Friday, August 21, 2009

Links to History: World War II Comic Books

I receive great information via email and love to that information with you...

This one comes from the editor of America in WWII magazine... and it reads:

"While preparing the current issue of AMERICA IN WWII magazine (available at Barnes & Noble, Borders), we found two gutsy, fun, high-quality World War II comic books produced by, believe it or not, the US government!

America was desperate for high-octane warplane fuel early in World War II. But sagging morale slowed refinery construction. The US government's Petroleum Administration for War (PAW) searched for a solution and decided the answer was...comic books! PAW published two comic books for petroleum refinery construction workers in 1943.

We ran a photo essay on the comic books in our current issue. But the comic books are so cool that we decided to post both of them in their entirety on our website,, as downloadable PDFs.

Here are the urls for the comic books: and

Both comic books are in the public domain. The copies we scanned are housed in the National Archives II in College Park, Maryland.

Please feel free to share the links and pass the comics around. Who knows, they may just raise morale nationwide!"

There... I just did.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the WWII comic books! My students will love to see those, many of them love comic books still today!

Anonymous said...

This is great info! I am currently making a project for A.P. US History about the evolution of comic books and their reflections on society, and this is perfect.

James Fowler said...

Thanks for the post. I've been a comic book collector and history buff my entire life and never heard that story.

Anonymous said...

I have a book that I would not call a true comic book but it is a 12 page cartoon book illistrating the hospitality of the people of Ireland. It appears to be a "thank you" from the US troops to the people of Ireland. Has anyone seen anything like this?

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