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Young Allies: Against the Axis

Writer Roger Stern lets loose with answers about the action and adventure of the all-new YOUNG ALLIES COMICS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL!

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By Jim Beard Age places no limits on heroism, as evidenced by Marvel's original "kid gang," the Young Allies! Not yet adults, these youthful adventurers scorched the Axis powers during World War II and left an indelible impression on friends and foes alike. Little wonder that the House of Idea includes the famed teen team in this year's celebration of Marvel's seven decades of success, issuing orders for the June 17 deployment of the YOUNG ALLIES COMICS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL. And of course, such a bold strike on the hearts and minds of adventure lovers everywhere deserves a writer the caliber of the legendary Roger Stern. "It's a story about the power of friendship and of a man trying to come to terms with his past," says Stern of the one-shot. "Jim

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Barnes—formerly Bucky and now Captain America—discovers that two old friends from the war are still alive. And as he's tracking them down, we discover the truth about the 'Young Allies.' "What was the truth about the Young Allies? Well, you have to read the issue to find out, but let's just say that it wasn't the job of the Young Allies to get captured so that Bucky and Toro could rescue them, despite what the covers of the [1940's] comics would have you believe. And as they used to say on 'Dragnet,' 'names were changed to protect the innocent.'" Until now the public dossier on the Young Allies revealed only a membership of Bucky, the Human Torch's sidekick Toro and four rough-and-tumble "civilian" kids. Beyond that, their origins as wartime's most exuberant operatives have remained shrouded in the mists of time—until now. "What's most interesting about the Young Allies is that they were the prototype for all of the kid gangs that followed in the comics of the1940's and 50's, most often under the guiding hands of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby," Stern explains. "In my story, I've tried to flesh the gang out a little, to give them some substance and show that there was more to them than just caricatures. "Fortunately, I have been lucky to have Paolo Rivera drawing my story. His art has perfectly captured the eras—both of them—in which the story takes place."

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Debuting in 1941 and subsequently starring in YOUNG ALLIES COMICS, the Allies trotted the globe looking for trouble, and in most cases ended up with far more than they bargained for. Of course, when you pull pranks on the likes of Hitler and Hirohito you're bound to wind up in a few sticky situations. Fortunately, the Allies had each other to avoid the worst scrapes and continue their patriotic mischief. "First and foremost, we've worked to show the camaraderie of the Allies," Stern says. "These were six young men all within a few years of each other in age. Sure, one could burst into flame and fly and another wore a mask and was arguably the most talented hand-to-hand combatant of his generation, but they were all caught up in the biggest global war of the Twentieth Century. And all of them turned out to be heroes." Despite the "Young" in their name, the Allies managed missions that would have crushed the constitutions of lesser heroes, leading Stern to warn readers not to be fooled by their youthful appearance and antics—there's little to no kidding around in the YOUNG ALLIES COMICS 70th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL. "Once you read the story, I don't know if you'll want to call any of them 'kids,'" he points out. "They were really young men, not boys. Back in the 1940's, they were drawn to look as though they were about twelve, but

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that's also the way Bucky was drawn in the Captain America comics of the time, and we know that he was about 16 when he first met Steve Rogers. "All of the Young Allies were teenagers. The times forced them to grow up quickly and take on adult responsibilities. Remember, they'd been living through the Great Depression and were facing a world at war. They had to grow up fast." You can pick up the YOUNG ALLIES COMICS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL for yourself on June 17. Until then, check out these Golden Age classics on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited! Check out the official Marvel Shop for your favorite Marvel Heroes! Download episodes of "X-Men: Evolution" and "Wolverine and the X-Men" now on iTunes!

