TMCGTT: A comic book with an anti-profiling message and a female hero…from 1942
There has understandably been a lot of discussion about diversity in comics.
Lately, we’ve seen a rise in female-led stories. Minorities who are the victims of prejudice have been given starring roles…and respect.
Some people assume that this is a modern phenomenon, an evolution.
However, there is precedent.
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It’s a public domain comic from March 1942…Captain Courageous Comics #6.
Not surprisingly for the period, the title character fights Nazis.
Here’s what it interesting in that story, though…the victims.
The innocent victims are German-Americans.
That’s right…just about at the same time that an order was given for the internment of Japanese-Americans, a comic book wasn’t demonizing German-Americans, but defending them.
An unrelated B-feature in the same issue is “Kay McKay, Air Hostess”. Kay is as tough as any man in the comic book: resourceful, innovative, and an undeniable action hero. She’s not a superhero, and she can’t do everything. Captain Ned flies the plane (a commercial prop plane) on a special mission for the government…but he’s the one who needs rescuing from Nazi spies, and Kay is the one to do it!
Sure, it’s great to see Agent Carter, Supergirl, Black Widow, and the women in Arrow’s incredibly diverse cast. Almost 75 years ago, though, Kay McKay was already saving the day…
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