Reader comment: BoingBoing reader Cris Edbauer of Addison, Texas says,
The characters were from Caniffs "Terry and the Pirates" comic which IIRC later morphed into "Steve Canyon". Terry is the kid you can see on the cover image. The other thing, the "National D-Day Museum" in New Orleans has a HUGE wall sized enlargement of this comic on permenant exhibit. Its in the Pacific Theater half of the Museum under the sub-section "Clash of Cultures". The whole fighting one form of stero-typing by re-enforcing another kind thing is really bizarre. LinkBruce E. Durocher says,
The first line of Cris Edbauer's comment "The characters were from Caniffs 'Terry and the Pirates' comic which IIRC later morphed into 'Steve Canyon'" is only partially correct.
Caniff did do both comics, but quit working on Terry when the newspaper syndicate he drew for grabbed the rights away from him--Caniff made sure everything in Canyon was owned by *him* and the strip has an entirely different central cast and started with a very different premise. There *was* one cross-over: on the 50th anniversary of the first episode of "Terry" a secondary character asks Steve what he's looking at and Steve replies he thought he'd seen some old friends. The second panel is a beautifully done silhouette of the cast of "Terry."