Argentinian-born cartoonist Louis Cazeneuve is perhaps best known for his work with DC Comics in the Golden Age on a number of titles including Detective comics, action comics, More fun comics, Starry Comics, adventure comics, and others on characters like Aquaman and Shining Knight. He also co-created the Timely Comics character Red Raven with the writer Joe Simon. Cazeneuve has worked on a number of Fox Feature Syndicate titles like weird comics, Fantasy comics, Mysterious Men Comics, and others, and in Wonderworld Comics #28, he co-created the patriotic superhero character US Jones. A little known but important character who got his own title and fan club, you can get a copy of his first appearance in Wonderworld Comics #28 (Fox, 1941) Condition: GD- with its spectacularly bizarre cover by Edd Asheas well as many other questions Wonderworld Comics auctioned during June 26-27, 2022 Sunday & Monday Comic Books Select Auction #122226 from Heritage Auctions.
US Jones was a professional baseball player for a team called the Bisons. Throwing a shutout for his team one day, Jones suddenly begins to throw home runs late in the inning, much to the shock of the crowd and his teammates. After the game, Jones claimed to have suffered a “dead arm”, a condition not uncommon for baseball pitchers that is basically fatigue from overuse of the arm. However, the team’s coach found a large amount of money in his locker and accused him of ruining the game.
Jones immediately leaves to go see a doctor to have his arm checked so he can clear his name. The doctor mocks Jones for worrying about his baseball team and his sports while the world is at war and the country is in danger. He urges Jones to join him on a team of a different kind, as he is engaged in research that will help the country in its war effort. But Jones is preoccupied with proving he was not involved in a gambling scheme and leaves the doctor’s office.
Meanwhile, a local hobo called Grumbler is sitting in a restaurant in town when members of the Tonella gang arrive and begin discussing their plan to launch Bison games. They reveal that they planted the money in Jones’ locker, and even though he had refused their overtures to pitch the game that night, they lucked out when his arm died late in the game. They also disclose that they intend to pressure the pitcher for the next game to pitch this game as well. Noticing Grumbler sitting nearby, the gang tries to throw him a few dollars to shut up about what he heard, but the bum refuses and runs away.
The next day, Grumbler finds Jones in his apartment and tells him about the Tonella gang’s scheme. Jones and Grumbler head to the stadium to try and stop them, but the Bison’s pitcher refused to pitch the game and was quickly taken down by a gang member while on the pitcher’s mound in the ninth inning. . Rather incredibly, the game continues and Jones manages to finish the game for the Bisons despite his arm issues, redeeming himself in the process.
Jones and Grumbler return to the doctor’s office, and Jones eventually agrees to join the doctor’s project. The doctor injects Jones with what he calls a virus, which can be used to create a “race of prodigies” with which to defend democracy. Essentially, it’s a Captain America-style super-soldier serum. But just as Jones begins to feel the effects of the virus, Tonella’s gang breaks into the doctor’s office, having followed them there in revenge for Jones’ baseball heroism. The super strong Jones makes quick work of the gang, but the medic gets shot in the struggle. With his dying breath, the doctor tells Jones that he has already prepared a costume for this occasion. As Jones quickly dons the patriotic garb, he vows to use his newfound powers to fight the enemies of democracy.
Wonderworld Comics #28 on newsstands about six months after Captain America Comics #1, and US Jones is certainly cut from the same cloth as Captain America, even debuting a “US Jones Cadets” club, similar to Captain America’s Sentinels of Liberty. US Jones took over the covers of Wonderworld Comics for the last two issues of this series, and also got his own short-lived title for two issues, interrupted by Fox’s bankruptcy in 1942. Little-known but important character, you can get a copy of his first appearance in Wonderworld Comics #28 (Fox, 1941) Condition: GD- with several other numbers of Wonderworld Comics auctioned during June 26-27, 2022 Sunday & Monday Comic Books Select Auction #122226 from Heritage Auctions.
Wonderworld Comics #28 (Fox, 1941) Condition: GD-. Origin and first appearance of US Jones. The stories of Lu-Nar the Moon Man begin. Bondage cover. The spine is split from the bottom to the middle of the book. Has a “Free Copy” stamp on the cover, through the logo. Overstreet 2021 GD 2.0 value = $290.
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