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Real Name: Pvt. John Mason

Identity/Class: Normal human (World War I era)

Occupation: Soldier

Group Membership: US Army

Affiliations: William Haley, other soldiers in his battalion, Gloria (last name unrevealed)

Enemies: Imperial German soldiers

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Europe;
   formerly USA

First Appearance: Battlefront#48/4 (August, 1957)

Powers/Abilities: John Mason was a young, fit man trained to fire guns during the period of World War I. He was fairly quiet, orderly and humble.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 150 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black


(Battlefront#48/4 (fb)) - John Mason came from a small town and admired the local athlete, William "Big Bill" Haley. He joined the war effort against Imperial Germany during World War I and farewelled his fiancee Gloria. Mason was trained in firing various types of guns.

(Battlefront#48/4) - In his first taste of military action, Mason joined Haley at the frontline against German forces, dodging gunfire and briefly stunned from explosions. He was slightly shaken by Mason's suggested friendly rivalry for his fiancee. But seeing the enemy ahead, Mason charged as he'd been trained. German machine-gun fire separated him and several soldiers from the rest of the battalion. Finding himself next to a machine-gun nest, he clobbered the Germans with his rifle, then shot the neighboring nest, before turning the machine-gun against other German posts. Seizing the opportunity, Mason's battalion pushed ahead and overran the German forces. The lieutenant promised to recommend Mason for a decoration, although Mason was surprised at awarding his "logical" behavior. Recognizing it was ordinary people who rise above themselves in emergencies, his battle action renewed his self-confidence.



Comments: Created by uncredited writer and Reed Crandall (pencils & inks).

Mason's nationality is not defined and with the "Tommy"-style helmet, at first I thought he was British. But the uniform appears American with the "Brodie" helmet.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

John Mason has no known connections to:

William Haley

William "Big Bill" Haley came from the same town as John Mason. Haley was admired by many and considered a "catch" by local women with his family's wealth and influence (his father was the mayor), and being a successful athlete. He joined Mason on the frontline against German forces in World War I. Haley hinted that he would compete with Mason for Mason's fiancee's affections. But Mason's heroic action against German machine gun nests earned admiration from Haley.









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Battlefront#48/4, p4, pan6 (main image)
   p5, pan4 (headshot)
   p3, pan1 (Haley)

Battlefront#48/4 (August, 1957) - uncredited writer, Reed Crandall (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)

First posted: 11/11/18

Last updated: 11/11/18

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