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The following is an index to some comic book stories offering political and social commentary.

The links are to the articles, where these characters and tales are usually discussed in depth, along with many other aspects of the tales.

Each story title is followed by a brief description of its political content.

This brief index is intended to help researchers locate and read stories relating to political topics. It is NOT an attempt to summarize the complete meanings of the stories. Stories with a common theme are not all alike: anti-war or pro-Civil Rights stories vary wildly in their political ideas and fictional approaches.

This article is not a complete list of political stories in comic books - it hardly covers any post-1970 material, for example.

It also lists tales which use advanced technology. Please search for terms like: computer, computer database, computer predicts events, keyboard and monitor control robot, electron microscope, wireless. And culture: classical music, rock music, sculptor, artist. And: global warming, carbon. And: zoo. And: advanced civilization. Stories which show advanced civilization on other planets or the future, have likely had a profound impact on how humans envision the future.

Most of these tales can be read by visiting the amazing MSU Library Comic Art Collection. It is part of Special Collections in the Library at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. See this article and another article.

Federal Men

Adventure Comics

Slim and Tex

Adventure Comics (This magazine was known as "New Comics" at this time)

Sandra of the Secret Service

More Fun Comics

Hope Hazard

Detective Comics

G-Woman

Adventure Comics

Johnnie Law

More Fun Comics

Speed Saunders

Detective Comics

Cosmo, Phantom of Disguise

Detective Comics

Larry Steele, Private Eye

Detective Comics

Slam Bradley

Detective Comics

Spy

Detective Comics

Pep Morgan

Action Comics

Bruce Nelson

Detective Comics

Steve Malone, District Attorney

Detective Comics

The Crimson Avenger

Detective Comics

Red, White and Blue

All-American Comics

Comic Cavalcade

The Whip

Flash Comics

Calling 2-R

Target Comics

The Spacehawk

Target Comics

The Scarlet Avenger

Zip Comics

Anchors Aweigh!

Adventure Comics

Lieutenant Bob Neal of Sub 662

More Fun Comics

Bob and Swab

Hit Comics

Steel Sterling

Zip Comics

The Web

Zip Comics

The Fox

Blue Ribbon Comics

Hercules, Modern Champion of Justice

Blue Ribbon Comics

Rang-A-Tang, the Wonder Dog

Blue Ribbon Comics

Neon the Unknown

Hit Comics

Blue Bolt

Blue Bolt Comics

Sergeant Spook

Blue Bolt Comics

Dick Cole, the Wonder Boy

Blue Bolt Comics

Dick Cole

The Chameleon

Target Comics

Radio Squad

More Fun Comics

The Spectre

More Fun Comics

The Star Spangled Kid

Star Spangled Comics

The Human Bomb

Police Comics

The Mouthpiece

Police Comics

The Firebrand

Police Comics

Steele Kerrigan

Police Comics

The Justice Society of America

All-Star Comics

Minute Movies

Flash Comics

Sub-Zero

Sub-Zero had a sidekick from issue #18 on, who was a sympathetic Inuit character.

Blue Bolt Comics

The Sandman

World's Finest Comics

"Buzz" Balmer

Bang-Up Comics

Rick Masters, Foreign Correspondent

Bang-Up Comics

Tarantula

Star Spangled Comics

Mnemo, the Mind Wizard

Super-Magician

Dr. Fate

More Fun Comics

Air Wave

Detective Comics

Spencer Steel

Jumbo Comics

Ghost Gallery

Jumbo Comics

Inspector Dayton

Jumbo Comics

Balbo, the Boy Magician

The entire series - sympathetic black character

Johnny Everyman

Most of the Johnny Everyman tales have liberal social commentary, and sympathetic Asian characters.

World's Finest Comics

Comic Cavalcade

Rick Richards

Blue Bolt Comics

X-Venture

X-Venture

The Black Canary

Many tales about the Black Canary, a woman crime-fighter, have a feminist dimension.

Flash Comics

Gang Busters

Gang Busters

Mr. District Attorney

Mr. District Attorney

Robotman

Detective Comics

Danger Trail

Danger Trail

Crime Must Pay the Penalty

Crime Must Pay the Penalty

Rex, the Wonder Dog

The Adventures of Rex, the Wonder Dog

Aquaman

More Fun Comics

Adventure Comics

Green Arrow

More Fun Comics

Adventure

Johnny Quick

Adventure Comics

The Shining Knight

Adventure Comics

Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story

This brilliant single-issue comic book (1957) tells the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-1956).

Pow-Wow Smith, Indian Lawman

The entire series - sympathetic Native American characters

Super-Chief, Saganowahna

The entire series - sympathetic Native American characters

The Wyoming Kid

Western Comics

Johnny Thunder

All-Star Western

Action Comics - Superman and/or Supergirl tales

Superman

Superman

World's Finest Comics

Lois Lane

Showcase

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane

Jimmy Olsen

Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen

Superboy

Superboy

Adventure Comics

The Legion of Super-Heroes

Most of the Legion tales take place in the far future, and depict advanced civilization.

Adventure Comics

Batman

Detective Comics

Big Town

Big Town

Adam Strange

Most of the Adam Strange tales take place on the planet Rann, and depict advanced civilization.

Showcase

Mystery in Space

Mystery in Space

Mystery in Space

Strange Adventures

Strange Adventures

Strange Sports Stories

The Brave and the Bold

Tommy Tomorrow

Action Comics

Space Ranger

Showcase

Nature Boy

Nature Boy

J'onn J'onzz, the Manhunter from Mars

Detective Comics

A Date With Judy

The entire series (circa 1960) - sympathetic Beat character

A Date With Judy

Justice League of America

The entire series - sympathetic Beat character

Flash - Golden Age hero

Flash Comics

Comic Cavalcade

The Flash

Showcase

The Flash

Green Lantern - Golden Age hero

Green Lantern

Comic Cavalcade

Green Lantern

Showcase

Green Lantern

The Atom

The entire series - The Atom's admirable girlfriend Jean Loring is a lawyer. This is a feminist idea.

Showcase

The Atom

Hawkman - Golden Age hero

Flash Comics

Hawkman

The Brave and the Bold

Hawkman

The Fly

The Adventures of the Fly

Young Dr. Masters

The Adventures of Young Dr. Masters

Supergirl

Teen Titans

My Love

Falling in Love

Girls' Love Stories

Heart Throbs

Love Stories

Teen-Age Love

Teen Confessions

Young Love

Young Romance