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Old Soldier (Astro City)
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Witnesses have described him as a old man, wearing a breastplate over chain mail, gauntlets, worn pants, and cavalry boots with unrowelled spurs. Over time, he has apparently added to his equipment, as he carries a sword that is rumored to be the fabled Excalibur, a flintlock pistol, grenades, and a bayoneted rifle. Quite a few of his armaments and outfit predate the Civil War and his earliest mentioned appearance so far. He is also been described as standing eight-feet tall and has a face of granite.

It's possible that he might be King Arthur himself with the information given above. He returns when someone is in their time of need and gives them the inspiration to fight on.

And it might tie into Douglas MacArthur's quote 'Old Soldiers never die, they just fade away...'

Has appeared in 1863, 1898, 1918, 1944 ,1952 or 1953 (in Pyongyang possible earlier in the Korean War), 1959 (aiding Honor Guard against Shirak in a netherworld), 1972, 1975 (at the fall of Saigon), and
an unspecified time during the Forgotten Time Crisis.


First Appearance: Kurt Busiek's Astro City (1995) #2

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Issue Appearances:
Astro City A Visitors Guide (2004)
Astro City: Dark Age/Book One (2005)
Astro City: The Dark Age (2008)
Kurt Busiek's Astro City (1995)
Kurt Busiek's Astro City (1996)

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