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Batman Urges Children To Buy Bonds To Support The Vietnam War And…That’s Kind Of Weird, Right?

Batman in an ad for savings bonds

I don't know about you, but when the Batman himself turns to the camera and tells me he has a message from the President of the United States, I start paying attention pretty quick. It might actually be the most effective form of advertising ever invented, to the point where I'm really surprised that it's only been used once, way back in 1966.

The Batman in question is, of course, Adam West, the President is Lyndon Johnson, and the product they were urging all the boys and girls to buy were Government Savings Bonds, raising money to support the Vietnam War. That's, well, a little weird all things considered, but you can check it out for yourself in the video from the National Archives below!

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The ‘Nam: A War Comic About People


American war comics, over the past sixty years, have been political in a couple of interesting ways. Back in the '40s and onward, war comics were generally aimed at children, so nuance wasn't even remotely on the radar, and very patriotic and flattering portrayal was the order of the day...

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