ALBERT "SLOW-MOTION" JONES

Real Name: Albert Jones

Identity/Class: Unrevealed (see comments)

Occupation: Former adventurer, soldier

Group Membership: "Crazy SUES" (Specialized Unit, Enhanced Soldiers) - Archie the Gruesome, Blue Diamond (Elton Morrow), Captain Flame (Frank Cortez), Davey Drew and the Demon, Father Time (Larry Scott), Fighting Yank, Fin (Peter Noble), Robert "Flash" Foster, Invisible Man (Leonard Gade), Doug "Jap-Buster" Johnson, Merzah the Mystic, Moon-Man, Secret Stamp (Roddy Colt), Captain Bob Strong, Jim "Taxi" Taylor and T-Mech, Vagabond, Young Avenger (Bill Bryon)

Affiliations: American Ace (Perry Webb), Alyssa Bryon, Bucky (James Barnes), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Sergeant Byrd, Victory Boys, Whizzer (Bob Frank)

Enemies: Axis soldiers (in general)

Known Relatives: Two daughters (unidentified)

Aliases: Slow-Motion, Slo-Motion, Slo-Mo; "boy," "you dumb ape," Slowpoke (as derisively called by Captain Strong)

Base of Operations: His home at 137A Stenhousemuir Road, Brooklyn, New York

First Appearance: (Timely Comics) USA Comics I#6/6 (December, 1942) (see comments); (Marvel) All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#1 (August, 2011)

Powers/Abilities: Contrary to his sobriquet, "Slow-Motion" Jones was endowed with superhuman speed in his younger days--the limits of his power were unrevealed, but he seemed to be able to outrun bullets (per Bill Bryon, Jones was faster than the Whizzer himself).

   By his later years, Jones used a catheter to dispose of his bodily waste due to an unspecified affliction with his bladder, and he was physically disabled to the point that he used a walker to move about (Although his power seemed to have faded, in one instance it's possible he still manifested some degree of super-speed (see comments)).

   Despite his portrayal in old comic books, Albert Jones was actually a brave and intelligent man.

Height: 5' 10" (by approximation)
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Gray (originally black)

History: (All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#1 (fb) - BTS) - The past and origin of Albert "Slow-Motion" Jones is unrevealed.

(USA Comics I#6/6) - While taking a snooze on the street, Jones witnessed the shooting of an FBI agent by a Nazi, so he used a communication device (a telephone handset) he kept in his derby hat to contact the Whizzer, then he sat back down to take a rest. Jones later accompanied the Whizzer when the hero prevented a Nazi plot to sink a convoy of ships.

(All-Winners Comics I#7/5) - Jones was working as a nightwatchman for a radio station when Nazi saboteurs blew up the station; Jones later accompanied the Whizzer when the hero stopped the Nazis from destroying every station in the area.

(USA Comics I#8/6) - Jones was knocked unconscious by criminal Frank Rone, who stole the Whizzer's diary--Rone later used information gleaned from the diary to endow himself with super-speed.

(All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#1 (fb) - BTS) - By the early 1940s, he developed the ability to run at super-speed.

(All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#2 (fb) ) - During World War II, Jones was recruited into the "Crazy SUES," a specialized military unit attached to the 101st Air Assault Division--these "super-soldiers" were minor heroes under the command of Sgt. Byrd and Captain America, and they would be sent on combat operations deep behind enemy lines. Jones wore a standard-issue infantry uniform and he was armed with a standard military rifle. On at least one occasion in the company barracks, Jones got into a minor scuffle with the racially bigoted Captain Strong until Sgt. Byrd and Captain America unexpectedly entered and broke it up.

   By May 13th, 1942, Jones' exploits with the Whizzer were being published in stories produced by Timely Comics, wherein Jones was "humorously" depicted as the Whizzer's lazy and dimwitted non-superpowered sidekick (see comments).

   On August 7th, 1942, Jones and the other Crazy SUES were aboard a transport plane flying over the South Pacific. During the flight, Captain Strong was harassing Jones, and Captain Flame warned Strong to leave Jones alone or else he'd make Strong's eyes boil from the inside out. When the plane reached the jump-zone, the Crazy SUES along with Captain America and Bucky parachuted down to Guadalcanal to take on the forces of the Imperial Japanese Army. Upon landing, the Crazy SUES were pinned down by gunfire, so Sgt. Byrd ordered Jones to run up a hill and take out the enemy machine gun nest by surprise from behind.

(All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#3 (fb) ) - On August 13th, 1942, Jones and the Crazy SUES were still fighting the Japanese at Guadalcanal. During a battle, Jones was injured in an enemy attack; to worsen the situation, Captain Flame was having trouble containing his power with so many explosions going off nearby, and he warned the others to stay away. As the enemy soldiers advanced towards them, Jones heroically told his teammates to fall back while he would try to hold off the attackers; then the racist Captain Strong picked up the wounded Jones and carried him to safety (although Strong did warn Jones that he'd better not dare bleed on him)--as he was being carried away, Jones saw Captain Flame release a burst of fiery energy, which ended the attack, but also inadvertently killed "Jap-Buster" Johnson and disfigured the face of Davey Drew in the process; afterwards, Jones spent an unspecified amount of time in a field hospital.

