The web is a fictional character, a superhero created by mlj comics john cassone as artist and an unknown writer in 1942. Includes all 28 pages of comics, a leo bachle biography by robert pincombe, a forward by seth and several artist renditions of the character softcover and hardcover editions exist available at chapterhouse comics. Johnny canuck was a canadian cartoon hero and superhero who was created as a political cartoon in 1869 and was later reinvented, first in 1942, then in 1975 johnny canuck was created as a lumber jack national personification of canada. Wwii johnny canuck comicbook hero was a pilot johnny canuck skating lumberjack was in fact based on a barfight at the st. However, in 1975, a new comic book character, captain canuck, emerged.
Reprinting johnnys adventures that captivated canada in the 1940s. Johnny canuck collection canadian indie comic books wiki. Canuck is regarded as a nickname, not a putdown, said jim laxer, a political scientist at york university in downsville, ontario. Heroes of the canadian golden age of comics the star. Johnny canuck is a fantastic character from canadas golden age of comics in the 1940s. Canadian superheroes abound frontier centre for public policy. Johnny canuck returns in reprint of 40s comictoronto a canadian comic book hero used as a morale booster during the second world war could soon return to print if he gets a boost of his own. Publishing comics archivist and publisher rachel richey will launch a kickstarter campaign in september to fund a collection of johnny canuck comics. This edit will also create new pages on comic vine for. Canadian superhero johnny canuck is back in reprint of 1940s comic. See, way back in 1942, a very young leo bachle and.
Johnny canuck academic dictionaries and encyclopedias. Canadian superhero johnny canuck back in reprint of 1940s. He first appeared in early political cartoons dating to 1869 where he was portrayed as a younger cousin of the united states uncle sam and britains john bull. Canada post celebrated bachles johnny canuck in 1995, in a series of stamps showing canadian comic book heroes. Canadian superhero johnny canuck is back in reprint of 1940s comic books news jun 30, 2014 by annemarie vettorel hamilton spectator a page from a johnny canuck comic book is shown in a handout. The second canadian national comic hero, johnny canuck, first appeared in the february 1942 issue of bells dime comics no. Johnny canuck, a second world war canadian comic book hero who in one issue fought adolf hitler in handtohand combat, could soon. The johnny canuck character is physically modelled after bachle, and his teachers and friends were often written into the comics, said pincombe. Canadian superhero johnny canuck is back in reprint of 1940s comic books cp toronto a canadian comic book hero used as a morale booster during the second world war could soon return to print. Created by richard comely who was unaware of the earlier johnny canuck character captain canuck was a superhero rather than just a hero, he wore red tights, and bore a red maple leaf emblazoned on his forehead.
I drew johnny canuck and he had my face, and everybody at my school danforth tech. Johnny canuck, canadian comic hero, hopes to continue. The comic book world is not short of canadian heroes. Throughout 1941, canadian comic book readers experienced a boom in canadian produced comics. Without the heroes that canadian children had come to know and love.
Resurrecting canadas greatest comic book hero, johnny canuck. Canadian superhero johnny canuck coming back in reprint of. Johnny canuck childrens literature student exhibitions. Johnny canuck is back in reprint of 1940s comic books. Publisher looking to revive johnny canuck wwii comic. A look at johnny canuck from the comic page to the. Reprinting johnny s adventures that captivated canada in the 1940s. A legendary 1940s comic book hero was named johnny canuck, who declaimed. But now toronto archivist and publisher rachel richey has obtained the rights to reprint the collection of classic comics for the first time.
