Rusty unmasked

Not much is known about the young boy named Rusty. He appeared to be the company mascot for an unidentified United States Army outfit active during World War II. He was close friends with soldier Don Stevens, acting as Stevens' sidekick when he operated as the costumed hero named the Defender. The origins behind their double identities remain unrevealed. More interesting is the fact that Rusty's true name is unknown and nobody has made a connection to his civilian identity and that of his costumed persona.

Rusty with the Defender

In early 1941, Rusty aided the Defender in stopping a human smuggling operation ran by Nazi agent Dame Kackle.[1] Later that year, Rusty aided his partner in exposing J.P. Evans as a Nazi sympathizer and traitor to his country by aiding in weapons smuggling between the US and Mexican border.[2] Rusty's life was at stake when the circus strong man named Oldow began transforming into a monstrous form in the early days of 1942. Capturing Rusty, Oldow almost succeeded in throwing the boy off a cliff. Rusty was saved by the Defender who tossed Oldow off the cliff instead.[3] In his last recorded appearance, in the spring of 1942, Rusty helped the Defender bring down the criminal named the Fog.[4]

Further activities of Rusty remain unrecorded. While the Defender was seen active as late as 1946,[5] Rusty's ultimate fate remains a mystery.

Powers and Abilities


No known paranormal powers.


Rusty is a skilled fighter.


Rusty bears many similarities to Captain America's sidekick Bucky. Both characters were created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon.

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