Membership: Four unidentified male members
Purpose: Armed with conventional and advanced unconventional weapons, and driving a large armored Battle Wagon, they are assumed to be criminals (see comments)
Justice (Timothy "Tim" Carney), Yankee
Clipper (Patrick "Pat" Carney)
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: Marvel: The Lost Generation I#1 (February, 2001)
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#1 (fb) - BTS) - The origin and past exploits of the "Road Warriors" remain largely unrevealed. Circa 1985, they had presumably committed some offense and were speeding their Battle Wagon through the streets of Manhattan. As they hit and scattered any automobiles that blocked their path, Mr. Justice followed them on his combat cycle in hot pursuit.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#1) - The Battle Wagon just happened to pass by the Yankee Clipper (who had recently time-jumped more than two decades into his future) when Mr. Justice fired two miniature missiles from his cycle that hit and disabled the Battle Wagon. Three of the "Road Warriors" emerged from their crippled vehicle and began to fire at Mr. Justice, who recklessly leapt through their gunfire to take them on physically; Mr. Justice beat the three, but the fourth "Road Warrior" opened a hatch and took aim at Mr. Justice from behind. Fortunately, the Yankee Clipper had arrived on the scene. He grabbed the gunman and knocked him out.
Comments: Created by Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks).
This group was never actually identified by any name, so I
just arbitrarily called them the "Road Warriors" for the purposes of
this profile only. Since this story was originally supposed to take
place around 1985 ("sliding time-line" aside), I remembered one of the
popular movies around that time was
"Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior" so I used that as my inspiration for
a group name (alternately, I guess
they could also be called "The Road Hogs").
Although the fourth "Road Warrior" was armed with what looked like a standard .45 semi-automatic handgun, the first two had what looked like an advanced rifle and handgun. Who supplied them with the guns and Battle Wagon (or to paraphrase Jack Nicholson's portrayal of the Joker: "Where did they get those wonderful toys?")? They didn't seem like the average run-of-the-mill bank robbers, and it was never explained exactly what they did to get Mr. Justice to come after them, but it must have been something big. They probably didn't use the heavy firepower and armored Battle Wagon just to rob a corner liquor store.
Hardly an inconspicuous getaway car, the Battle Wagon reminds me of the kinds of gigantic and impractical vehicles Jack Kirby would often draw.
Shortly before this fight with the "Road Warriors," the Yankee Clipper had a brief encounter with "Decoy-5"..Was she perhaps somehow affiliated with the "Road Warriors"?
Marvel could always bring the "Road Warriors" back if they ever decide to do a new U.S.1 series (guest-starring Razorback, of course -- I'm sure all comics fandom is clamoring for it).
Profile by Ron Fredericks.
The "Road Warriors" have no known connections to
The "Road Warriors" preferred mode of transportation. It was a powerful vehicle that appeared to be larger than a city transit bus. As they drove the gigantic conveyance through the streets of Manhattan, the "Road Warriors" hit and scattered any cars in their way. Although heavily armored, the Battle Wagon was disabled by two missiles that Mr. Justice fired from his combat cycle.
-- Marvel: The Lost Generation I#1
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Marvel: The Lost Generation I#1, p16, pan3 (main image)
Marvel: The Lost Generation I#1, p16, pan2 (emerging from battle wagon)
Marvel: The Lost Generation I#1, p15, pan2 (battle wagon)
Marvel: The Lost Generation I#1 (February, 2001) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Last updated: 03/21/15.
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