VIRUS VIGILANTE (1)
November 2, 2020
One in a series of posts about the Antiviral Alliance, a now-forgotten squad of comic-book vigilantes who during the years leading up to (and through) WWII worked tirelessly to prevent another Spanish Flu-like pandemic. Fun fact: The original intercompany crossover, this “event” would inspire National Comics and All-American Publications to form the Justice Society of America in 1940–1941.
The Vigilante was one of the last to join the Alliance, in late ’41 — just weeks before Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany declared war on the United States. In his never-ending quest to fight the spread of infectious disease caused by airborne viruses, Greg Saunders employed “weapons of the range.” Sure, Greg’s mask wasn’t the safest one possible… but he meant well. PS: The Vigilante was also a member of the Seven Soldiers of Victory, none of whom wore proper masks.
Publisher: DC Comics
First appearance: Action Comics #42 (November 1941)
Created by: Mort Weisinger, Mort Meskin
INTRODUCING… THE ANTIVIRAL ALLIANCE. PRE-COMICS: THE MOON MAN (1933). ORIGINAL TRIO (joined forces in 1939): THE CLOCK | SANDMAN | FANTOM OF THE FAIR. AND THEN THERE WERE SEVEN (joined 1940): THE SHADOW | LADY LUCK | THE LAUGHING MASK | KINKS MASON. SECOND-WAVE SIX (joined 1941): BLAZING SKULL | THE CHALLENGER | THE THUNDERER | DOCTOR NEMESIS | HUMAN BOMB | THE VIGILANTE. LATE TO THE PARTY (joined post-1941): MICRO-FACE | THE DESERT EAGLE.
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