Top 10 Superheroes Who Fought In WW2

Top 10 Superheroes Who Fought In WW2


The Golden Age has no shortage of war-driven
stories, featuring the likes of our favourite iconic heroes – who were around during those
times – fighting off the evil that was the Nazi threat. The trend of superheroes punching Nazis even
got a boost recently after white nationalist rallies plagued certain parts of North America. Which is pretty unfortunate that they’re
still relevant. Depressing facts aside, superheroes played
a huge part in the war effort with their inclusion in the media, helping rally hope, faith and
courage in the hearts of those who were fighting to make the world a safe place. So today, we’re taking a look at those heroes
with our list of the top 10 superheroes who fought
in WW2. 10 The Flash Jay Garrick
While Barry Allen is considered by many to be the most iconic Flash, Jay Garrick is the
one who started the character’s legacy. After the Flash was rejuvenated into Barry
Allen during the Silver Age, Jay has made several notable appearances since the introduction
of DC’s multiverse, including one that took place during a flashback in 2010’s Justice
Society of America, where he and Green Lantern Alan Scott went on covert missions during
world war 2. He wore an army version of his suit, and punched
some Nazis. 9 Über  – Kieron Gillen
For a different take on super powered individuals during WW2, Kieron Gillen’s Uber tells the
story of superheroes who were developed by the Nazis in an alternate WW2 timeline. Told from the perspective of these superhuman
soldiers, the Allies are forced to defend themselves by creating their own superheroes,
and thus begins an arms race in which nations are trying to create the strongest ubers,
with the superhumans left pondering their own morality. While the 60 issue series received favourable
reviews, some critics felt it glorified Nazism and white supremacy. 8 The Fighting Yank
The Fighting Yank was created in 1941 as a patriotic hero, in a similar vein to Captain
America and the Shield. First appearing in publisher Nedor Comic’s
Startling Comics #10, the Fighting Yank was a man named Bruce Carter the third, who gained
his powers when the ghost of his ancestor – Bruce Carter the first, who just so happened
to be a war hero from the American War of Independence – appeared to him, and showed
him the location of a magical cloak that gave you super strength and invulnerability. Carter wasn’t the only fighting Yank though
–Timely Comics aka the future Marvel had their own character of the same name who appeared
in Captain America Comics #17 in 1942, and was a spy who fought Japanese agents in China. 7 The Black Terror
Racial insensitivity was common in many early comics when it came to portraying people of
non-white ethnicities, but became incredibly prominent during World War 2. Offensive caricatures of people from Asian
countries, primarily Japan, were front and center, depicted as enemies for the patriotic
heroes seen on the pages of early main stream comics. The Black Terror, another hero published by
Nedor Comics in 1941, was no stranger to this. Terror was a pharmacist named Bob Benton who
created a chemical called formic ethers than transformed him and his young sidekick, Tim
Roland, into the Terror Twins. Much of their heroics involved punching Nazis,
Japanese soldiers and the occasional firing of machine guns. 6 Human Torch
The Human Torch wasn’t always the character we now know from the Fantastic Four. Back in 1939 when the character was first
conceived, the Human Torch was an android, portrayed as a sci fi monster who became a
hero and led a secret identity as a police officer in NY. He would team up with his previous nemesis,
Namor the Sub Mariner, and his buddy Captain America to fight Axis powers. The character eventually fell into obscurity
in the 50’s, but was reintroduced after Timely Comics became Marvel, and was re-branded
as Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four. 5 Captain Marvel aka Shazam
DC’s Captain Marvel, otherwise known as Shazam, first appeared in 1940, and managed
to outsell the likes of Superman at the time. As per other heroes at the time, Shazam fought
off the Axis forces, with covers that read the likes of Forward American! and Capt Marvel
Swats the Japs! Captain Marvel Jr, one of the members of the
Marvel family, also got in on the wartime effort, being a hero in his own right by fighting
off the Nazi threat. But unfortunately for the Captain, his sales
steadily declined after WW2, 4 Wonder Woman
While the recent Wonder Woman feature film stars Gal Gadot kicking ass in WW1, the iconic
heroine is no stranger to the WW2 effort. Wonder Woman was introduced in October of
1941, in All Star Comics #8, and originally was the Amazon champion who won the right
to return Steve Trevor back to the US after his plane crashed on their island, and goes
to the ‘mans world’ helping Steve and the USA fight Nazis. Many have compared her to the superhero version
of Roise the Riveter at this time, despite still dealing with quite a solid amount of
sexism in her narratives for years to come. Additionally, there was a storyline in her
comics that took place during WW2 during Phil Jimenez’s Wonder Woman run on issues 184-185
that was released in 2002 in which Diana comes face to face with her war time self, and involves
fighting Nazis together, called U-Boats and Dinosaurs. Classic. 3 Batman
DC was very much on the forefront of rallying the American people in the war time effort,
despite steering pretty clear from featuring war-driven covers, with their most iconic
heroes being involved in war stories of their own. So of course, Batman was a huge part of this
effort, and was depicted often partaking in acts that involved helping on the home front,
from donating paper, selling war bonds and stamps, growing victory gardens, and partaking
in other patriotic but retrospectively slightly ridiculous acts – like riding giant eagles,
throwing baseballs at Axis leaders to promote bonds and stamps, shooting machine guns, and
of course, sitting on top of a canon in all it’s phallic glory. Much of this was done alongside Robin and
Superman in World’s Finest. Batman was even used as propaganda AFTER the
war to continue selling war bonds, too. 2 Captain America
Captain America was introduced by literally punching Hitler. He made his debut a year prior to the US even
joining the war. Since he was one of the patriotic characters
that were in influx at the time, he got his own solo title as opposed to being introduced
in an anthology first. Cap built a reputation of fighting Axis powers,
and soon became a fan favourite, and one of the only patriotic heroes who actually had
any longevity post-war, despite being cancelled in 1954 before being revamped in the silver
age. 1 Superman
During WW2 Superman was a major propaganda figure. Which, depending on what side of the political
spectrum you sit on – is kind of ironic if you consider the fact that Clark Kent is actually
an illegal alien – literal alien – or really wonderful, and shows how powerful and
welcoming the American identity can be. All that aside, Superman very much stood for
a lot of ideals that have been dissected years afterwards concerning patriotism, nationalism
and masculinity during World War 2, mainly because of his prominence in north American
pop culture at the time. This is also fascinating, since as we mentioned
before, DC also tried to reduce the number of war stories in their comics prior to the
US becoming involved in the war after Pearl Harbour. Clark Kent purposely failed his eye exam after
he was drafted so he could work as Superman more covertly in the war. Despite this, more war-driven stories appeared
in the Superman cartoons and radio shows than the comics themselves. And when DC did start using certain war narratives
in his comic strips, sometimes the fictional bombs were too similarly written to things
going on in real life, and printing his comic strips were seen as security threats and were
pulled by the Defense Department, fearing they would be intelligence leaks. Superman also went beyond just kicking nazi
butt in the comics though – the character was used to promote literacy in the army,
helping provide soldiers an engaging learning avenue that would help foster skills after
the war had ended. Which is pretty damn cool. Alright there we have it! Want more Superhero world war 2 lists? Let us know in those comments below! If you dug this video, show us some love and
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100 thoughts on “Top 10 Superheroes Who Fought In WW2

