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Real Name: Harry Thorne

Identity/Class: Normal human (early 1950s era)

Occupation: US soldier (Private First Class)

Group Membership: US Army

Affiliations: Fellow US soldiers

Enemies: North Korean soldiers

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Korea;
   formerly USA

First Appearance: War Comics#9/1 (April, 1952)

Powers/Abilities: Harry Thorne was trained as a US infantry soldier, but did not like to fight.

Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 155 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black


(War Comics#9/1 (fb) - BTS) - Harry Thorne was enlisted in the US Army and sent to the Korean war zone. Fearful of the gunfire, shelling and death, he hoped for an end to the conflict, placing faith in peace talks between the United Nations and the Communist forces.

(War Comics#9/1) - Thorne was vocal in his hopes for peace talks, while other soldiers did not expect peace. He was quietly ashamed seeing fellow infantry soldiers killed in action. In the middle of a battle, he desperately asked about prospects for a cease fire, but fellow soldiers berated him as they focused on fighting and surviving. Partly hoping Communist forces also wanted a cease fire, he thought the Communists weren't really out to kill. Despite this, partly out of selfishness, he hung back while fellow soldiers advanced and he remained shocked at the carnage, gunfire and explosions. However, a small band of enemy North Koreans made it to the rubble where Thorne was hiding and gunned him down from behind. He lay dead on his back as a cease fire was finally called on the battlefield.



Comments: Created by uncredited writer and Joe Maneely (pencils & inks).

Published in the midst of the Korean War, the story draws an unfriendly connection between pacifism and cowardice, yet also shows the US war machine as almost unstoppable.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Harry Thorne has no known connections to:

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War Comics#9, p5, pan2 (main image)
    p1, pan3 (headshot)

War Comics#9/1 (April, 1952) - uncredited writer, Joe Maneely (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)

First posted: 06/13/18

Last updated: 06/13/18

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