The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Head Black Sheep

As a kid, one of my favorite shows was "Baa, Baa Black Sheep" (the original title of what later became "Black Sheep Squadron").  Robert Conrad played Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington, a real-life marine who led the USMC fighter squadron in the Pacific during WWII.  Thirty years earlier, Major Boyington appeared in this "true stories"-style comic published in 1947, and posted on Four Color Shadows.

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