Monday, April 29, 2013

World's Finest # 6, Summer, 1942

The home front propaganda continues on this issue's cover. Several major new features this month but we lose the nicely drawn CRIMSON AVENGER strip.

Some particularly good art on SUPERMAN, credited to John Sikela, later a major Superboy artist as well.

Since the previous issue, Simon and Kirby had taken over the SANDMAN series in ADVENTURE so the new version is continued here. Fans of DAYS OF ADVENTURE will recall that the famous pair were NOT the ones who revised Sandman's costume and introduced Sandy, his sidekick. Both of those  events had actually happened in a couple of stories just prior to Jack and Joe taking over.

Jerry Siegel's STAR-SPANGLED KID was more or less the title character in STAR-SPANGLED COMICS, also. He was the first kid hero with an adult sidekick--the ludicrously named, "Stripesy."

One reason that STAR-SPANGLED KID was now appearing in WORLD'S FINEST could be that he was relegated to back up status in his other title after Simon and Kirby struck there, too, creating THE NEWSBOY LEGION and their Guardian.

A mainstay of MORE FUN and ADVENTURE in the forties (and fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties in the latter), here's the first WF appearance of AQUAMAN, by his original artist, Paul Norris.

Henry Boltinoff's JERRY THE JITTERBUG would continue to pop up from time to time well into the sixties! I remember having to ask my mother what a jitterbug was and she said that was a word she hadn't heard in years!



  1. The Sandman and Batman splash pages are fantastic!

  2. I love this blog, but are you ever going to print full stories as you did in Days of Adventure? Keep up the great work.

  3. Thank you for all your work.
    I always find old comics and magazines historically interesting.
    So, in 1942 Uncle Sam encouraged us to eat plenty of Tootsie Rolls as part of a healthy diet?

    1. Great observation, Lacey! Business found all kinds of ways to jump on the wartime bandwagon for profit--riding Uncle Sam's coattails, as it were.