On October 22nd, 2015, several service members came together on Facebook for Buddycheck 22, as a way for veterans to check up on their fellow veterans. Also, November 11th is Veterans Day. In honor of these events let us take a look at some of our favorite comic book characters who also armed services veterans.
Butler, medic, and caretaker of The Batman, Alfred Pennyworth has had several reinventions as much as his boss has. One constant that has come in and out of his tenure in the Batman comics has been his military service in the British Armed Forces. Handy with a shotgun, a scalpel, and a torque wrench, Mr. Pennyworth has shown that his training has been a huge asset to the Dark Knight. Also, his loyalty, discipline, and attention to detail add belivability in Alfred's background as a veteran of either the Royal Marines or Royal Air Force.
COMMISSIONER JAMES GORDON
James Gordon, also an associate of The Batman is also a veteran. Serving in the US Army as a Military Police officer and later investigator, he learned how to deal with even Special Forces members in hand to hand combat. Tactically minded, and an excellent leader and marksman, his Army background has been part of his background since the 1980's
The most well known veteran in DC comics is also the best known Green Lantern, Hal Jordan. An experienced US Air Force veteran pilot and later civilian test pilot, Jordan has been involved with the Air Force through out his career as Green Lantern. His flight and combat capabilities have given him an edge as a superhero and have given him prominence as a capable, yet cocky, member of the JLA and the USAF.
A former US Air Force pilot and researcher, Carol Danvers started her super hero career as Ms. Marvel-, the female version of the Marvel Comics character, Captain Marvel. (That's a lot of Marvel, but we are talking comics) Later transitioning between other characters and power sets, eventually she came into her own as the Captain Marvel. Among her other powers is flight, and her USAF background gives her an edge in the air and in the field as a member of The Avengers.
Sam Wilson (movie version)
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sam Wilson is a friend and ally of Steve Rogers a.k.a Captain America. A former pararescue specialist with the US Air Force, he works as a counselor for combat veterans suffering from PTSD. In the Marvel films, he becomes established as the super hero, The Falcon, and works with The Avengers. Capable under pressure and cool headed during a fire fight, Sam displays compassion and courage throughout his appearances in the MCU, and although it wasn't part of his comic book version's background, it's a great salute to our veteran's
The best known veteran on this list is, of course, Steve Rogers, also known as, Captain America. A long standing member and associate of the US Army since World War II, Steve Rogers has been the epitome of the American Service member. Strong, loyal, steadfast, and a great leader, Steve Rogers is the ultimate representation of what it means to serve.
For those of you who aren't aware, Buddy Check 22 has a very serious purpose behind it. This push was to raise awareness of the current statistical suicide rate of twenty two veterans on average a day. This statistic is a reality that affects the men and women of our armed forces. Also, as we take a look at our comic book heroes, and remember our real life heroes this and in future Veteran's Days, let us remember to look after those who served and need our help.