The All-American

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The All-American
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Status: Deceased; 2nd Announced Retirement in 1959
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 and football themed hero of the World War II era and after with his partner Slugger the Junior Dynamo. He was transformed by his scientist uncle's experiments from a football star to super-heroic levels of strength, endurance and athleticism.


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


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


He and Slugger were active in the European theater of 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. 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, took over the costume for several years after Appleton was killed.

There also could be some link between the All-American, Slugger, Commando K/Commando K Project and U.S. Government involvement which would show how all these are related, if at all besides what has already been established.