Outside of a few pages reprinted in The Great Canadian Comic Books anthology in the 1970s, these stories have been out of print since World War Two, when they were at the frontline of the war against Hitler and of a very young Canadian pop culture. A fearless flying ace and daredevil who singlehandedly foils Nazi schemes and narrowly escapes again and again. Plus a biography of the artist/writer and extra features.
Johnny Canuck was Leo Bachle's most popular creation, starring in Dime Comics in Canada's Golden Age of comics, during the second world war. Watch him punch Hitler, dodge bullets and fly to far away countries, in this first-ever collection. Financed as a kickstarter program by the same producer that did Nelvana of the Northern Lights, which also for the first time collects these extremely rare original Canadian super heroes.
Includes a special illustrated bookplate, signed by Richey.
Under a wartime law, Canada suddenly stopped allowing imports of pop culture magazines and comics. So a new industry sprang up, creating all-new Canadian heroes for the kids who'd been brought up with Batman and Superman. But with tiny print runs, and ending when the war was over, these comics today are as rare as hen's teeth, and as expensive as vintage Supermans. This is a perfect way to discover an entirely new Golden Age of superheroes, across the border, that came and went just during the second world war.
From Wikipedia: "Cartoonist Leo Bachle created the character as a teenager, apparently on a challenge from a Bell executive. Initially, Johnny Canuck had no superpowers. Johnny Canuck's cartoon exploits helped Canada fight against nazism. Like Captain America, he met Adolf Hitler and almost single-handedly ended the war."