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All Winners Comics #1-19 (June 1941 - Sep. 1946), All Winners Comics #21 (Dec. 1946) continued from Young Allies, All Winners Comics vol. 2 #1 (Aug. 1948).
All Winners Comics was the name of two American comic book series of the 1940s, both published by Marvel Comics predecessor Timely Comics during the period fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books. A superhero anthology comic in both cases, they variously featured such star characters as Captain America, the original Human Torch, and the Sub-Mariner. All Winners Comics was also the venue for two full-length stories of Marvel's first superhero team, the (hyphenated) All-Winners Squad.
Published quarterly, the first volume of All Winners Comics ran 20 issues, numbered #1-19 and #21. The working title, as seen in pre-publication house ads in other Timely Comics, was All Aces. The ads advised readers to "Watch out for this winner". All Winners Comics #1 (Summer 1941) contained a 12- to 13-page story each of the Human Torch, by writer-artist creator Carl Burgos; the minor hero Black Marvel, by writer Stan Lee, penciler Al Avison and inker Al Gabriele; Captain America as co-creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (writers), Kirby and Avision (pencils), and Simon, Gabriele and Syd Shores (inkers); the Sub-Mariner, by writer-artist creator Bill Everett; and the Angel, generally credited, unconfirmably, to writer-artist creator Paul Gustavson. All the characters were preexisting. Additionally, there was a two-page text story by Lee, with spot art by Ed Winiarski. The following issue, the preexisting superheroes the Destroyer and the Whizzer replaced the Black Marvel and the Angel. This lineup continued through #12, with a one-shot appearance of the Black Avenger in #6. With World War II wartime paper shortages. the page-count was reduced from 68 to 60 pages with issue #9 (Summer 1943), trimming the Destroyer feature slightly and shrinking that of super-speedster the Whizzer to six pages. With #12 (Spring 1944) it was further reduced to 52 pages, reducing the Destroyer feature to seven pages and eliminating the Whizzer's entirely. Two issues later, the book shrank to 36 pages, before finally returning to 52 pages after the war, with #17 (Winter 1945).
Timely/Marvel's first superhero team, the All-Winners Squad, featuring Captain America, the Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner, the Whizzer, and Miss America, starred in #19 (Fall 1946), in a 43-page story in seven chapters. A second, same-length All-Winners Squad story appeared in #21 (Winter 1946/47). Due to the vagaries and often-poor record-keeping of the early days of comic books, the interrupted numbering of the first volume, which has no issue #20, has never been definitively explained. Most comics historians follow a generally accepted theory involving the cost of registering magazines with the U.S. Postal Service in order to receive bulk-mailing rates. A common practice of the time involved retitling existing series rather than registering a new one. Historians generally agree that after issue #19, All Winners Comics became the teenage-humor comic All Teen Comics, which released a single issue, #20 (Jan. 1947). When Timely chose to do another All-Winners Squad story, the publisher retitled the canceled Young Allies Comics, which had ended with #20 (Oct. 1946), resulting in All Winners Comics #21. Most sources say All Winners Comics afterward became the humor title Hedy De Vine Comics, starting with #22 (Aug. 1947).
A second volume ran one issue before being retitled and reformatted as the Western anthologies All-Western Winners, Western Winners, the Western masked-crimefighter series Black Rider and Western Tales of Black Rider, and, finally, the anthology Gunsmoke Western, that last primarily starring Kid Colt, Outlaw.
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The Destroyer. Long before the United States entered World War II, the superhero fad in American comic books was in full swing and Nazi Germany was already proving to be a ready source of villains for them to fight. With elements of Iron Man and elements of Captain America in his origin story, The Destroyer debuted in the sixth issue of Mystic Comics, dated two months before Pearl Harbor, with the destruction of Nazism as his sole raison d'etre. The writer of his first story is unknown, but the artist was Jack Binder, later responsible for heroes at several publishers, such as Fighting Yank, Mary Marvel and Daredevil. It was published by the company that would eventually become Marvel Comics.
According to that story in Mystic #6, The Destroyer started out as Keen Marlow, an American reporter in Germany, investigating Nazi atrocities. The German government didn't take kindly to this, and threw him in jail. There, like Iron Man a couple of decades later, he met a liberty-loving scientist, who, like the ones who had powered up Captain America a few months earlier, was working on a formula to make a man stronger, faster and more durable than normal. The scientist, Prof. Eric Schmidt, administered the potion to Keen, hoping to escape with him, but died before achieving freedom. Keen got out, however, and did what any newly-superheroized American would do behind what would have been enemy lines if his country had been at war. He went on a destructive rampage, wearing striped pants, a full-face mask, and a skull emblem on his chest.
Aptly calling himself The Destroyer, the hero continued his destructive activities in subsequent issues of Mystic Comics, and when that title bit the dust, he kept on doing it in USA Comics, All Winners Comics, Kid Komics, Complete Comics and elsewhere, more than three dozen stories in all. His last appearance was in All Select Comics #11 (Fall, 1946).
Revival-wise, he lagged far behind such characters as The Human Torch, Sub-Mariner and even Red Raven, and when they did bring him back, he was a completely different person — or at least, had a different name. He was found doing his usual thing in The Invaders #18 (July, 1977), where the claim was made that most of the events of Mystic Comics #6 had happened not to Keen Marlow, but to somebody called Brian Falsworth, who happened to be the brother of Spitfire (who had recently become a member) and the son of Union Jack (a recently-created World War I superhero). A few months later, this new Destroyer passed on the name and the costume to Roger Aubrey, who was already an Invaders member under the name Dyna-Mite. After the war, these two were retroactively involved in a Nazi-hunting organization called The V Battalion.
The Keen Marlow character was eventually revived as well. In 1997, the TV cartoon version of Spider-Man depicted him, with Captain America, The Black Marvel, The Thunderer, The Whizzer and Miss America, all World War II relics, getting together as The Six Forgotten Warriors, for one last adventure. The Destroyer's voice was done by Roy Dotrice, a face actor whose biggest toon connection before that was a bit part in Batman: The Animated Series.
But in comic books nowadays, Keen Marlow is just an alternate name sometimes used by Brian Falsworth. Exactly why he was rewritten into another person, beyond a simple desire to fold it all together so everything fits unnaturally into everything else, has never been explained.