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      John_Holstein
      John_Holstein

      The word WHITEWASH applies to both WHITEWASH JONES and the YOUNG ALLIES. WHITEWASH:verb 3.In baseball and other games,to BEAT( the opponents ) so that they FAIL TO SCORE.Also loosely,TO BEAT BY A LARGE MARGIN.[ The Oxford English Dictionary--second edition--Clarendon Press--Oxford(2001)]. I think it's safe to say that in all the TIMELY COMICS Young Allies adventures that they BEAT their OPPONENTS so that THEY FAIL TO SCORE. Plus I think it's obvious that WHITEWASH is a SPORTS NICKNAME for DOUGLAS "WHITEWASH" JONES.

      John_Holstein
      John_Holstein

      CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS#10(1/1942) The Phantom Hound Of Cardiff Moor---page 3 panel 1 his name THADDEUS DUFFY is given.Tales Of Suspense#63(3/1965) he is renamed MIKE DUFFY.

      John_Holstein
      John_Holstein

      If Roger Stern or the a sleep at the switch editor had bothered to READ the OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE A TO Z vol.5 Premiere Hard Cover or MARVEL YOUR UNIVERSE SAGA(2008)--free Promo under CAPTAIN AMERICA( Bucky ) they would have know that WHITEWASH JONES was given a FIRST NAME in this profile---DOUGLAS "WHITEWASH" JONES. Next what in the hell is wrong with JEFFERSON "JEFF" SANDERVILT,HENRY "TUBBY" TINKLE and PERCIVAL "KNUCKLES" O'TOOLE ?HENRY TINKLE could be from the UNITED KINGDOM and the same town as Actor/Comedian JOHN CLEESE( whose real family name was CHEESE---changed by his father ).Plus you have FICTIONAL EUROPEAN COUNTRIES in TIMELY COMICS and MARVEL COMICS that JEFF SANDERVILT or others could have come from.Not to mention Family names could have been changed when they entered the U.S.

      John_Holstein
      John_Holstein

      This story should have been put in CAPTAIN AMERICA#600 and not wasted on a 70th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL.What I didn't like about it was the CHANGING OF THE NAMES and this,"The comics exaggerated the story,INVENTING WILD ABOUT US"( page 8 panel 1 ).I hate it when MARVEL let's "writers"( I do like you Mr.Stern,but it doesn't mean that writers I like don't frustrate me now and then ) rob us of MARVEL's TIMELY COMICS heritage by claiming this or that never happened( show me a story that you think doesn't work and I show you how it can work ) or CHANGING CHARACTERS NAMES.

      John_Holstein
      John_Holstein

      They could also TEAM-UP with LITTLE HERCULES[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/lhercules.html ].KNOBBY THE MARIONETTE[Marvel Mystery Comics#38(12/1942),39(1/1943),40(2/1943),41(3/1943)Jimmy Jupiter story].Plus the other members of the SENTINELS OF LIBERTY(counting BUCKY,JEFF,TUBBY & KNUCKLES of the YOUNG ALLIES there are 8 in total seen on page 15 panel 3 of Captain America Comics#6(9/1941)Captain America vs. the CAMERA FIEND )[Captain America Comics#4(6/1941),5(8/1941),6(9/1941)Captain America stories---appearances of the Sentinels Of Liberty ]."CANADIAN YOUTHS"[Marvel Mystery Comics#34(8/1942)aided the SUB-MARINER]---You could give them the name of the fake JUNIOR IDEAL CLUB( a Nazi cover organization )[Human Torch#3(win/1940-1941)Human Torch story ]. Is TRIXY TROUBLE[Kid Komics#1(2/1943)] a kid or an ?

