Magazine article America in WWII

Barney the Bomber

Magazine article America in WWII

Barney the Bomber

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BARNEY BAXTER BOMBED TOKYO and flew to the moon, but the closest he came to getting his name in a history book was getting it in a comics history book. This torpedo-bomber pilot spent a decade and a half flying on airborne adventures in the funny pages and, for a few of those years, lent his aviation talents to the effort to defeat the Axis powers in World War II.

Originally titled Barney Baxter in the Air when it debuted in 1936, writer and artist Frank Miller's comic strip was shortened to Barney Baxter in 1943. By that point, Miller (not to be confused with the Batman writer of the same name) had handed over the series to artist Bob Naylor. Miller returned from his hiatus in 1945 and would continue to work on the series until his death in 1949, drawing all along on his personal experience as a pilot to lend credibility to Barney's fanciful escapades.

Barney was a tough-looking, stocky fellow--not your typical matinee idol of a hero. …

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