By Jacobus Dixon

By the early 1940s, American readers were enjoying the exploits of their favorite funny book characters, while Europeans and Asians were a bit preoccupied with staying alive while World War II blasted all around them. That didn’t mean Americans weren’t aware of what was happening. Adolf Hitler, Emperor Hirohito, and Benito Mussolini worked very hard to earn their way onto many American’s most hated lists. Of the three, Hitler really made the strongest impression with his hate-driven tirades and the lethal German war machine that could make his Nazi dreams a reality. So naturally, most American politicians, military personnel, and civilians considered him the greatest threat (even though the Japanese proved time and again that they too were deadly with their military). Hitler and his Nazi party were staunch believers in Aryan superiority and that all lesser races needed to be removed from the world. And while the U.S. was known for being pretty racist itself, this terminology was a little extreme (even for American standards, which is pretty bad). The ones who got sore the most were the Americans of Jewish descent (many of whom came from families that had just emigrated from Europe or had come from there themselves). In particular were a couple of Jewish-American artists named Hymie Simon and Jacob Kurtzberg (or as they’re better known as: Joe Simon and Jack Kirby).  And they were just itching to let Hitler know what they and many other Americans thought of him. Read the rest of this entry »


Ted, Andrew, Dimitrios, Sam and Gavin – the whole team are together again for the Midtown Comics Podcast! ! They are joined by writer of the Image Comics book Nightworld – Adam McGovern. We talk about his writing career and all the connections to Jack Kirby that we can think of. Our conversation reveals that Gavin and Andrew may have met, prior to their meeting on this podcast. Meet Sam at her upcoming appearance at SPX this weekend! We riff into our top picks of the week and answer some listener questions.  What do we think of gimmick covers?

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21 Sep, 2012

A look at Green Arrow!

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Midtown Bloggin Hoods! Raph here, to talk to you about the latest hero to get his own television series: Green Arrow!

Oliver Queen has been around since 1941, and he’s had lots of landmark moments, here’s a brief look at his comics history.

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21 Aug, 2012

Kirby4Heroes!

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In honor of Jack Kirby’s upcoming birthday on August 28th, Jillian Kirby, the 16-year-old granddaughter of Jack Kirby, have put together Kirby4Heroes, a fundraising effort for the Hero Initiative.

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29 May, 2012

5 Avengers Stories for New Readers

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With Avengers absolutely DOMINATING the box office, we thought it’d be good to give you guys a list of Avengers stories you can get into, or get a friend into. As great as the movie was, there are plenty of great stories from the Avengers’ rich history!

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Raph is Back! You are reading! Things must end with an exclamation point!

In this Post-Rapture World we now live in, it’s good to affirm that things still happen, but if Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross had their way, Apocalypse may yet come from beyond the stars, thanks to the dastardly… Jack Kirby???

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