Army & Navy: Joe & Joe

Joe Palooka shot a Nazi in the back. Several of his civilian admirers felt terrible and wrote in, saying so.

Before he went into the Army in 1940 Joe was the comic-strip symbol of a clean, fighting American. He never fouled an opponent. Now Joe, like any other U.S. soldier, is up against unsporting enemies, and he must learn to kill or be killed. Says Palooka's creator, jovial Cartoonist Ham Fisher: "No good soldier is going to be polite in real war. Why should Joe?"*

Generals sometimes confer with Fisher on policy, sometimes get him to insert an announcement that might be missed...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!