Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

So much of what exists in our society and in our culture is prevalent in the comics we read. While comics are fictional, and superheroes aren't real, sometimes we take from reality and what exists in it and use it as inspiration for the fictional world we want to create. The idea of patriotism is one of those very things. There are countless symbols of patriotism in comics, and there are likely too many to count. So, to celebrate Memorial Day, I thought I would list five symbols of patriotism that I have found in comics that are most obvious to me. Maybe you guys can help me name a few? 

 Captain America

Captain America

This is the obvious one, I mean, just look at his name! Captain America was first introduced in 1941, a full year into World War II and was given his very own comic book, Captain America #1. He has since appeared in over 3,400 comic books and has been a staple of Marvel comics as one of their most prominent characters. While his costume has changed over the years, and has been modified by different artists, the red white and blue stars and stripes that have made him so iconic have remained.
 == TEASER ==

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Of course, if you know me then you know I would throw her into the mix. For obvious reasons, Wonder Woman has always been symbolic of patriotism to me, not simply because of her costume. After first donning red white and blue to embark on her journey to deliver Steve Trevor back to the American goverment after he accidentally landed on Paradise Island, Diana has retained the costume and continued to wear it as a symbol of respect for America. Not only that, but she loved the U.S. so much, that she decided to stay and fight alongside members of the Justice League. 


To me, Superman epitomizes what it means to be a patriot. Beyond the fact that he bears the colors of the American flag as his uniform, he represents what made this country what it is. Superman is an immigrant from another planet that has settled in America and fallen in love with the people and their culture. He is, to me, what it means to be American and one of my absolute favorite superheroes. 
Now, for two of the more obscure examples...

 Reagan's Raider's #1

Reagan's Raiders

One of the strangest examples I have come across, was a series that was first released in 1986 during the Reagan Administration. Published by Gary Brodsky under Solson Comics, Reagan's Raiders only lasted for about three issues. The release of the first issue came in October of 1986, shortly following the height of the Iran-Contra during Reagan's term. Not only did the team hold Reagan's name in their title, but one of the team members even had his likeness.


The Shield

Before Captain America and the great Steve Rogers, there was The
 The Shield
Shield, published by DC Comics. Created in 1940 by Harry Shorten and Irv Novick for Archie Comics, The Shield saw success for about a year, that is until Archie trumped him. Archie Comics made several attempts to bring the character back into the limelight unsuccessfully, that is until 2009 when they teamed up with DC Comics. DC took the Shield and used the character as a part of their Red Circle series. The Shield saw some more time in the spotlight in his very own self titled ongoing from DC, but the lack of sales inevitably doomed the series and it was quickly canceled. However, something tells me this is not the last that we have seen The Shield!  
What other patriotic comic book characters can you name that you have found in comic books?
#1 Edited by EdwardWindsor (14517 posts) - - Show Bio

US agent ,Patriot or even iron patriot to some degree qualify to

#2 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29814 posts) - - Show Bio

#3 Posted by Krakoa (815 posts) - - Show Bio

Miss America 

#4 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio
@lazystudent: Why are you coughing?
#5 Posted by deadpoolmerc (23 posts) - - Show Bio



#6 Posted by EdwardWindsor (14517 posts) - - Show Bio
@Babs:  was ment to be a polite attention bringer to the other patriots , i was being rather british
#7 Edited by NightFang (10728 posts) - - Show Bio

Patriotism at it's best!

P.S. - I never heard of the Reagan's Raiders and i'm a little upset to see The Shield get  canceled but I agree that we haven't seen the last of him. 
#8 Posted by Roninidas (396 posts) - - Show Bio

Good List Babs..  I have another Obvious one for you.








#9 Posted by ComicMan24 (147292 posts) - - Show Bio

Freedom Fighters
#10 Posted by deadpoolmerc (23 posts) - - Show Bio

when the name is "The Liberteens" then thats patriotic and cheesy
#11 Posted by logan48227 (299 posts) - - Show Bio



Spirit of '76 
He was a low-level hero who became a short-lived substitute for Captain America at one point.
#12 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio
@Roninidas: Yeah, I thought about using him, but I didn't want another DC on the list.
#13 Posted by Black Lantern Mar-vell (2115 posts) - - Show Bio

#14 Posted by ComicMan24 (147292 posts) - - Show Bio

Liberty Legion and Shield was canceled?
#15 Posted by Dracade102 (8451 posts) - - Show Bio

Captain America, Bucky, Uncle Sam, Liberty Belle, And Superman.

#16 Posted by Jean_Luc_LeBeau (82981 posts) - - Show Bio

 Isaiah Bradley
#17 Posted by Roninidas (396 posts) - - Show Bio

I got another one. 

