Unknown Soldier (Ace Comics)

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The Unknown Soldier
Four Favorites #18, December, 1942
Publication information
PublisherAce Comics
First appearanceOur Flag Comics #1 (August, 1941)
In-story information
Team affiliationsThe Super-Mysterymen
Notable aliasesSoldier Unknown
AbilitiesFlight, super-strength; armed with a "nitro gun" that fires explosive rounds.

The Unknown Soldier is a fictional superhero character who first appeared in Our Flag Comics #1 (August, 1941) from Ace Comics.

Publishing history[edit]

Our Flag Comics only lasted for five issues — the last issue was dated April, 1942 — but by then The Unknown Soldier was transferred to the Ace title Four Favorites, appearing from issue #4 (March, 1942) to #20 (November, 1945). After that, he fell into the public domain.

In 2008, the Dynamite Entertainment one-shot Project Superpowers: Chapter Two Prelude stated that this character — now renamed Soldier Unknown, to avoid trademark hassles with DC Comics — would appear in the second volume of Project Superpowers, as part of a team of Ace heroes called The Super-Mysterymen (named after the defunct Ace title Super-Mystery Comics).

Fictional biography[edit]

Ace Comics[edit]

The Unknown Soldier is a mysterious being who claims to be the physically manifested spirit of all who died to protect the United States; during World War II, he came to the aid of American soldiers whenever they needed his help. He wears a costume patterned after a U.S. soldier's uniform (complete with garrison cap) and a mask; he possesses super-strength and the ability to fly, and he carries a "nitro gun" that fires explosive bullets.

Project Superpowers[edit]

At some point after the war, the Soldier was trapped in the mystical Urn of Pandora by the misguided Fighting Yank, along with dozens of other heroes; decades later, the Urn was broken and the prisoners freed. The Soldier and seven other heroes — Captain Courageous, Lash Lightning & Lightning Girl, Mr. Raven, The Sword, Magno, and Vulcan — were then recruited by unknown forces to form a team called The Super-Mysterymen; what part they will play in the modern world has yet to be revealed.

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