  1. This Comment Section
    -WhY tHeRes No FacKiNg WolVarine?
    – 1 percent thats someone gonna say this goodshit

  2. I get it. But why put Logan in the thumbnail if you ain’t gonna use him. Stop with the clickbait. That makes people not wanna watch your channel even more.

  3. I thought this was a superhero video about hero's who fought in ww2 not dissing patriotism isn't that good to be a patriot all of us?

  4. But none of these killed hitler…. but i know one that did…..Dean Winchester did…. then had pie afterwards…..

  5. Okay, so Wolverine had an opening scene in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (I know it is not that good and quite unessarary) fighting in wars, including WWII. He also was shown fighting and was captured as a POW on the Pacific front in The Wolverine, creating the WHOLE ENTIRE FRONT. I don't know half of these suoerheroes, but if Wonder Woman and SUPERMAN gets a spot, why not Wolverine? I am outright furious.

  6. Why did you do comics around that time who of course would fought nazis and not much hero’s like wolverine and captain and all those characters who officially confirmed to fought in the war like seriously it seems you guys don’t even try and just click bait half the time

  7. Superman isn't an illegal alien he pays his taxes and contributes to society but most importantly he has all his papers

  8. I like how wolverine is in the thumbnail but isn’t even in the video🤦🏼‍♂️🤷🏼‍♂️

  9. First of all, the story of Superman is the MOSES story – a baby in a basket … Who better to fight Nazis!
    Second, if you want top be offended by racial slurs, look no further than the Batman war time movie serial.
    There is a PRO-INTERNMENT message in the opening minutes!

    BTW has anyone ever heard of "Captain America Commie Smasher?" Published by Atlantic(?) comics at a point where Marvel had given up copyright (is that the proper term?) the character waxed McCarthyite for a while in the 50's.

    Also interesting how the Black Terror looks JUST a little like The Punisher – eh folks?

  10. Where is Winter Soldier And BTW I read the title now technically he is now a superhero plus he fought with cap in WW2

  11. In my top 5 things I would do with flashes powers one of them is to go back in time and punch hitler in the ball

  12. The original Human Torch was later updated to The Vision in the Avengers, and was briefly mentioned in an episode of the "Livewires" mini-series.

  13. Theres nothing wrong with being a nationalist, look at a thesaurus and itll show that it literally has the same definition as patriot, they just want borders because its good for all in the end

  14. White nationalists seem to be relevant to you. They are not to me cause I don’t even know what a white nationalist is.

  15. Wonder woman does not count because he traveled back in time to justice league she was not born and a time and they all know what happens so that should tell him I have not died

  16. Nazi's you mean german soldiers.
    Ya know not all german army's in ww2 were controlled by hitler.
    Hitler mostly controlled SS battalion's as far as i know
    Plz dont hate

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