Friday, October 12, 2012

War Is Hell!


War is Hell is arguably Marvel's most in-your-face title of all time. The cover above by Herb Trimpe for the final issue shows off his distinctive but robust style quite effectively. The logo is beautifully blended into the whole scene. The point of view is quite dramatic as we see this as the dying soldier sees it.

The comic was launched to house vintage Atlas reprints, but limped along until someone got the bright idea to initiate a new series. This  new series featured a dead war hero named John Kowalski who was condemned by Death itself to wander from war to war becoming a different soldier each time just before his demise. This book was Quantum Leap before its time, but with an even better premise to my mind.

Here are the rest of the grand covers, all done by the late great Gil Kane. Tom Palmer seems to be the inker of choice on several of them.







Someone asked in response to an earlier post if I own the comics I feature here. The answer is mostly I do, but I do not own this series. For whatever reason it didn't register on my superhero-soaked noggin at the time.



I'm not aware that it's been reprinted save for the debut in a collection titled Marvel Ghost Stories a while back and more recently the second volume of Marvel Firsts . I'd love to find out I'm wrong on that score.

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5 comments:

  1. I completely agree with you on this wonderful series. It has been safely tucked away as a rare gem to be found in the back issue boxes by fans of the bronze age for far too long!

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  2. I must admit I never even knew this comic existed till now. Thanks for posting it.

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  3. I was afraid of the reaper character...I never bought the comic. I had one issue. I was 9 it creeped me out. NOW...I'llhave to find them all. Thanks Rip.

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  4. Chuck - I want to read more. Marvel must collect this somehow. They've collected darn near everything else.

    Steve - You're welcome. Glad to put you onto this overlooked series.

    Mikeyboy - You're most welcome. The Reaper does seem to be the main character and I guess he is after a fashion. This series like Skull the Slayer and Bloodstone just got lost in the grand mix.

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  5. I have all the SKULLS... I Wish there were more Bloodstone comics

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