The Unexpected Item Jimmy Stewart Loved Bringing to the Set

According to Frank Capra, Jimmy Stewart was as humble as one might expect. “On the one hand, he was an ordinary guy,” Capra said. “He liked to hang out and talk to people on set, but he never looked for deep friendships. If someone was supposed to be his friend, then it just happened.”

However, Stewart treasured his time alone and often ventured alone, including on set (via Show business cheat sheet). It just so happens that his favorite subject on set seems to have been comics, and his favorite character seems to have been Flash Gordon. As Capra said, Stewart was often seen sitting with a comic book in his hands.

“I thought it was so typical of Jim,” Capra said. “He can take his job so seriously, he can go into deep thought, but he can also be the kid he was in Indiana reading comics.”

This may not seem like much of a joke today, since comics and graphic novels are standard adult fare. However, comics were considered “childish stuff” at the time, which may have been the reason that Capra considered Stewart’s fandom worthy of attention. Either way, Stewart didn’t seem to care much what other people thought, and preferred to just enjoy what he liked on his own terms.

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