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The 1940s: Superheroes Go to War
Superheroes' fight for the forces of good held great popular appeal during World War II, a time when evil in the world seemed all too real. In the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor, comics took on a retaliatory tone that reflected American hostility towards the Axis powers. Many comics during the early war years featured superheroes exacting violent revenge upon ethnic caricatures of Japanese or Nazi soldiers.
World's Finest Comics no. 11, Autumn 1943 Superman no. 23, July-Aug., 1943 Action Comics no. 60, May, 1943 Captain Marvel, Jr. no. 21, July, 1944