Read the comic here.
The torso I've been using for Whiskey's Jacket is indeed from 1993 - at least, that's when it was first released. It was quite popular in the 1990's, showing up here and there until 1999. There was one last re-issue in 2004's City Airport - and then nothing.
LEGO has been putting a lot more detail work into their torso designs lately; it's not shocking to see this rather plain bomber jacket fall by the wayside. Personally, I'm in favor of the trend - I think it gives the minis a lot more personality.