Breeze Barton

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Breeze Barton
Publication information
Publisher Timely Comics
Marvel Comics
First appearance Daring Mystery Comics #3 (April 1940)
Created by Jack Binder
In-story information
Alter ego Kurt Barton
Team affiliations A.R.M.O.R.
S.H.I.E.L.D
Abilities Exceptional hand-to-hand combatant
Enhanced endurance
Use of jetpacks and ray guns

Breeze Barton is a fictional character, a superhero who appears in comics published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Daring Mystery Comics #3 (cover-dated April 1940), by Timely Comics, the precursor of Marvel. He was conceived by Jack Binder as an alternate-reality soldier in the U.S. Army fighting in World War II.

Publication history[edit]

Breeze Barton was created by Jack Binder. His universe of origin is the alternate reality of Earth-4040.[1] The character made its debut in April 1940's Daring Mystery Comics #3, published by Timely Comics.[2]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Miracle City[edit]

Kurt "Breeze" Barton[3] is an American soldier fighting enemy forces across the globe during World War II. After his plane gets gunned down by Japanese forces, he lands in the middle of the Sahara. Just as he finds a "wondrous city towering in the distance", which he thinks is a mirage, he blacks out. Barton regains consciousness in a ward, where Ann Barclay tells him that he has come to Miracle City, also known as the "City of the Mirage".[1]

Barton later discovers from the chief scientist of Miracle City, Zanoba, that ageing does not occur in the area due to the absence of time. Miracle City is cited as "the only one contact with Earth — the 'Spot'." A strange science phenomenon has allowed every living organism in it "to become imortal [sic]". Barton figures that building a gigantic magnetiser would enable one to escape the "Spot".[1]

He also finds out about another city in the "Land of the Mirage" — a demonic hub inhabited by "half-man-half-animal" creatures. Their troops are led by Mubahn, who seeks to learn the secret of magnetism so as to get through the "Spot". Muban's efforts become futile when Barton invades Demon City to rescue Zanoba, who has been captured, and single-handedly slays many demons. Causing internal chaos, Barton and Zanoba return to the peaceful Miracle City. Ann Barclay promises to return to the "normal" Earth with Barton once the magnetiser finishes completion.[1]

A.R.M.O.R.[edit]

Generations later, A.R.M.O.R. (Altered-Reality Monitoring and Operational Response) leader Howard the Duck and S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate) operative Dum Dum Dugan recruit Barton and a few other alternate reality superheroes to battle "Nazi zombies" looking to subjugate parts of the Marvel multiverse. Barton is killed during the clash.[4]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Strictly speaking, Breeze Barton has no superhuman powers. However, he has exceptional fighting skills[3] and a high level of endurance, having been able to survive a year of dehydration in the Sahara.[1] He is a known user of jetpacks and is frequently seen sporting two ray guns.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Daring Mystery Comics #3 (April 1940)[incomplete short citation]
  2. ^ Malloy, Alex G. (2006). Standard Guide to Golden Age Comics. Krause Publications. p. 99. ISBN 089689181X. 
  3. ^ a b c "Breeze Barton". International Hero. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ Frank Marraffino; Peter David (10 October 2012). Marvel Zombies Destroy. Marvel Entertainment. pp. 54–. ISBN 978-1-302-01397-4. 

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