Herbie and Friends: Cartoons In Wartime Barry D. Rowland Author
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Clearly the favourite character of Canada’s overseas troops during World War II, Herbie had a penchant for getting into some of the most bizarre predicaments imaginable. With feet that generally led to trouble and a nose like a disillusioned banana, Herbie provided Canadian soldiers with a daily ration of laughter at a time when humour was often at a premium. No figure before or since boosted so effectively the spirit of Canadians overseas.As J.D. MacFarlane, Editor of The Maple Leaf, stated so aptly: War can be funny as hell. Things happen to soldiers that shoudn’t happen to a human – crazy situations that add touches of humour to an otherwise grim business … Herbie helped to win the war with laughs.


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