Blazing Combat

ISBN 13: 9781606993668

Blazing Combat

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9781606993668: Blazing Combat

Nominated for a 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award: the legendary anti-war comic.

Written by Archie Goodwin and drawn by such luminaries as Frank Frazetta, Wally Wood, John Severin, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Russ Heath, Reed Crandall, and Gene Colan, Blazing Combat was originally published by independent comics publisher James Warren in 1965 and ’66. Following in the tradition of Harvey Kurtzman’s Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat, Goodwin’s stories reflected the human realities and personal costs of war rather than exploiting the cliche´s of the traditional men’s adventure genre. They were among the best comics stories about war ever published.

Blazing Combat ended after its fourth issue when military post exchanges refused to sell the title due to their perception that it was an anti-war comic. Their hostility was fueled by the depiction of the then-current Vietnam War, especially a story entitled “Landscape,” which follows the thoughts of a simple Vietnamese peasant rice-farmer who pays the ultimate price simply for living where he does―and which was considered anti-war agit-prop by the more hawkish members of the business community.

Writer Archie Goodwin and the original publisher James Warren discuss the death of Blazing Combat and market censorship as well as the creative gestation of the series in exclusive interviews.

Nominated for a 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award: (Best Archival Collection/Project: Comic Books). 200 pages of black-and-white comics plus 4 full-page color cover reproductions

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Archie Goodwin(1937–1998, b. Kansas City, Missouri) is best known as an editor and writer for Warren, DC, and Marvel Comics. He co-created, with Walter Simonson, Luke Cage and Spider-Woman, and rebooted the Vampirella character. He also wrote newspaper comic strips, notably Star Wars, drawn by Al Williamson. He won multiple awards and authored the first graphic novel on the NYT Best-Seller list.

Review:

“...[T]here was a time when a [war] comic mag got down right truthful.... Blazing Combat was an anthology comic that showed the very dark and very real side of war.... It’s a who’s-who of monster talent...”
- Chris Marshall, Collected Comics Library

“...Jacques Tardi returns to the world of guns, crime, betrayal and bloodshed with this stunning, grisly, and remarkably faithful interpretation of Manchette’s last completed crime thriller.”
- Josh West, Comicsphere

“Probably the best war comic ever published.”
- Richard Arndt, comic book historian

“Like many of the best reprint projects... this republication of the four-issue Warren war magazine features work that you can’t easily buy anywhere else, is historically significant and offers its buyers a lot of very good comics... Blazing Combat is simply a handsome, well-presented selection of very good comics that for having them around we’re all a bit richer as comics readers. I’m glad it’s here.”
- Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

“There was a time when War Comics told War Fact. They showed us the blood, death, camaraderie and horror. [Blazing Combat] did just that and didn’t hold back.”
- Chris Marshall, Forbidden Planet International

“[A]mong the high points of 1960s comics, and this handsome collection is one of the most welcome reprint volumes of the last few years.”
- Robert Martin, The Comics Journal

“For lovers of great art, lovingly rendered in black and white and gray ink wash..., this is as good as it gets... This is one collection of war comics that even those not inclined to care about the genre can appreciate, and now it’s more affordable than ever.”
- Johnny Bacardi, Popdose

“[T]he artistry on display is... mind-boggling, particularly in the case of Crandall, Heath and Severin... The creators clearly had a real love for this kind of material, so much so that I wish things had tipped slightly in their favor a bit more.”
- Chris Mautner, Robot 6

“[A]n amazing collection of... stories... written by the outstanding Archie Goodwin... throw in some of the most amazing art, all of it sharply and expertly reproduced, and you’ve got some real dynamite here. ... And there’s fantastic bonus features.”
- Tom McLean, Bags and Boards

“This book is why Fantagraphics is one of the best and most important comic publishers in the business today. ... This is a brilliant collection of stories that should be required reading. Intelligent, gripping stories and fantastic art! Grade: A +.”
- Tim Janson, Mania

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