Young All-Stars #12, artist Michael Bair
|First appearance||Young All-Stars #1 (June 1987)|
|Created by||Roy Thomas (writer)|
Dann Thomas (co-plotter)
Michael Bair (artist)
Brian Murray (artist)
|Member(s)||Dan the Dyna-Mite|
Young All-Stars was a follow-up to DC's popular Golden Age-themed series All-Star Squadron, which Roy Thomas also wrote. The intention was to pick up that series' storyline after the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths series, which necessitated writing Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman out of the original series' history since their World War II versions now no longer existed. The characters of Iron Munro, Fury, and Flying Fox were meant to essentially replace those heroes in the new continuity. The new series wasn't as popular as the earlier series and was canceled after thirty-one regular issues and one annual.
While carrying out a mission for the All-Star Squadron, TNT and Dyna-Mite are ambushed by members of Axis America. During the battle, TNT is killed. Dyna-Mite, who barely survives, is aided by Arn Munro, a young man who possesses superhuman physical abilities. Iron Munro, Fury (Helena Kosmatos), Flying Fox, and Dan help fend off an Axis America attack on Squadron headquarters. The four young heroes meet up with Neptune Perkins and Tsunami while heading out to the West Coast to track down Axis America. Later on they meet and recruit the Tigress.
After routing the forces of Axis America, the five young heroes are invited to join the All-Star Squadron on a probationary basis. They fight foreign and local Axis threats. They also meet an older group of metahumans collected by the Allied countries known as The Young Allies whose members come from Russia, China, France, and England. The Young All-Stars are disbanded after being absorbed into the All-Star Squadron.
- Dan the Dyna-Mite, the former sidekick of TNT with explosive powers.
- Flying Fox, a First Nations hero from Canada. He replaces Batman from All-Star Squadron.
- Fury, or Helena Kosmatos, an Amazon heroine empowered by the ancient Furies. She replaces Wonder Woman from All-Star Squadron.
- Iron Munro, Arn Munro. The super strong, nearly invulnerable son of Hugo Danner, the title character from Philip Wylie's 1930 novel Gladiator. He replaces Superman from All-Star Squadron.
- Neptune Perkins, a water-breathing World War II hero who would later marry Tsunami and become a U.S. Senator. He replaces Aquaman from All-Star Squadron.
- Tigress, or Paula Brooks, a cat burglar turned hero. In the post-World War II era, she would become the villainous Huntress.
- Tsunami, a water-breathing and water-controlling hero. She describes herself as a Japanese-American kibei, and later marries Neptune Perkins.