The American

 AMET   (Dark Horse, 1987-1988)

™ and ©1987 Mark Verheiden

The American was a black-and-white series from Dark Horse that debuted in 1987. Created and written by Mark Verheiden, it was inspired by an all-but-unknown title by the same name published by Watchfob Comics Group in the early 1960s.

Verheiden’s remake is an intriguing tale of “official super-heroes” and the abuse of power. The American has supposedly been protecting the American beliefs of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nearly fifty years. However, a news program finds footage and documentation which suggests that the American is a fake and that his fights were all staged. The report states that the American was simply a propaganda tool used to keep up United States citizens’ morale in hard times. Rumors fly as the U.S. government scrambles to save face and restore faith in the American. One thing is certain: there is much more to this “hero” than the public has been led to believe…

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#1

  8/1/1987
  $1.50
  $1.50
11 copies available from $0.50
1st appearance of The American; B&WMark VerheidenChris Warner

#2

  10/1/1987
  $1.75
  $2.00
6 copies available from $0.96
 Mark VerheidenChris Warner

#3

  12/1/1987
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  $1.75
7 copies available from $0.75
B&WMark VerheidenChris Warner

#4

  4/1/1988
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7 copies available from $0.75
B&WMark VerheidenChris Warner

#5

  7/1/1988
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10 copies available from $0.75
 Mark VerheidenGrant Miehm

#6

  9/1/1988
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10 copies available from $0.26
B&WMark VerheidenGrant Miehm

#7

  10/1/1988
  $1.75
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9 copies available from $0.50
B&WMark VerheidenGrant Miehm

#8

  2/1/1989
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8 copies available from $0.75
 Mark VerheidenGrant Miehm

Book #1

 
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2 copies available from $3.00
The American Collection; Collects The American #1-8Mark VerheidenGrant Miehm, Chris Warner

Deluxe Set #1

  10/1/2005
  $14.95
  $15.00
No copies available
Collects The American #1–8 and The American: Lost in America #1–4, stories from Dark Horse Presents #32, A1 #3, and Dark Horse Fifth Anniversary SpecialMark VerheidenGrant Miehm, Chris Warner

Special Edition #1

 
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6 copies available from $1.00
Special edition; B&W; ca. 1990Mark VerheidenDoug Braithwaite, Robert Campanella