cross-country promotional tour.
The Fox's post-war activities and his ultimate fate are unknown.
Flying Fox, along with his fellow Young All-Stars was created by Roy Thomas to fill the "void" left by several pre-Crisis mainstays. The Fox (as well as Die Grösshorn Eule of Axis Amerika) is a substitute for Batman. He may have also been inspired by Adventure Comics #275, which featured Bruce Wayne as the Flying Fox. In this adventure, Wayne had a magical orange pelt similar to the Tom (Catman) Blake's.
First Appearance: More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941)
Featured Appearances: Adventure Comics #103-269; Leading Comics #1-14; More Fun Comics #73-107; World's Finest Comics #7-74
All Golden Age adventures of Green Arrow and Speedy were retroactively eliminated from continuity by the Crisis on Infinite Earths. The currently-published Green Arrow and Speedy were considered to have debuted in Adventure Comics #250.
Green Arrow and Speedy were some of few wartime heroes to survive DC's super-hero purge of the early 1950s. DC continued to publish their adventures through the '50s, in Adventure Comics. In pre-Crisis continuity, thhis 50s pair were considered to have lived on Earth-1.
First appearance: Special War Series v.4
#4 (November 1965, Charlton)
First DC appearance, pre-Crisis: Crisis on Infinite Earths #6.
Post-Crisis: The L.A.W. #1
Judomaster and his sidekick, Tiger, served in WWII and remained youthful beyond their years owing to decades spent the mystical Nanda Parbat. Jagger was active with The L.A.W. He was murdered by Bane. (Infinite Crisis #7)
A mysterious second Judomaster appeared only once. He was part of a Justice Leauge Task Force assembled by Sarge Steel to battle Andreas Havoc. (Justice League Quarterly #14)
Since his death, Jagger has been succeeded by his daughter, a Japanese girl named Sonia Sato. (Birds of Prey #100) His son by a different mother, Tommy Jagger, serves in Checkmate. (Checkmate v.2 #1)
Tiger went mad, took the name Avatar, and tried to kill Jagger. (The L.A.W.) He is still at large. (JSofA v.3 #11)
Judomaster was created in 1966 as a wartime hero. DCU Heroes Secret Files places Judomaster's debut at 1941.
» SEE: Stand-alone Profile
First Appearance: Adventure Comics #73 (April 1942)
Featured Appearances: Adventure Comics #73-92 Detective Comics #437-443.
Paul Kirk died for the first time while on a hunting trip in Africa (1946). He was revived by the Council, whom he eventually came to oppose. He sacrificed his life to destroy the Council in Detective Comics #443. Two of his clones have taken the name Manhunter as well. One served as a double agent in the Secret Society of Super-Villains (Manhunter IV). And his last remaining clone is active today with the Power Company under the name of Kirk DePaul (VI). Between the time of the two clones, both Mark Shaw (III) and Chase Lawler (V) have also used the name. He was involved for a time with the Tigress, before her turn to crime.
A previous strip, "Paul Kirk, Manhunter," ran in Adventure Comics #58-72. In it, Kirk did not call himself "manhunter," that was merely his occupation. This plainclothes character bore little resemblance to the costumed Simon and Kirby character who debuted in #73. Simon and Kirby gave a similar makeover to the Sandman. Read more about it in an article at Comic Book Resources.
First Appearance: Star-Spangled Comics #7 (April 1942).
Dr. Charles "Chuck" Grayson: Star-Spangled #7 (Apr. 1942).
Robbie the Robot Dog: Star-Spangled #25 (Oct. 1943)
Featured Appearances: Detective Comics #138-202 • Star-Spangled Comics #7-82
Robotman was originally Robert Crane; after his transformation, he adopted the human alter ego of Paul Dennis. His brain was later transplanted into body of Chuck Grayson. Last seen in Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. #8.
Oddly, Robotman was one of few wartime heroes to survive DC's super-hero purge of the early 1950s. DC continued to publish his adventures into the '50s, in Detective Comics.
He is succeeded by Cliff Steele, the Robotman of the Doom Patrol.
First Appearance: All-American Comics #26 (May 1941).
Maximillian O'Leary: All-American #70 (Nov. 1944)
Featured Appearances: All-American Comics #26-50, 70 Comic Cavalcade #3-16 Flash v.1 #186 Green Lantern #37 Justice League of America #98 Sensation #34-36, 52-83 Swamp Thing v.2 #50, 148-150.
