He is England’s “Every Man” hero. Introduced in Captain America #253 (1981) by Roger Stern and John Byrne, Joey is the son of a Liverpool dock worker who went to college to study art. There he met the son of Spitfire, Kenneth Crichton and became close friends. On a trip to Kenneth’s home, they were attack by Baron Blood. Lord Falsworth, the original Union Jack, wanted Kenneth to take the mantle to stop his brother, but Kenneth suggested that Joey take the mantle. Thus, with the help of Captain America, Joey became Union Jack and took down the black sheep of the Falsworth family. Because of his bravery, he was allowed to keep the mantle of Union Jack.
In Marvel UK imprint, he joined other British heroes like Captain Britain and joined the Pendragons and stayed with the team until they disbanded. After a few more adventures, he was tricked into joining a new team of Invaders, led by John Walker, who they believed to be the real Captain America. After it was found out that this team was set up by Red Skull, he remained with the team after it was taken over by Jim Hammond. He also began a short lived relationship with Spitfire. Back in England, he was approached by MI5 to help stop a group of super-powered terrorists. Working together with a few other heroes, he helped stop them from blowing up bomb across London. He discovered that this was all planned by the assistant director of MI5 in order to get the director to quit. Joey confronted him and punch him in the face before dragging him out into a group of reporter to confess.
While Union Jack was never the biggest name in comic, it was actually the Terrorist mini series above that brought him into the attention of comic fans and earned him a spot in the Target Exclusive Red Hulk wave. He would later get a much better update in one of the Avengers End Game wave.
Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Avengers: Endgame Wave 2 Union Jack
- Just like Lord Falsworth and Brian before him, Joey began wearing this costume when he took on the mantle of Union Jack. While he has changed it a few times, he would always return to this.
- Why you need it for your collection?:
- Union Jack is a really obscure character. I recommend getting this for your Captain America and Invaders collections. If you want more British heroes to stand with Captain Britain and Black Knight, then this is one you should get. Other then that it can be skipped.
- Does it need a remake?:
Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of them being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not fact. Please let me know if I have missed anything.
Roger Stern | John Byrne