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P1 Black and white, grainy newsreel close up of young Dana in Lady Liberty outfit. She's feeling awkward and camera shy. The footage was shot back in 1942, and the clip has been transferred to videotape, which is playing on a small television.

radio balloon: ...talking with Lady Liberty, the American GI's favorite pin up girl...

Film Dana: I... listen, I'm not sure... I mean, I've never done one of these interviews before, but I don't really think of myself as...

P2 Shot is of modern-day Dana, sitting in an overstuffed armchair, holding a combined TV/VCR remote control. Her face has a few wrinkles around the eyes, and her hair is black shot through with streaks of gray, but she looks to be in her mid-30s, for the most part, although she has an air of hardened cynicism and world weariness about her. There is an obviously just opened postal parcel in her lap, and several videotapes can be seen stacked around, in her lap, on the arms of the chair, etc.

radio balloon: Now don't you fret your pretty little head, Lady Liberty. Nobody's going to say you're not a Number One Fritz Smasher, no siree! But it's important that the folks back home see that you're just a red-blooded All-American Girl, too - and it would be a crime not to show off those legs, eh?

REAL DANA (in chair) ..."fret your pretty head"... talking to a woman who could have picked you and your whole camera crew and tossed you over the studio one handed...

off panel wrd balloon: Um, Lady Liberty...

P3 A somewhat confused looking Andi Poppadoulos, at the age of about 16, is standing in an interior doorway behind Dana's chair. Andy should look sweet and innocent, but since she's currently wearing only a bathtowel around her torso, and is drying her hair with another towel, so she should look pretty sexy, too, in a naive way. We can see Dana looking back at her. The newsreel continues to play. Although Dana and Andi are not and probably will not be lovers, there is a lot of sexual tension between them, and that element should be mainly visual.

ANDI: What are you doing...?

REAL DANA: Sorry, honey, I'm Dana. That's Lady Liberty, there on the screen.

P4 Back to the newsreel - we see B&W footage of Lady Liberty, in silly costume, lifting up a tank in front of a cheering bond rally crowd.

REAL DANA: (off panel) What a silly bitch she was...

radio balloon: Yes, America's Strongest Hometown Girl started out at fundraising bond rallies just like this one, using her mighty powers in crowdpleasing stunts...

ANDI: What... what are these, Dana? Old movies...?

P5 Dana & Andi again. Andi is perched sideways on the arm of Dana's chair, gazing at Dana worshipfully. Andi's hair should be down, mostly dry, around her shoulders. Dana is oblivious, as she cynically watches the screen.

REAL DANA: Old newsreels... the unedited footage. They were in the package you brought up to me this morning, hon. A friend of mine back in the States sent them. God knows how he got hold of them...

radio balloon: ... in a way, I feel like I'm representing every American who can't be over here fighting... especially the women...

ANDI: Are these... really old? You... you don't look very different...

REAL DANA: Clean living, Andi. And a superhuman metabolism doesn't hurt.

P6 Newsreel Lady Liberty in combat action, flying straight through a German bomber or something else spectacular.

radio balloon: Yet her fundraising days were only a ruse, for once Lady Liberty completed months of secret training in the use of her powers, she went straight to the front lines...

R DANA: Secret training...! What a crock of shit! I begged them for a combat assignment for months, but they thought it would be 'bad for morale' to let a woman fight...! I had to threaten to go to the newspapers before they finally sent me to Europe...

P1 Andi & Dana continue to watch. Andi is incredulous, and has surreptitiously moved closer to Dana - she's probably leaning over her as they watch, now. Dana is still oblivious, pointing at the screen in disgust.

ANDI: But... that's stupid! I mean, couldn't they see how strong you were? And invulnerable, and you could fly...!

radio balloon: But underneath it all, the Allied All-Star is just another All American Girl!

film Dana: ...after the War? Well... I'd like to settle down... with the right man... have a family...

R DANA: You want to know what they could see, kiddo?

P2 The silhouette of Dana's pointing hand, indicating a full figure shot of Lady Liberty in costume. Remember, Lady Liberty's costume, in addition to being red white and blue, should also be very 40s sexy... tight bodice with just a touch of cleavage showing, skirt about six inches above the knee, short sleeves leaving most of her arms bare, high heeled boots, dopey little cape, probably a big domino mask with pointy tips, but her shoulder length hair, in a 40s wave hairstyle, should be free. This shot should be a real cheesecake pose, as LL has one leg up on the landing gear of a B-52, or something.

R DANA: Tits and ass, honey. Tits and ass.

film Dana: Keep 'em flying, boys... and if you ever look out your cockpit and see me flying alongside, don't be shy - say "hi"!

ANDI: Oh, you had such a pretty costume, though...

P3 We see B&W footage of Midnight Master, being interviewed.

radio balloon: Yes, Lady Liberty loves a man in uniform... And could that man in uniform be anyone we know? We thought Lady Liberty's Nazi-smashing partner Midnight Master might have something to say on the subject...

