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Official Name
Victory Boys
Aliases
V-Boys
Former Member(s)
Victor (last name unknown), Maxie Stein, Kurt Erzberger, Gus Weber, Warren Zumwald, Piotr (last name unknown)
Identity and Affiliations
Origin
Reality
Status
Base of Operations
Place of Formation
Creators and Appearances
Creators

History

Preface

The Victory Boys were just some of many costumed operatives active during World War II who were recruited into the United States military. The purpose was to enlist such individuals in order to publish propaganda in the form of comic books that were commissioned by the United States military and published by Timely Comics. These comics were used to convince Americans to support the war, and increase enlistment. Like many heroes recruited in this fashion, the Victory Boys fictional exploits were few, as the characters were no longer used in comics after their real life deaths, as readers would not want to read about dead soldiers[1].

Presumably, much like the Young Allies[2], the fictional exploits of the Victory Boys may be based on actual events. For the sake of clarity, however, this article differentiates between the two.

Fictional Exploits

The Victory Boys were a group of youths that lived in Germany during World War II who banded together to fight the tyrannical Nazi regime. In their first recorded appearance they assisted the young boy named Victor (who later joined the team) in rescuing his father from a Nazi concentration camp.[3]

Later the group hid in the German Blackforest(Schwarzwald) near Adolf Hitler's castle. Victory Boy member Maxie Stein was sent out into the woods to hunt for deer to cook for dinner. Maxie was captured by Nazi soldiers who were sent into the woods by Hitler himself on the same task to prepare a meal for the visiting Axis leaders Benito Mussolini and Emperor Hirohito. Discovering their comrade had been kidnapped, the other Victory Boys led an assault on Hitler's castle and freed their comrade. Freeing Maxie, the group sent Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito fleeing in a hail of arrow and managed to escape into the Black Forest unscathed.[4]

Real Life Exploits

As members of the Crazy Sues

In real life, the Victory Boys were a group of three youths, only one member named Piotr was named. They spoke Polish and were first seen as members of the Crazy Sues as early as August 29, 1944 as they were seen with the unit following their part in the liberation of Nazi-occupied France. Under Captain America's command, the Victory Boys joined the unit through the European countryside into Belgium where they clashed with Nazi forces. Penned in by enemy fire, the Victory Boys and the others were rescued by their teammate Captain Flame.[5]

On December 6, 1944, the Victory Boys and the Crazy Sues entered Saarlautern, Germany and once more clashed with Nazi forces. The Victory Boys were caught in the blast of a shell fired from a Tiger Tank. Two of the Victory Boys were killed instantly, leaving Piotr mortally wounded. Fellow Crazy Sue members Archie the Gruesome, Merzah the Mystic and the Young Avenger attempted to patch him up. Realizing how futile their struggles where, Young Avenger ordered Archie to pump Piotr full of morphine to make him feel no pain. Shot up full of the painkiller, Piotr then thanked the Young Avenger for putting him out of his misery before the hero used his own service pistol to shoot his teammate in the head.[6]

Paraphernalia

Weapons

Each of the Victory Boys is armed with a bow and arrow.

Trivia

  • Der Schwarzwald is the German name for The Black Forest.

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

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