This character was created by Jack Tremblay when he was 15 years old (See TREMBLAY Jack) It first appeared in WOW Comics 8 in the spring of 1942, and ran till WOW Comics 16.
“Crash Carson” who had a constant companion Tank Mulligan was a fighter pilot who led the “Devil’s Angels Squadron”. The stories predominantly involved air battles with interludes like the one partly shown below ( WOW Comics, 9:46) in which “Crash” is shot down, captured by Germans then escapes in a German aircraft and is nearly shot down by his own squadron.
Jack’s talent for accurately drawing World War 2 aircraft was exceptional. Among the British boys magazines he read like The Triumph and The Champion was his favourite character, “Rockfist Rogan” a boxer and R.A.F. fighter pilot flying the Hurricanes and Spitfires of World War 2. It is easy to see that “Crash Carson” was inspired by this feature.
PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:
Content (all published by Bell Features & Publishing Ltd.):
|WOW Comics, …. “Crash Carson and His Devil’s Angels”. Car., Jack Tremblay. : …. Black & White|
|9, no date: 34-47||10, no date: : 36-47.||13, no date: 36-45.|
This small panel of a dog fight is a gem. WOW Comics, 13: 37
Active Comics, 4: 17.
WOW Comics, 9: 46
WOW Comics, 10: 45
WOW Comics, 13: 36.