1939-1945: US Comic Book Propaganda

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  1. RJ

    And ironically, just 40 years later American kids started enjoying Japanese comic books.

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  2. tic

    It’s stunning how propaganda against violence and racism was violent and racist itself. This hasn’t become much better these days.

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  3. Bicycle Bill

    Just saying, the “Spy Smasher” comic (eighth in the list) appears to be a British magazine — the cover shows the price to be 6d (sixpence).

    -”BB”-

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  4. molly mcgee

    So, according to this, Nazis had fangs and were likely to try to kill you by subjecting you to a mad-scientist type experiment, while the Japanese were chartreuse, had bad teeth, and favored a less-subtle “brute force” approach. Interesting.

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  5. Igor Alexander

    “It’s stunning how propaganda against violence and racism was violent and racist itself.”

    America didn’t enter the war to fight “racism and violence.” How could it, considering it practiced racial segregation and gave Nazi Germany most of its ideas about “racial hygiene” and eugenics?

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  6. Viktoria

    Signs of their time. We surely are going to be judged too a 100 years from now.

    The Cpt. America cover with an evil Buddha statue disturbs me the most.

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    • Elwood P. Dowd

      Maybe so — but likely not nearly as harshly as the Japanese and Germans of that time.

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