What this meant for fans of American comic book living north of the 49th Parallel was that there would be no more importation of such comic favorites as Superman, Batman or relative newcomer Captain Marvel.
|Triumph Adventure Comics #1 August 1941; Triumph Comics March 1942|
Bell also published Dime Comics and in February 1942, another true Canadian hero made his appearance. Johnny Canuck was the creation of a 16 year old boy name Leo Bachle. Johnny Canuck, a captain in the allied Air Force was also endowed with super strength.
|Dime Comics February 1942 introducing Johnny Canuck|
|Canadian Heroes #1 November 1942 and #5, March 1943 introducing Canada Jack|
|Members spotlighted in Canadian Heroes V. 4 #6 December 1944|
So, what are they called Canadian Whites? The covers may have looked just like the kind of four color covers you would find on American comics, but that is where the similarity ends. The stories inside were all done in black and white, as you can see from some of the examples used here.
In 1995, the Canadian Post Office issued a set of 5 stamps commorating comic book heroes. These included WWII superheroes Superman, Johnny Canuck and Nelvana, as well as Captain Canuck and Fleur de Lys from the 1970s and 1980s.
Bell, John. Invaders from the North: How Canada Conquered the Comic Book Universe. Toronto: Dundum, 2006.
Most images used are public domain.