Born and raised in Brooklyn, Jeffrey Mace found employment as a reporter at the Daily Bugle. During the Second World War he was inspired by the heroics of Captain America, and decided to become a costumed adventurer as well. To this end he created the identity of the Patriot.
The Patriot was created by Ray Gill and Bill Everett and first appeared in The Human Torch #4 (1941). His first modern-day appearance was in Marvel Premiere Issue 29 (1976).
Following the revival of Captain America in the Modern Age, Patriot was retconned to have been one of the men who took up the mantle of Captain America following the original's disappearance and presumed death during the war.
Major Story Arcs
Patriot founds and leads the stateside superhero group known as the Liberty Legion during World War II. With the encouragement of Bucky Barnes, Patriot sends out a call over the radio airwaves for other superheroes to join the fight against Nazi infiltrators. Quite a few respond: Miss America, the Whizzer, Red Raven, Blue Diamond, the Thin Man, and Jack Frost all answer the call and become the Liberty Legion. Throughout the war, the group fights saboteurs, spies, and other enemies within America. After the war, Patriot helps to save John F Kennedy from a 1946 assassination attempt.
Following the death of the second Captain America, William Nasland, Patriot takes over the identity to continue the Captain's legacy. He spends three years as the Captain before retiring from superheroics in 1949 and marrying his former sidekick Betsy Ross.
The Death of Jeffery Mace
Suffering from cancer and confined to his hospital bed in New York, an elderly Mace holds onto life until his old friend Steve Rogers can be by his bedside. He dies with Rogers by his side, confident that his friend will carry on the fight.
Powers and Abilities
Patriot has no superhuman powers or abilities. He is skilled at hand-to hand combat. He is a gifted and intelligent leader.