Real Name: Jim Courtney
Identity/Class: Human mutated by magical forces.
Affiliations: The Ghost of George Washington, the Ghost of Abraham Lincoln
Enemies: Kriss Kragg, Nazis, Fifth Columnists
Known Relatives: John Courtney (adoptive father, whom he calls "Old Glory")
Base of Operations: United States of America, c.World War II
First Appearance: Our Flag Comics #2 (Ace Periodicals, 1941)
Powers/Abilities: "Speed of the wind and the strength of a 100 men". Invulnerable. Able to fly, leaving a star-spangled trail behind him.
History: Born with a chest birth-mark resembling the American flag, Jim Courtney, adopted son of John Courtney, an old flag-maker and war veteran known as "Old Glory", has been endowed by the immortals of U.S. history (specifically the ghosts of Abe Lincoln and George Washington, who visited him on his 21st birthday) with the strength of a hundred men and the speed of the wind. When traitors seek to destroy America, Jim dons a special patriotic uniform made for him by "Old Glory" and goes forth as that hard-hitting, patriotic American to crush and destroy them.
(Our Flag Comics #2-3) No synopses available.
(Our Flag Comics #4) The Flag stopped Nazi sympathiser and Fifth columnist Kriss Kragg from winning an election by force and skullduggery.
(Our Flag Comics #5, Four Favorites #6) No synopses available.
Comments: Thanks to Joe Bromhead for providing additional information about this character.
Thanks to Jess Nevins for allowing me to use information from his excellent Golden Age Heroes Directory. Thanks also to Richard Boucher & Darrin Wiltshire @ PR-Publications for permission to use information from their equally brilliant collection of Golden Age Sites, PR Publications. Their knowledge of Golden Age characters far outstrips my own.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Flagg, one of JMS' Specials
Flagg, Reuben (American), Howard Chaykin's future cop
Flag-Man, another Golden Age hero
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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