(All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#4 (fb) ) - At some point, Jones and the other Crazy SUES were aboard a transport plane headed to Europe. After reaching the jump-zone, they all parachuted down near the Normandy village of Sainte Mere Eglise. Upon reaching the ground, Jones saw a nearby farm house explode, so he went to investigate; he found Captain Flame there in a state of distress. Flame tearfully confided to Jones that he wasn't suited for combat, and he feared his powers were getting out of his control, but Jones compassionately assured him everything would be okay.

   Later, during a celebratory get-together with the Invaders and other military personnel, Jones noticed Captain Flame and American Ace sneaking away together; Jones followed them and was startled to see the two kissing in an alley.

(All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#5 (fb) ) - On July 7th, 1944, Jones and the Crazy SUES were planning battle tactics with Sgt. Byrd in a barn on a farm near Bretteville-sur-Laise, France. After the meeting, the psychic Merzah spoke with Jones privately; Merzah sensed what Jones had seen, and he warned Jones that it was vitally important that he resist the temptation to reveal the secret of Captain Flame's "proclivities"; Jones felt the whole situation was none of his business, but the temptation was still there--as the only black man in an all-white regiment, Jones felt like an outcast, but with just one word, he wouldn't be the outcast anymore...

   The Crazy SUES participated in the liberation of France--by then, even Captain Strong had begrudgingly developed a bit of respect for Jones. By August 29th, 1944, Jones and his teammates were celebrating their battlefield victories at an outdoor cafe in Paris, France. When the men went off to pursue some local women, American Ace said he wasn't interested, mentioning to Jones that he was a happily married man--overhearing this, the shocked Captain Flame angrily walked away to be alone.

   Shortly afterward in a small town in Belgium, Captain America, Bucky, and the Crazy SUES were clearing the town of Nazis. Moon-Man was shot in the throat by a sniper and he fell wounded to the ground; Jones called for a medic to help Moon-Man, but the Nazis suddenly attacked in force, and Moon-Man was hit several more times where he lay. As a Panzer rolled up, the remaining Crazy SUES scattered for cover, but they were greatly outnumbered. Jones came upon Captain Flame, who was overcome with fear; Jones threatened Flame, telling him that he'd tell everyone that Captain Flame was a homosexual unless he pulled himself together and stopped the tank. Captain Flame was tearfully incredulous ("How could you, Slo-Mo? You, of all people?"), then he used his power full force and destroyed the Panzer, but afterwards he looked to Jones like a man with all the hope sucked from his soul; Jones felt a great deal of guilt over what he had done, for he had betrayed Captain Flame, just as Merzah said he would.

(All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#1 (fb) ) - On December 6th, 1944, Jones and the Crazy SUES were in Saarlautern, Germany. Jones came running to warn his teammates of an approaching Panzer. Captain Flame destroyed the tank, but one of the Victory Boys--Piotr--was gravely wounded in the attack; seeing there was no hope for the youngster, the Young Avenger ordered Jones to look away as he reluctantly helped Piotr put a handgun against his head and pull the trigger, to relieve Piotr's suffering.

(The subsequent events during World War II for Jones and the Crazy SUES remain unrecorded at this time (see comments))

(All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#3-4 (fb) - BTS) - After the war, Jones signed a confidentiality contract with the government regarding Operation: Firefly. The events of Albert Jones' life following the war are unrevealed, but he was known to have fathered two daughters. At some point under unrevealed circumstances, Jones began to use a walker and a catheter.

(All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#3) - In modern times, following the death of the Young Avenger, Albert Jones was one of the few known surviving Crazy SUES to attend the funeral service in the cemetery (the other attendees included Steve Rogers and the elderly Sgt. Byrd). After the service, Jones began to hobble out of the cemetery with his walker; but he was being followed by the Young Avenger's granddaughter Alyssa Bryon, who wanted to ask Jones about Operation: Firefly. From a distance, Alyssa called to Jones as he exited the cemetery's gate, but as she ran through the gate to the sidewalk beyond to follow him, Alyssa found Jones had disappeared (see comments).

   But Alyssa later learned the address of Jones' home in the suburbs and she paid an unannounced visit. Standing on the front porch, Alyssa persistently asked Jones about Captain Flame and Operation: Firefly; speaking from behind the closed door, Jones refused to come out, only saying he was forbidden to disclose any of the information. As she walked away, Alyssa remarked aloud that she guessed people always got scared eventually; overhearing her and feeling ashamed, Jones reluctantly acquiesced and opened the door, and he told Alyssa that it was he who had killed Captain Flame...

