The second part of "Herbie to the Front" concludes with a study of Les Callan's iconic Johnny Canuck.
Another of Callan's jokes in the cartoons was the fact that Johnny Canuck was constantly misreading French and was trying to impress his friends and fellow soldiers.
, Canada Jack, the Northern Light, Captain Canuck, Northguard, Capitaine Kebec and Captain Canada were among the others.
Or how The Vancouver Sun devoted one-quarter of its front page yesterday to a photo of an Edmonton Oiler-turned-Vancouver Canuck fan getting a gigantic tattoo of Johnny Canuck
, the team mascot, on his left thigh.
But before Johnny Canuck could be captured, he socked Hitler in the jaw and quickly escaped back to Canada.
Johnny Canuck spoke to the self-flattering belief that Canada's efforts were crucial for defeating Hitler.
Aside from Johnny Canuck, there is Nelvana of the Northern Lights (a white goddess in a mini-dress who protected the Arctic from "Kablunets, Nazi allies armed with Thormite Rays"), Captain Jack (an all-round athlete who battled Nazi saboteurs), Northern Light (a science fiction hero whose enemies were space aliens), Captain Canuck (who also fought space monsters as well as complex international banking conspiracies) and the similarly monikered Captain Canada (originally known as Captain Newfoundland, he defended the royal family from giant Japanese robots).
He is a fan of the superhero genre and his chapters on Johnny Canuck and the other Canadian caped crusaders brim over with boyish enthusiasm, a quality missing in the rest of his rather sober and fact-dense book.
Over the years, Canadian heroes like Johnny Canuck
, Nevana, and Iron Man filled the gap.
Heroes such as Johnny Canuck
, Nelvana of the Northern Lights and others enjoyed a vogue during the war, supported by the enthusiastic readership of Canada's overseas military force.
I confess to reading Johnny Canuck
's thoughts on the revitalisation of the Defence Public Affairs branch with some perplexity.
This resulted in numerous incidents of "Johnny Canuck
" being involved in fighting and rowdy drunkenness in the small villages nearby when he could "escape" the confines of his muddy and cold camp.