Top 5 Patriotic Super Heroes that aren't Captain America
The 4th of July, in the US, is a time of reflection. This year it is also a time of mourning for Marvel fans….because this is the year Captain America died. In fact, he’s being buried this week. Thinking of Cap reminds me of all the great Patriotic superheroes we have in comics. While most of them have been heavily inspired by Cap, they represent a part of America that will never die (no matter how much our leaders suck) – pride.
No other country has as many guys running around with its flag stylistically incorporated into an I’ll fitting spandex jumper…no sir, that’s all America. If this list was compiled while Captain America was alive, then obviously he’d take the number one spot…but Cap is dead. So we’re giving Cap the Lifetime Achievement award, and moving to the Top 5 Patriotic Heroes (who aren’t Captain America).
His darker costume reflects his darker out look on the world. If Captain America is the hope of the American people, US Agent is their bottled up rage.
Currently serving on the Canadian super team Omega Flight, Johnny Walker is still trying to find a way out of that long shadow that Captain America casts…and even though he’s always going to be second best, he still makes the top of our list.
In the 80s the character was licensed by DC Comics to be their answer to Captain America – it did not succeed.
In the 90s Rob Liefield, having recently been kicked off Marvel’s Captain America, decided to license Fighting American, and make him an even more blatant rip-off of Captain America, diminishing the character’s reputation and value.
Still, the original take on the character from creators Kirby and Simon was a unique take on a genre they made famous, and that Fighting American will live on forever.
The character is very much like The Spectre, except attached to a host that is a dying Patriot. The spirit has taken form throughout America’s history, taking the Uncle Sam form in the 1800s and keeping it to this day.
He is the leader of the Freedom Fighters, and a formidable opponent to any who would stand in the way of freedom for all.
The original Shield was Joe Higgins, the son of a slain scientist who was working on a formula to give people super strength. Joe cracked the code, gave himself a dose, and became The Shield.
The character has appeared in a variety of outlets over the years, almost constantly being reinvented. While there are no current Shield comics being published…it is only matter of time before he returns.
Free from his German slavery, Johnny donned a patriotic suit and became the super hero known as Superpatriot.
He continued to fight the good fight into the 1990s. His superpowers also slowed down his aging, but by the 90s, Johnny was looking older rather than younger. Time was catching up to him, and when a renegade band of super villains decided to endSuperpatriot’s career, they brutalized him, severing his limbs and destroying much of his face.
On the brink of death, Johhny Armstrong was taken to the Cyberdata corporation, where he was fitted with cybernetic limbs. His body was enhanced, and Superpatriot was reborn. Now a gun wielding living weapon, Superpatriot continues to fight the good fight to this day…