Government Issue: Comics For the People, 1940s-2000s
By Richard L. Graham
Foreword by Sid Jacobson
Selections from the comics below appear in Government Issue;
Click on any cover to read the full comic.
Ready Then, Ready Now
Comics About the Military
This is Ann
Bullets or Words
Judy Joins the Waves
Time of Decision
Show Me The Money
Comics About Employment and Economics
Smash-Up at Big Rock
Are You Looking Into Your Future?
Comics About Civil Defense, Safety, and Health
Rex Morgan, M.D. Talks…
About Your Unborn Child!
The 9 Lives of El Gato the Cat
The American Way
Comics About Landscapes and Lifestyles
In addition to print material, comics artists and writers also worked for the U.S. government producing animated films and public service announcements.
Private SNAFU: Spies (1943)
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation Studios for the U.S. Army Signal Corp
Private Snafu (Situation Normal, All Fouled Up), the Army’s everyman, was the creation of Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel and children’s book author and illustrator P.D. “Phil” Eastman, working under the auspices of the U.S. Army Signal Corp. The 26 Private Snafu films made were used as training tools, educational animations, and morale builders for the troops during World War II. This particular short, Spies, includes stereotypical portrayals of the Japanese and German enemies and also of women that are reflective of the era.
Duck and Cover (1951)
Produced by Archer Productions for the Federal Civil Defense Administration
This now-classic civil defense animation uses a friendly, comic-book like character, Bert the Turtle, to gently allay Cold War fears of nuclear attack. It’s simple: just “duck and cover”!