“In the late 1940s, the Army staged mock battles in Texas between U.S. soldiers and the Circle Trigonists — a fictional fascist army wearing Roman-style helmets. Later fake enemies included the Atropians and the People’s Democratic Republic of Krasnovia.”
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…here was an American superhero punching the leader of a sovereign nation in the kisser. Subsequent issues kept pitting Captain America against Hitler and his goons.
The angriest reaction came from the German-American Bund, Hitler’s stooges in the U.S. They harassed Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, the creators of Captain America, with hate mail and telephoned death threats.
Simon called the cops, and as soon as the police showed up, the phone rang. Mayor Fiorello La Guardia wanted to speak to the creators of Captain America. Simon got on the line. “You boys over there are doing a good job,” the voice squeaked. “The city of New York will see that no harm will come to you.’”
That is how it’s supposed to work in a democracy.
The idea was, that the more Americans the Japanese killed, the slower the American advance on Tokyo would be. And the more Japanese territory Stalin would be able to grab.
The atomic bomb was the fly in the ointment.