Harold "Tex" Thompson was an international adventurer, then a masked vigilante, then a spy. He was one of few American mystery men active in the European theater, operating as Mister America and later the Americommando. After the war, he founded the commercial superhero team Hero Hotline.

Origin

Tex Thompson was a blond haired Texas boy who abandoned the lifestyle of an oil baron to pursue adventure across the world. He was typically accompanied by his loyal friend Bob Daley. Their lighthearted globe-trotting and thrill-seeking ended in 1940, when the Nazis sank an American liner carrying food to Europe. Thompson was watching over this liner and was presumed dead by the world at large. The disaster inspired him to don a patriotic costume, dye his hair black, and wield a whip to fight for his country as Mr. America. He also invented and used a magic carpet, which doubled as a cape.

His friend Bob Daley also donned a costume and became his sidekick Fatman.

World War II

 

Main article: World War II

Mr. America was a member of the All-Star Squadron, but his main contribution to the war effort was more clandestine. Thompson was asked by President Roosevelt himself to go to Nazi Germany and infiltrate the Gestapo. Thompson took on the identity of Hauptmann Riker and began his mission. He also acted as a costumed hero behind enemy lines, with the new name Americommando. His most frequent adversaries were Doctor Ito (also known as the Little One), a diminutive German/Japanese assassin, and the Queen Bee. He worked for the Americans for several years behind enemy lines.

Thompson encountered Mr. Terrific during the bombing of Dresden and the two worked together to save innocent German lives. After Thompson revealed to Mr. Terrific that there were no munitions factories in Dresden for the Allies to bomb, Thompson entered a burning building to save a small girl. The building collapsed around him and he was once again presumed dead.[1]

Once again, Thompson managed to escape death. He later emerged to create the Hero Hotline. While leading this organization, Thompson went by the name Coordinator.[2]


Abilities


Transportation

  • Magic Carpet / Cape

Weapons


  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-Two era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and no longer apply.
  • At some point in his career, Tex's last name quietly changed from "Thomson" to "Thompson".[citation needed]
  • Thomson's Flying Carpet was introduced in Action Comics #42, and it was used in the stories until at least Action Comics #49. After that, Americommando still wore the cape, and did a great deal of diving and leaping and swinging about, but it was no longer identified as a flying carpet.
  • At least in the pre-Americommando phase of his career, Tex Thomson lived in Brooklyn, New York.[5]
  • In his role as "Hauptman Otto Riker," Thompson wore a monocle. This fake identity came to an end in Action Comics #56, when it was exposed by the wily Dr. Ito.

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