|Publisher||Fox Feature Syndicate|
|First appearance||Wonderworld Comics #28 (August, 1941)|
|Abilities||Expert fighter, in excellent physical condition.|
U.S. Jones is a fictional patriotic superhero character who first appeared in comic books from the Fox Feature Syndicate in August 1941.
Fall 1941 was a boom period for patriotic superheroes as the country prepared to enter World War II; during this period, comic book publishers also launched Miss Victory, Miss America, the Star-Spangled Kid, the Fighting Yank, the Flag, Captain Flag and Yank and Doodle, among others.
Jones first appeared in Wonderworld Comics #28 in August, 1941, and later had his own short-lived comic title; the two issues of U.S. Jones came out in November, 1941, and January, 1942. The character was created by writer Bob Farrell and artist Louis Cazeneuve.
The character was never given an origin story or an identity other than his costumed one, although he was known as a secret agent for the United States government. What made him different from the rest was the fact that, while other superheroes tried to start fan clubs from amongst their readers, he was calling children to action against America's enemies. The "U.S. Jones Cadets Membership Kit," which the readers sent away for, told the readers that democracy must be protected at all costs, and listed ten rules for members; these included keeping fit, conserving resources, and knowing one's neighbors, among other things. The pinback button issued as part of the membership kit is very rare, and sought after by collectors.
In 2009, Dynamite Entertainment brought back U.S. Jones in their Black Terror miniseries; whether or not this hero will be part of Dynamite's Project Superpowers line is not yet known.
Nothing is known about the origins or identity of the costumed hero called U.S. Jones; he first appeared in 1941, fighting against America's enemies and actively encouraging citizens to do likewise. He has no powers or special weapons, but is in top physical condition. His costume, which has a stars-and-stripes theme, has the letters "US" on the front. He's assisted by a hobo named Grumbler. He fought Nazis and fifth columnists.
At some point after World War II, Jones was entrapped in the mystical Urn of Pandora, along with scores of other heroes, by the misguided Fighting Yank. Decades later the Urn was broken and the heroes freed, and Jones found himself in an America that was drastically different from the one he remembered. What part this hero will play in the modern world remains to be seen.