United States propaganda comics are comic books that have been published by various parts of the United States government over time as propaganda tools in various international conflicts. Comic books have historically been used as a tool of influence, starting predominantly in World War II. During World War II, private comic book publishers and later government comic publications increased and gained popularity among the domestic population and Allied forces. The United States used these comics increasingly as World War II concluded and thereafter through the conflicts of the 20th century and into the 21st century. Private companies and the U.
Wartime comics shows how propaganda taught British kids not to fear Nazis | Daily Mail Online
By Stephanie Linning for MailOnline. Bright, bold and politically charged, these comics reveal how publishers fought to win over the hearts and minds of British children during the Second World War. The Beano and The Hotspur both trumpeted the importance of the nation's war effort to youngsters sitting at home, many of whom had brothers, fathers and uncles serving on the frontline. Targeting children as young as eight, the comics used vibrant front covers and witty story lines to ridicule Hitler and undermine the Nazis while championing the ideal of the plucky British underdog. Action-packed cartoons hooked older readers, dazzling them with tales of rocket-powered jets tearing through German defences and brave British soldiers thwarting Nazi attacks. Younger readers were kept laughing with comic strips showing schoolgirls outsmarting the enemy and a cunning ostrich ambushing his foe with an explosively charged egg. Right, as early as The Hotspur was featuring a rocket powered jet called 'The Destroyer' piloted by a 'Captain Dan Blade', pictured destroying a secret Nazi aerodrome.
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Looks like you're in the UK. Did you know The Strategist is too? While World War II raged overseas, pop-culture creators on the American home front were in an awkward spot: How could their art help the war effort without becoming dry and preachy? How could they adapt light entertainment to document the anxieties and deprivations of life during wartime?