Friday, May 25, 2007

Classic Covers: Flash Comics #12

4 comments:

rob! said...

nothing like a superhero kicking some Nazi ass!

Kelson said...

I find it odd that DC's Golden-Age heroes seemed more likely to get involved in the actual fighting of WW2 before the US joined in than they were afterward.

And I mean things like this story, in which (IIRC) Jay runs over to Europe and fights the Nazi stand-ins, or the story where Superman abducts the Axis leaders and forces them to stop.

The DC war stories I've read from during the US involvement are all homefront stories, with super-heroes fighting spies and saboteurs, or else they're stories of actual soldiers.

I've always wondered what explanation Jay Garrick, Alan Scott, Ted Grant, etc. gave for not enlisting (and some of them must have been of draft age). Though I suppose the military would have figured Jay, as a scientist, would be better put to use in research than flying airplanes. Though I guess he didn't make the cut for the Manhattan Project.

Eh, I'm probably over-analyzing this.

Craig MacD. said...

Not sure about Wildcat, but Jay was 21 when he first became The Flash (remember he was in college at the time) and I think Alan is a few years older than Jay. Recruitment (or the draft at least) applied to men of at least 18 or 19 years of age. Not sure why none of them enlisted. I suppose you could ask the same of any of the male JSA members.

One of the reasons (given years later) that the JSA didn't walk into Germany and stop Hitler was that (in the DCU at least) he had the Spear of Destiny and it corrupted any superheroes who went overseas.

Kelson said...

I think I lost something editing my last comment, 'cause I could swear I'd mentioned the Spear of Destiny. The thing that makes me wonder is what they, in their civilian identities, told their friends, co-workers, recruiters, etc. "Sorry, I can't go fight in the war because I'm actually Green Lantern..."

Of course, then there are the non-powered heroes... and the Pacific theater.