#18 Posted by Dracade102 (8451 posts) - - Show Bio
@Roninidas said:
I got another one. 


That Ones my Favorite.
#19 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio
#20 Posted by The WeatherMan (3261 posts) - - Show Bio

Jack Flag anyone? Anyone? 
Or how about Howling Commandos?
#21 Posted by jppasc63090 (4 posts) - - Show Bio

Would Beast be patriotic character?

#22 Posted by ComicMan24 (147292 posts) - - Show Bio
Thanks. I have one more, SuperPatriot from Image.
#23 Posted by chalkshark (1241 posts) - - Show Bio

Lest he be forgotten.
#24 Posted by Quest (111 posts) - - Show Bio


#25 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

What about..

#26 Posted by ComicMan24 (147292 posts) - - Show Bio

I was thinking about stargirl too, but does she count?
#27 Posted by StrongProtector (123 posts) - - Show Bio

How about Nuke (later Scourge)? He was psychotic, but he only wanted to serve his country. 

#28 Edited by MisterDK (227 posts) - - Show Bio

 Captains: Spain, France and Italy

 And we shall call him.... Captain Germany circa 1940

Because Patriotism isn't just for the yanks!
#29 Posted by ProjectGHOST (13 posts) - - Show Bio

I was wondering when Fury would be thrown out there. But How about Sgt. Rock? eh? eh?

#30 Posted by Krakoa (815 posts) - - Show Bio

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#33 Posted by buns134 (337 posts) - - Show Bio


Gosh Captain Nazi? patriotic to well not U.S.
#34 Edited by ArtisticNeedham (2471 posts) - - Show Bio

#35 Posted by nutzac4888 (49 posts) - - Show Bio

Not much else needs to be said, the Toxic Crusader!!!
#36 Edited by Duo_forbidden (1815 posts) - - Show Bio

The Veteran. Secretly keeping America safe with his secret group. Knows that they were actually 5 World Wars instead of 2 lol.
#37 Posted by superboy12 (267 posts) - - Show Bio

   Jack Flag 
#38 Posted by ForbushBug (512 posts) - - Show Bio

They don't get much more All-American than Ms. Victory...

#39 Posted by Silver2467 (16505 posts) - - Show Bio
@Babs: Excellent list, Babs. I agree with what you said about each character. They do represent patriotism in their own unique ways. Have a good Memorial Day. 
#40 Posted by LT1085 (3677 posts) - - Show Bio
#41 Posted by Ikkybooger (72 posts) - - Show Bio

Funny how Superman is now a symbol of the U.S. even though he was designed by a Canadian.

#42 Posted by LT1085 (3677 posts) - - Show Bio
@Ikkybooger:  Also see: Basketball 
#43 Posted by The_Martian (37399 posts) - - Show Bio

 Ms. Marvel
#44 Posted by Black Lantern Mar-vell (2115 posts) - - Show Bio
NICE, I like how you dug up a scan of Yankee Poodle from the Captain Carrot comic!  Good stuff!!
#45 Posted by Gylan Thomas (2754 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm never too comfortable with the idea of Superman as a "patriotic" character.
His costume's red and blue but no white and with a little bit of yellow to boot.
In a more serious way a character of his power should be more about the planet than any one country. I think the stories should approach that more.
I hate to be the party pooper but people often talk about what America represents but forget all about things like segregation and other dark times.
No one country's perfect.
It's important to celebrate the good but not to get lost in what we wish our country was and forget what's come before.
I consider myself lucky that due to my back ground I've developed a very balanced out look on my culture and heritage. I can see the good and bad of what's come and have never though my back ground give me any kind of birth right. Countries are land masses. It's the people we need to celebrate.
That said we should never  forget any mistakes we've made. If we do we'll never learn from them.
Thanks for reading

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#47 Posted by Caligula (12661 posts) - - Show Bio

every one is forgetting a recent one.

Invincible Iron Man #28

Invincible Iron Man # 25

Invincible Iron Man # 25
#48 Posted by Nyogtha (356 posts) - - Show Bio

Found a few.

Haunted Tank/Gen J.E.B. Stuart

American Eagle

Mr. America

Super Patriot

Had too, Captain Confederacy

and lastly Ulysses Pilgrim from Last American I found some more but too much to post.
#49 Posted by geraldthesloth (32689 posts) - - Show Bio
#50 Posted by ArtisticNeedham (2471 posts) - - Show Bio
@Black Lantern Mar-vell: Thanks, I have a folder saved with so many Patriotic character's and their various costumes.  So I posted a few of them.