Mystery Men & Women:

The X-Y's

  X, the Phantom Fed: 1940, Sure Fire Comics #1 (Ace). X, the phantom of the FBI, is a master of disguise whom no one knows who he is or what he really looks like. Just as the Raven is the comic version of Ace's pulp hero the Moon Man, X is the comic version of Ace's pulp hero, Secret Agent "X". Down to the creator of the strip is "Brand House" while the writer of the pulp is "Brant House" (puns intentional, I'm sure) and the first strip is lifted, title and all, from Secret Agent "X"s first recorded adventure, "Ambassador of Doom." He's even called "Secret Agent X" at the end.
Yank and Doodle: 1941, Prize Comics #13 (Prize). Rick (Yank) Walters and Dick (Doodle) are the twin sons of Walt Walters (The Black Owl II). When they were babies, their mother was killed by an early supporter of Hitler, and Walt promised her he'd raise them as lovers of their country and freedom. When they become teen-agers, they become patriotic heroes. No overt powers, but they seem to fight better as a duo than when separated. For awhile they operate as heroes unbeknownst to their father, but he finds out right around the same time that the original Black Owl asks him to take over for him. Walters agrees so that he can secretly keep an eye on his sons.
  The Yankee: 1945, Witty Comics #2 (Chicago Nite Life). Michael Morgan is the Yankee, a detective styled hero who stops a black widower.
  Yankee Boy: 1941, Yankee Comics #2 (Harry "A" Chesler). Victor Martin is a lad who puts on a patriotic costume to help Inspector Foley fight for law & order. As a character, he's the above-the-Maxon-Dixon-County-Line counterpart to Johnny Rebel.
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Yankee Doodle Jones: 1941, Yankee Comics #1 (Harry "A" Chesler). Yankee Doodle Jones has one of the most bizarre and disturbing origins of GA heroes. A scientist basically sacrifices severely wounded and maimed soldiers to create a formula that basically makes Jones a Captain America copy. When the scientist is slain by some costumed Nazi agents, his son also takes the formula so that he can help Yankee Doodle Jones as Dandy bring the killers to justice. The art on the story is top-notch though.
  Yankee Girl (I): 1945, Captain Flight #8 & 9 (Four Star Publications). Kitty Kelly is one of those apparently common airline hostesses that gets into all sorts of adventures. She is called "Yankee Girl". She is unrelated to the later super-powered but non-Yankee Girl Kitty Kelly (see "Kitty Kelly")
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Yankee Girl (II): 1947, Dynamic Comics #23 (Harry "A" Chesler). Laura Mason changes into the super-powered Yankee Girl by saying the magic words "Yankee Doodle Dandy". She can fly and is tough, but can be knocked out by a blackjack to the back of the head. Her fiance is surgeon Dr. Corey Habot. NOTE: She only had two adventures, the first being reprinted by I. W. Publishing in Dynamic Comics #1 (resurrecting the title name but not the numbering) in 1958 and then printed her second but unpublished adventure in 1964 (!) in Danger Comics # 16. Since then, she has apparently gotten a boob job and been a regular in AC's staple of comics.
  Yankee Longago: 1942, Boy Comics #3 (Lev Gleason). George "Yankee" Longago is "the boy of to-day in the land of yesteryear". He time travels and meets various heroes and notables of various times periods.
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Yarko the Great: 1939, Wonder Comics #2 (Fox). Yarko is one of those catch-all magician heroes whose powers of magic and hypnotism can meet and defeat any adversary whether they be voodoo masters, vampires, or hellish denizons. He has the luxury of being created by Will Eisner as well as having some of his adventures drawn by Bob Powell. So, he always looked good regardless of the tux. NOTE: There is more to his history than readily apparent. Yarko seems to have first been syndicated overseas in some form. He was then changed a little and appeared in the Spirit comic sections as Mr. Mystic in 1940. Almost all online sources cite the Yarko from overseas, but don't mention the relationship to the character in the Fox line of comics running concurrently. At times Yarko also spoke the backwards magic of the Guardineer magicians such as Zatarra.
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Yellowjacket: 1944-46, Yellowjacket Comics 1-10, Jack in the Box Comics 11, TNT Comics 1 (Frank Communale). Vince Harley is an author of mystery stories. He discovers that not only will bees not attack him, but he can even direct them to some degree. He uses this talent and his keen detective mind to fight crime as the costumed Yellowjacket.
  Young Dynamite: 1942, Boy Comics #6 (Lev Gleason). Rollo P. Quinn is the "toughest kid in the world". You can tell he's tough because he wears a bowler hat like other little tough kids of the time.
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Young Robinhood: 1942, Boy Comics #3 (Lev Gleason). Billy Lackington is a youth who decides to use his skills with a bow and arrow to fight against injustice and America's enemies. He takes his fascination with Robin Hood to the next level and puts together his own group of "Merry Men", his pals Fatso, Squeeky, and Freckles. Several covers suggest team-ups of all the heroes of the title.

 

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