Thursday, June 6, 2019

D-Day 75th Anniversary "Part 6: Beachhead"

...one thing about this serial, unlike many other tellings of this tale, is the "warts and all" accuracy that doesn't "sugar-coat" the story!
Rendered by George Evans, with assists by other "Fleagle Gang" artists on various panels, this never-reprinted backup from Gilberton's World Around Us #32 (1961) has nothing to do with the book's lead features about "For Gold & Glory", the Spanish conquest of Central America and Mexico!
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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

D-Day 75th Anniversary "Part 4: Night Drop"

...while I'm less than impressed with the rather elementary scripting, I'm really digging the meticulously-detailed George Evans artwork!
Though Gilberton's World Around Us #30 (1961) was subtitled "Undersea Adventures", this chapter of the D-Day serial obviously had nothing to do with the issue's theme!
Visit Atomic Kommie Comics on Thursday for "Part 5: The Landing"!
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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

D-Day 75th Anniversary "Part 2: Target Normandy"

...though I'm not enthralled with the unknown writer's simplistic style, it does get the point across!
Rendered by George Evans, though Marie Severin redrew several of the faces to make them look more "on model" to the real-life people shown, this never-reprinted backup from Gilberton's World Around Us #28 (1960) has nothing to do with the book's lead features about "The Illustrated Story of Whaling"!
Visit Atomic Kommie Comics on Wednesday for "Part 3: The Decision"!
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Omaha Beach on D-Day

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

HAUNT OF HORROR "Nightmare Patrol"

Here's a fascinating Vietnam War-era tale...
...created in 1974, just after American participation in the conflict ended!
This never-reprinted tale from Marvel's Haunt of Horror V2N1 (1974) was part of a wave of horror tales propted by the loosening up of the Comics Code to allow "traditional" monsters (who had been banned since the mid-1950s) back into comics!
DC was having some success with their new Weird War Tales book as well as the long-running Our Army at War/Sgt Rock and several others, but Marvel's war titles had been reduced to just Sgt Fury and His Howling Commandos...and that had just gone reprint!
So a new war-oriented title was out of the question, and the story found a home in the premiere issue of the second version of Haunt of Horror (the first was a short-lived digest featuring novelettes and short stories).
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Friday, May 25, 2018

AMERICA'S BLACK & WHITE BOOK "To France"

Ten-HUT!
In 1917, as America's Doughboys headed into battle...
When France presented the United States with the great Statue of Liberty, which stands at our gates, she little thought how powerful that symbol of her friendship would some day prove!
By its shining light we now march to her aid!

...a book of the New York Herald newspaper's editorial cartoons, entitled America's Black & White Book: One Hundred Pictured Reasons WHY WE ARE AT WAR, hit bookstores like a bombshell!
Editorial illustrator's W.A. Rogers' visceral renderings, previously seen only by NYC readers, reached a national audience already enraged by atrocities like the sinking of the Lusitania and ready to kick the Central Powers' collective ass!
The illustration above is the final piece in the book.
You can read (and/or download) the entire book from the Smithsonian's website HERE!
Remember those who served in uniform this weekend!
Until next time...
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