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FORMER MEMBERS: Blonde Phantom (Louise Grant),
Bucky (Fred Davis), Captain America (II), Captain America (II),
Human Torch (I), Miss America (Madeline Joyce Frank), Namor the
Sub-Mariner, Toro (Thomas Raymond), Whizzer (I) BASE OF OPERATIONS: An unrevealed base in New York,
1940s FIRST APPEARANCE: All-Winners Comics #19 (1946)
HISTORY: In late 1941, Captain
America & Bucky, the Human
Torch & Toro,
and Namor founded
the Invaders, dedicated to combating the Nazi forces in Europe.
After Captain America and Bucky seemingly perished in mid-1945,
President Harry S Truman appointed William Naslund and Fred Davis
to the roles of Captain
America and Bucky, assigning both to the Invaders along with
Miss America and the Whizzer.
In 1946, with the war over, the seven heroes decided to remain
together and fight crime in the U.S.; Miss America chose the name
All-Winners Squad, as Invaders was no longer appropriate. In their
first known adventure they faced the criminal genius Isbisa, who
turned the team against Namor by framing him as his cohort. He
then split the team up to face his minions across the country
so that he would be free to steal an atomic bomb. However, the
All-Winners eventually realized that Namor had been framed and
regrouped to bring down Isbisa.
That same year the All-Winners faced Adam-2, an evil android
created by the Torch's creator Phineas T Horton. Adam-2, who named
himself as the successor to the Biblical Adam, designed a robot
army; he planned to assassinate John F. Kennedy and replace him
with one of his robots. During the adventure, Naslund was crushed
to death by one of Adam-2's robots, and Jeff Mace, formerly the
crime-fighter known as the Patriot,
donned a spare Captain America costume to replace him. The All-Winners
were able to save Kennedy's life, and Adam-2 was destroyed while
attempting to escape. Jeff Mace continued the role of Captain
America and joined the All-Winners.
Soon afterwards the All-Winners faced the menace of the Future
Man, a time traveler from the year 1,000,000 A.D. who sought to
destroy humanity in the 20th century to allow his dying people
a new home in the past. The Future Man allied himself with Madame
Death, an underworld figure with international contacts. The All-Winners
divided their forces across the globe, battling the Future Man
and Madame Death on every continent. Facing defeat, the Future
Man and Madame Death attempted to use his time machine to return
to 1,000,000 A.D. and obtain reinforcements, but Jeff Mace had
damaged the machine so that it could only go backwards in time,
stranding the two villains.
Details of the All-Winners' later exploits are sketchy. At one
point they admitted the crime-fighter Blonde Phantom into their
ranks, and she aided them against Isbisa in an unrecorded adventure.
In late 1946, the team of eight heroes opposed Dutch Rosenblatt,
a gangster trying to steal an atomic bomb. Rosenblatt was assisted
by the time-traveling She-Hulk,
who had journeyed back to learn where Rosenblatt had hidden the
bomb so that she could recover it in her own time; she was forced
to fight the All-Winners in order to maintain her cover.
The All-Winners are known to have remained together into the
late 1940s, when an encounter with the Destroyer (Roger Aubrey),
Union Jack, and
the Angel (Thomas Halloway) inspired those three men to eventually
create their own superhuman team, the V-Battalion. The exact circumstances
under which the All-Winners Squad disbanded are not known.
Fought Isbisa (All-Winners Comics #19, 1946)
fought Adam-2, Naslund killed, replaced by Mace (What If #4, 1977)
fought Future Man (All-Winners Comics #20, 1946)
with Blonde Phantom, fought Dutch Rosenblatt and She-Hulk (Sensational
She-Hulk #22, 1990)
inspired V-Battalion's creation (Citizen V and the V-Battalion
NOTE: Copied from The Official
Handbook Of The Marvel Universe: Teams 2005