The MegaMilitary Project | Online Edition #405

Military, Warfare & War Comics

With the birth of the modern comic books in the 1930's, publishers began including stories of wartime adventures. Even prior to the U.S. involvement in World War II, comic books such as Captain America Comics depicted superheroes fighting Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Some comic artists were directly contracted by individual governments to experiment with the use of this type of publication for propaganda purposes and visually appealing military material like maintenance manuals and material for recruitment or enlistment.

In the post-World War II era war stories in comics gained popularity the United States and Canada through the 1950's and even during the Vietnam War. Most of the titles concentrated on US military depictions, generally in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War.

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This 1942 comic book is showing you the airmen, marines, sailors and soldiers of the U.S. Armed Forces in action with their planes, ships, tanks, jeeps, etc. An overview of medals and rank insignia is also included. On page 10 surprisingly a brief presentation of a German Junkers JU 87 Dive Bomber (Stuka, German: from Sturzkampfflugzeug or Sturz...
Estados Unidos en la Guerra - United States in the War is a Spanish language comic from 1944 enlisting support for the war effort during World War II. It was published by the United States Office of the Coordinator of the Inter-American Affairs and the Government Printing Office during the end of WWII to approach the Spanish spoken population li...
The leatherneck is an official Marine Corps publication, published by authority of the Commandant, United States Marine Corps, for overseas Marines.
The Punch Below the Belt pamphlet was issued by the Military Intelligence Division of the War Department in 1945 displaying and explaining Japanese ruses, deception tactics and the use of antipersonnel measures like booby traps and mines. The pamphlet is illustrated with comic style cartoons and pictures, making this a very graphic publication t...
Saluting is a major part of the military discipline. Every military service in the world has a very strict regulatory framework about this issue and it might be surprising to some on how complicated or complex this can be. In 1949 the U.S. Army used a comic book approach creating the field manual FM 21-14 to reach semi-literate recruits who were...
Here is a little book that will delight thousands of LI'L ABNER fans. The predicaments confronting a certain acquaintance of LI'L ABNER, who joins the Navy, are in the highest traditions of Dogpatch humor. Al Capp is at his inventive best in the story, and highly entertaining. But accompanying the light treatment is a serious message from Mr. Ca...
In 1951 a total of 6 editions of the Preventive Maintenance Monthly were published. The Army had experienced some degree of acceptance and success during WWII with the instructional publication Army Motors that was published during World War 2 from May 1940 until September and their first editions very rough black and white typewriter style publ...
This pamphlet was produced in 1951 by the renowned writer Charles Biro for the U.S. Treasury Department through the National Cartoonists Society as a public service shares ideas on how to conserve spending and lend support to the troops overseas.
Illustrated by Milton Arthur Caniff and Herbert Block for the United States Air Force, Psychological Warfare Division in 1951. The pamphlet is a brief presentation of the mission aims and techniques of psychological warfare. The basic theory behind the use of psychological warfare as a military weapon is simple-kill the enemy's will to fight wit...
Bert the Turtle was the star of the official U.S. Civil Defense film, "Duck and Cover" for children in which Bert shows what to do in case of an atomic attack. This illustrated pamphlet was distributed at the same time of the film.
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