John Sargent's father found an ancient Aztec(?) talisman called the Ruby of Life on an archaeological expedition. Little John touched the Ruby and bonded with it for life. This granted him formidable mystic abilities. He became a stage magician, Sargon (named after the first king of Assyria), thus hiding his powers in plain sight. The Ruby of Life often times moved Sargent to commit criminal acts. Following World War II, he came up against Dr. Fate, Dr. Occult and Zatara when he tried to enter the vaults of the Vatican City. Eventually, he succeeded and obtained the apple from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. (Swamp Thing #148) He planted this apple in the Black Forest (Freiburg, Germany) and let a tree grow for thirty years. In the meantime, he became more aware of the Ruby's evil influence and acted both as hero and villain. (Flash #186, DC Comics Presents #26) He even aided and became an honorary member of the Justice League. (Justice League of America #97-99)
He died nobly alongside Zatara (Swamp Thing #50), but his soul was restless and hovered in limbo. Eventually, he found a way into the body of a comatose man and summoned his niece, Grace Brady to him. As she arrived in Germany with his Ruby, so did the Swamp Thing. (Swamp Thing #148) Sargon used his influence over the people of Freiburg and made them commit suicide to feed the Tree of Knowledge with blood. (#149) Sargon then entered the light of the tree, but when the Swamp Thing cleansed the tree, he was trapped inside it between heaven and hell. His Ruby of Life was claimed by a man called "the Traveler." He claimed that the Ruby was to await the coming of a "star-child." (#150) He also appeared as a spirit to Tim Hunter. (Books of Magic #1)
His grip on magic is so strong that he appears able to thwart death anytime. He returned again to vex the Swamp Thing. (Swamp Thing v.4 #2-4) Apparently, the Spectre put the final nail in Sargon's coffin. The next time he appeared, the Ruby of Life was shattered. From the realm of death, Sargent reached out to his only remaining relative, his grandson David Sargent. He bound David to the Ruby and bade him to find the missing shards. (Helmet of Fate: Sargon)
First Appearance: Batman #62
Featured Appearances: Infinity Inc #34 • JLA #26 • JLA Classified #1-3 • Young All-Stars #22-25, 27
In current continuity, the Squire/Knight did not exist in the Golden Age. In continuity following the Infinite Crisis, he is said to have been a member of the Club of Heroes, which formed after the debut of Batman. Even in this current continuity, Percy Sheldrake is deceased.
The original Knight was killed by his arch-enemy, Springheeled Jack. His son Cyril succeeded him as the Knight afterward, but it's been mentioned that Cyril also spent some time in a coma, perhaps from the same attack. Cyril (the Knight II) is now referred to as the "English Batman" and his helmet is modeled after Batman's cowl.
Cyril has been active with the Ultramarines. He teams with the current Squire (III, Beryl Hutchinson), a young girl talented with all forms of communication.
It is unclear whether either of the current Sheldrakes has a history with the Global Guardians.
Original history (no longer valid): The original Squire was Percy Sheldrake, the Earl of Wordenshire. This British hero was also a nominal sidekick of the Shining Knight and aided the Young All-Stars as a member of the multinational Allies. (#22-25) Later, he took the name The Knight and he and his son Cyril (the second Squire) became some of the first operatives of the Dome, which later became the Global Guardians.
First Appearance: Star-Spangled Comics #1 (October 1940)
Featured Appearances: Star-Spangled Comics #1-19
Retired in Gotham City. Writing fiction. Though he appeared as an adventurer on the cover of Nightwing #40, this was a fantasy; he is no longer capable of adventuring.
Law was presumed deceased when Blockbuster blew up his residence; no body was ever found. (Nightwing #90) A funeral was held for him regardless. (#91) Succeeded by Catalina Flores, who operated out of Blüdhaven. (Nightwing #71, 75)
Read here about another curious Tarantula (not in current continuity).
First Appearance, as Huntress: Sensation #68.
