World’s Finest 15 – Green Arrow vs Waxface, the Boy Commandos and the Aryan Superman, and Johnny Everyman debuts

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Robin better make the right call on the cover of World’s Finest 15 (Fall 1944).

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Maurice del Burgo’s art brings to life the Green Arrow story in this issue.

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Green Arrow and Speedy are pitted against a master of disguise, Waxface.  The story is fairly straightforward, and once they figure out that it’s a case of impersonation, it moves directly towards its climax.

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The art is what makes this tale stand out, particularly compared to Green Arrow’s earlier stories in this book.

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Louis Cazeneuve does a creditable job on the Boy Commandos tale in this issue.

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It’s a battle of ideals and morale as the Nazis challenge Rip Carter to fight their own “Aryan Superman” in a boxing match.  Rip accepts, and the Boy Commandos tag along.

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But this one is Rip Carter’s struggle, as he stands up to, and bests, Von Butchar, throwing the man right into Adolf Hitler’s lap.  It’s a bit of a stretch to think that Rip made it out of their alive, Boy Commandos or no, but his match was impressive.

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Jack Schiff and John Daly introduce Johnny Everyman, a series that has a heroic white male demonstrating that other races need to be considered as well.  Whatever its flaws, this series is sincere, and the effort to increase tolerance and understanding is commendable.

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In this issue, Johnny tells a group of young boys about an adventure he had while working as an engineer in China.  He came to the aid of a Chinese woman, educated in the US, attempting to take photographs of a temple that was being used as a base by a gang of thieves.

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The message of understanding the differences between cultures is not really illustrated by the tale he tells.  But as I said, it’s the thought that counts.

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