10 Exceedingly Patriotic American Comic Heroes

By Ethan Kaye in Comics, Daily Lists
Friday, July 2, 2010 at 8:00 am
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Fact: Comics are published in many countries besides the U,S.A. Fact: Comics from American publishers like Marvel and DC are published in other countries for the enjoyment of foreign people. Fact: Despite this, no one named Captain Mexico has ever been accepted into the Avengers or the Justice League (hell, I don't think they've even tried). Fact: Even in places with an incredibly robust native comic industry, like Japan and its manga, there's no one named Tokyo Lad bearing the rising sun on his chest.

So why do American comics churn out so many American-themed superheroes? Enh, who knows. It's almost the 4th of July, and we'd rather celebrate the many, many superheroes who have slapped the stars and stripes on themselves and gone out to fight crime. They love parading their nation's colors in front of criminals, and they make sure that the stars and bars are the last thing the perp sees before being beaten into oblivion. We salute these brave men and women the best way we know how -- with a list on the internet.

10) U.S. Agent
Despite being tougher and willing to do almost anything for his country, U.S. Agent will always be recognized as being a few steps below Captain America on the popularity meter, mostly because he's a douche to everyone. It happens, Agent, and we love you for who you are.

9) Super Patriot
In all respects, Super Patriot lives up to his name. He started out as a guinea pig for Nazi experiments (always a sure way to get super powers), and battled them through WWII, then kept the franchise going after he had his arms and legs torn off by a shark man. Just like how America doesn't stop going after you do things to it like bomb Pearl Harbor, Super Patriot isn't going to stop fighting for us, even if he's a torso with a ripped up hamburger face.

8) The Shield
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It makes sense that Archie comics would put out an American-themed superhero. After all, Archie himself is truly the real American hero, and if you slapped his face on the American flag, most of the country would be OK with that. But the Shield was part of Archie's superhero line, and he more or less dripped patriotism all over the page. He's now living at DC these days, teaming up with the JSA and gearing up for his own team book.

7) Uncle Sam
No pretense here, this dude is America. He's the living embodiment of the country and he chooses to spend his time battling this country's various threats. Made-up threats like super villains, not anything big like flag burning or trailer home meth production, but threats nonetheless. If it's punchable, he and his Freedom Fighters will fight it for America. New series coming out in September too!

6) Mr. America
Mr. America's one of those neat characters that you know has a cool story to tell, but since he's part of a team book he's only going to get maybe a few panels an issue. Luckily, he's been showing up more and more in the pages of JSA, taking a more active role in the team. Mr. America's a legacy hero, with the original starting out fighting Nazis in WWII, then his relative inheriting the mantle and then passing it to the current Mr. America. He also wears a shirt that buttons up the front.

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