Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Golden Age Custom Action Figure - The Flag

During the 1940s (the Golden Age of Comics) patriotic superheroes were very popular. One of the early, and fairly obscure, ones was The Flag, who appeared in Our Flag Comics from Ace Publications starting in 1941. He only ran a few issues before disappearing into comics history obscurity. He was secretly Jim Courtney, who was born with an American flag birthmark on his chest. At age 21 the spirits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln appeared to him and told him he had been endowed with the strength of a hundred men, the speed of the wind and invulnerability. I made the figure from a DC comics Atom figure - and painting those stars was the hardest part.

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