Ah, a flashback tale. Which is a bit odd since at this point, the framing story already seems a bit dated, and now we're flashing further back. :p
"The poor, doomed, Silver Agent." Gee, slightly foreboding intro, there. I guess they're trying to tell us, "don't get attached"?
Man, there's got to be a "jumping the shark" joke in there somewhere...
The... Bouncing Beatnik? *snrk* Oh gods, and the dialogue! It burns us, it burns!
So this is apparently a world where super heroes have been around since 1863 at least, according to what's said about the Old Soldier. I'm a bit surprised things didn't develop more differently, in that case. Although maybe there are more differences that we just haven't really seen yet between that world and ours. But it just seems like active super-powered people should shake things up more, ya know?
Damnit, now I want to know what happened to the Silver Agent. I'm assuming it crops up in another of the stories.
And I'm not sure how I feel about the ending moral. On the one hand, I agree with the whole "verified story" thing, but on the other hand to pretty much completely stifle such a story... Augh. I mean, when you look at the article they end up with at the end, they're printing what they know *isn't* the truth, some made-up story to explain a frozen shark on the line. Meh.
It's a tough call, I guess?