Checkers..Chinese Checkers and Mill ..Woo Hoo!
The first Chinese Checkers game to be published in the United States was ‘Hop Ching Checkers’ in 1928 by J. Pressman & Co. This was exact the same game as the 1892 Star-Halma. The brothers Bill and Jack Pressman made up the name ‘Chinese Checkers’ during or shortly after 1928.
Mill is one of the oldest board games and known in Europe by different names: Nine Men Morris, Mühle, Molenspel and Merrelles.
Jack of Hearts first appeared in the black & white magazine Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #22 (March, 1976), and was created by writer Bill Mantlo and illustrator Keith Giffen. He was presented as an antagonist for the superhero White Tiger but his origin story in the following issue established him as a hero. His debut appearance in a color comic book was in Incredible Hulk #214 where he fought the Hulk, whom Jack mistakenly believed to be a threat. He later served a brief stint as an ally and apprentice of Iron Man, becoming a regular cast member of the series during Mantlo’s tenure as writer.