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Here's how Stars and Stripes, an American military publication during World War II, announced the joyous news 61 years ago -- with a gigantic banner headline that read: HITLER DEAD (shown left).

Adolph Hitler, who predicted his regime would last for a thousand years, died on April 30, 1945. Far from falling in glorious battle with the enemy, he had secluded himself in a bunker in Berlin, and in the end, just moments after his mistress, Eva Braun, committed suicide by drinking poison, Hitler shot himself in the head. Still far too easy a death for a deranged genocidal hate monger who systematically engineered the ghastly slaughter of millions of innocent people.

To celebrate the day this madman finally bit the dust, today's issue of DIAL B for BLOG counts down the Top Ten Hitler Covers of the Golden Age of comics!

.NUMBER TEN
Sgt. Fury #9
AUGUST 1964

COVER ART BY: Dick Ayers

COVER COPY:
"The world knew that it couldn't be done! But Sgt. Fury and his Howlers had to do it! Mission: Capture Hitler!"

WHERE'S HITLER:
It looks like Fury and company have interrupted der fuehrer just as he was giving a speech to a group of heavily-armed Nazis. Maybe not the best time to capture him, but they HAD TO DO IT!

WHY IT RANKS NUMBER TEN:
It's a Silver Age book on a Golden A ge list, but with old 'Dolphie perched at a podium above Nick and the Howlers surrounded by naughty Nazis -- it just had to be included anyway. I HAD TO DO IT!

.NUMBER NINE
Green Hornet Comics #13
JULY 1943

COVER ART BY: Arthur Cazeneuve

COVER COPY:
"Der Fuehrer"

WHERE'S HITLER: In a scene set in Berlin during the war, Hitler is pictured on a black and white poster, with a huge red "V" for victory painted across his face by the Green Hornet.

WHY IT RANKS NUMBER NINE:
The Green Hornet -- a hero with no super powers at all -- had the balls to go to all the way to Nazi Germany to help win the war. The least we can do is put him on this list.

.NUMBER EIGHT
Spy Smasher #10
JANUARY 1943

COVER ART BY:
Alex Blum

COVER COPY:
"Did Spy Smasher kill Hitler?"

WHERE'S HITLER:
In the crosshairs of a sniper's rifle held by Spy Smasher, who has apparently just landed on an unprotected island with a castle where Hitler likes to stand in the windows a lot.

WHY IT RANKS NUMBER EIGHT:
Because it's got a big picture of Hitler in the crosshairs of a rifle, about to be shot, and isn't that exactly where he ought to be!

.NUMBER SEVEN
National Comics #39
FEBRUARY 1944

COVER ART BY:
Alex Kotzky

COVER COPY:
"Uncle Sam drives the RAT out of rationing and makes the operators of a black market feel BLUE!"

WHERE'S HITLER:
Showing up in person, Hitler is taking a fall after being thrown by Uncle Sam.

WHY IT RANKS NUMBER SEVEN:
With Uncle Sam punching out Hitler, this cover symbolizes the outcome of the war perfectly: America punching out Nazi Germany.

.NUMBER SIX
T-Man #6
JULY 1951

COVER ART BY: Unknown

COVER COPY:
"I couldn't believe my eyes... was the search for the arch fugitive over at last? Read -- 'The Man WHo Could Be Hitler!' "

WHERE'S HITLER:
Extra points for double Hitler appearance! He's seen in person, exiting a sarcophagus (!), as well as on the photograph held by T-Man, world-wide trouble shooter.

WHY IT RANKS NUMBER SIX:
Good thing T-Man brought along that attention-grabbing, oversized glossy photo of Hitler to identify him with -- otherwise he'd never recognize the murderer of millions!

.NUMBER FIVE
Captain Marvel Jr. #10
AUGUST 1943

COVER ART BY: Mac Raboy

COVER COPY:
"Why is Captain Marvel Jr. so happy? And why is Hitler so miserable? Turn to page 4 for the answer!"

WHERE'S HITLER:
Shown next to a cheerful, smiling Cap Jr., bursting with youthful American vitality, der fuehrer never look more miserable!

WHY IT RANKS NUMBER FIVE:
Because anything Mac Raboy draws looks good -- even (gasp) miserable Hitler!

.NUMBER FOUR
Superman #17
JULY 1942

COVER ART BY: Fred Ray

COVER COPY: "World's greatest adventure-strip character!"

WHERE'S HITLER: Hanging from Superman's right hand, with Japan's wartime leader, Tojo, seen hanging from his left.

WHY IT RANKS NUMBER FOUR: If Superman were really REAL, he could simply fly to wartime Germany and Japan, pluck Hitler and Tojo from their protected enclaves, and force them to give up their insane plans for world domination immediately. Unfortunately, it never happened -- except HERE on this classic cover.

.NUMBER THREE
Supersnipe #9
JUNE 1943

COVER ART BY: George Malcom

COVER COPY:
"The boy with the most comic books in America ... he reads 'em, breathes 'em, sleeps 'em!"

WHERE'S HITLER:
In Supersnipe's imagination, a small Hitler pin-cushion is transformed into the real thing, and Supersnipe is a Superman-sized hero about to jab a giant pin up Hitler's ass!

WHY IT RANKS NUMBER THREE:
This one captures perfectly the fantasy of every young boy during the war: The secret wish that he could somehow be magically transformed into a super hero, so he could defeat the evil Hitler, one of the greatest menaces the REAL world has ever known!

.NUMBER TWO
Daredevil #1
JULY 1940

COVER ART BY: Charles Biro and Bob Wood

COVER COPY:
"DAREDEVIL BATTLES HITLER"

WHERE'S HITLER:
In perhaps his only photographic appearance on a comic book cover, 'Dolphie's real head is stuck on a drawing of his body, which is being attacked by Daredevil (not the blind Marvel hero, but the FIRST guy to use that name!)

WHY IT RANKS NUMBER TWO:
Do you have to ask? With a photo of Hitler and his name written in bigger type than the title of the book himself, this one is a no-brainer for inclusion.

.NUMBER ONE
Captain America #1
MARCH 1941

COVER ART BY: Jack Kirby and Joe Simon

COVER COPY:
"Featuring Captain America face to face with Hitler!"

WHERE'S HITLER:
Right there, taking a smack on the chin from Cap as his Nazi henchmen try in vain to shoot the famed living legend of World War II! (Dig Cap's original shield!)

WHY IT RANKS NUMBER ONE:
One of the classic Jack Kirby comic covers of all time, featuring one of the greatest symbolic encapsulations of World War II ever drawn: the great Captain America decking the genocidal Adolph Hitler -- nuff said!


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