As Tigress: Young All-Stars #6
Paula began her career in order to get closer to her hero, Paul Kirk the Manhunter. From an early age, she emulated his skills with a bow and arrow and become a formidable huntress. She also studied jujitsu with her parents' Japanese gardner. At age eighteen, Paula took flight as the Tigress and approached the Manhunter. (Young All-Stars #6) She hoped that he would be impressed by her and sponsor her for membership in the All-Star Squadron. The All-Stars were in the midst of a mission and Paula did in deed prove herself worthy. She was granted provisional membership in the group. (#7)
During a battle with Axis Amerika, the Tigress was impaled on an arrow and died. (#23) The Valkyrie called Gudra moved to take Paula's soul to the afterlife, but instead she made a bargain with Iron Munro. Munro agreed to spare the Übermensch's life if Gudra restored the Tigress to life. Gudra agreed, but warned that the journey back from death "leaves no one untouched." (#24-25)
She was right; Paula was never the same. She immediately left the All-Stars, (#26) to begin down the path led towards her to villainy as the first Huntress. It is suggested that Paula had sexual relationships with Paul Kirk (Manhunter) and Wildcat. She later married the Sportsmaster and participated in the Injustice Society. They have a daughter, Artemis (Tigress III). She and Sportsmaster are often (inexplicably) depicted more youthfully than is reasonable. It is possible that they benefit from the Council's genetic engineering knowledge (the Council used the Sportsmaster as the template for their clones after Manhunter's clones were destroyed).
Last seen as Huntress in Young Justice #25. Also appeared in the Elseworlds The Golden Age.
Appearance: Action Comics #42 (November 1941). Billy Gunn: Action
#42. Stuff the Chinatown Kid (Daniel "Danny"
Leong): Action #45. Stuff II, Victor Leong: Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E.
Featured Appearances: Action Comics #42-198; Detective Comics #140; Leading Comics #1-14; Western Comics #1-4
The Vigilante battled weird villains of the American Southwest and also joined the Seven Soldiers of Victory. In the Soldiers' last battle, its members were scattered across time. Greg wound up in 1858 and spent nearly 20 years in the Old West. During this time he was also known as the "Prairie Troubador," a popular singer/songwriter. Greg came to enjoy this life but he was eventually "rescued" in 1879 and returned to the 20th Century by the Justice League. (Justice League of America #102, 10.72)
After his return he started a company called Round-Up, Inc. with his former sidekick, Victor Leong. (El Diablo #12, Stars & STRIPE #9) Greg had other wartime sidekicks: Daniel Leong was Victor's brother and was murdered by the Dummy in 1945. Billy Gunn, an older man was killed by the Spider in 1948. (Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. #9)
Four years into his career, Saunders fell prey to a werewolf. He guarded this secret well and always kept a silver bullet in his pistol — for himself. (Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer #2)
Even into retirement, Greg stayed active in the Southwest. He knew that there were certain dangers still lurking in his domain, but he'd grown too old to handle them himself. He decided to try to form a new Seven Soldiers by placing an ad calling for heroes. He succeeded in recruiting only 5 others to join him (The Whip II, Boy Blue, Dyno-Mite Dan, Gimmix and "I, Spyder"). This team was very short-lived. All these heroes, including the Vigilante perished after defeating the Miracle Mesa Monster. They were slaughtered by the Sheeda, the "Gods of the Miracle Mesa." (Seven Soldiers Special #0, 5.05)
After his death, his lycanthropic curse may have enabled him to "haunt" the living world. He re-appeared to the question the allegiance of I, Spyder, (Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer #3) and then to try to convince the Bulleteer to continue the fight against the Sheeda. (#4)
Greg was succeeded as the Vigilante by Adrian Chase (II), Alan Welles (III), Dave Winston (IV), Pat Trayce (V).
NOTES: Because of his Western character, the Vigilante was one of few wartime heroes to survive DC's super-hero purge of the early 1950s. DC continued to publish his adventures as the "Prairie Troubador" — of the true American Old West. In Pre-Crisis continuity, this Vigilante of the 1950s was considered to have lived on the Earth-1. After the Crisis, the Earth-2's time-shift was used to explain how the Vigilantes of both eras were the same man.
» SEE ALSO: Seven Soldiers of Victory
First Appearance: Flash Comics #1 (January 1940)
Featured Appearances: Flash Comics #1-55 JSA #55 Sensation Comics #43 Young All-Stars #27
The Whip's last Golden Age appearance was in 1945 (Sensation #43). There is a memorial statue of him at JSA headquarters (JSA #55). The circumstances of his death are unrevealed. He was succeeded as the Whip by his granddaughter, Shelly Gaynor. She was killed along with the Vigilante's new "Seven Soldiers" battling the Sheeda. (Seven Soldiers Special #0, 5.05).