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Yankee Girl: Stars and Stripes Forever #1

Yankee Girl: Stars and Stripes Forever #1

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It’s finally here, the special double-thick celebration of AC’s star-spangled second banana! Leading off, a brand-new YANKEE GIRL adventure set in the Fabulous ’50’s, as YG must face the awful onslaught of the combined evil might of The PANDA, LADY LUGER and FRITZ VOLTZMAN, with only guest-star Roger(The AVENGER) Wright to lend a hand, in “Buzz Bomb Blitz”, a comic- book tor-du-force penned by Wild Bill Black, penciled by Earnest Eric Coile, with inks by Stellar Scott Shriver and Wild Bill Himself. It’s chock full of stormtroopers, zepplins, doughboys and V-1 rocket madness!! Then, in an all-new modern-era story, Lauren (YANKEE GIRL) Mason treats herself to a tropical island vacation on the No Trouble atoll that quickly degenerates into a disaster on two levels, in “Can’t Stand The Heat, Kaiju?” ; plotted and penciled by Rambunctious Rock Baker, with ink finishes by Jaunty Jeff Austin and dialogue by Stunning Stephanie Heike. Then, step down memory lane for a selection of YG’s greatest adventures not seen since the 1990’s; including her FIRST AC featured role in an untitled story originally published in the long-out-of-print Good Girl Art Quarterly #7, written and inked by Mark Heike, and penciled by Dave Roberts. See YG and SHE-CAT battle it out (literally) for the role of spokesmodel for BH Industries. Then, as first seen ‘way back in Good Girl Art Quarterly #11, it’s YG in the now-classic “Sugar Cakes”, written and inked by Mark Heike, and penciled by Bad Brad Gorby. YG tries a new job; this time selling “Little Igor” snack cakes. Guest-starring the GREEN LAMA. Next, Lauren Mason bumps into her old fiance’ (from the Golden Age days) Corey Habot in “Old Flames”, written & drawn by Chris Allen, and inked by Mark Heike. This one initially appeared back in FEMFORCE #108. Then, YG runs afoul of the evil plotting of the villainous VULTURE in “The School For Yankee Girls, written and drawn by Chris Allen, with inks by Mark Heike, from FEMFORCE #109. After that, it’s back to the distant past of the 1940’s, for a breif text overview of the actual Golden Age publishing history of YANKEE GIRL at Harry “A” Chesler publications (written by Bossman Bill Black), followed by complete reprints of the ONLY TWO actual Golden Age YANKEE GIRL stories produced in the 1940’s; both of which were drawn by Ralph Mayo. And finally, a reprint of what is perhaps the “lost” Golden Age YANKEE GIRL story, KITTY KELLY, from Chesler’s Red Seal #17, in 1946. To try to understand just WHAT this character has to do with YANKEE GIRL, you’ll have to read Bill’s text piece in this book. Overall, it’s NINE great YG stories total (three of which have never before been seen) over 92 pages, in crisp black and white (in standard comic book size) inside a spectacular, full-color Will Meugniot cover; saddle-stitched. Released in 2012.

6 Responses to "Yankee Girl: Stars and Stripes Forever #1"

  1. Eric Johnson  March 15, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Been looking forward to this one. Eager to see both the original Golden Age YG stories, and some new Eric Coile art of YG in action!

  2. Jimjohnston  March 16, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Great stuff I’ll be looking forward to previews ordered copies arriving (eventually ) but I will be back in a little while to direct order a copy to pass along to friend who is this character’s#1 fan

  3. Mark Holmes  March 16, 2012 at 11:19 am

    No Trouble atoll, really. This book promises to be a fun read. That’s what I like about AC comics, the creators have not forgotten that comics are supposed to be FUN! Can’t go wrong with this line up of artists and writers.

  4. larry  March 18, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    What is the diamond number to order this book? thanks

  5. Mark G. Heike  March 18, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    The Diamond DCD Item number for Yankee Girl: Stars and Stripes Forever #1 is DEC110766, from the Devemner, 2011 issue of Previews.

  6. Jimjohnston  June 26, 2012 at 6:30 am

    It’s a bit over due but I would like to make a few brief comments and observations about this comic.
    First off-I like that this comic provides a showcase for a Golden age/ A C Comics/Fem Force character who does not get as much exposure as some fans ( myself included) would like
    Secondly-The comic features 3 Golden age reprint stories , featuring the character which were all entertaining and enjoyable..Personally speaking I really appreciate the chance to read theses great old stories which would probably otherwise be lost to readers like me.There was also a very informative article Yankee Girl article by Bill Black
    Next – There were some FF reprint stories which introduce the new reader to the A.C. Comics variant of the character,and
    recounted the difficulties and challenges she faced in adjusting to and dealing with the modern world.
    These stories were crafted in such a way so that that her adventures -which could have come off as being farcical or mean spirited or broadly comic-instead leave the reader feeling sympathetic towards the character.She is really not well equipped to make her way in the world she finds herself in,she makes impulsive and ill-advised choices and has all sorts of bad luck. and is often not treated with respect. But she perseveres and does her best ,and eventually when she does catch a break.the reader feels good for her.
    And Then- there two brand new Yankee girl stories.
    Buzz Bomb Blitz was the 1st story It was a satisfying read and was set in the 1950’s I really liked this one because it portrayed Lauren Mason(Yankee girl) as some one who in the course of her adventure will inadvertently “drop the the ball” (or “screw up”as the story says.)but she will always persevere until she finds away to prevail even though she finds herself starting out from a very disadvantaged (hopeless) position.
    As a personal aside I really like that the character is portrayed in this way-namely as some one , even though they make some big mistakes ( and fall way behind) do not give up and eventually comes back to triumph
    I also like that this story featured the re-appearance of some” old friends” namely the Panda, Lu Sin, Lady Luger,Dr. Fritz Voltzman, and the Dough boys ,all behaving in the classically under handed , devious treacherous manner of the traditional comic book villains.I also like that they all escaped at the end of the story , leaving the way open foe a sequel (which I would really like to see.)
    Also in this this story I liked the fun details scattered through out it- eg- The fact that the Panda and Lu Sin paid for antiqued Nazi Weapons of Mass Destruction with counterfeit money.-eg.-Lauren’s rather dowdy/conservative civilian outfit which was a marked contrast to her super-heroine uniform(though that garment compared very favorably with those distinctive 50’s era undergarments in which-when she wasn’t in that uniform -the character was clad, through most of the story.
    Art -wise-The story was very good .There were excellent and wonderfully intricate and detailed images through out the story. The Eric Coile and Scott Shriver collaboration gave us some excellent results.And Bill Black’s inking input produced some really stand-out images.
    The second new story was titled “Can’t Stand the Heat Kaiju?It was likewise excellent. I really liked how the character was portrayed in this story . It starts out with the character down on her luck (again ) and feeling a little sorry for her self.But when disaster strikes and people are in danger she immediately goes into action. Even though she feels she might not be qualified to deal with the problem ,she realizes that there is no one else around and it is all up to her. In spite of the fact that she keeps running into complications and unforeseen consequences (Extinguishing a volcano releases a giant monster!)she just keeps at it until she saves the day. I must add that I thought the character displayed a nice sense of humility.and self awareness when she caught herself using self aggrandizing language to describe her actions and took herself to task for it. And I must say it was fun trying ot identify exactly which “Kaiju”(Godzilla -type) monster she was dealing with. Rock Baker’s pencil work together with Jeff Austin,s inking was very successful.

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