Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fighting Yank!

Being a geek, I thought I'd share a part of my comic book collection. Even though I have a lot of comics, I don't really consider myself a collector. The books I have, I have because I'm interested in reading them. But there are some comics I'll actively seek out at cons or scour ebay for (and don't mind paying a slight premium) and those tend to be from the Golden Age, stuff published between the late 1930s and early 1950s. Within that range, I've focused on collecting the books of my favorite Golden Age superhero, The Fighting Yank! Yippeeee, The Fighting Yank, one of greatest superheroes ever, you know, the Fighting Yank! The best patriotic Nazi puncher ever created, you know, the Fighting Yank! The guy with the tricorn hat and buckle shoes, you know, The Fighting Yank! Yeah, the Fighting Yank.... huh, you don't know the Fighting Yank? And honestly, why should you, he's actually quite lame.

Alex Ross can make any character look cool,
that is, except the Fighting Yank :(

Even at a quick glance it's obvious that the Fighting Yank pales in comparison to most other patriotic superheroes of the same era. Captain America, Shield, The Eagle, Uncle Sam, War Nurse, even the Golden Age Unknown Soldier (with his short shorts) all left the Fighting Yank in there dust. So why the heck do I like the character so much? Because they're fun comics! The stories tend to have simple plots and be slightly repetitive, but for me that doesn't lessen the entertainment. There's wacky action, bare knuckle crime fighting, and a tricorn hat, what's not to like!?

It's a shame the stories have never been reprinted because I would be all over that, sure I might be the only person in the world, but damn it'd be cool to have those books on my shelf. Eventually I'd like to collect every Golden Age appearances of the Fighting Yank, obviously, finances permitting. But until then, I'm going to continue reading the comics I do have and enjoy looking at some of the sweetest covers ever printed! Check it!

Fighting Yanks Galore!

A typical day for the Fighting Yank.

Insert purple skin racial joke here.

He'll uppercut a kidnapper & do it with style.

Jumping the shark... with a knife!

Not even scientists can escape the Yank.

Ummmm, no idea.

Now go read some comics!

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