July 10, 2015

Goodbye, Supermac!

Frame from final Supermac strip, March 30, 1945.

Frame from final Supermac strip, March 30, 1945.
Frame from final Supermac strip, March 30, 1945.

The World War II Home Front superhero cartoon strip Supermac ran in the weekly Kaiser Richmond shipyard magazine Fore ‘n’ Aft between September 8, 1944, and March 30, 1945. An earlier post explained the evolution and role of this remarkable wartime graphic narrative, and so far we have shared the first 14 strips — view the first seven and the second seven. In this conclusion, Supermac foils a devilish Nazi sabotage plot that involves rats and compressed air, at which point he gets drafted and the story ends.

The strip was cryptically credited to “P.T.C.”, which turns out to have been a collaborative effort. We know that one of the contributors was artist Emmy Lou Packard — the “P” — but the identities of the other two creative talents remain a mystery. Emmy Lou Packard left the shipyards October 26, 1945.

An exhibition of Emmy Lou Packard's shipyard illustrations will be on display at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, Calif. from August 5, 2015 through the end of the year.

These final strips ran from January 12, 1945 until March 30, 1945. Click on them to enlarge.

Supermac — gone, but not forgotten.

January 12, 1945
January 19, 1945
January 19, 1945
January 26, 1945
January 26, 1945
February 2, 1945
February 2, 1945
February 9, 1945
February 9, 1945
February 16, 1945
February 16, 1945
February 23, 1945
February 23, 1945
March 2, 1945
March 2, 1945
March 9, 1945
March 9, 1945
March 16, 1945
March 16, 1945
March 23, 1945
March 23, 1945
March 30, 1945
March 30, 1945