Soon the Japanese Imperial government joined the Nazis and the Fascists as the enemies of the free world, and the industry became awash in four entire years of superheroes battling the Axis powers, along with stereotyped depictions of same. This mass media depiction rolled over into the animated cartoon industry as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Donald Duck and even Popeye all pit their merit against the Axis powers.
***( A full history of Timely-Atlas war comics can be found HERE)***
Last week, I purchased a sizable lot of World War II era New York Daily News Sunday comics sections from 1941 to 1945. For years now I've been buying them up, trying to put together a full index of the near-century long comics features from the 1920's to the present. I arrived home from work late yesterday and noticed a large package had arrived. I left it on the couch by my piano and planned to open it today when I got home. I already knew what it was, those "comic sections" I bought.
A few minutes of video from the visit just before the 46th anniversary. The clip spans the Arizona in the water to the wall of deceased American names. At some point a contingent of Japanese tourists throw a wreath of flowers into the water, a wreath that floats poignantly for several seconds.
Our immediate family had only one close member to serve in the war. My great uncle Dominick Vassallo served in the South Pacific in the New Guinea campaign from 4-24-42 to 10-22-45. Unmarried at the time, he was drafted at the age of 35, nearly 36. His brother, my grandfather "namesake" Michael Vassallo, served stateside down south as a sheet metal worker for the war effort. My maternal grandfather Nicola was too old, spending 2 years as a German POW during the first world war for his native Italy.
Here is my great Uncle Dom in the South Pacific during the war. The year could be anytime from 1942-45.
- Page 1 - Dick Tracy by Chester Gould
- Page 2 - AD PAGE : My-T-Fine Pudding
- Page 3 - Little Orphan Annie / Maw Green by Harold Gray
- Page 4 - The Gumps by Gus Edson
- Page 5 - Sweeney & Son by Al Posen ; AD: Nestle's Chocolate
- Page 6 - Smitty / Herby by Walter Berndt
- Page 7 - Smokey Stover by Bill Holman ; AD: Super Suds soap
- Page 8 - Winnie Winkle the Breadwinner / Looie by Martin Branner
- Page 9 - The Ripples by George Clark : AD: Ponds Beauty Box
- Page 10 - Harold Teen by Carl Ed
- Page 11 - Tiny Tim by Stanley Link ; AD: Colgate Ribbon Dental Cream
- Page 12 - Smilin' Jack by Zack Mosley
- Page 13 - Terry and the Pirates by Milton Caniff
- Page 14 - Gasoline Alley by Frank King
- Page 15 - The Teenie Weenies by William Donahey
- Page 16 - Moon Mullins / Kitty Higgins by Frank Willard