From the history books in school, we all learned about how George Washington led the colonial armies to victory in the American Revolution, and later became the first president of the United States of America; but in the fictional comic book world, he’s had many interesting adventures with various superheroes.
Just in time for July 4 holiday celebrations, here are some key George Washington books, and other ones centered on the American Revolution.
For Marvel Comics, the 1st appearance of George Washington was in Blonde Phantom Comics Vol 1 #13 (1947). In this issue, the British plan to gift George Washington with a treasure trove of valuable jewels and crown him the King of the United States. Meanwhile, the Blonde Phantom foils Redcoat’s attempt to steal the jewels. This issue is relatively rare, with only a handful of this issue comes on the market each year; the latest was a CGC 5.5 that sold for $555.00 in March.
Not to be left out, DC Comics had their own George Washington. His 1st appearance in DC Comics was in Superman #48 (1947). When the Daily Planet holds an autograph collecting competition, Superman decides to help Johnny Terrill by traveling back in time to collect the signatures of various key historical figures. On an interesting side note, Metropolis in the DC Comics was originally founded as DeVries Village and later renamed to Fort Hunter following the American Revolution.
“George Washington is alive and well – watch out Mr. Spock!” In Gold Key’s Star Trek #9 (1971), the Enterprise discovers a strange planet full of Earth’s most famous historical figures. They uncover that a human historian named Alexander Lazarus has been creating androids that mimic the historical figures. Lazarus tries to kill Spock for his brain while the rest of the crew battle the various historical figures/androids. Of the three comic books mentioned so far, this one is perhaps the most affordable; you can purchase a FN copy in the five to ten dollar range.
In Hit Comics #44 (1947), Kid Eternity calls on the spirit of George Washington for help on his adventures. DC Comics does own Kid Eternity and Hit Comics #44 was published before Superman $48, but at the time of publication, the original publisher Quality Comics was not yet acquired by National Periodical Publications (now DC Comics) until the late 1950s.
RELATED MODERN BOOKS
In the “Dead Presidents” story arc, the Necromancer reanimated all the dead presidents of the US. The first issue of the storyline technically contains several 1st appearances; specifically, the zombie versions of all the presidents. Zombie George Washington graces the cover of the finale. Leave it to Deadpool, a Canadian, to save the day.
This issue isn’t necessairy focused on George Washington, but it spans the time frame during the American Revolution. In this issue, the Skrulls threatened to derail the writing of the Declaration of Independence. The Fantastic Four travel back in time and put an end to the Skrulls’ plans.
“I cannot tell a lie. I killed Deadpool with my little hatchet.” – Zombie George Washington