World War II History in Comics & Cartoons

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This is an archive page for materials & links related to the comics in the World War II era.


Relevant Comics & Online Archives:

wwii-Airboy War Comics: Comics with a Military Theme
A single-page lo-res cover archive from Australia.

exciting35 Propaganda Extravaganza!
A wartime cover archive on SuperDickery.com … You won’t BELIEVE what US publishers actually printed during the war!

wwii-tagawa_norakuro2 “Norakuro” by by Suiho Tagawa (wartime manga about Japan’s fight with China):
“Norakuro” on Lambiek.net
“Norakuro” on Wikipedia
More Norakuro page samples

BarefootGen Barefoot Gen
One boy’s Hiroshima story

“U.S. Petroleum Administration for War”educational comics(1943):

comin-in-on-a-wing_cover “Comin’ in on a Wing and a Prayer”

 wwii-undercover-war-comic Undercover War

wwii-flitsdeherder2 Dutch Comics During WWII

wwii-howto04 “How to Spot a Jap”
US Army/Navy “educational” comic (1943) employing some seriously racist propaganda techniques!

POLITICAL CARTOONS (Single-panels & Illustrations):

Nazi cartoons (1939)

Cartoons from Das Schwarze Korps (1943-1944) (Nazi SS weekly newspaper) (1943-1944)

Editorial cartoons from Das Reich (1940-1941) (Nazi weekly magazine)

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Editorial cartoons from Das Reich (1944-1945)

For related Nazi propaganda images, see: http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/ww2era.htm

wwii-20116cs “Dr. Seuss Went to War”
A well-organized collection of Theodore Geisel’s wartime political cartoons.

wwii_maul04 Bill Mauldin: sample cartoons

Action Comics #1

(June, 1938 – The first episode of Superman.)

Check out this amazing 1944 cover of THE NEW YORKER –>

It depicts D-Day in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry (and for more on that, see CW’s Europe page) …
“MONTY ET IKE MARE NAVIGAVIT” indeed!  
(Also, note the mice & other items scampering around in the marginal ornamentation…)

MORE @ Norman Rockwell Museum >>

Articles, Analysis, &c.:

Related Henniker & NH & US History Links

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2 Comments

  1. These are very interesting. The comics are explicit in telling about the evils of jealousy and its wrath on the world. I especially appreciate the Norman Rockwell comic. Art played a special role in historic events and words do not do justice, its the art. I hope that I will have an opportunity to attend one of these events on time.

    1. Thanks Allison! Glad you like the NEW YORKER cover ~ An amazing “quote” of old artwork in a new context! I was very impressed by the Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA) when I had the chance to visit there a few years ago… Hope to see you at an event soon. ~ M

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