who first appeared in Action Comics #1
in June 1938.
The adventures of Mr. America
are published by DC Comics
Harold Thompson was your ordinary, run-of-the-mill business
man until he struck it rich in the oil fields of Texas. Besides
making him rich beyond the dreams of avarice, this episode
in his life also earned him the nickname "Tex". Thompson
used his newfound wealth to travel the country. While touring
the United States, he pursued his love of detective work, solving
crimes he came across. He was helped in these adventures by
his friend Bob Daley. Thompson and Daley even became special
agents for the district attorney in one city.
Thompson resigned his position to work with relief workers,
aiding the victims of the fighting during World War II. While
traveling on the ship Angelus to Europe, Thompson and the
rest of the crew were betrayed by a Nazi spy and the
ship was sunk. Thompson was washed up on the shores of Portugal
and vowed to track down spies and others who would betray the
Thompson returned to the United States in the guise of Mr. America.
Dressed in red, white, and blue and wearing a domino mask,
Thompson began his crusade against the hidden menace. He
would whistle Yankee Doodle to freak out his enemies and fought
his battles using a whip. He also had a cape that allowed
him to fly when he stood on it, but how this occurred was
never explained. He tracked down the spy who had betrayed the
Angelus and brought him to his own style of patriotic justice.
Mr. America eventually teamed back up with his friend and former
partner Bob Daley. Realizing that Bob Daley was a silly
name for a super-hero, Daley came up with the identity of
Fatman which got him off the hook for having to go to the gym
with the rest of the mystery men.
Eventually, Mr. America was recruited by FDR to become a
new and better hero called the Americommando. He underwent
intensive training and fought in both the European and Pacific
theaters of World War II. The Golden Age mini-series tells
of how Thompson was hailed as a hero upon his return to the
U.S. and elected to Congress.