Can you say "rip=off?" Can you say Captain America?
How early in '42 did this story appear? By late '42 the US was pretty much all in on the war effort. In early '42 there were probably quite a few members of the "peace at any price" movement. I wonder if this was a slap at them?
Comedy Comics #9 was cover-dated April 1942, so it could have been drawn prior to Dec 7, 1941.