Journey with me back to those thrilling days of yesteryear paranoia. (As opposed to those thrilling days of current year paranoia.) In the early Fifties you just could not trust the Russkies. America had to be ever alert. Schoolchildren had to learn to duck and cover. Backyard bomb shelters were just a few years away. Ah...the good old days!
Atomic War! was the comic book to speak directly to those fears. Issue number One was dated November 1952 and detailed how those dastardly Russians launched a sneak attack, destroying both New York City and Detroit. (Detroit? Does that mean there is no Edsel in our future?). Fear not. This issue also announced a contest for America's kiddies to win money for letters telling the editors how they've succeeded at outlining "the dangers, the horror and utter futility of WAR!" Yes, evidently people paid for good reviews in 1952.