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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
WAR! As Declared In Comics! A Look Back At The 1941 Era!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Book History



As Declared In Comic Books!

A Look Back At The 1941 Era!

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Above Photo:  Young Allies #3 From Spring of 1942.  Timely (later Marvel) Comics.
At the Top Left: Captain America #13 from Spring of 1942. Also from Timely Comics.
At the Middle Left: Spy Smasher #8 from November of 1942. From Fawcett Comics.
At the Bottom Left: World's Finest Comics #8 from Winter of 1942. From DC / Superman Comics.
Below:  The Newspaper Front Page from the December 7th, 1941 edition of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin EXTRA says it all!
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TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3297:

Comic Books are an American pop culture creation. At times they have been used for promotional purposes to sell cars, or burgers, or to introduce a company itself to the general public.

Other times they have been printed to get a point across to the reading public, such as during the 'Cold War' when comics warning about the 'Red Menance' were seen.

Well, back in the 1941 era, many comic book covers had a call for patriotism because of what happened on this date back in 1941.

The front page of the newpaper shown at the top right from Honolulu, Hawaii says it all.  War!

And the comic books also went to war!

There are hundreds of comic books from that era that were published.  I've chosen just a handful to show here today. 

From Timely (now Marvel) Comics, Fawcett Comics, and DC / Superman Comics are comics cover dated from 1942 - 1943. Comics always seemed to be 'cover dated' a few months ahead since they were periodicals, and the publishers thought readers would want the newest comic magazines.  So they kept moving up the 'cover date' on the newstands!

I'm not old enough to remember that day.  My dad wasn't old enough to serve yet either.  However, 'war comics' were an early part of my growing up reading and then collecting comics. Possibly because I was a 'Navy Brat', and war comics were at the Navy Bases in relatively larger numbers in the barbershops and Navy Exchanges.

Not to glorify war, but the comic book covers shown at the top of this blog post helped to galvanize the younger readers, and also the servicemen to do what they could for the war effort.

A large readership of comics were servicemen in those days.  So it had to have been a good morale booster to see Captain America, Toro & Bucky, Superman and Batman, Spy Smasher, and others do what they could in the comics for the war effort.  Especially with the early days of the WWII looking so bleak for the Allies.

I just wanted to remember this day, now 69 years ago(!), via some of the comic book covers during that time period here today.

The sacrifices that our servicemen and servicewomen gave during that time period are the reasons why we are able to have the freedom that we still have today.

My thoughts go out to those that lost family or friends during that 'Day of Infamy', and in the days and years that followed until World War II ended... I may have not been there, but I still 'Remember Pearl Harbor' each year in this blog...


A Special Ending Note from Michael:

As shown in today's blog, there's a lot of history that can be read in comics. 

Plus we are fortunate to still have with us several comics creators from that time period, including a Facebook Friend of mine, Allen Bellman, 'Who Was There' at Timely Comics during this time period, and who recently offered to illustrate a sketch for my 2nd Annual 'Black Friday Comics' Event on Facebook.  The Winner of the Grand Prize is to receive a fully illustrated sketch of Captain America belting a villain of the Prize Winner's choice. Similar to the one at the far right in the photo shown here.  I'll be sharing that here after it is finished. 

For those of YOU that didn't know about the Event, Mr. Bellman also does commissioned sketches.  You can contact him via his web site at: AllenBellman.com, which has just gone through a nice looking revision.


My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now over 3,295 total posts in number! I do appreciate your continued reading and support of this Blog!

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~ Michael D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com

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My thanks to those of YOU that have read today's blog post! I do appreciate that!

For those of you that didn't know me before today... I first set up as a 'dealer' at the 1972 San Diego West Coast Comic Con (SDCC) at the El Cortez Hotel. So I've been around comic conventions for a little while, LOL 

My wife Tina and I now have an on-line exhibitor (dealer) table at the first "virtual" comic con titled the "Facebook Comic Con" (FBCC)!  

You can view our dealer table and interact with us there on Facebook by clicking this link, which takes you to our table named: 'Facebook Comic Con | Make It So Marketing'.

Plus I have a chapter in a new book coming out in December of 2010, that is pictured above, "Gotham City 14 Miles"!  Click here to become a 'Fan' of the GC14M Facebook Fan Page!. 


 Also, if you are a Facebook member and would like to also join my Facebook Network, I would have liked to have sent you a Friend Request.  However,  I have reached the maximum of 5,000 Facebook Friends and Fan pages 'limit' already, so I have now added on a personal Facebook Fan Page of my own!
Just click this link to be taken to 'Michael D Hamersky On Comics' where you can click the 'Like' button there! And Thanks!

Talking about comics: if YOU are a comics creator, (writer, penciler, inker, colorist, letterer, etc.), OR even a Comics / Magazine Publisher, feel free to contact me regarding YOUR works for a possible mention or review!

I've made a special blog post about: "How To Best Submit YOUR Publication For Possible Review!" for those creators / publishers that would like to possibly have their publications mentioned or reviewed. Just click on the link provided in this paragraph!

~Michael @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com


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Updated: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 7:45 AM PST
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