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Publication information
PublisherImage Comics
First appearanceSavage Dragon (vol. 1) #1
Created byErik Larsen
In-story information
Alter egoJohn Quincy Armstrong
Team affiliationsAllied Supermen of America
Liberty League
The Allies
Freak Force
AbilitiesSuperhuman strength, agility, stamina and endurance
Regenerative powers
Telescopic/Microscopic/Night vision
Decreased aging
Flight via aid of unpleasant drug
Cyborg limbs can stretch, and grow many types of guns and weaponry

SuperPatriot is a fictional Image Comics superhero created by Erik Larsen in 1992. SuperPatriot has had regular appearances in Erik Larsen's titles, whether in his own mini-series or as a supporting character and is currently a member of the Liberty League.[1][2]

Fictional character biography[edit]

SuperPatriot was once Johnny Armstrong, a soldier in World War II. Captured by the Germans, Armstrong was used as a guinea pig for scientific experiments and gained superhuman powers. He destroyed the base at which he was being kept so the Nazis could not replicate the process on their troops and donned an American flag-styled costume to become SuperPatriot. SuperPatriot later joined the superhero group called the Allies, working with such figures as Supreme and Mighty Man, and protected the innocent for many decades. He also worked with the World War II version of Die-Hard and Glory as the group 'Allies'.[3] His World War II career also included a stint in Africa in 1943, chasing Rommel's 'Afrika Corps'.[4]

However, in the 1990s, SuperPatriot was faced with more brutal and intense supervillains than ever before and began to have difficulty dealing with them. Eventually, he was overpowered by members of the Vicious Circle, a group of supervillains organized by Chicago crime-boss Overlord. SuperPatriot was savagely attacked by his foes, with the shark-man Mako biting off his limbs and much of his face. Left for dead, SuperPatriot's body was taken by Cyberdata, a corporation of subversive scientists, and transformed into a powerful cyborg.

Initially his transformation made him highly unstable and he embarked upon a violent spree of vigilante murders, clashing with the Savage Dragon. Superpatriot was easily controlled while in this addled state and was made into a puppet killing machine by terrorist groups like the Covenant of the Sword. Also, he was temporarily controlled by the entity known as the Horde. Fortunately, the SuperPatriot later regained his own mind and became a superhero again, joining the newly formed Chicago group called Freak Force.

During his time with the team he learns that his long-term friend Mighty Man had actually perished some time ago and the powers were now being wielded by his former nurse.[5]

Two children[edit]

Sometime after being freed from Cyberdata and the Covenant of the Sword's control John learned that he had fathered two children. The twins (a boy and a girl) grew up to become Liberty & Justice. His ex-wife, who the twins and John thought dead, was revealed to be alive and was a member of the Covenant of the Sword prior to marrying John. His daughter also thinks the Covenant is not as bad as it is made out to seem.

SuperPatriot is well respected in the superhero community, becoming one of the main resistance leaders during the Mars Attacks The Image Universe crossover. He and the other leaders operate out of what seems to be a small suburban tract house, as most other military installations have been destroyed or are potential targets. During these events, his daughter is raped by Martians. She chooses to keep the child, which has far-reaching effects.[6]

SuperPatriot cameos as part of the hero-only murder trial of Knightsabre.[7]

Savage World[edit]

In the "Savage World", the alternate Earth depicted in Larsen's Savage Dragon series, SuperPatriot is controlled by Cyberface [8] until his eventual downfall. Afterwards he rejoins the newly reestablished Liberty League.[9] He has had various adventures, including meeting Claire Bono, and eventually marrying her.

Invincible, a newer Image character created by Robert Kirkman, has been depicted as a fan of SuperPatriot. Claire Bono, the executor of Invincible's father's will, is a friend and confidante to Invincible's mom, Debbie Grayson. They have bonded over their shared experiences of being married to superheroes. SuperPatriot is seen climbing up the side of Claire's building in order to talk with her about lunch, he states he has trouble going through security.

In SuperPatriot: War on Terror[10] John and Claire are currently trying to start their own family. John is living with survivors guilt as prior to the events of this series it is revealed that Liberty and Justice have been killed. The couple are successful and Claire gives birth to twins, a boy and girl. She wants to name them Libby and Justice in honor of their older half-siblings.

John later establishes himself as a Chicago crime fighter again. Other Chicago crime fighters include the reformed Neutron Bob, Daredevil, Kill-Cat, Kid Avenger and the teenaged children of Dragon. Dragon himself has gone mad, taking on the personality of a murderous alien conqueror.[11]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Prior to becoming a cyborg SuperPatriot's body had the stamina, endurance, strength, and agility of ten peak human athletic men as well as slowed aging process. During World War II SuperPatriot took a drug that allowed him to fly for a limited range, he discontinued the use of this drug due to its dangerous hallucinogenic side effects.

SuperPatriot's artificial eyes give him enhanced sight such as night vision, microscopic vision, and telescopic vision.

SuperPatriot's arms and legs have been replaced with nanite-powered cybernetic limbs, which obey his every mental command on a molecular level. When put to their most common use, his arms can assume the shape and function of any weapon he can think of so long as they retain its original mass. The ammunition for these weapons is, in most cases, stored elsewhere in his body and he can use actual components of his self-regenerating nanite-powered body. He can also reload with conventional ammo.

SuperPatriot's human form has an accelerated healing ability and as a cyborg, he is capable of lifting and pressing approximately 10 tons.

Different possibilities[edit]

  • Erik Larsen had the prototype design for the Superpatriot long before the character was introduced in his Savage Dragon series. While working at Marvel Comics in the early 1990s, Larsen and Fabian Nicieza made a pitch for the new X-Factor series, which ultimately was given to Peter David instead. Their team would have included the SuperPatriot. Marvel comics would instead give a major revamp to the Crimson Commando making him very similar to SuperPatriot.
  • Larsen later used his designs for a highly similar character called "Cyborg X" that appeared during Larsen's run on Spider-Man, with numerous hints that this was the Crimson Commando, a patriotic member of Freedom Force.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SUPERPATRIOT Re-Released, Robert Kirkman Reminisces". 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  2. ^ "SuperPatriot makes his return to Image Comics in July". Comic Book Resources. 2002-03-22. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  3. ^ Youngblood: Strikefile #1 (April 1993)
  4. ^ Judgement Day Alpha June 1997
  5. ^ Freak Force #5-6 (June–July 1994)
  6. ^ Mars Attacks The Image Universe #1-4 (1996)
  7. ^ Judgement Day #1-3 (June 1997 - October 1997)
  8. ^ Savage Dragon #79 (September 2000)
  9. ^ "Savage Dragon" #133 (November 2007)
  10. ^ "SuperPatriot: War On Terror (Volume)". Comic Vine. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
  11. ^ "Savage Dragon" #162 (July 2010)

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