Aside from Harvey Kurtzman’s justly lauded Two Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat titles, Golden Age war comics are generally considered to be little more than jingoistic – and at times borderline racist – propaganda.
While there is some truth to the contention, there were also a surprising number of titles that contained content nearly as gritty and uncompromising as their more heralded EC counterparts.
Comic Media’s War Fury, for example, featured appropriately stark artwork from the perennially underrated Don Heck and – in the case of the following story – didn’t shy away from illustrating the often capricious brutality of armed combat.
From War Fury # 3 (Comic Media, 1953), here’s “Grim Trio” with art by Heck. The cover image is also reproduced above.
Key Publication’s Battle Cry at times contained stories that conformed to the war comics’ stereotype, but its third issue also featured a tale that concentrated on the collateral damage of battle and presented Korean townspeople as fully fleshed-out characters rather than racial caricatures.
“To The Victors!” appeared in Battle Cry #3 (Key Publications,1952). The story was drawn by Eugene Hughes, although I’ve also included Irv Novick’s striking cover image for the issue.
The Time Bullet dedicates this post to all soldiers and civilians who lost their lives in combat. We continue to hope for the day when the pain and sacrifice caused by war will no longer be seen as a “necessary evil.”