The All-American

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The All-American
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Status: Conflicting statuses
Real Name: Johnny Appleton
Earliest Appearance: The late 1930s
Affiliation: partnered with Slugger
Base of Operations: Romeyn Falls/Astro City
Range of Operations: assumed International

Personal Data


Appearances (in Publication Order): Wizard Presents: Kurt Busiek's Astro City #1/2

Astro City: Silver Agent #1

Event Timeline


The All-American

A patriotic, World War II hero. He was active for the next decade or so. His scientist uncle, who transformed him from a football star into a juggernaut with super-heroic levels of strength, endurance and athleticism. He usually teamed with his sidekick, Slugger the Junior Dynamo.


In 1943, along with Slugger, he prevented a bank robbery by the Time-Keeper.


As a result of scientific alteration, his body performs at the very peak of athleticism.


He and Slugger had several exploits in the European theater during World War II.

Speculations, Theories

There is conflicting information about the All-American. One report has him being killed by a sniper's bullet in the Korean War as mentioned in the 2004 Visitor's Guide, while Elliot Mills mentions that the All-American along with the Lamplighter had just retired in 1959. That suggests the possibility that someone else, possibly a grown-up Slugger, donned the costume and assumed the role of the All-American for a handful of years following Appleton, the original All-American's death.

There is a possible link between the All-American and Slugger being involved in the the Commando K Project and U.S. Government covert operations.