Monday, Nov 23rd, 2015

Never Forget…


canwellposted by Bruce Canwell


What better way to begin a "fantasy comics page" entry devoted to Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day than with the front-page headlines from the Galveston Daily News? What you see here is indicative of the extra editions newspapers all over America rushed into print, even as details on the attack continued to pour in.

Despite the shocking news from the Pacific, newspapers on that day still featured the Sunday funnies, of course. Some readers undoubtedly found respite from the day's shocking news by taking a few minutes to delve into the comics pages. Others perhaps found cartoon melodrama and light-hearted humor at odds with both the grim dispatches being filed from Hawaii and the repercussions they knew were sure to follow; to those members of the audience comic strip offerings may have been more an annoyance than a welcome diversion. Still, the cartoonists, syndicators, and newspaper editors had no choice but to run the material that had been prepared weeks in advance, material like this ...










The events in Hawaii of seventy-four years ago transformed December 7, 1941 into (as President Franklin Roosevelt stated in his address to Congress) "a date which will live in infamy." While other infamous dates bloomed on our calendars like black orchids as subsequent years unfolded, no incident in almost three-quarters of a century has so threatened or so galvanized the nation as did the attack on Pearl. The public service ad below, discovered while I researched this piece, ran as scheduled in select newspapers on that dark day. Surely it spoke more deeply and eloquently to America's young men than it would have had it been published only twenty-four hours before ...


We hope you'll join us in saluting the members of The Greatest Generation who answered the country's call following the Axis strike on American territory. Their sacrifices and contributions helped preserve the freedoms still enjoyed today.

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