We’re at Day 3 of Howard Simpson’s month-long celebration of Jack Kirby on social media! Open to all creatives, you can find the work on your favorite social media platforms by the hashtag #KirbyArtTributes.
Today’s prompt is the Young Allies. I must admit that once you get outside of Captain America, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner, I am less familiar with the Timely characters than I am with DC’s Golden Age offerings. Created initially by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, the Allies were a kid gang group that apparently first appeared in the pages of Captain America under the name “the Sentinels of Liberty.” They proved popular enough to be spun off into their own title. Simon and Kirby didn’t stick around for that long.
The Allies were another kid group who fought the Axis. Led by Captain America’s sidekick Bucky and the Human Torch’s sidekick Toro, the rest of the group (from upper left) included Henry “Tubby” Tinkle, (-cringe-) “Whitewash” Jones, Jefferson “Jeff” Sandervilt, and Percival Aloysius “Knuckles” O’Toole.
The Young Allies stories haven’t been reprinted very much, and for good reason. If you bother to dig up artwork online (like I had to in order to do this drawing), you’ll see why. Poor Whitewash is treated in this horribly racist way in the strip. Not that the other characters appeared to be much more than a collection of stereotypes either (the fat kid who’s eating all the time, the tough kid who’s always looking for a fight, etc.).
Anyway, I hope you enjoy what I did with them. See you again tomorrow!