Column: The Art of War – Wonder Woman and Other Less Notable Heroes Become Entrenched in World War II

In Sensation Comics in the early 1940’s, many other superheroes came out in support of America in WWII. They included: The Shield, The Comet, Hangman and Green Lantern. The most popular character was Wonder Woman. At that time in our history, the possibility of a woman fighting in real combat was difficult for Americans to accept.

Most of these comics featured patriotic covers of the heroes fighting the enemy, but very little actual war action. All of the characters encouraged public citizens to always be vigilant, and to support the war effort in any way they could. The villains of  these comic books were more often German or Japanese. Discrimination did exist in these comics throughout the war years.

But then there were the lesser known heroes of World War II.  We pay our respects to them now:

In 1941, Fawcett Comics created another war hero called Minute Man: The One Man Army. He was named after the Minutemen from the American Revolution and wore a flag inspired costume. During WWII, he fought mainly enemy agents all over the world. His power was was being in peak human physical condition. He had several people helping him in his mission. They were Mr.America, Commander Steel and General Glory. Minute Man was one of the mystery men of WWII comics. Not many people remember him. He also teamed up with Shazam and Starman in future issues after the war. As years went by, Minute Man became a great symbol of American Patriotism throughout the war and beyond.

During WWII, Comedy Comics and Ideal Comics very creatively brought funny animals into the war. Everyone wanted a piece of the action, even animals. Our country was truly united in the war effort and everyone wanted the enemy to be defeated as soon as possible. The funny animals rarely went to actual war zones, but worked stateside to root on the war effort and to convince more people to join the military. The enemy was always depicted as being funny looking and very evil. The comic covers became a major draw to the American public.

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