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#1 Wolfy

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 02:01 AM

Any recommendations? I prefer high quality, modern art.

My ratings of the ones I have:

I thought Sgt. Rock was quite good:
Sgt. Rock: Between Hell & a Hard Place

Amazon.com: Sgt. Rock: Between Hell & a Hard Place: Joe Kubert, Brian Azzarello: Books

Art: 4/5
Story: 4/5

Authenticity: 3/5

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War Stories 1

Amazon.com: War Stories, Vol. 1: Garth Ennis: Books


Johann's Tiger
Art: 3/5
Story:2/5
Authenticity: 3/5

D-Day Dodgers
Art: 4/5
Story:3/5
Authenticity: 4/5


Screaming Eagles

Art:2/5
Story:1/5
Authenticity:2/5

Nightingale
Art:4/5
Story:3/5
Authenticity:4/5

D-Day Dodgers is about the conversations that a new Lt. has with a British combat veteran as they prepare for a set-piece combined arms assault in Italy.

Nightingale is about the experiences of a naval crewman.

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#2 LRusso216

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 02:17 AM

I enjoyed reading about The Blackhawks when I was a kid. It was one of the WW2 based comics, along with Sgt. Rock, that I found engrossing.

"The greedy grasp of tyranny is upon Europe, and ramparts of evil challenge the free-born peoples of the world to dispute Nazi cruelty if they dare! And there are those who dare, who never refused a dare yet! Messengers of destruction to all evil and injustice -- The Blackhawks!"
Blackhawk History

"Blackhawk was a member of the Polish resistance (originally he was meant to be Polish, but retcons later made him Polish-American, who had joined the resistance because America was doing nothing about the invasion of his ancestral home), fighting the Nazis with daring night attacks in a plane he had painted black. However, after one such raid, he was pursued back to his family's farm by Colonel Von Tepp, who then bombed the house, killing Blackhawk's younger brother and sister. Blackhawk vowed revenge, and began a ceaseless campaign to destroy the Hun; he soon attracted like minded fliers from other occupied countries, leading to the formation of the Blackhawk Squadron (Poles Blackhawk and Stanislaus, the English Chuck, Dutchman Hendrickson, Frenchman Andre, Swedish Olaf and Chinese Chop-Chop (Liu Huang), answerable only to Winston Churchill."
The Golden Age Blackhawk

There was also a series called Sgt. Fury. See more about it here.
Don Markstein's Toonopedia: Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 02:29 AM

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Although quite dark this 70's character was a gem, being a proud fighting German but very much not a Nazi.

Action - The Sevenpenny Nightmare

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 02:35 AM

i prefered the unknown soldier, though sgt rock was mighty awesome
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Posted 28 June 2009 - 03:05 AM

Although quite dark this 70's character was a gem, being a proud fighting German but very much not a Nazi.

Action - The Sevenpenny Nightmare


hehe,this is highly unusual- A "good german" comic that depicts a 7 foot tall superman defeating British soldiers.

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 03:32 AM

What comic can compare with the magic of Stalin vs Hitler? :D

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 03:39 AM

Battle later called BATTLE ACTION after it joined up with Action,the one with charlies war,johnny red,rat pack and major eazy in it.

Followed by Warlord.

The only other ones i can think of are victor(which wasnt really that good)and the small commando pocket comics.
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Posted 28 June 2009 - 03:54 AM

What comic can compare with the magic of Stalin vs Hitler? :D


Whoa, this is pretty awesome

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 09:24 AM

Sgt. Rock (2009) The Lost Battalion

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Pretty bad story- more like a mix of Band of Brothers, The Lost Battalion (LOL), SPR, etc. and other war films. The Art is alright and surprisingly accurate, but the faces are poorly done. The writer simply doesn't know much at all about WW2 and the writing is sloppy.


Art: 3/5
Story: 1/5

Authenticity: 4/5

I'm going to rate Sgt. Rock: The prophecy next (and it's supposed to be pretty good).

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 11:11 AM

This was a must read every month when I was a kid.

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 05:52 PM

Sgt. Rock: The Prophecy

Significantly weaker than Sgt. Rock: Between Hell & a Hard Place

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Art: 3/5
Story: 2/5
Authenticity: 2/5


Sgt. Rock: Between Hell & a Hard Place
is the best WW2 comic I've read so far. It takes place in the Hurtgen forest.

