Comicbook: Superman

In the comics of the Golden Age, Superman had little to do with World War II, and the reason is fairly obvious: he'd have ended it in five minutes, as depicted in a Look magazine comic from the era. The publishers were also worried that having Superman clean up Nazis by the truckload would seem disrespectful to actual United States troops fighting and dying in the field.

The Superman newspaper strip took a different direction and tackled the war head on, not by having Superman win it single-handedly, but by having him offer support to the American fighting man and woman. In a nearly two year long series of Sunday strips, Superman takes mail from US troops and does what he can to answer them. Some requests involve lovesick soldiers who miss their family. Some involve a need for R & R. Sometimes soldiers are taught respect for a member of their platoon. The series even takes the time to explain just why Superman didn't join up and fight (hint: using X-ray vision while reading a vision chart could be a problem!)

This was a long forgotten bit of Superman's history until IDW began publishing the character's newspaper strip adventures.


This series features examples of:

  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Many of the letters that Superman answers were based on actual letters from soldiers fighting in various overseas locations.

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