We’re looking for a few good comics to use our character in guest appearances, crossovers, cameos, and so on! Why? Just for the heck of it! We’re not looking for any money, any reciprocal rights, or any other direct benefit.
Mister U.S. is a patriotic superhero in the tradition of The Shield and Captain America. He first appeared in Image's Big Bang issue 8, where there were 6 short origins shown. Each origin is as it would have been told in a different era of comics, and the characters differ in large and small ways (check out the issue for more detail):
The Golden Age version. Real name: Caspar Milquetoast. Situation: works as an agent of the US military during World War II.
Silver Age version. Real name: Dave Donovan. Situation: affiliated
with the US military, but often superheroing on his own.
Batman TV era version. Real name: Joseph Average. Situation: Agent of G.O.O.D.G.U.Y.S. -- Government Operatives for Organized Defense of the Genuine United (Yeeha!) States, who stop the B.A.D.G.U.Y.S.—Brotherhood of Agents to Destroy the United Yucky States. Sidekick: US Jr.
Relevant Seventies version. Real name: Brett Kowalski. Situation: Forced into serving a conservative, controling US government, Mister U.S. retires for a while and goes out to find America.
Eighties version. Real name: Casper Milquetoast. Situation: Basically the Golden Age version, retired. He has recently learned that he’s not truly human.
Im Age version. Real name: Unknown. Situation: He’s a butt-kicker. He kicks butt. That’s what he does.
Powers: All versions have mechanical/robotic/bionic arms and one leg, plus the bottom of the feet replaced by whatever the current wonder-material was. Golden Age has a "super-radio" in his head. Silver Age, a transistorized ear. Batman TV Era, a two-way infrared eye. Eighties, an artificial brain. Im Age, a glowing robotic eye.
No. The whole point of Mister U.S. is showing how a character gets changed and abused over the years, subject to the various whims of creators. If you do a new version, it should be based on the basics of what we did, but feel free to make of it whatever you need.
Anything. Again, being subject to different handling is what the character is all about. You need a scene of a superhero being killed off? Great! Heck, we’d love to see the character killed off in four books in the same month! You can have the character show up as a character, or have someone reading a Mister US comic, wearing a Mister US t-shirt, whatever. It can be a full-issue crossover, or a minor background appearance.
There are a few things we insist on, mostly to protect our rights:
Welcome to the Mister U.S. conspiracy. We’ve already had others agree to use the character, and we’re looking forward to more! We’d like this to be a long-running thing, much the way Spinal Tap kept making appearances, recording, etc., long after the movie was over. This can be fun for all of us.
Nat Gertler and Mark Lewis, creators, Mister U.S.