Balladeer’s Blog continues to shamelessly pander to our superhero-crazed culture with this look at another neglected Holyoke hero.
Secret Identity: Joan Wayne, stenographer
Origin: Believe it or not the Golden Age Miss Victory was never given an origin story explaining how she gained her super-powers. She supposedly trained in the circus when she was younger but that would not explain her paranormal abilities.
All that is known is that in Washington, DC, Foreign Trade Committee stenographer Joan Wayne grew tired of the corruption among politicians and government contractors so she donned a colorful costume and a mask to fight crime – and later, German and Japanese supervillains – as Miss Victory. This costumed figure worked for the FBI.
First Appearance: Captain Fearless #1 (August 1941). Her final Golden Age appearance came in 1946.
Powers: Miss Victory possessed massive super-strength and was invulnerable enough to survive explosions unharmed. Those readers obsessed with origins can assume she was a mutant whose powers manifested during her circus days.
Comment: Miss Victory was the first patriotic-themed superheroine, preceding even figures like Pat Patriot. Her Rogue’s Gallery of foes included Mr Axis, Dr Hoshema, the Mad Monster, the Falconer, Crusher and the Maniac of the Opera.
Joan Wayne’s secret identity was shared with her roommate Lucy Graham.
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