One last look at Young Allies #1, one of the worst, most offensive things I have ever read. And yes, I have the entire run, so buckle up.
Tubby gets a pass from me on this one. Us fat guys have to stick together:
Someone was trying to be funny because the Young Allies were in France and none of them spoke the language. You see, if you speak two languages, you are "bilingual." If you speak three, you are "trilingual." If you only speak one, you are "American."
So, anyway, Tubby finally gripes that there are too many foreigners in France, referring to French people. But actually, since this was during WWII, I'm sure many French people would have agreed with Tubby that there were too many foreigners in France at that time, all speaking German.
And then things get really bizarre. F'rinstance:
Adolph Hitler himself doesn't recognize Bucky. Mind you, Bucky is Captain America's partner. You'd think that if Hitler were to recognize anyone on sight, it would be a masked kid wearing an American-colored costume.
But wait. There's more:
I'm not positive this is the only time the real face of the Red Skull is ever seen, but it's the only time I've ever seen it, and I'm an old person with far too much time on my hands.
Okay, that was only entertaining to my fellow comic geek readers, but it was worth noting.
Before you look at the next panel, remember that Toro is the only member of the bunch with any actual super-powers. Okay, got it? Here we go:
Toro seems to have forgotten that whole "turn myself into a flaming human in order to save me and my friends from danger" thing. Instead, he's right there below Bucky, trying to wrestle a trained, armed Nazi soldier. Frankly, I'm amazed this team survived to the next issue.
But survive they did, even Whitewash (who would live to offend African Americans for untold generations to come doing things I won't even put on the blog). But only because the adults came to save their hides, which is the most realistic thing I saw:
So, this is where Cap met the Torch for the first time. That's kind of a historic moment in comic book history, which actually makes it rather cool. Not cool enough to make this thing were reading or owning, but still an unexpected bit of noteworthiness.
And you even get to see them in action together. Sort of:
That was rather anti-climactic, even by Golden Age standards. Ah, well.
See you tomorrow!