Superman comic strip #177 (1943)

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Superman’s comic strip run began in 1939 and continued until 1966.  This is an actual half page from a 1943 Superman comic strip (number 177) with art by Wayne Boring.  The story, entitled Hollywood Victory Caravan, tells the tale of a group of Hollywood actors who travel from city to city and raise money to help fund the United States during World War II.  During a bus tour, Superman discovers and exposes a Nazi spy within the group.

The Hollywood Victory Caravan was a real effort put together in 1942 by Hollywood stars of the time including Jane Pickens, Bing Crosby, James Cagney, Claudette Colbert, Ray Bolger, Olivia de Havilland, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and many others.  Among the group was actor Ray Middleton who two years earlier portrayed Superman at the New York World’s Fair.

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