‘Who is this upstart Hitler?’
Norse gods and American comics during the Second World War
in From Iceland to the Americas
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In the period 1939–1945 several American comic magazines published graphic stories featuring pagan Nordic gods, including Odin and Thor. These range from Jack Kirby and Joe Simon's ‘The Villain from Valhalla’, appearing in Adventure Comics in 1942, to ‘The Shadow of Valhalla’, published in the magazine Boy Commandos in 1944. The most interesting of these publications, however, was the series ‘Thor, God of Thunder’, published in Weird Comics as early as 1940. The five stories in question were attributed to one Wright Lincoln (a pen name used by several writers and artists). The article traces how all of these American comic stories were inspired by the medieval Icelandic Eddas and how they contributed, with their anti-German propaganda, to the so-called ‘comic book war’.

From Iceland to the Americas

Vinland and historical imagination

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