Blazing Combat, written by Archie Goodwin, art by Gene Colan, Reed Crandall, George Evans, Frank Frazetta, Russ Heath, Al McWilliams, Gray Morrow, Joe Orlando, John Severin, Angelo Torres, Alex Toth, and Wally Wood, 2009, Fantagraphics, 208 pages, $28.99
This collection of the 1965-66 Blazing Combat war comic magazine is a stellar publication that scores perfectly on my handy-dandy comic book reprint checklist:
- Are the original comics long out-of-print and difficult to find?
- Does the new collection show off the original comics?
- Are the original comics any good?
It's a master class on how to tell a short story, and I highly recommend checking it out.
Previews: Here is a pdf of the first three stories, here is a video/slideshow preview, and here is the story "Holding Action" with art by John Severin. You can read Michael Catron's introduction here.
Buy it: From Fantagraphics here or from Amazon here: Blazing Combat
Trivia: Jason Aaron read Blazing Combat while researching his breakout war comic The Other Side.
Related: My reviews of other Fantagraphics publications:
- Billy Hazelnuts, by Tony Millionaire
- Bottomless Belly Button, by Dash Shaw
- Chance in Hell, by Gilbert Hernandez
- Ganges #2, by Kevin Huizenga
- The Lagoon, by Lilli Carré
- Love and Rockets: New Stories #1, by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez
Disclaimer: This review is based on a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.