Captain America, 1969

Captain America, 1969

Rex Stout founds the Writers’ War Board (WWB). Comics used as propaganda material during WWII.


The WWB was created upon request by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. It paired writers with government and non-government agencies to write propaganda that would aid the Allied forces during World War II.

The Pulp Writer's Committee created narratives supporting democracy, science, and societal stability. Writers and artists worked together to create patriotic superheroes such as Captain America and Superman, among many others.

Howell, Thomas. "The Writers' War Board: U.S. Domestic Propaganda in World War II." Historian, vol. 59, no. 4. 795-913.

McIntyre, Beth. “The Writer’s War Board.” Internet Archive Way Back Machine. Accessed November 28, 2015.