Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Shipping Out On The U.S.S. Stevens!
Sam Glanzman is one of my comic book heroes. I fell under his spell with his work on Charlton's Hercules, Iron Corporal, Tarzan and more in many a Charlton comic. I looked at his Tarzan work here.
He's one of those nose-to-the-grindstone artists who has gotten too little praise in a career which surprisingly stretches all the way back to the halcyon Golden Age.
He's had new work appear as recently as last year and now at long long last his most personal work, the saga of the U.S.S. Stevens which appeared in the back pages of many a DC war comic will be collected and given the prominence its never received. These stories date back to the early 70's when Glanzman took his talents after his tenure at Charlton. With a style that evokes the best of the more famous Joe Kubert, the editor who brought him to DC. In fact Glanzman produced new stories in the series at the request of Kubert for Kubert Presents, the remarkable limited series which came out from DC just about the time that the great artist passed on.
Glanzman worked yeoman-like for years at DC then went over to Marvel at editor Larry Hama's invitation where his very personal saga became two graphic novels A Sailor's Story in 1987 and A Sailor's Story Book Two: Wind, Dreams, and Dragons. Read more about it here.
These latter two epic efforts along with an unpublished short story in the series, have already been collected by Dover Books and are now available. I just got my volume of A Sailor's Story in the mail and it looks beautiful. The earlier U.S.S. Stevens short stories have now themselves been collected, something many of us Glanzman fans never thought possible and will be available from Dover later this summer; I've already pre-ordered my copy. My reading plans for this summer have just changed amigos.