Saturday, April 28, 2012

Wing Lee, Boy Patriot of China-Jack Alderman-1943

Once again, we remind you to put these WWII stories into historical context. They can be and are offensive today in some respects but fascinating in others. Imagine Caniff's Connie as the hero (with hair). This "New Sensational Boy Hero of Comics" only ran three issues.


  1. Incredible. Wing Lee is written every bit as brave and resourceful as the whitest Boy Commando, not at all a merely-functional sidekick like "Mist'a Climson Avenjah's" own Wing, or, God help us, Whitewash Jones...and the artist STILL couldn't keep from depicting him and his comrades as goiter-eared, grinning bucktoothed pie-faced "slants." (For whatever reason, the grown-ups--the elder Lees, the Generalissimo and even the Japanese villains--get off remarkably easier.)

    Aside from that (and maybe even because of it) it's fun and unusual, and I thank you for posting it.

    Without context, on that last page Wing Lee and Co. would seem to be turncoats ("It's the Flying Tigers again! Mow them down!"). I wonder if Lee ever got to meet the pilots of this most convenient squadron.

    ...Where'd this come from, anyway?

  2. WING LEE appeared in three issues of BLUE BEETLE.