Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Saturday, June 6, 2020


Captain Jet was a short-lived Korean War comic book from Ajax-Farrell, lasting only six issues before its numbering was taken over by Fantastic Fears.  It was packaged by the Iger Studios, a company noted for repurposing old artwork -- which may explain why North Korean soldiers look like World War II Japanese.  As a war-time comic book, there is much stereotyping.  The enemy look like apes, they are called "gooks," and they are pure evil, as opposed to our hero who blithely rains bullets and napalm over the enemy battlefield.

Captain Jet was a flying ace over the skied of France in World War II.  Now called up for America's latest war, he is considered an old man at the age of thirty:  "Captain Jet was a hell diving relic of the last war -- a retread snatched from civilian life and set to jockeying jets in the flaming Korean skies!  the younger pilots felt just a bit superior to the "old man"..."

The November 1952 issue is frankly mediocre.  Three stories about the titular hero, one factual retrospective of early attempts at flight, from the Icarus legend to Leonardo to those who failed just before the Wright Brothers, and two one-page text stories about real-life flying aces.

In the first story, Captain Jet outshines the younger pilots when he faces robot rockets and rescues a downed pilot.  The second story is a bit of fluff concerning Jet and the strong-willed daughter of a General.  The third tale has Jet and his squadron helping ground troops face an army of tanks. 

Bang, bang!  Rat-a-tat!  Ka-boom!

I found it hard to get excited about either this character or his exploits, but then I'm not an eleven- or twelve-year-old boy in the early fifties.

What's your opinion?

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