Hirsh, Michael, and Patrick Loubert. The Great Canadian Comic
Books. Historical perspective by Alan Walker; designed and illustrated
by Clive Smith; Afterword by Harold Town. Toronto: Peter Martin Associates,
1971. 264 p.
Review by Mark Shainblum
This book is basically a nostalgic overview of the Canadian Whites, black
and white comic books published in Canada during World War II (which for
Canada dates from 1939) while import restrictions kept American comics
out of the market and made a Canadian industry viable. In fact, Hirsch
and Loubert focus almost exclusively on the operations of Bell Features,
one of several Canadian publishers during the war, and on such characters
as Nelvana of the Northern Lights and Johnny Canuck. The two authors later
went on to form Nelvana Productions, the famous Toronto-based animation
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