Johnny canuck s stories were always in the second half of the book while rex baxter led off every issue of dime comics. Johnny canuck is our eponymous action hero who singlehandedly takes on various nazis including adolph hitler himself, often times shirtless somehow he loses his shirt in every adventure, and ironically is frequently mistaken for a brit or a yank by his adversaries. On the other hand, canadas main wartime nationalistic comic book hero, johnny canuck who first appeared in 1942, the same year as the wartime information board was the kind of hero that most canadians could become. Featuring allnew, full length stories, updating these classic characters for the 21st century, complete with added, never before seen reprints of classic tales from the golden age for a punch filled package of epic comic adventure. Regis hotel when original owner coley hall and art nevison had a barfight with some frenchcanadien loggers. The johnny canuck character is physically modeled after bachle, and his teachers and friends were often written into the comics, said pincombe. Johnny canuck canada postage stamp comic book superheroes. Johnny canuck was created as a lumberjack national personification of canada. Contentsshow fictional character biography the webs secret identity was that of john raymond, a college professor of criminology, and mystery writer. A toronto archivist and publisher has obtained rights to repring the adventures of johnny canuck, a second world war canadian comic book hero who in one issue fought adolf hitler in handtohand. Created by richard comely who at the time was unaware of the earlier johnny canuck character, captain canuck was a costumed superhero rather than just a hero, and he wore red and white tights and bore a red maple leaf emblazoned on the forehead of his mask. The return of a lost golden age hero on kickstarter.
Canadian superhero johnny canuck is back in reprint of. On the johnny canuck stamp, the hero is dressed for battle in a flight jacket, goggles, boots and a leather aviator helmet. In december of 1940, american luxury goods including comics were forced out of the canadian market. Superheroes and comics in the mail 100 items superheroes from the golden age of comic books. Top rated lists for johnny canuck 26 items canadian characters 94 items philatelists assemble. The play, based on a world war ii comic book series, fol lows canadian superhero johnny canuck and his supersquad as they save the world from hitler and.
See more ideas about johnny, comics, comic book heroes. Johnny canuck, a captain in the allied air forces, is canadas answer to nazi oppression, operating like a freelance agent. Many knew someone of similar ability, be it their family, friend, or neighbour. Canadas golden age of comics was born out of world war ii. Johnny canuck is the first canadian national hero, canadas captain america if you will. Origin johnny canuck was created as a lumberjack national personification of canada. The series was the first successful canadian comic book since the collapse of the nations comic book industry following world war ii three characters have worn the maple leaf costume of captain canuck. Johnny canuck has been a term used in our culture to personify the essential canadian character and spirit much in the same way that englands. The red, white, and bluegarbed steve rogers wasnt the only north american comic hero to do some hitlerpunching, however, being followed in 1942 by canadas own johnny canuck. They had better start making stronger rope if they want to hold canadians captive. The everyman hero in canadian wwii comics wow comics no. He is a contemporary of nelvana of the northern lights and mr.
Johnny references fellow bell features hero the noodle. When cy bell released a set of six 15 cent compendium comics in 1945 bringing together stories in each issue of some of bells most popular characters, johnny was not included, though nelvana, speed savage, and the phantom rider were. The second canadian national comic hero, johnny canuck, first appeared in the. He is forced to bail out and is captured by barbarians. Johnny canuck was created be leo bachle when he was only 15 years old. Johnny canuck is also the name of a canadian comicbook hero introduced in 1941, a muscular air force captainsecret agent who protected canadians from the nazi menace. Leo was a kid himself, so he knew what kids wanted. Unknown johnny probably is his real first name, but canuck is unlikely to be his real surname identityclass. Created by leo bachie and published from 1941 to 1946 by dime comics, the character was a superpatriotic hero who once fought hitler manoamano.
It wasnt until late in that year that johnny canuck was slated to appear. Johnny canuck is flying over the libyian jungle and runs into a german patrol. All portions of the grand comics database, except where noted otherwise. Dressed as a habitant, farmer, logger, rancher or soldier, he was characterized as wholesome and simpleminded and was often depicted resisting the.1393 22 154 183 86 31 48 413 1181 1340 224 1393 1226 976 50 443 581 272 517 26 1505 1257 982 856 1422 66 221 879 1182 94 6 258 937 110 613 264 186 359 789 1272 219 976 530 1425 333 72