The Abandoned An’ Forsaked - Whitewashing Whitewash Jones

Every week, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically "overturned" by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An' Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today we look at the way that Roger Stern cleverly abandoned and forsaked the rather embarrassing portrayal of one of the members the Young Allies.

As I've written in the past, the Young Allies, the group of young kids who were on a team with Bucky and Toro during World War II, had a major problem with the portrayal of Whitewash Jones. You can see it here from Young Allies #1...

In 2009, Roger Stern wrote a story about the Young Allies with art by the always awesome Paolo Rivera. The issue deals with Bucky Barnes (then filling in for Steve Rogers as Captain America) realizing that perhaps some of his friends from the Young Allies were still alive.

The issue opens with how the group came together, as well as how they became known as the "Young Allies"...

Very clever work by Stern.

After Bucky learns that two of them are still alive (just barely), he meets with them and they all reminsce about the last time they were all together, in Paris during the War...

Beyond this excellent piece of abandoning and forsaking by Stern (which is especially important when you consider that comics LOVE to do nostalgia stories, and that's difficult when you can't use certain characters without feeling embarrassed), the comic is excellent overall. Great art and and incredibly touching take on the whole "Man out of time" angle that you rarely actually get seen in Cap stories anymore.

That's it for this week! If YOU have a suggestion for an abandoned an' forsaked comic book story, feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

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