MM: Lady Liberty's contribution to this war has been immeasurable - I only wish she could have been involved from the beginning. When I think of the lives she could have saved -

MM: What? No, of course not - we're friends, but that's all...

P4 Andi holding the package the films came out of - we can see Dana's address - DANA WEINGARDEN, ONASTOS ISLAND, etc - and the return address - K WEBB, 305A Ohio Avenue, New York, NY AMERICA.

ANDI: Midnight Master - my great grandma said this package was from him...

DANA: Karl Webb... you know, I didn't even know he was still alive.

ANDI: I thought you two were really close, back in the War?

DANA: Ancient history, kiddo. And that was before I put him in jail...

radio balloon: Another good friend of Lady Liberty's is PFC Charles DeLane - who Mr. and Mrs. America know better as G.I.ant, another frequent combat partner of America's Super-Sweetheart...

P5 Newsreel footage of G.I.ant, a close up on his face. G.I.ant wore normal green combat fatigues, but his trademark was a metal combat helmet with G.I.ant written on the side, grafitti-style, which he never was photographed without. He wore no mask. Remember, he's black, and at this time, probably around 18.

G.I.ant: Lady Liberty? Sure, she's great - worth a regiment. You should see her go through German tanks...

ANDI: Huh. They didn't ask him if he was your boyfriend...

DANA: They wouldn't have dared. If he'd said yes, there would have been riots... besides, Charlie was too young for me...

P6 Shot of Dana and Andi from the side or something... Andi is looking at G.I.ant on the screen, Dana is looking down at the pile of videotapes in her lap.

ANDI: I heard he's President of America, now.

DANA: No kidding? Well, it wouldn't surprise me... Charlie always was ambitious...

DANA: Hey! This can't be...

radio balloon: G.I.ant and Midnight Master are Lady Liberty's most well-known partners, but she's met virtually all the "Allied Ultra-Armada" at one time or another - Wingman, Mary England, the Young Yankees... they've all teamed up with the Dynamite Dame from Dayton, Ohio!

P1 Dana holding up a particular videotape in delighted surprise.

DANA: How in the world did Karl ever manage... here, Andi, take that tape out and put this one in.

ANDI: Uh... I don't...

P2 Dana leaning forward, her hands off panel, as she changes the videotapes. Other tapes may be spilling to the floor from her lap. Andi is forced to sit back as Dana leans forward.

DANA: That's right... you've never seen a VCR, have you? Poor kids... you know, when I told your great grandma back in '52 that I came here to get away from the outside world, I had no idea she'd forbid everyone on the island to have radios and TVs...

ANDI: Oh, that's okay... nobody minds. I... we'd do anything for you, Lady Liberty...

P3 Dana leaning back again, pointing the remote, cheerfully moving past Andi's embarrassing admission. Andi does indeed look embarrassed.

DANA: Okay, that should do it. Watch this... it's great... here, let me fast forward... yeah, right there... I can't believe he got hold of the original footage!

radio balloon: ...brrzzzt... here with G.I.ant, barely half a mile from the front lines somewhere in western Germany... so, G.I.ant, how does it feel to be the most well known Negro war hero in America? To know that an entire race looks up to you as a spokesman and a role model?

P4 Cut to G.I.ant, on screen, looking pissed off at the old-fashioned radio microphone being shoved in his face. Behind him is obviously a war-front scene, with tents, guns, whatever.

G.I.ant: Don't call me a Negro. I'm sick of it. No matter what I do, I'm still a "Negro soldier", a "Negro war hero". I'm not a Negro, I'm a goddam American.

ANDI: He swore! Didn't he get in trouble?

R DANA: Well, they edited that out when they broadcast it - but it still became the most famous quote of the War. Blacks hated him for it, but whites ate it up with a spoon...

P5 Dana fast forwards again, Andi watches.

R DANA: Let's see what else is on here...

FX ...brrzzzttt...

ANDI: What's that? Isn't that you?

R DANA: ...think so... looks like after the War...

P6 Lady Liberty on TV, shaking hands with President Truman. Behind her are Atlas, Wingman, Snapdragon, Old Glory, and any other members of the original NSS you want to draw.

radio balloon: ...when President Truman announced the foundation of the National Super Squadron, to be led by America's Super-Sweetheart, Lady Liberty. Other members of the NSS, seen here accepting the President's thanks, are Wingman, Snapdragon, Old Glory, and, of course, the man all America once loved as G.I.ant, who has taken on the identity of Atlas now that he's a civilian again...

ANDI: The National Super Squadron? You were in that? But - I thought they were bad guys...!

DANA: You've been listening to your great grandmother again. Of course, she's right... but we didn't start out that way...

 

 

 

P1 Dana & Andi just keep watching that old TV. I know, it's boring. If you want to do a shot from behind them, showing the backs of their heads in the chair and what's on the screen - which is a campaign ad for Charles DeLanes first Senatorial campaign - go ahead. Otherwise, use your imagination; I'm just the writer, here.

DANA: Ah... looks like this videotape is about Charlie DeLane. There's his first run for Senate... I was here, on the island, by then.

ANDI: Is Cherry Bomb or Mr. Justice in there?