Steel Sterling [John Sterling]; The Vagabond (Czech partisan, death); The Valiants (Czech partisans); Vagabond imposter (villain); the Nazis (villains)
The Vagabond, a master of disguise and daring, is the leader of the Valiants, his fellow Czechoslovakian freedom-fighters battling against the Nazis, as well as a pen pal to Steel Sterling. When Steel hears reports that the Vagabond has turned traitor, he investigates and finds that the hero has been imprisoned and replaced by an imposter. He races to rescue the Vagabond, but only gets there in time to find him dying from the injuries he's sustained from torture. Even in death, he serves as an inspiration to his Valiants, and they continue to ride forth in his name.