      John_Holstein
      John_Holstein

      Maybe next time we can get a TIMELY KID HEROES TEAM-UP:BREEZY COLLINS[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/breezy.html ].TOUGH KID SQUAD[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/tough.html ].VICTORY BOYS[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/victory.html ].DAVEY & THE DEMON[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/davey.html ].RUSTY[ http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/d/defendertimely.htm ].JIMMY JUPITER[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/jupiter.html ].SECRET STAMP[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/stamp.html ].ROKO THE AMAZING[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/roko.html ].PINTO PETE[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/pinto.html ].MICROMAN[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/microman.html ].MARVELBOY 1[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/mboy1.html ].MARVELBOY 2[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/mboy2.html ].SUBBIE[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/subbie.html ].TOMMY TYME[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/tyme.html ].YOUNG AVENGER[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/yavenger.html ].TERRY VANCE[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/vance.html ]. MABU THE ELEPHANT BOY[Marvel Mystery Comics#36(10/1942)Sub-Mariner story].SLOW-MOTION JONES( Whitewash Jones' brother?)[USA Comics#6(12/1942)Whizzer sidekick ]---LEANDER JONES( a low-level sorcerer ) is the father of WHITEWASH JONES[Young Allies#10(win/1943-1944)Young Allies].Could GABRIEL JONES[Sgt.Fury#1(5/1963)] be the brother of WHITEWASH JONES & SLOW-MOTION JONES,and the son of LEANDER JONES?Could all the JONES be related to RENO JONES[The Gunhawks#1(10/1977)]?

      John_Holstein
      John_Holstein

      First I hope that YOUNG ALLIES COMICS is as good as MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS 70th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL#1 and MISS AMERICA COMICS 70th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL#1 because Captain America Comics#1,Sub-Mariner Comics#1 and Human Torch Comics#1 were disappointments. In MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS Tom DeFalco returned TORO to his GOLDEN AGE 12 or 13 years of age( as appose to the 16 or 17 years of age TORO and BUCKY were in the original INVADERS series ).I understand why they were aged,but they didn't have to be.There young age could be explained by one of three reasons:(1) a powerful Mystic or Cosmic Child-Like Being is responsible for FDR( not to mention VICTOR's father http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/victory.html )allowing children to fight in a war.(2) a Powerful Child is responsible for Children being allowed to fight in a war or against crime.(3) A TIMELY COMICS kid made a WISH to the BLUE FAIRY[Marvel Mystery Comics#38(12/1942),41(3/1943)Jimmy Jupiter story] or FAIRY DELIGHT[Marvel Mystery Comics#41(3/1943)Jimmy Jupiter story]. See I'm hoping that the YOUNG ALLIES were also returned to their TIMELY COMICS age of 12 or 13 years of age( ROY THOMAS never aged DC COMICS' Golden Age Child Heroes when he did the ALL-STAR SQUADRON or YOUNG ALL-STARS;plus KITTY PRYDE was 13 years old when she was recruited by PROFESSOR X and JUBILEE couldn't have been much older when she was made an X-MEN ). One more thing,it occurred to me that these tributes to TIMELY COMICS could have been linked together in one long story done in the style of ALL-WINNERS COMICS#19(sum/1946),21(win/1946-1947);MILLENNIUM EDITION:ALL-STAR COMICS#8(2/2001)reprinting ALL-STAR COMICS#8(11-12/1941);AVENGERS/DEFENDERS WAR---Avengers#115(9/1973)-118(12/1973)-Defenders#8(9/1973)-11(12/1973).

      Roger_Stern
      Roger_Stern

      [quote@FredII I am so excited about this.Mostly just because I want to see what they do with White Wash Jones, who may soon qualify (provided the stories are given adequate girth) as the first black super hero.His role in the original comics was shameful, but bringing him into the modern marvel image should be interesting.[/quote] I don't know that I'd call the young Mr. Jones a super-hero -- no super-[u] powers[/u] , after all -- but he [i] is[/i] a war hero. And, of course, his name [i] wasn't[/i] "whitewash"...something that he comments on during the course of the story. -- Uncle Rog

      FredII
      FredII

      I am so excited about this.Mostly just because I want to see what they do with White Wash Jones, who may soon qualify (provided the stories are given adequate girth) as the first black super hero.His role in the original comics was shameful, but bringing him into the modern marvel image should be interesting.