Weird-WW2 dieselpunk supra-heroes of British Malaya ~ 1942!
I present to you a secret document (first in a planned series) revealing the existence of supra*(1)-normal resistance operatives working for the S.O.E. (suprahuman operations executive), set specifically during the Imperial Japanese Army occupation of British Malaya (now Malaysia).
FREEDOM FORCE 136: THE MOSQUITO
These documents have never been revealed due to reasons political and practical, nefarious and/or upstanding. However, they are now declassified for your review, so read carefully....
Add Blackhawk + The Blue Beetle + Night Owl + The Airboy, throw in a dashing aviator/daredevil, and you get Weird World War 2 agent: THE MOSQUITO.
There is an abundance of Western Europe-centric dieselpunk/WW2 alternate history fiction, for example: Captain America, The Rocketeer, Sky Captain, JSA: The Liberty Files, Indiana Jones etc. I felt it was time for the South East Asian war theatre to showcase a slice of what it can offer too.
The Japanese occupation of S.E.Asian countries (Malaya, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, etc...) remains a brutal time period and sometimes taboo subject. As this tumultous past is left behind we move forward into the future, but at the risk of later generations remaining ignorant of deeds and sacrifices of the real-life heroes*(2) that have inspired this art*(3) project of mine.
More to come, so please enjoy the capes and masks, but do stay for the background and the history!
A disclaimer: The purpose of this project is to educate and inspire others and to shed some light on history in a very different part of the world from the 'West'. While there are references to real-life historical persons, events & places, the project is entirely fictitious.
*(1): The prefix 'supra' (defined as beyond/transcending) is used rather than 'super' (conventional costumed & powered 'superhero') to add an element of ambiguity on whether there's actual superpowers involved or not, aiming for a more 'pulp' feel but still leaving some future wriggle room if need be.
*(2): The intention is to create "what-if?" composites of real-life local legends in the hope this will pique reader curiousity, and check out further the real inspirations behind these supra-heroes in the country where I grew up in. An education on Malaysian WW2 history via the prism of superhero comics entertainment - there is a true story behind each of these heroes if you look deep enough and read beyond the text...
*(3): Art has been produced in the DCU-BT (Bruce Timm) animated style - both with apologies and without consent, as a fanboy-homage to both DC and the entertaining JSA: The Liberty Files elseworld universe by Dan Jolley & Tony Harris.
Many thanks to C.H.Tang and his friends for correcting me with translation work.