(All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#4) - Jones began to tell Alyssa about his war-time experiences with the Crazy SUES.

(All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#5) - Jones told Alyssa about the events of his betrayal of Captain Flame (see above) that he said would one day send Flame to his grave; but the confused Alyssa told him she still didn't understand, so Jones gave her a scrap of paper and told her to visit "these people," then she'd understand. Alyssa told Jones she'd go, but asked him to promise her she would see him again; Jones assured her he'd still be at his home ("I waited sixty-five years to tell this story. One more day ain't gonna make no difference.").

Comments: Created by an unidentified writer and Louis Ferstadt (artist); reinterpreted by Paul Jenkins (writer) and Carmine Di Giandomenico (artist).

All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes was supposed to be an 8-issue mini-series, but it was cancelled with the fifth issue due to low sales, so unfortunately the story was never completed, thus the full details of exactly why Albert Jones blamed himself for the death of Captain Flame and the secret of Operation: Firefly haven't been revealed.

   Jones' true nature was not revealed, so he could be a mutant, mutate, etc. Jones seemed to rely on his rifle in combat, and he seemed to only use his speed sparingly on a few occasions--maybe he was faster than the Whizzer, but perhaps he was limited to just short bursts of speed.

   Maybe the elderly Jones still had a little of his speed left, which would explain how he disappeared when Alyssa Bryon tried to follow him from the cemetery--maybe he used a quick burst of speed to get out of her sight.

The elephant in the room:
   It was revealed in this mini-series that the Timely Comics of Earth-616 was working with the U.S. military to publish comic books of various costumed heroes who had been inducted into the military; these comics were basically used as propaganda, to convince Americans to support the war effort and increase enlistment. It was implied that the reason so many of the minor Golden Age Timely characters had so few appearances was because they presumably died in combat before they could build up any readership (...which I guess is nicer than saying that some of them were just really lame characters).

Even though the original Whizzer/Slow-Motion Jones stories were considered to be "fictional," they may have been based on "real" adventures of the two speedsters.

(Sadly in the pre-Cival-Rights-Movement 1940s era, it was common practice for Timely and other comic book publishers to depict African-American characters as offensive racial stereotypes and figures of ridicule, and for that historical perspective only, I have included these images of the "humorous" comic-book portrayal of Slow-Motion Jones.)

In Whizzer's Marvel Mystery Handbook: 70th Anniversary Special#1 (November, 2009) the adventures of Whizzer and Jones were mentioned, but the timeframe presented in this profile overlaps with his time as a member of the Crazy SUES.
--Markus Raymond

I'd say his three Golden Age adventures did happen, prior to him joining the Crazy SUES and probably prior to him gaining his powers. We do know that he didn't look or speak as depicted, nor was he comic relief. However, he could still have witnessed the shooting of the FBI agent and called in the Whizzer, still have worked as a nightwatchman for a radio station targetted by the Nazis, and still have been knocked unconscious by criminal Frank Rone. In fact (and speculating a bit here), that last adventure might even explain Jones' gaining super-speed - what if Rone made sure the process he derived via Whizzer's diary was safe to take himself by first testing it on Slo-Mo?
--Loki

Profile by Ron Fredricks.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Albert "Slow-Motion" Jones has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#3, p23, pan1 (elderly Albert Jones with walker, standing in doorway of his home)
All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#4, p16, pan1 (elderly Albert Jones telling Alyssa Bryon (background) about his war-time experiences)
All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#3, p18, pan5 (young wounded Albert Jones, being carried by Captain Strong, seeing Captain Flame lose control of his powers)
All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#1, p1, pan1 (young Albert Jones running from Panzer tank)
All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#2, p13, pan6 (young Albert Jones in Guadacanal, running to Japanese machine gun nest)
All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#1, Cover (running)
USA Comics I#6/6, p2, pan1 (Slow-Motion Jones snoozing, as depicted by Timely Comics)
USA Comics I#6/6, p2, pan6 (Slow-Motion Jones about to contact Whizzer about shooting, as depicted by Timely Comics)


Appearances:
USA Comics I#6/6 (December, 1942) - unidentified writer, Louis Ferstadt (pencils and inks), Stan Lee (editor) (Timely Comics version only)
All-Winners Comics I#7/5 (Winter 1942-1943) - unidentified writer, Louis Ferstadt (pencils and inks), Stan Lee (editor) (Timely Comics version only)
USA Comics I#8/6 (May, 1943) - unidentified writer, Louis Ferstadt (pencils and inks), Vince Fago (editor) (Timely Comics version only)
All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes#1-5 (August-December, 2011) - Paul Jenkins (writer), Carmine Di Giandomenico (artist), Bill Rosemann & Alejandro Arbona (editors)


Last updated: 06/03/17

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