When the creators of the day did cartoony caricatures of Germans or Italians with stereotypical accents, we still view that as patriotic fun. Unfortunately, when you do that with Japanese characters, well, you suddenly feel pretty damn squeamish about the racism.
So I tend to avoid stories where our hero fights the Japanese. Whether it's cowardly or over-sensitive of me, I just find it easier to skip those stories altogether. (Ditto, by the way, for the many, many MANY jungle characters of the Golden Age, 85% of whose stories are at least tainted by the racism of the day.)
But, I've been covering how Tor The Magic Master was single-handedly winning WWII, first by beating the Luftwaffe, and then by beating the crap out of the German navy. So I kind of have to talk about how he defeated the Japanese.
Plus, really, how could I have skipped this:
Photojournalist Jim Slade has been sent to the jungles of Panama, supposedly to cover the "San Blas Indians"...
But in reality, Jim's editor sent him there to keep an eye out for a Japanese attempt to seize the Panama Canal. And I'll be damned, it happens!
Tor doesn't forget his day job:
If you insist on knowing what the turtle said, you can find it here. Please don't do it, though. Really, you'll be sorry.
From Crack Comics #24 (1942)