Red, White and Blue is a strip about three friends, from the city of Oakville, who entered different units of the military. Red Dugan is in the marines, Whitey Smith in the army, and Blooey is in the navy. They arrange to spend a day together in San Cristobal, in the Panama Canal Zone, get into a bar fight, stumble across evidence that a pretty girl is really a spy, track her down and discover that she is actually an undercover operative for the US.
They help Doris West defeat the spies she has been infiltrating, and she arranges to have the three of them made into a special squad to root out spies.
Based out of San Diego, Doris was technically in charge of them, though in reality her role in the stories was usually fairly small. Often all she got to do was give them orders. Occasionally she would try to romance foreign agents, and in one chapter she shows a talent for disguise, appearing as an old mexican woman, and a dance hall singer.
In the first story, Red, White and Blue were all drawn to look like real people, but the art style quickly altered, and Whitey and Blooey would gain identical baby-like faces, and frequently be reduced to providing the humour in the stories, Red was the lead.
They are sent far afield in this first year, dealing with spies in Amarillo, Texas, gun smugglers in Ensenada, Mexico, ship saboteurs in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, and racing the Japanese to claim a newly formed volcanic island in the Aleutians.
They even get a New York World’s Fair story, though not in the special named for it (not this year at least). The story deals with munitions dealers sabotaging foreign pavillions to incite anger between the nations, and lead to war, so they can sell weapons. It uses the Fair locale much more than other ones did this year, and we see some of the pathways, as well as the Aquacade and Dupont Pavillion.
Red, White and Blue held the lead feature for the first seven issues of All-American, and got the cover of issue 4.
Red, White and Blue continues in the Early Golden Age
Red, White and Blue: All-American 1 – 9 (Apr – Dec 39)