It's often been noted that Carole Lombard was among many American film stars popular in Germany during the 1930s (she's shown above on a German tobacco card), until World War II broke in the fall of 1939 and U.S. films fell out of favor with Nazi authorities. But what's often overlooked is that Lombard and others also were popular with audiences of America's future Asian foe, Japan.
We have proof through a magazine up for sale at eBay. It's from 1938, and while I can't translate its title, cover subject Myrna Loy's beauty needs no translating:
And though Carole didn't grace the cover, she pops up in several places, related to her latest film, "True Confession." (For some reason, there are no references to "Nothing Sacred," released stateside at about the same time. Perhaps many Japanese theaters lacked the capability to screen Technicolor films, or Selznick-International didn't have strong distribution arm in that country.) Anyway, here's Lombard with Fred MacMurray...
...and John Barrymore:
I'm not necessarily sure the image at top right below is of Lombard, but it could well be; what other star actresses of the time were skeet-shooters? And there are photos extant of Carole shooting with "True Confession" screenwriter Claude Binyon (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/112285.html).
But the portrait at left below is undoubtedly Lombard...and it's gorgeous:
Other notables pictured in the issue include Cary Grant and Irene Dunne ("The Awful Truth"), Gary Cooper, Ginger Rogers and Claudette Colbert.
It's available for $17.99 via eBay's "buy it now" option. Find out more by visiting https://www.ebay.com/itm/Myrna-Loy-Danielle-Darrieux-Ginger-Rogers-Carole-Lombard-Dorothy-Lamour-Ann-Soth/391957917215?hash=item5b42832e1f:g:JKsAAOSwyWZZVFvG.
Oh, and if anyone can translate the Japanese language, please let me know the title and any other Lombard descriptions seen here.