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Let me say from the start that I'm a fan of the SIMON & KIRBY team - for the most part anyway. However, I'm slightly puzzled by the esteem in which some of their comics are held, because not all of them were winners. FIGHTING AMERICAN is one of those that didn't overly impress me when MARVEL released a hardcover collection back in the '90s, mainly because S&K failed to explore the interesting premise of one man's mind in another man's body (his brother's). It's done and then it's over with, and aside from setting up the 'revenge' angle motivation of the hero, is never exploited in the way that it should've been.
There's potential in those unexplored questions, and I hope the creative team decide to eventually delve into them and forge some interesting stories around them.
(Just this moment occurred to me dept:) Ooh, this is a good one. What if Nelson's mind wasn't actually transferred into his brother's body, only a simulation of Nelson's brain patterns? In effect, Fighting American is only a second-generation copy of the original. After the transfer, Nelson revived and was kept a secret prisoner, so as not to give Fighting American an identity crisis - it was better if he thought he actually was Nelson, not an artificial simulation. Eventually, the real Nelson was brainwashed into forgetting who he was, given a new name and released, and relocated by the government to where he and FA were never likely to meet (just in case). Now, in modern-day America, Nelson, an old man and with his memory returned, sees that the simulacrum in the body of his brother is back - what happens next? (Hey, I'll expect a credit, guys!)