James Kimble

Find out how Wonder Woman, Superman, and Captain America, and Archie Andrews kept the US home front motivated before and during World War II.


The United States was involved in dramatic, action-packed battles with Axis forces several years before the Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor in late 1941. These battles, which continued throughout the war period, played out in the pages of countless comic books. Nearly ever issue featured superheroes, GIs, and regular civilians struggling fighting treacherous Axis villains. They quickly became a staple of wartime culture. Children, adults, and even soldiers on the front lines created a huge fan base for such stories. This colorful and controversial cartoon war is an often-forgotten chapter in American history.

James Kimble

Title: Professor of Communication & the Arts, Seton Hall University

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