So, I was trolling around the public domain comics looking for Crimebuster stories, and I got distracted by Captain Fearless #1.
And there were TWO issues of Captain Fearless, smartypants, so don't get all smug.
But if you missed one of those two issues, and I'm prepared to guess most of us did, let's check in on the origin of Captain Fearless:
Wait a minute. The ghost of a guy's ancestor talks to him and then leaves him equipment for fighting injustice? Haven't we seen this exact origin before?
Why, yes we have.
Hmmmmmm. I don't know if I can go on. I mean, the guy's name is John Fearless and he has the exact same origin as the unfortunately-named Fighting Yank. Wait - what's that written on the horn?
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!
Okay, I'm back in.
But then I see this:
You may wonder why Captain Fearless gets inducted into the Costume Hall of Shame, but here's the punchline:
This wasn't a Western series.
Hey! It's a Moment of Comic-Book Greatness!(tm!):
Can you believe this comic book didn't take off? I mean, it had Captain Fearless, and... whatever that last thing was, and Citizen Smith!
Let's check out his awesome origin!:
So, he went to the grave of his ancestor, you see? And the ancestor's ghost appeared...
.... and.... told him to.... fight injustice.
Are you kidding me? Two guys with the exact same origin in the same bleeding issue? I have endured much in my love for you, oh Cruel Mistress that is Comics, but now you have pushed me too far!
Heh.... "Blow Only in Great Danger."
Oh, I can't stay mad at you for long, my love!
I suppose it's possible. Ghosts are usually the remains of old people, and old people always feel entitled to tell you how to live your life, so if you meet a ghost you can probably anticipate it's going to give you some time-consuming mission. I can't wait until I'm old enough to do that! I'm gonna annoy the heck out of everyone, everywhere I go! You worthless kids!
See you tomorrow!