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Don Winslow Number 1 - A comic book cover with a sailor and a sailor


Don Winslow Number 1 - A comic book cover with a sailor and a sailor



Captain Marvel introduces Commander Don Winslow on the cover of his eponymous magazine.

The 1940s were a significant and influential period in the history of comic books. During this decade, the comic book industry underwent a number of changes and developments that would shape its future. One of the most significant events of the 1940s was the emergence of superhero comics, which had a major impact on the industry. During this decade, a number of iconic superhero characters were introduced, including Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. These characters became extremely popular and helped to establish the superhero genre as a mainstay of the comic book industry. In addition to the emergence of superhero comics, the 1940s also saw the development of other popular genres, such as horror, science fiction, and romance. Many of the most well-known and influential comic book publishers and creators, such as Marvel Comics and Jack Kirby, got their start during this decade. The 1940s were a crucial and transformative period for the comic book industry, and many of the trends and developments of this decade continue to influence the industry today.

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A collection of war-time magazines intended for fighting countries' readers. Signal was a modern, glossy, illustrated photo journal and army propaganda tool, meant specifically for audiences in neutral, allied, and occupied countries. A German edition was distributed in Switzerland and to various other countries with a strong German military presence, but Signal was never distributed in Germany proper. The promoter of the magazine was the chief of the Wehrmacht propaganda office, Colonel Hasso von Wedel. Signal was published fortnightly (plus some special issues) in as many as 25 editions and 30 languages, and at its height had a circulation of 2,500,000 copies. It was available in the United States in English until December 1941. The last number was 6/45, only known in one sample from the Swedish edition. Yank magazine's first issue was published on June 17, 1942. The magazine was written by enlisted rank (EM) soldiers with a few officers as managers and initially was made available only to the US Army overseas. By the fifth issue of July 15, 1942, it was made available to serving members within the US, however, it was never made available on the newsstands for public purchase. YANK's circulation exceeded 2.5 million in 41 countries with 21 editions. The last issue was published on December 28, 1945.





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