Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Today in Comics Real History: They battled up Iwo Jima hill / Two hundred and fifty men / But only twenty-seven lived / To walk back down again

The comics you are about to see are products of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society. These depictions were wrong then and are wrong today. While the following does not represent the comics industry view of today's society, these panels are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed.

Panel from "Scoops... Pictures to Remember" in Real Fact Comics #5 (DC/National, November-December 1946), pencils and inks by George Roussos

Panels from "Iwo Jima" in Marines in Battle #1 (Marvel/Atlas, August 1954), pencils and inks by Gene Colan

Panel from "A Jap in Every Hole" in Attack! (1958 series) #54
(Charlton, October 1958), script by Joe Gill (?), pencils by Don Perlin (?)

Panels from "Was It Worth It?" in Fightin' Marines #26 (Charlton, August 1958); script by Joe Gill (?);
pencils, inks, and letters by Sid Check

Panels from "Dateline — Iwo Jima!" in Battle #70 (June 1960), plot by Stan Lee (?), script by Larry Lieber (?),
pencils and inks by Carl Burgos, colors by Stan Goldberg, letters by Artie Simek

For a less rah-rah comic book retelling of the Battle of Iwo Jima, I highly recommend the entirety of EC's Frontline Combat #7, available in many reprint formats.

Cover of Frontline Combat #7 (July-August 1952); script, pencils, and inks by Harvey Kurtzman,
colors by Marie Severin, letters by Ben Oda

from "Iwo Jima,", script and vellum layouts by Harvey Kurtzman, inks by Wally Wood, colors by Marie Severin, letters by Ben Oda

from "Mopping Up," script by Harvey Kurtzman, pencils and inks by Jack Davis, colors by Marie Severin, letters by Ben Oda

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