world war ii pin up girl


In the late 1940s after World War II, it was discovered that a huge portion of comics readers were young men in the armed services. Marvel Comics started to shift their content to appeal to the GI readership, with lots of pin up beautiful women front and center. Lots of heroes got female sidekicks or female counterparts, like the Human Torch’s Sun Girl, Captain America’s Golden Girl, Namor’s Namora, as well as characters like the Blonde Phantom. 

Since most of the characters in this era were introduced after World War II, Marvel almost never revisits them, because most of their flashback stories are set during the war (Sun Girl has not had a single Marvel appearance since 1949). And you almost never see this era discussed in books about the history of Marvel, where it is typically overlooked.

Art by Bill Ward, Alex Schomburg, Bill Horn, among others. 

“Off we go.”

Needed to get this out there, sketch/color practice out of my sketchbook. It’s been really cold and snowy here, so i’ve been playing War Thunder… a little too much, but still. I love aviation, and classic dogfighting is pretty intense. I enjoy the strategy of it all. 


Marauder Aesthetics: Sirius Black

Sirius Black, also known as Padfoot or Snuffles in his Animagus form, was a pure-blood wizard, the older son of Orion and Walburga Black, and the brother of Regulus.

Although he was the heir of the House of Black, Sirius disagreed with his family’s belief in blood purity and defied tradition when he was sorted into Gryffindor instead of Slytherin at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which he attended from 1971 to 1978.

He had an odd affinity for anything Muggle and vintage - especially gramophones, motorbikes and World War II-era pin-up girls. Much to Lily’s chagrin, he would often ask her to teach him about Muggle inventions solely to anger his parents. Sirius lived to be remembered, and believed firmly in living life to the fullest.  

Have just discovered that “Peggy, the Pin Up Girl” was a popular song during World War II. Clearly this needs to work its way into an Agent Carter fic somehow.

“She’s Peggy the pin up giiiiiirl,” sang Jack Thompson, even more off-key than usual because he was on his third glass of scotch. And then somehow a waste paper basket ended up upturned over his head.