Thursday, June 25, 2020

CoronaVirus Comics G I COMBAT "Commie Germ Warfare!"

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Though the title is similar to the previously-shown "Germ Warfare"...
...this tale from a different publisher is quite unlike the earlier one!
Illustrated by Charles Nicholas, this never-reprinted story from Quality's GI Combat #32 (1956) raises a couple of questions...
Why are Chinese troops wearing winter garb on a tropical island?
(Note: Quechoy Island is as fictional as Gotham City.)
Though both the Red Chinese and the Soviets supported and supplied North Korea, they usually did so independently of each other, so how likely would a joint operation (especially involving an illegal weapon of mass destruction) be?
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

CoronaVirus Comics FROGMAN COMICS "Gulf Stream Riddle"

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Enemies of America love to use biological weapons...
...as this never-reprinted Cold War tale from Hillman's Frogman Comics #4 (1952) attests!
The enemy is never clearly-defined in this never-reprinted story from Hillman's Frogman Comics #4 (1952), written by Kim Aamodt and illustrated by Lorence Bjorklund.
Obviously not Asian (Chinese or North Korean), but not identified as Russkies, either.
And "Karslack" is just generic "foreign"!
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Monday, April 13, 2020

CoronaVirus Comics KENT BLAKE OF THE SECRET SERVICE "Unseen Death!"

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During the Korean War, some of our spies were re-assigned to combat units...
...where their specialized talents were often utilized to best effect!
Oddly, though Lee Tsui was obviously a carrier, Kent Blake was not affected, despite extremely...close...contact!
There were quite a few "germ warfare" stories involving North Koreans, far more than such tales about Germans or Japanese during World War II!
Since the NKs lacked the nuclear weapons the USSR and Red China possessed, writers utilized biological warfare as a hook for stories involving infiltrating Communist lines!
Penciled and inked by Tom Gill, this never-reprinted tale from Atlas' Kent Blake of the Secret Service #8 (1952) shows a lot of storytelling influence from Harvey Kurtzman's then-current Frontline Combat and Two-Fisted Tales for EC Comics...
...especially on Page 2, which doesn't really need to be in this story...
BTW, the story's scripter is, sadly, unknown!
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Saturday, March 21, 2020

CoronaVirus Comics MEN'S ADVENTURES "Germ Warfare"

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The belief that the North Koreans would use biological warfare...
...dates back to the Korean Police Action, as shown by this never-reprinted tale from Atlas' Men's Adventures #19 (1953)!
An uncredited writer, penciler Arthur Peddy, and an unknown inker produced this tale that showed Americans taking the moral high ground by not using biological weapons, just some gold ol' guile, using the enemy's own propaganda against them!
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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

SGT FURY & HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS "Battle of the Bulge" Epilogue!

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...so now we return to 1967, when this never-reprinted story was published!
And as Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. heads for his lonely home, we bid you a Merry Christmas!
We're now into the month-long 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge!
And this is just the first of several versions of the turning point of the European Campaign we'll be re-presenting over the next month!
Until then...
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