Jan. 17th, 2011

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Martin Luther King Day is the day of reflection, a day when we look back at how far America has come and how far it still has to go. I figured that this would be as good of time as any to fulfill a months-old request and repost a Golden Age story which dealt with one of the more shameful chapters in American history - the internment of Japanese-Americans.

Four Favorites 9 - Captain Courageous - Heade small

During the 1940s, comics usually avoided the topic. When they did touch in it, the writers treated it as a given that all Japanese-Americans were either spies or potential spies, making the internment perfectly justified. So imagine my surprise when I went to look up Captain Nippo's first appearance and stumbled upon a story where interned Japanese-Americans actually come off sympathetically. Moreover, it featured a protagonist that the readers could probably identify with to some extent. Mind you, the story has its issues, but in the context of the time, this was mind-blowingly progressive.

The following story originally appeared in Four Favorites #9. Writer and artist unknown.

Captain Courageous fights a Japanese stereotype and 1940s children get an important lesson on what it means to be an American (13 pages under the cut) )

Tune in next time for something a bit more stereotypical as I fulfill [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex's request and post a few stories featuring one of Bob Phantom's most memorable foes - Ah Ku, the Princess of Crime.
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Batman has gotten involved with many strange women over the years. But none has been as delightfully strange as Patricia Powell, Policewoman...

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Another unexpected, but pleasantly surprising addition!

Found on Kotaku, link under cut.

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