Tuesday, September 26, 2017

TWO-FISTED TALES "Dien Bien Phu!"

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One of the most vicious battles in Vietnam's history...
...was fought before America even got there, as pointed out in the premiere segment of Ken Burns' The Vietnam War!
Writer John Putnam and illustrator John Severin crafted this story in EC's Two-Fisted Tales #40 (1954-55) less than six months after the battle occurred, based only on information provided by French and other European news services.
America would start sending advisers to train South Vietnamese soldiers in mid-1956, slowly escalating our participation until we were fully-involved by 1964.
A somewhat more accurate (but far less exciting) version can be found HERE!
Until Next Time!
Dis-missed!
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

WARFRONT "Lone Tiger: Last Day of the Lone Tiger"

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Though Harvey's WarFront ended with #39, there was material prepared for #40...
...which would've taken the strip in a different direction!
Note: Could be NSFW due to racial stereotypes common to the era.
Scanned from the original art, this tale illustrated by George Roussos is so far-fetched that I find it hard to believe Otto Binder scripted it!
Perhaps it was the book's editor, Joe Simon, who had a predilection for really-weird concepts.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

WARFRONT "Lone Tiger: Revenge of the Dragon"

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Here's the final published (but never-reprinted) adventure of...
...from Harvey's WarFront #39 (1967) as the series takes a sci-fi turn!
Since the series is based on the idea Ed is the only Flying Tiger still operating in China (the rest were reassigned to the USAAF while Ed was incapacitated and presumed lost in action), what "squadron" would the imposter help destroy?
Writer Otto Binder and artist George Roussos never explain it!
While this was the final published adventure of the Lone Tiger, there was one more tale, written and illustrated for WarFront #40!
But the book was canceled as of this issue!
However, we've found scans of the original art for that never-published story scheduled for #40...and we'll be presenting it next week!
Be here...that's an order!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

WARFRONT "Lone Tiger: The Tiger vs The Dragon"

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Continuing the never-reprinted adventures of..
...as creator/artist Wally Wood is transitioned out and replaced by a new creative team!
Does the Dragon realize the Lone Tiger is the only Flying Tiger left in China?
(the rest were recalled to join up with US Army Air Corps units!)
And why does the Tiger claim he "won't lead his men into her trap"?
Also, why, in the story's opening panel, do we see other Flying Tigers, despite being clearly told Lt Barker is "the last American at the front"?
There seem to be continuity gaffes aplenty in this never-reprinted tale from Harvey's WarFront #38 (1966) as writer Otto Binder and illustrator George Roussos (over Wally Wood roughs on several pages) take over the strip.
Whether or not the character of The Dragon (and the fact she's a woman making her a Milton Canniff-esque "dragon lady") were part of Wood's concept is unknown!
The action continues next week!

Friday, August 11, 2017

WARFRONT "Dollar Bill Ca$h"

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Here's the other never-reprinted Wally Wood-created aviator...
...from Harvey's WarFront #37 (1966)!
Written, penciled and inked by Wally Wood with art assists by Dan Adkins, this projected series about a present-day "mercenary with a conscience" never got beyond this initial strip!
However, it's "brother" series Lone Tiger would return next issue, as you'll see next week!
Don't miss it...that's an order!
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

WARFRONT "Lone Tiger" and "Dollar Bill Ca$h" Features & Unpublished Art!

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...(here's the rough by Wally Wood for the page above, note the similarity in the rough of Dollar Bill Cash to Wally Wood himself)...
...but Wally Wood thoughfully provided a little background both about the character and the actual Flying Tigers...
..and here's the original art for a never-used WarFront cover (minus logo and cover text, which would have taken up the top 1/3 of the page above the art)...
...and, to top it all off, a text feature about the other Wally Wood-created character, Dollar Bill Ca$h!
That's an order!
Dis-missed!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WARFRONT "Lone Tiger"

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Presenting the never-reprinted adventures of..
from Harvey's WarFront #37 (1966)!
Written, penciled, and inked by Wally Wood (with Dan Adkins assisting on penciling and inking), this premiere adventure of The Lone Tiger "sets the stage" for the series.
Unfortunately, Wood wouldn't continue on the strip, and the new writer and artist took the series on a somewhat different tack...as you'll see next week.
Don't miss them...that's an order!
Dis-Missed!