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Comic-Con: 1942

Comic-Con: 1942

July 1942. "Nyssa, Oregon. Japanese-American boys at the newsstand on their weekly visit to town." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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So that's where they went.

My grandfather owned and operated an apple ranch in Wapato, Washington,
near Yakima, 300 miles from Nyssa. He often told us that his best orchard
workers had been people of Japanese ancestry. These people suddenly
disappeared in the spring of 1942, and never returned to the Yakima Valley.

Freedom from fear

Re: Nyssa, Oregon detention facility for Japanese-Americans see https://encyclopedia.densho.org/Nyssa,_Oregon_%28detention_facility%29/
Napoleon and Uncle Elby comic books consisted of reprints of the newspaper strip. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_and_Uncle_Elby
Issue #1 (pictured) was published in 1942

So Few Comics?

Leaving aside all the pulp fiction, detective and romance magazines, and general magazines, I only see three comic books:

-- Captain Aero #8 September 1942 “Keep ‘em Flyin!” Introduces the Red Cross.
-- Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories Vol. 2 #11 August 1942 (#23)
-- Napoleon and Uncle Elby #1 1942

If only the kids knew. Current values in mint condition, respectively:
over $1,000
over $2,050
over $700

... not bad for a 10 cent investment.

Somber Reading

It would have been hard for those Japanese-American kids to view some of the racist depictions of our Pacific enemies that were so prevalent in comics of the war years. It may have seemed right to most at the time, but it still must have hurt those young minds.

Home of the Wapato Wolves

Less than 1,000 students for three grades today. Colors are blue & gold. It appears they use two wolf images for their mascot. The scary version on the young man's t-shirt, and a more regal image for when they're not trying to be an animal and rip the other team apart.

I sold what was left of my comic book collection a little over a decade ago. I had lots of the action heroes, plus Archie and Mad Magazine. I was surprised the comic that brought the highest amount was Rocky the Flying Squirrell and Bullwinkle ... $25. As with so many things I've purged, I'm glad they found a good new home. The closet they were stored in recently flooded.

Back in the day

I remember "looking through" Sixteen magazine and all the others on the rack, when we were allowed to browse. Just as these fellows are doing. Today magazines are enclosed in wrap to prevent this. I miss the slower times.

Hey, look!

The August issue of Railroad Magazine is out!

You Learn Something New Every Day

OK, I've never heard of Napoleon and Uncle Elby, but apparently it was popular in newspapers and comic books of that era. In fact that is issue No. 1 in the rack.

Not at our hometown newsstand --

As soon as we kids grabbed a comic book, Margaret the Miserable would swoop in on her broom and out the door we went. There was NO reading without buying.

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