Public Domain Super Heroes
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Real Name

Jerry Steele

First Appearance

V...-Comics #1 (January 1942)

Original Publisher

Fox Features

Created by

Jay Foster & Ramona Patenaude


Jerry Steele was an American air ace who fought for his country during World War II as part of the American Eagle Squadron. On one of his missions, he wound up ferrying Ginger Dare, a member of a secret international anti-Nazi organization known as the V-Group, into the occupied territories, only to be captured by the Nazis before he could leave. He was tortured and placed in a concentration camp. When the prisoners tried to break out, Jerry distracted the Nazis long enough to give them time to escape. Suffice to say, the Nazis were not too happy about this, so they killed him and dumped his body outside the camp.

Hours later, a mysterious farmer brought Jerry back to life using a mysterious potion. He snuck him past the Nazi patrols and took him to his mountain cottage in Czechoslovakia. He informed Jerry that he was "Father Duroc," leader of the V-Group. For three months, he treated the young pilot with mysterious chemicals until Jerry recovered.

Once Jerry was back to full strength, Father Duroc gave him a magical costume that gave him "greater physical and mental power than other men have." He charged Jerry to use his powers to fight the Nazis in America.

Now calling himself V-Man, he returned to his homeland and recruited a group of local kids, creating an organization known as V-Boys Defense Corps. The V-Boys served as V-man's all-purpose assistants. V-Man communicated with them using a two-way video link he wore as a ring on his finger. The stories never bothered to explain where he got it from. V-Man was also occasionally assisted by Ginger Dare. For some reason, V-Man chose not to reveal his secret identity to her, allowing her to believe that Jerry Steele was a cowardly deserter. This was especially weird when you consider that he had no problem sharing his secret identity with the V-Boys.

Public Domain Appearances

  • Big 3 #7
  • Blue Beetle #13-19
  • V…-Comics #1-2


  • The "...-" in the title of V...-Comics is morse code for the letter V.
  • After this character's title was canceled, Fox went on to create similar-looking heroes (with different secret identities) known as Capt. V and the Puppeteer.

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