October 15, 2011
While Hitler never had his own comic strip or series (at least not in this country, and if there is a German Hitler comic I DO NOT want to know) he was on several comic book covers during World War Two.
Hitler and the Nazis (not to be confused with Benny and the Jets) remain the only real go-to bad guys in pulp fiction, including comic books and B-movies. Even Osama Bin Laden didn’t rise to their level.
In the 1940’s it was easy to put Hitler on a comic book cover, preferably getting punched out by the titular hero, and be sure of sales. And it didn’t matter if he never appeared in the comic. It was common for comic covers to not reflect the contents, but a Hitler cover was an attention-getter.
Even an episode of Doctor Who this very season got in on the act in the episode named “Let’s Kill Hitler.” Spoiler- they didn’t.
The most patriotically named of all heroes, Captain America, may have the most covers featuring Hitler, but everyone from Superman to Captain Marvel got in on the Nazi bashing.