Military Comics by Actual Service Members
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These aren't by service members, but they are WW1 era -- actually preceding US involvement -- cartoon books from England.

 

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I believe the guy that created Don Winslow was in the service at the time.

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Some very unusual and unique books.

 

Have one I picked up a while back. Didn't know much about it, so looked up Fort Custer in Wikipedia: Fort Custer Training Center was built in Michigan in 1917. It was originally called Camp Custer and trained troops for WWI. In 1940, it became Fort Custer and trained more than 300,000 troops for WWII. It was also served as a prisoner of war camp for 5,000 German soldiers. So, I assume Ned created this book during WWII training.

 

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A couple more of these comics about the military by actual service members.

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These are all great! :applause: I know I have some I can contribute but I need to find where I have them!!

 

In the meantime, these are slightly off-topic but close enough to merit attention hopefully:

 

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A couple more of these comics about the military by actual service members.

 

These are interesting! Where do you find this stuff, ebay?

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@Boot: Wouldn’t the Jack Kibry war-themed titles like "Foxhole", which recollected generic war memories of his own experience, although not based on actual facts, quailify?

 

We have a very interesting, I would say quite unique, example of this in Italy, with our cartoonist Benito Jacovitti, which published his first story in 1940 (at the age of 16) whose character, Pippo, ends up saved by German navy, then got enrolled, went close to be forcedly listed in the SS (if I recall correctly), and then, in 1945-1949, slightly after the war – now artistically mature – produced an unforgettable trilogy of the same character which deals with dictatorship, war, and peace.

 

An example of the second episode collected in a comic book (originally presented in magazine):

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A couple more of these comics about the military by actual service members.

 

These are interesting! Where do you find this stuff, ebay?

 

eBay, bookstores, flea markets, etc.

 

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@Boot: Wouldn’t the Jack Kibry war-themed titles like "Foxhole", which recollected generic war memories of his own experience, although not based on actual facts, quailify?

 

Definitely! Could also say that Kurtzman's work qualifies, since he served in the Army.

 

Love the style of the Pippo comic you posted!

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I met Jack Kirby in person, and since then I felt him even closer than before (he’s been a huge influence on my education). Sooner or later I’d really love to buy that Foxhole issue with the bandaged soldier, which reflects a real-life experience he had after landing on Normandy's beach after the D-Day.

 

Pippo has been the first, and possibly most genuine, character by Jacovitti. He started drawing it at the age of 16, as catholic publisher A.V.E. proposed him to work on "Il Vittorioso", one of the few comics' titles based entirely on italian productions.

Unfortunately his work is largely unknown in English, but I’d love to attempt some translations, as I dream about a possible antologic "fanzine" publishing cross-referenced comics from the wartime years (Lou Fine's work has been one of my most delightful discoveries). :)

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These are the covers of the collected edition of the trilogy, published 1945-1949 (collected in 1948-49). These are 1970s-80s reprints, but the covers are the original ones (except the added typography). I post those because they’re better quality images.

 

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It’s worth of note that Jacovitti as a youngster was close to fascism (in the early Pippo story, the "kid gang" of Pippo and his friends got rescued from English spies by a Nazi submarine!) but was also among the first to see the dangers and illusions of fascist government, and so Pippo started to comment as early as 1945 about the illusions just swept away by the war.

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This Is It

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC

by Franklin R. Jones

1945

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Log of the L.O.C. Man - Lockheed Overseas Corporation in Ireland

 

by

W.A. McCoy

G.P. Webb

J.S. Sarver

H.R. Roberts

 

1943

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Take Ten

Shel Silverstein's first book - A collection of his cartoons from his time in the Army. From Pacific Stars and Stripes, Army Times, etc.

1955

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The Nightmares Of Lieutenant Ichi or Juan Posong Gives Ichi The Midnight Jitters

by Ben Roth

Published by U.S. Office of War Information (OWI) in Brisbane, Australia, for distribution in the Philippines

Anti-Japanese propaganda comic book

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Thought this thread could use a bump on this Memorial Day weekend.

 

Here is a book of cartoons about life in the Pacific islands during WWII. Not an actual comic book. Lots of cartoons featuring bare breasted native women, the few examples of which I have blacked out for delicate sensibilities.

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This is an illustrated book, with a series of full page cartoons and one page text pieces. Thought it was noteworthy as it is signed by Ralph Stein, and it included a 1994 clipping of his obituary. Stein wrote and illustrated the Popeye daily strip from 1953 to 1959.

 

Happy Memorial Day 2015. Take a moment to remember those that have passed and all they fought for to give us!

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Thanks for bringing this thread back to life Boot.It's a great tribute for the men and women who gave everything. (thumbs u

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On 30/4/2012 at 6:44 AM, BOOT said:

 

Definitely! Could also say that Kurtzman's work qualifies, since he served in the Army.

 

Love the style of the Pippo comic you posted!

Now I have the originals, so posting them.
"Pippo e il Dittatore" ("Pippo and the Dictator") appeared in 1945, serialized in the italian catholic journal "Intervallo".
"Pippo e la Guerra" ("Pippo and the War") and "Pippo e la Pace" ("Pippo and the Peace") appeared first on the pages of "Il Vittorioso" in 1948.
All three were then collected in comic album (about the size of a comic book, but landscape format) in 1949.

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 Love this thread! My cousin,  HYMIE Epstein,  was awarded the Purple Heart in World War II     There was a one or two page, about him called real heroes I believe     I had a copy in the 70s and then ended up giving it back to his parents     Would love to find one again 

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Forgive my ignorance, what is the "Purple Heart"? (I know, I can do a web search but better to get the explanation directly from an american, I guess).

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