|Ed Winiarski caricature in "Gypo"|
|Ed Winiarski by Ed Winiarski in KRAZY KOMICS #7 (Apr/43)|
Jap-Buster Johnson had several different artists and writers over the course of its 18 installment run in several different titles (All Select Comics, Complete Comics, Kid Komics and USA Comics). Writers include Otto Binder, Mickey Spillane and even novelist Patricia Highsmith. Artists include Dennis Neville, Jimmy Thompson and Allen Bellman. In fact, Bellman clearly remembered his work on the feature. I interviewed Allen Bellman in 2001 (published in Alter-Ego #32, 2004), as well as here: (Allen Bellman), and he recalled walking into Stan Lee's office to get a script (he was given a Jap-Buster Johnson script) and being introduced by Stan to the writer who had just dropped it off. The writer, with a crew cut and in an army uniform, was Mickey Spillane, freelancing for Timely and Stan Lee while in the service.
With 70 years hindsight, Jap-Buster Johnson reflected America's intense hostility with the Japanese enemy. I can give it a pass as a cultural artifact of wartime propaganda along with a score of Alex Schomburg covers depicting the Axis enemies in an exaggerated fashion (again, as did theatrical animated cartoons of the era).
|Daring Mystery Comics #4 (May/40)|
|Detective Short Stories (June/39) page 6|
|USA Comics #8|
|Sports Action #10|