| Ongoing series|
| May 2001 – October 2003|
Howard Chaykin, David Tischman
Marc Laming, Luke Ross, Lan Medina
American Virgin, House of Secrets, Outlaw Nation, Crossing Midnight, Codename: Knockout
American Century was a comic book series published by DC Comics as a part of the Vertigo imprint starting in early 2001. It was co-written by Howard Chaykin and David Tischman.
The story concerned a former American pilot who fakes his death and goes on the run in the 1950s. Chaykin intended it as a "left-wing version of Steve Canyon", and wrote all of the issues. The comic ran for approximately two years.
American Century (comics) Wikipedia
Harry Block, a World War II veteran, fakes his own death and makes his way to Central America to create a new identity for himself as Harry Kraft, a hard-drinking smuggler. During a war in Guatemala, a CIA operative blackmails Block into assassinating Rosa de Santiis, a popular leader in opposition to the CIA puppet dictator General Zavala. Afterward, he heads back to the United States, taking a road trip from Hollywood to Chicago to New York, exploring myriad avenues of 1950s American culture.
The comic ends with Block essentially turning into the character he had created for the fictional "Starburst Comics", a vigilante known as "Dr. Dream".
Some of the series has been collected into two trade paperbacksScars & Stripes (collects issues #1–4, DC/Vertigo, 2001, ISBN 1-56389-791-1)
Hollywood Babylon (collects issues #5–9, DC/Vertigo, 2002, ISBN 1-56389-885-3)