The All-American

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The All-American
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Status: Now Deceased, he retired twice, the final occurrence 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, football themed hero of the World War II era and the decade or so thereafter. He was transformed by his scientist uncle's experiments from a football star to super-heroic levels of strength, endurance and athleticism. He also teamed with a sidekick, Slugger the Junior Dynamo.


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, donned the costume and assumed the role of the All-American for a handful of years following Appleton's death.

There could also be a link between the All-American and Slugger somehow involved in the the Commando K Project and U.S. Government covert operations.