Art: 4/5
Story: 4/5

Authenticity: 3/5


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Posted 28 June 2009 - 06:15 PM

Light Brigade

US troops vs. Supernatural German soldiers. Nuff' said. Good art and decent writing.

Art 5/5
Story 3/5
Authenticity 3/5


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Posted 28 June 2009 - 06:41 PM

Captain America too :)

not even in ww2 yet and we had a cover of captain punching hitler
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Posted 29 June 2009 - 08:51 AM

I was a fan of the Haunted Tank, too. Thanks for posting cover. It gave me goose bumps.
I agree that Sgt. Rock would be pretty close to the top of any list of Best WW2 comics but there were some issues in Rock's series that were duds (at least that's what I thought).
How about the Losers? Johnny Cloud, Capt. Storm etc. was a pretty neat group when I was a kid. Now, they're not as impressive I used to think.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I think Fury and his Howling Commandos were given a promotion and a new job as Col. Nick Fury of SHIELD.
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Posted 29 June 2009 - 09:34 AM

Another I'd recommend is Art Spiegelman's 'Maus'.
In a slightly bizarre concept he tells the story of his father's time at Auschwitz, (Mauschwitz) with the Jewish prisoners as Mice, and the Nazis as cats. Despite it's slightly odd viewpoint (Spiegelman is definitely a rather strange chap), it's one of the few times that Comic books ever really strayed into 'Great Art' territory for me; immensely disturbing & (If I remember right) a well deserved pullitzer prize-winner.

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#16 C.Evans

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 05:52 PM

Jaysus, this thread certainly brings back some nice memories.

I liked the earlier and reincarnated Blackhawk series. The stuff from the 1950s is amazing-I still have a few issues of those as well as the 80s short-lived revival.

I have most of the Sgt Fury and many of the Sgt Rock comics. I also collected GI Combat and have that issue that 36thVA posted the cover of.

I HAD at onetime-before these were stolen) about 1/2 the series run for Captain America Comics (published during WWII) the writing was fantastic but I liked looking at Alex Schomburgs amazing artistic skills. I HAD that copy of CAC-that showed him punching Hitler. The 1960s Jim Steranko Captain America was also fantastic-I love his arty.

Now there are many other titles I have from other companies lick Charlton Comics and etc. I don't remember their titles off=hand but--they had many many great stories I read. Also, I loved anything ont by Joe Jubert - the first pic posted of Rock looks like Kuberts work-or some Artists "tribute" to Joe Kubert and Sgt. Rock. Kubert BTW-was a GI on a troop ship heading for Korea-when he first came up with the idea of Sgt. Rock.

Other greats include: Wierd War Tales, Blitzkrieg (a 3 issue lived series about the Germans in WWII) Fightin Army/Fightin Navy, Fightin Marines, Gunner and Sarge (from The Losers) and so many off-shoot titles from the 40s and 50s that I no longer remember the names to unless I dig out my books.

Sgt. Rock was actually called: Our Army At War-and I also had a few of the earliest issues-that is-until some slimy lazy thief stole them from my collection. The earliest issue I had was OAAW #13-which had one of the most fantastic covers I had ever seen-which showed our guys assaulting a "Lobsterback" position during the Revolutionary War.

There was another short-lived CD war series I liked alot-which was modeled after GI Combat-in format and stories) in which had a Viking Warrior sho I think was "frozen" amd somehow was found and or thawed out (still alive) in WWII. I can't remember that titles name but-it was nicely done too.

Anything done by either: Joe Kubert, Russ Heath, Jack Kirby (a Master of comics I greatly miss the works of) and John Severin of Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos - fame.

