World War II History in Comics & Cartoons
This is an archive page for materials & links related to residencies studying World War II through the lens of Comics & Local History.
Relevant Comics & Online Archives:
- WWII Comic Book Cover Propaganda Gallery
A fun survey of the art form! For display purposes, see the higher-resolution files HERE (searchable by publisher).
- War Comics: Comics with a Military Theme
A single-page lo-res cover archive from Australia.
- Propaganda Extravaganza!
A wartime cover archive on SuperDickery.com … You won’t BELIEVE what US publishers actually printed during the war!
- Superhero & War Comics Cover Gallery
Since many Golden Age superhero comics dealt with the war, this gallery combines the two categories. (Also links to amazing Romance & Horror galleries.)
- “Norakuro” by by Suiho Tagawa (wartime manga about Japan’s fight with China):
“Norakuro” on Lambiek.net
“Norakuro” on Wikipedia
More Norakuro page samples
- Barefoot Gen
One boy’s Hiroshima story
- “U.S. Petroleum Administration for War”educational comics(1943):
- Dutch Comics During WWII
- “How to Spot a Jap”
US Army/Navy “educational” comic (1943) employing some seriously racist propaganda techniques!
- POLITICAL CARTOONS (Single-panels & Illustrations):
- WWII Political Cartoon Archive
- Nazi cartoons from Kladderadatsch
- Cartoons from Brennessel (Nazi humor magazine)
- Nazi cartoons about Winston Churchill
- 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)
Editorial cartoons from Das Reich (1944-1945)
- For related Nazi images, see: http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/ww2era.htm
- “Dr. Seuss Went to War”
A well-organized collection of Theodore Geisel’s wartime political cartoons.
- Bill Mauldin: sample cartoons
- Action Comics #1
(June, 1938 – The first episode of Superman.)
- Maus by Art Spiegelman
- A Family Secret
A Dutch teenager learns about his grandmother’s experiences during World War II.
- The Search
A Jewish survivor of the Holocaust tracks down the wartime stories of her family and friends.
- SLIDESHOW: Art Spiegelman discusses his creative process in Maus
- 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…)
Articles, Analysis, &c.:
- Types of War Comics
- US-European Theater:
- “Golden Age of Comic Books” on Wikipedia (1930s-1940s)
- “Kryptonomics: Why Superman’s Creators Got a Raw Deal” (The New Yorker, 24 June 2013)
- Classic Comicson Suite101.com:
- Education & Propaganda:
- Manga (Japanese Comics) (See also: Japanese Culture & History in Manga):
- About.com: Manga in WWII
Related Henniker & NH & US History Links
- Henniker Historical Society
- Library of Congress: “1930s-1940s in Color” Photo Stream
- Nazi Propaganda Posters
- NHPR: Stories re: “World War II”
- “Unifying a Nation: WWII Posters from the NH State Library”
- Wright Museum (Wolfeboro, NH)