Man 19, 1952

Man 19

After the glory of WWII, war comics took a much darker tone as battle action moved to Korea and the cold war heated up. This cover is a great example of this trend. A quick review of WWII covers like Green Lama 5 or Fighting Yank 12 shows just how grim this comic is in comparison. Red scare paranoia is obviously in full swing, with propaganda aiming to dehumanize the enemy; notice that our Private's orders are not to "capture an enemy prisoner" but simply, brutally, to "bring back a red!" I'm just guessing, but I think the "red" on the cover is dead... oh well, the O.P. didn't specify that a live red was needed! I don't know who the cover artist is. The cover artwork, while somewhat crude, is dramatic and striking.