Pop Culture Propaganda – Captain American History!

Si vis pacem, para bellum – If you wish for peace, prepare for war.

The great depression was a time of unprecedented poverty. Starvation struck Americans struggled to survive very harsh times in any way they could. This bred desperately enduring working class civilians under the emerging war clouds, grim and gloomy, over Europe. The economy imploded. The iron fist of the Nazi party was starting to pummel their way through country boundaries. Poland had been invaded. America still lay untouched… but not for much longer.

Don't be a sauerkraut!

You didn’t need psychic mutant power to sense the brink of world war; you just had to have common sense. Tights characters were fighting in the war even before we were drafted. In a now famed 1940 special for Look Magazine, Supes creators Siegel and Shuster had the man of steel end the war in a shallow 2-page spread. By simply flying to Germany, lifting Hitler and Stalin in a swoop, he effortlessly drops them off at the League of Nations. This now somewhat undermining feature made its way to the lion’s den itself. Upon seeing the comic, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, in typical anti-Semitic hate, is claimed to have called Superman Jewish. He even mocked Siegel as “physically and intellectually circumcised.” Suddenly truth, justice and the American way just didn’t seem American enough. (more…)

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