To celebrate the 94th anniversary of Will Eisner’s birthday, here’s one of my favorite Golden Age tales by the legendary creator: “The Steel Helmets” from Uncle Sam Quarterly #1 (Quality Comics, 1941).
The story details the frightening prospect of a fascist dictator taking over America, yet avoids the heavy-handedness other Golden Age comics would employ by taking the form of a tall tale rather than your standard super-hero melodrama.
Given the mythical nature of Uncle Sam himself, both the topic and the story-telling device are more than appropriate in my humble opinion.
“The Steel Helmets” was written by Eisner, who also drew and inked the opening splash page. The rest of the comic was drawn by Dan Zolnerowich (pencils) and the great Lou Fine (inks).
- Happy birthday Will Eisner (googleblog.blogspot.com)
- Will Eisner Honored With Google Doodle (mtv.com)