The Golden Age War Titles Comics
Golden age was dominated by superhero comics since Superman’s debut in 1938. But aside from superhero tales, this era of comic books also features another theme, war comics. These varieties only prove that this period deserves to be called the golden age of comic books.
With World War II occurring in those times, writers and illustrators found an inspiration for comic book concepts. Most of the comic books were about the world war, while some others tackle superheroes fighting and stopping wars. These are called golden age war titles. Stories about war never failed to fascinate the public ever since it came out in publications. Some of them are the following:
- Prince Namor, the Submariner was one of the most well-known golden age war titles. It was published on Motion Picture Funnies Weekly in 1939.
- Dagwood Splits the Atom, a comic book greatly influenced by WWII and nuclear technology was published shortly after the war in the 1940’s.
- The emergence of comic books showing superheroes fighting Japanese soldiers, and organizing a battle against the Axis Powers were noticeable. One example is Captain America and the Human Torch, both published by Marvel Comics. The cover of Captain America shows the superhero punching the Nazi leader, Hitler, another proof of it being one of the golden age war titles.
- Daredevil by Lee Gleason, debuted its publication entitled Daredevil no.1: Daredevil Battles Hitler. Adolf Hitler was even showed on the cover.
- Another golden age war comic book was Frontline Combat No.2. It was published by EC Comics in the late 1940’s. The story was inspired by the civil war.
Marvel Comics presented its several war-inspired comic books such as The Destroyer, the Angel, Citizen V, Marvel Boy and the Fin. Marvel printed these books in the hopes that they would provide history to the young readers in form of comics. These comic books depicted war, but most of all, they taught patriotism to everyone in their own simple way.