Learning at Geoffrey’s Comic Book Store In The Modern Age

I went to Geoffrey’s (a comics store started by geoffrey patterson in 1978) and bought the Green Hornet Comics issue with the flying engine and communist nigger zombies on the cover. I needed $25, it was an important one from the 1940’s and featured a conceptualization of communism that came before the Red Scare. Reading the cover may help with understanding in part what was in America’s subconcious regarding what communism represented to the mainstream through the media. Some of the black intelligentsia in America were pro-Marxist philosophically or politically, but not necessarily in any foreign sense. Nonetheless the nationalism at the time was strong enough that the national intelligence network would be leaning toward repression in the style of the KKK (which had enforced the concept of citizen nigger). This carried further than black into the 1950’s, and in the 1950’s blacks began to put a genuine black faced photograph alongside musical recordings. Whereas in comics we continued to see back page racism (comics which were specifically derisive toward black American people, putting an abusive and hellish twist on what was supposedly the social reinforcement of freed but not equal status). These were not the same artists on the back page, they were people who were planted to enforce a negative image of black to be impressed upon white children, but also people of other ethnicities, worst of all the black child who enjoyed comics.

In this day U.S. media readers worldwide don’t want to be niggers, foreign, or needy if they can be citizens of worth in the eyes of U.S. citizens who view media patter as self-identifiable and internalizable to their own behavior after many decades of conditionous postmodern bell ringing.

Green Hornet Comics No. 26
10c PDC

The Green Hornet wears a green hat, a green face mask like a bandit, a green jacket, black pants.and dark shoes. His pistol is red/pink with a machined grip and thin barrel with a sight on it. It exudes smoke and shows a bullet when it fired. It is being fired on the cover; there is a lot of action.

Above the Green Hornet is an engine with a giant fan blade. This is reminsicent of both the concept of the flying stove (somewhat, a Tesla aerodyne concept) and something from Indiana Jones where a person was chopped by a rotating propeller blade from a airplane which was freewheel taxiing without a driver due to the propeller and steering direction. There are American Air Force pilots tied up and there are men in green Communist uniforms who are bad guys, but they are zombie-faced niggers with psuedo-Russian helmets, who are apparently traitors, and are attacking (this image appears at the end of World War II). There are a couple of levers being pulled in different directions and one of the black communists is pulling one, the Green Hornet the other.

Did the radio show feature such a belief system? It is important to mention because there were black communist in the 1930’s and this was not merely a reaction to the Great Depression but something that existed prior to that- there were educated urban blacks who felt that communism might be the proper way for the black population- that is, promotion to full comrade status free of prejudice.

There is another fighter other than the Green Hornet who is wearing goggles, appears a pilot, and is pointing a gun directly at the viewer. He looks more elite than the pilots who are bound. He is defeating one of the communist niggers with a choke hold. That one looks more innocent though, maybe not. There is an almost out-of-picture zombie who’s gun is held by the hornet so that it misses. These guys really look dead, as if someone went to the morgue to see what a black man looks like so they could draw one. It seems quite likely that this and other issues of the Green Hornet (this one September 1945, the end of World War II, the series having begun in 1940) would have affected public opinion regarding communism. As we know, in the 1950’s, the US had a social issue regarding communism and suspicion that was overbearing. Could it be that popular media reinforced the concept that “Communism is for niggers” to the point of absurdity? Spy culture and the social aftermath of war seemed to compound the idea that worldwide communism was a serious threat to America.

Green Hornet #26 is a classic four color comic, but the cover looks like a blueprint for McCarthyism. Furthermore, taken far enough down the road, this reinforcement in media of capitalism being for citizens, and communism being for niggers, coupled with CIA inertia and the failure of the Communist Party in Asia… well, perhaps I am overstating the media role in the collapse of the Soviet economy. But they did fall, they chose to fall, and to Americans who would rather be criminals than niggers, that made sense. We did not have a long media event regarding how the USSR became Russia to us.

In the comic, there is a midsection which describes “the STORY behind the COVER”:

Britt Reid had no forewarning, no realization that this was to be one of the most days in his life. And then his phoe rang. An offical-sound voice said: “This is Army Air Force Public Relations, Mr. Reid. We’d like to invite you on the first-bombing trip of our latest fighter-bomber-0 the PJ-1.”

“What?! What did you sa–?” Reid ejaculated into the receiver. “Why that new PJ-1’s supposed to be the secret item in the AAF’s arsenal!”

“Check, Mr. Reid–but we’re removing the censorship with this Tokyo raid. Count you in…?”

“And HOW!” the excited Reid near-shouted.

“And that’s how it began . . .

Two weeks later, on the rocky island, deep in the Pacific fastnesses fronting Japan, there was teeming Air Force activity. But to prying Nipe reconnaissance airplanes, nothing was to be seen– for the hangers housing the secret, new PJ-1 were beneath solid ground.

And now . . . now it was almost zero hour for the first PJ-1 strike against hated Nippon. Below ground, in the huge rock cavern where the tirim propeller-less PJ’s were warming up, Britt Reid joined the plane crew.

Reid and Kato, his faithful valet and companion, ajeusted their ‘chute harness and vaulted up through the PJ belly hatch. The crew already was at battle stations. Over the intercom a quiet few words:”Lead-off, Rendezvous at 5,000. Drop one down Hirohito’s chimney, eh? Luck. Over and out–”

A cleverly-camouflaged cloth door at the cavern’s end rolled up and the PJ’s at ten second intervals shot sparks from jets and aped out, sped aloft.

“I wait long time to see vengeance for my people,” Kato said. “You see, I am Filipino–”

As the PJ-1 gained altitude, Britt Reid murmured: “What a front-page THIS’LL make when we get back home.


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