By Matt Vroom
Today I am going to be reviewing something a little more patriotic from Titan Comics. Titan Comics has a lot of titles that are European. Some of their more well known books originated from folks across the Atlantic. They are well known for their “Doctor Who” comics, and other like stories. So, when they release something American, like the Fighting American, I get pretty excited.
Fighting American #1, is a new on going comic book event from Titan Comics. It was written by Gordon Rennie, drawn by Duke Mighten, lettering by Simon Bowland, colors by Tracy Bailey, and edited by David Leach.
The Fighting American is an original creation of Joe Simon, and Jack Kirby. Yes, the duo that brought Captain America to life created a rip-off of their own character. They did it to actually get back at Timely Comics (later known as Marvel Comics) as their 1950s iteration of Captain America didn’t suit what they had originally imagined. So they published Fighting American through Prize Comics. It was a creator-owned story during a time where that was unpopular.
The Fighting American was meant to be more serious that Captain America. He was the first Commie-bashing super hero. However, his origin very closely parallels that with ol’ Cap. Both Steve Rodgers and Nelson Flagg are genetically modified individuals with enhance strength and speed, and they are both nearly indestructible. They also have both been displaced in time, and have been forced to come to terms that the future is a disappointment compared to the promises they were led to believe by their governments.
So what is the difference between the two? Well, to be frank… Fighting American is not secretly a Nazi. In fact, he is so American that it is almost offensive to us Americans. I want to get into this a lot more because there is so much complexity to this story. It raises all sorts of questions like, “how would 1950s ideals clash with millennials?” or “have we progressed or regressed since the 1950s?”
Now before we get any deeper, it’s time for the synopsis:
Direct continuation of Simon and Kirby’s classic series! Fighting American returns!
Written by Gordon Rennie with artwork by Duke Mighten, with a cover by Terry and Rachel Dodson!When the 1950s heroes find themselves trapped in the modern world, how will they handle what society has become, and what dangers will they face?
With modern-day villains to contend with, enemies from their past pursuing them, and a whole new world to come to terms with, what daring adventures could Fighting American and Speed-Boy find themselves in now?
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