The talltale goes as follows. Three young boys got lost whilst playing in the forest and thanks to a mysterious white eagle, they found their way back home. These three boys would eventually grow up to become the leaders of three separate military teams within the Air Force, the Navy and the Army...
Donald Loker (1902 - 1988) was one of those boys. Nicknamed "Captain Bluebeak" due to his affinity for his friend Barry "Blueberry" Blue's blueberry pies, he felt a natural attraction to the sea and joined up with the Navy the first chance he got.
However, due to the political climate of the 1940s, a "negro officer" was still considered highly controversial and Don did not advance in ranks as fast as he had hoped.
This all changed when Barry and Don befriended a certain Gaston Willson (1911- M.I.A 2008). Captain Willson was a Merchant Marine captain that had recently gained a sizeable inheritance and would have to spend long periods on land investigating his earnings. Having known Don for a long time, he suggested he took over his crew, whilst he relegated himself to vice-captain status. Barry joined the crew as their chef and brought along his pet monkey Blooey.
Ever since then, "The Bluebeaks" have travelled the seas, sometimes aiding in the war effort as mercenary soldiers, sometimes taking on smaller cargo missions to make ends meet. The team has grown since then, welcoming such fine sailors as:
William Poppin (1879-1971), the team's lanky yet incredibly tough veteran
James Battle, owner and operator of a one-man submarine
Hosho Amaya, master diver and the fastest swimmer on the team.
The Bluebeaks frequently crossed paths with Maritime Man speedslide.deviantart.com/art/…
, sometimes as friends, sometimes as opponents.
The Bluebeaks (c)
Pretty much repeating the pattern of the Whitewings, albeit you can probably tell that two of these seadogs are rather blatant homages to certain works by Hergé and Segar...
Also, I think I'm having a bit too much fun reconstructing Golden Age-styled stereotypes. Let me know if I cross a line.