It's okay… it's war… if there was no propaganda, I would be worried.
|I'm thinking the military guys wish Superman was Lois Lane, while I'm sure Supes wishes one was Lois Lane and the other was one of his Superman robots dressed up as Lois Lane. F(R)FM.|
|Perhaps the most patriotic Superman cover ever. But Superman isn't anything but an illegal alien living in the U.S.|
These are all basic facts, that I am sure everyone knew back in the 1930s and 1940s and 1950s et al… but one that readers everywhere conveniently put aside, as they quite smartly realized that Superman is indeed a fictional character… created by an American and a Canadian… and heavens! Was someone Jewish? Oy gevalt!
Regardless of how stupid it sounds to me now, wide swatches of people hated the Jews, or at the very least didn't trust them…and I'm not just talking about the Nazis.
|Slap a Jap? As a Canadian and a newspaper man, even I am offended. But that's just 2014 moral outrage.|
The reason was simply that these were superheroes who could, theoretically end the war in minutes… so why was the real war still going on killing the brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers of its readers?
This isn't to knock Fawcett Comics or Timely Comics (the foreigner to Marvel) who had their characters doing epic battle with the enemy… it was just a different way of being patriotic.
Now… as mentioned… rare was the time when a super-hero directly confronted the enemy in DC Comics.
DC Comics did put out inspirational covers… sometimes showing its heroes smashing the enemy… but these comic book covers did NOT translate into stories inside. Some do exist… but it's rare… and I'll get to those eventually (if there is a Japanese correlation).
|Does Batman want peace or $2 for the stamps? I always detested the contrived nature of the Batman and Superman team-ups. Superman works in the day time and Batman at night... when did they meet? At Dawn or Dusk?No... never at dusk.|
|Waydago, Robin! Right in der Fueher's face! Batman and Robin... no super-powers... but Superman... throwing a baseball at Tojo... he'd be drummed out of the Boys Scouts for murder.|
But usually, they were on the comic book covers to drum up support for War Bonds and War Stamps which provided financial relief to help keep the war drums beating in the Allied nation's fight against tyranny.That's what these covers are all about... most of them, anyway.
|Top of the world, Ma Kent! Superman if he just shook them a little, could have killed the enemy leaders and saved millions of lives. Instead... just buy War Bonds. War is good for the economy.|
|Major Kong aka Superman riding a bomb down... maybe onto the Nazis... maybe onto the Japanese.|
… that this cover shows the war being won through paper drives also will inform the casual comic book collector just why comic books from the WWII era and earlier are so rare despite books like Superman, Batman, Donald Duck and Captain Marvel (that SHAZAM! guy) being in the 1-million a month seller range.
Many were printed and read and shared with other kids, but most went their patriotic way into the paper drives. As a collector, that hurts.
On the World's Finest Comics' covers and Superman 18, we can see the word "Japanazi's"… I'm pretty sure it's not a comic book invention, but regardless… it's a pretty clever play on words.
That's all for now.
PS: F(R)FM... that stands for Female-(Robot) Female-Male... aka the fun type of threesome.