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Blazing Combat


by Archie Goodwin
art: Wallace Wood, Al Williamson, Alex Toth & Co.

This reprint of the all-star war-comics anthology is an expanded edition, with a cover gallery featuring all of Frazetta’s painted covers and exclusive interviews with Goodwin and publisher James Warren.

Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 9781683960843
SKU: 9781683960843 Categories: , , , , , , Tag: Product ID: 38867


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 clichés 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 agitprop 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.

228 page partial color hardcover
Fantagraphics Books, 2018

Diamond Code: DEC171596

Additional information

Weight 28 oz
Dimensions 10.5 × 8.5 × 1.25 in