Maus is an "Underground" Comic Series. I never could get "into" them. The only Underground series I liked was: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. ;-))
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Posted 29 June 2009 - 05:54 PM

For Lou, there was a nice novel published in the early 1980s that is a Blackhawk book. Its a great read and I THINK I still have my copy of it somewhere? Anyway, this book tells of Blackhawk and his groups origins. Very nicely written and explained.
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Posted 29 June 2009 - 08:01 PM

unfortunately due to the age, and my and my brother i do own a handful of unknown soldiers, and our army at wars, but their condition is poor and they have not aged well.,
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Posted 30 June 2009 - 08:34 AM

Hi FG, I used to have to hide mine hidden under the house-that is-untill my Dad realized that no amount of griping about them were going to keep me from collecting them.
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Posted 30 June 2009 - 02:40 PM

Well my dad had a collection of them between moves and me and my brother being destructive he only had id say about 10 left , but he had never baged and backed them which i dont know why, first thing i did with them was i got the sleeves to somewhat protect them.

When he was overseas during the vietnam war he would buy some and even before then when he was a kid, i do not know which numbers i have or what years id have to go to the storage center where theyre at to look.
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Posted 30 June 2009 - 04:06 PM

My Mother collected the Classics Comics series when she was a kid-had most of them but-through the ages and through five kids-most were not in very good condition-had he Nr 1 issue which was The Three Musketeers-great cover art. Sadly, some SoB stole these from us as well as a collection of the original Wonder Woman comic books that some friends gave us many years ago. These books are all worth a premium these days and if sold-could easily have paid for a house worth around $350,000 or so.

The first comics I collected were, Sgt. Rock, GI Combat, Wierd Western Tales, Jonah Hex, Scalphunter, and Wierd War Tales.
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Posted 30 June 2009 - 04:42 PM

man its a shame about the comics damn shame. reminds me of Nicholas Cage who used to be huge into comics i forget what of his was stolen but he was so hurt by it i think it was a #1 of something, but he sold his whole collection off because he didn't want to have that much stuff in the house i think he said like he had all the ghostriders and such.

It's a damn shame that happened to you.

Funny side story sorry to go off topic, my dad was huge into collecting baseball cards so was i, but when he was a kid they lived in an apartment in Queens, NY well my grandma each year would have my dad throw out his cards saying he would get new ones next year because of the limited space. My dad used to go through the baseball price guide showing me what cards he had, he said about 4 of the Mickey Mantle rookies which at one point was going at about 35k+ each.
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 10:38 PM

hehe,this is highly unusual- A "good german" comic that depicts a 7 foot tall superman defeating British soldiers.


Aye there was quite a fuss about it at the time.

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 10:43 PM

Another I'd recommend is Art Spiegelman's 'Maus'.


I'd second that if someone hasn't already, luckily it's available in a single volume now, or various other editions. Original it was an insert in "RAW" a NY based almost art-house comic which was not only hard to track down but quite expensive.

http://en.wikipedia..../RAW_(magazine)

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 10:52 PM

man its a shame about the comics damn shame. reminds me of Nicholas Cage who used to be huge into comics i forget what of his was stolen but he was so hurt by it i think it was a #1 of something, but he sold his whole collection off because he didn't want to have that much stuff in the house i think he said like he had all the ghostriders and such.

It's a damn shame that happened to you.

Funny side story sorry to go off topic, my dad was huge into collecting baseball cards so was i, but when he was a kid they lived in an apartment in Queens, NY well my grandma each year would have my dad throw out his cards saying he would get new ones next year because of the limited space. My dad used to go through the baseball price guide showing me what cards he had, he said about 4 of the Mickey Mantle rookies which at one point was going at about 35k+ each.


Hi FG-it happened three times. I KNOW who stole my first collection-but could never prove it. The first time around-al of my Superhero stuff was taken-and they didn;t bother with the War and Western titles. The 2nd time around-only my Marvel and Valiant collections were taken-and the third and last time-all my Superhero stuff were taken. Apparently the thieves had plenty of time to check through all my collections each time and picked out the then-hottest stuff.

Get this, at one time-I had 250 copies of the "New" Spiderman title that Todd McFarlane did the artwork on. These 250 I also bought from his shop located in Puyallup (SP?) Washington. These were the regular cover. Then I had 250 copies of the Silver cover-100 copies of the Gold cover, and 50 copies of the signed books in Gold and another signed in Silver and 10 in black ink. I also had 50 copies that were "bagged" copies. All in all-I had at least 860 copies of Spiderman #1. I had at least 50 copies of each Spiderman issue after that till issue #15. This collection was going to be my "Retirement" funds.
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