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Preface

The American Ace was just one of many costumed operatives active during World War II who were recruited into the United States military. The purpose was to enlist such individuals in order to publish propaganda in the form of comic books that were commissioned by the United States military and published by Timely Comics. These comics were used to convince Americans to support the war, and increase enlistment. Like many heroes recruited in this fashion, the Ace's fictional exploits were few. For most of these early heroes it was due to their deaths in combat.[1]

Presumably, much like the Young Allies,[2] the fictional exploits of the American Ace may be based on actual events.

Solo Adventures

Perry Webb (Earth-616) from Marvel Mystery Comics Vol 1 2 0001

American Ace's wartime comic book depiction

Perry Webb was merely an American mineral scout searching for radium when he landed in Attania, an European country plunged into war with the neighboring country of Castile D'or thanks to the machinations of its evil Queen Ursula.[3] Unaware of the conflict, Perry soon found himself caught in the middle of an air raid.[4]

Surviving the initial blast, he saved the life of Jeanie Lauretta.[3] She told him that her parents were killed in the air raid, but the rest of her family were living on a farm 60 miles away. Perry flew her there and stayed for a week to get to know the girl and her family better.

Perry Webb (Earth-616) Golden Age Marvel Comics Vol 1 1 0001

Deciding that he must get back to his job, Webb hopped back into his plane and flew off. He got caught in a dogfight, however, against Castile D'or fighter planes and got shot down. The Laurettas saved him from the wreckage and after Perry was recovered enough, he vowed to join the fight.[5]

The outcome of this conflict, and Webb's role in it, remains unrecorded. Some sources speculate, however, that the conflict likely became a moot point due to the start of World War II shortly thereafter.[6]

Perry Wade (Earth-616)

Crazy SUES

At some time following his ordeal in Attania, the American Ace got married, however, he was secretly homosexual.[7] It is unknown to whom he is married to, but Jeanie Lauretta was with him up until the beginning of World War II and she may have been the woman he married.

Following the United States' entry into World War II, the American Ace became a pilot for the Crazy SUES, following the battle of Normandy in 1944. During the victory party with the Crazy SUES and the Invaders, Ace and Captain Flame learned that they were both gay and secretly slipped away from the party. They had a romantic interlude in a back alley, unaware that they were secretly being watched by their teammate Albert "Slow Motion" Jones.[8]

Ace and Captain Flame kept their romance going while the Crazy SUES were involved in the liberation of France, much to the disgust of Jones. After the battle, the team spent time relaxing in Paris. When the group decided to go looking for girls, Ace expressed a disinterest in doing so. When Jones called him on it, Ace explained to them that he was married. Learning this, Captain Flame stormed off.[7]

Perry Webb (Earth-616) from Ant-Man Last Days Vol 1 1 001

Valhalla Villas

Percy later appeared as a resident of Valhalla Villas, a retirement home for ex-heroes and ex-villains located in Miami. He was among the residents that are de-aged by Mary Morgan, who used an unnamed Asgardian artifact, during the Incursion between Earth-616 and Earth-1610.[9]

Powers

No known paranormal powers

Abilities

Perry Webb was a capable hand-to-hand combatant and an excellent pilot. As a mining engineer, he was trained in geology and in the use of explosives.




Transportation

Perry flies an unarmed bi-plane.

The stories of the "American Ace" were scheduled to be serialized in the issues of Marvel Mystery Comics (as noted in the final page of the "American Ace" story in Marvel Mystery Comics #3) however, for whatever reason the story was dropped.

In Perry Webb's early adventures in Marvel Mystery Comics he was called Perry Wade. Attania was also called Attainia in the Golden Age. Lieutenant Lank[10][11] takes Perry Webb/Wade's place as Attania's defender against Castile D'or.

In Band of Heroes, American Ace calls himself Ace Masters.[8]

Perry Webb is a homosexual.

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