There was more to World War II comics than the classic American heroes most U.S. readers associate with the era. Comics’ Golden Age stretched north to Canada, with a unique faction of adventurer comics that, for the most part, haven’t been seen in 70 years. However, Hope Nicholson is out to change that. After her success last year reprinting Nelvana of the Northern Lights with some help from Kickstarter, she’s back back with another Canadian hero: Brok Windsor.
Introduced in 1944 by Jon Stables in the anthology Better Comics, Brok Windsor was a French-Canadian doctor/adventurer, somewhat in the vein of John Carter and Doc Savage, who found a secret world lost to the ages dubbed Tarqua, or as he puts it, “beyond the mists.” Windsor fell in with the natives, who used futuristic technology, and went on a series of adventure mixing science fiction, fantasy and Westerns in a pulp-y 1940s style.
Brok Windsor’s stories, like Nelvana’s,are part of a subset of comics published in the 1940s dubbed the “Canadian Whites.” These black-and-white comics were created to fill a void in the country left when the Canadian government instituted the War Exchange Conservation Act, which restricted the import of non-essential goods from the United States.
Nicholson is out some of those characters, like Nelvana and now Windsor, back into the public eye, and is using Kickstarter to do it. Launched this morning, her Brok Windsor campaign seeks to raise $17,000 Canadian, which will go toward printing and all associated costs with publishing a collection of Brok Windsor’s stories. The Kickstarter has already garnered nearly 50 percent of its announced goal within hours of the launch.
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