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Balloon Buster
Real Name: Steven Henry Savage, Jr.
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Excellent marksman and a pilot that relied more on daring and courage than actual flying skill.

Savage's recklessness frequently put himself and his allies in danger. His survival on many missions seemed often the result of pure luck.

Hailing alternately from Mustang River, Wyoming, Eagle Rock, Arizona, or 'Howling Creek,' Steve Savage was raised by his destitute foster father somewhere in the American west. Learning from his father the skills of a keen marksman, Savage was forced to defend himself from a town that made it plain there was no room for the 'white trash' Savages.

After the passing of his foster father, Savage enlisted in the Army, and its Air Service, just as the U.S. entered into the conflict that would come to be called World War I. Military service gave him an outlet to vent the frustrations he'd experienced in his early life, and put to use his skills as a marksman. Savage became an adequate pilot but developed a unique specialty for destroying the heavily defended German observation balloons, which earned him the nickname 'The Balloon Buster.' Savage also developed a reputation as a loner and a risk taker, and frequently disobeyed orders, putting him at odds with his commanding officers.

On a number of occasions, Savage met his opposite number in the German ace, Hans Von Hammer. Two of their clashes ended decisively in favor of Von Hammer, but it is to the credit of Savage's fortitude that he survived the encounters, at all.

At one point it was unclear whether or not he had survived the War, but Savage eventually resurfaced in Opal City. Steve Savage met an uncertain end in the skies above his adopted home in an attempt to combat a mysterious plague afflicting the city.

Revealed to be the son of Brian Savage, Scalphunter; the elder Savage played no role in Steve's life, having been killed when his son was an infant.

Almost certainly based on real-life WWI pilot Frank Luke.

First Appearance: All-American Men of War (1952) #112

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Issue Appearances:
All-American Men of War (1952)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Our Fighting Forces (1954)
Star Spangled War Stories (1952)
Starman (1994)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
Unknown Soldier (1977)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)

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U.S. Army

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