Yankee Girl

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Yankee Girl
Yankee Girl.jpg
Yankee Girl (AC Comics version)
Publication information
Publisher AC Comics
First appearance Dynamic Comics #23 (Nov. 1947)
In-story information
Alter ego Lauren Mason
Species Human
Place of origin Earth
Team affiliations Sentinels of Justice
Abilities Superhuman strength
Invulnerability
Flight

Yankee Girl is the name of two fictional comics characters, superheroines each debuting during the 1930s and 1940s Golden Age of Comic Books. One was revived in the 1990s.[1]

Publication history[edit]

The first superheroine called Yankee Girl was Kitty Kelly, created in a seven-page story by an unknown writer and artist in Four Star Publications' Captain Flight Comics #8 (cover-dated May 1945).[2] She made subsequent appearances in issue #9 (Sept. 1945), in a story by an unknown writer, penciler Maurice Whitman and inker Ann Brewster,[3] and Red Seal Comics #17 (July 1946), from Chesler Publications / Dynamic Publications, in which the feature is called "Kitty Kelly" rather than "Yankee Girl".[4]

The next Yankee Girl, Lauren Mason, appeared solely in Dynamic Comics #23 (Nov. 1947), from the Canadian firm Superior Publishers.[5] This story and another, whose original publication is unknown, appear in unauthorized reprints from I.W. Publishing / Super Comics in 1958 and 1964.[1]

An updated version of the Lauren Mason version, which had presumably fallen into public domain, debuted in independent publisher AC Comics' FemForce #29 (1990), as one of dozens of characters in a 24-page story by writer Bill Black and penciler Rik Levins.[6] She went on to appear in sporadically published comics from AC, including the single-issue Yankee Girl (Oct. 2003),[7] through 2008.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Yankee Girl (Lauren Mason) from Dynamic Comics #23 (Nov. 1947). Art by Ralph Mayo

In the 1940s, young socialite Lauren Mason would utter the words "Yankee Doodle Dandy!" to transform into Yankee Girl, gaining super strength, the power of flight, and enhanced durability or possibly invulnerability.[8]

In present-day stories beginning in the 1990s, it was explained that Mason had been bestowed her powers by the wizard Merlin in order to produce a champion to aid the Allied Forces during World War II. She and several other heroes of that era volunteered to enter suspended animated sleep at a classied vault to be summoned again when the world needed them. During the "Shroud Wars" storyline of Femforce, these heroes were awakened and were initially referred to as the "Vault Champions".

Yankee Girl is still essentially a young woman who grew up in the 1930s and 1940s, and is depicted as being relatively naive regarding the modern world and how society has changed. In various Femforce issues, Yankee Girl served as a spokesmodel for "Dunkies", a popular snack cake, along with Span-X, a fabric tailored for superheroes, with humorous results.

Powers and abilities[edit]

By uttering the words "Yankee Doodle Dandy!", the 1940s Lauren Mason gained super strength, the power of flight, and enhanced durability or possibly invulnerability.[8]

In the 1990s, her magic words are Karma Madre Tolon. This instantly changes her clothing into her heroic costume and gives her super powers. In this form she can lift 9000 pounds, is almost impervious to harm, and can fly. She can also survive in outer space unprotected.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Yankee Girl (character) at the Grand Comics Database.
  2. ^ Captain Flight Comics #8 at the Grand Comics Database.
  3. ^ Captain Flight Comics #9 at the Grand Comics Database.
  4. ^ Red Seal Comics #17 at the Grand Comics Database.
  5. ^ Dynamic Comics #23 at the Grand Comics Database.
  6. ^ FemForce #29 at the Grand Comics Database.
  7. ^ Yankee Girl #1 at the Grand Comics Database.
  8. ^ a b Yankee Girl at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on July 21, 2015.

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