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TAKE THAT, ADOLF! The Fighting Comic Books of The Second World War

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TAKE THAT, ADOLF! The Fighting Comic Books of The Second World War

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Our Highest Recommendation. By Mark Fertig. From Superman, Wonder Woman and Daredevil to propaganda and racism, Take That, Adolf! offers a long, highly detailed look at how comics embraced the war, sold zillions to kids as well as soldiers, and who did it all, including rare female creators. And Wonder Woman wasn't the only heroine to punch her way into the hearts of fans. The early (and sexier) Black Cat, The Woman in Red, Miss America, Miss Victory...they are each explored here also.

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Over 500 full color covers, many full size! This is THE collection of those great "wartime covers" which are in big demand by collectors now. Between 1941 and 1945, Hitler was pummeled on comic book covers by everyone from Captain America to Wonder Woman. Here is world’s greatest super villain, his Nazi cohorts, and their allies. And it all begins with the first patriotic superheroes, from The Shield to Captain America, and then the flood of imitations, both great and bizarre.

From Superman, Wonder Woman and Daredevil to propaganda and racism, Take That, Adolf! offers a long, highly detailed look at how comics embraced the war, sold zillions to kids as well as soldiers, and who did it all, including rare female creators. And Wonder Woman wasn't the only heroine to punch her way into the hearts of fans. The early (and sexier) Black Cat, The Woman in Red, Miss America, Miss Victory...they are each explored here also.

This offers a blow by blow look at heroes and heroines as they were created, and who was creating them, and their tenures in both famous and now forgotten comic book titles. The Fighting Yank, The Black Terror, Uncle Sam, Hangman (the darkest of them all), U.S. Jones, Green Lantern, The Eagle, Dr. Fate, Blackhawk...they're all examined.

And this is also a fascinating look at how legendary creators such as Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, Alex Schomburg, Reed Crandall, Mac Raboy, C.C. Beck, Will Eisner, and Lou Fine entertained millions of kids on the home front and buoyed the spirits of GIs fighting overseas by using Adolf Hitler as a punching bag.

Mark also examines wartime prejudice and stereotypes, kid teams, flag covers. And he looks at the non-superhero titles that also had killer covers: the Fiction House titles from Wings to Rangers, Real Life, Heroic, Boy, The Shadow, Sparkler, Real Heroes, Devil-Dog, Champ, Krazy, Popular... everyone got into the act, even Looney Tunes and Walt Disney's Comics and Stories!

Also includes further biographies of the biggest of the creators: Alex Schomberg, Mac Raboy, Irv Novick (The Shield), Lou Fine, Will Eisner, Reed Crandall, Jack Burnley, Jack Binder (and his "shop") and C.C. Beck. There is a full index of both artists and titles included.

The is the best book we've ever seen on the subject, and covers far more ground  than ever before, since it looks at just the wartime covers. All covers have been very handsomely restored, occasionally retaining a chipped or rounded corner, but all other imperfections are gone, much like the high quality you find in Gerber's Photo-Journal. Great stuff!!

Mark Fertig serves as chair of art and art history at a national liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. He writes regularly about film noir for a variety of websites, as well as the Film Noir Foundation's magazine, Noir City. His award-winning film noir blog is wheredangerlives.blogspot.com.

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Item Code TAKTA
Publisher Fantagraphics
Publish Date 2017
ISBN 9781606999875
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 8x11
# Pages 244pg
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