The early 1940s was a frightening time for the average American citizen. After conquering most of Europe, the forces of Nazi Germany now threatened to take Great Britain. Imperial Japan’s control stretched over the Pacific Rim, with Japanese fighters sending most of Pearl Harbor’s U.S. Navy ships to the sea bottom. With the specter of worldwide war looming on the horizon, people turned to an entertaining escape from the newspaper’s horrifying realities: the comic book. Within these four–color pages. inspiring heroes could make short work of America’s foes, giving readers of all ages hope for victory against the real–life enemies that faced the United States.