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Details"No one, from Stephen Ambrose to Steven Spielberg, can tell a better story than A Sailor's Story". -Max Brooks, author of World War Z. A Golden Age comic book legend draws upon his own World War II experiences in this outstanding autobiographical graphic novel.
Hailed by Eisner Award-winning author Kurt Busiek as "one of the most honest, dedicated and engaging cartoonists in comics history," Glanzman wrote and illustrated this intimate account of his life aboard a Navy destroyer, the USS Stevens, for three full years in the worst Pacific theatre battles in World War II.
Back in print after 25 years, this was first published as two separate Marvel Graphic Novels. This includes A Sailor's Story and its sequel, A Sailor's Story: Winds, Dreams, and Dragons, plus a never-before-seen 10-page story of the USS Stevens, Even Dead Birds Have Wings.
Exclusive Bonus Material:
New Foreword by bestselling author Max Brooks
New Introduction by original editor Larry Hama
New Afterword by Batman writer Chuck Dixon
Exclusive Glanzman tributes by Joe Kubert, Stan Lee, Denny O'Neil, Walt Simonson, Chris Claremont, Timothy Truman & many others.
Comic book artist Sam Glanzman is best known for his Charlton Comics series, Hercules, as well as Jungle Tales of Tarzan, reprinted by Dark Horse as The Unauthorized Tarzan. He is also the creator of "The Lonely War of Willy Schultz," a serial about a German-American Army captain during World War II. His work also appears in several Golden Age Comics collections, including Art In Time: Unknown Comic Adventures 1940-1980.
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Item Code SAIS Publisher Dover Publish Date 2015 ISBN 9780486798127 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 8x11 # Pages 163pg Color Full Color
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- An intimate account of life aboard the USS Stevens in WWII
The well-known publisher Dover has started a new imprint: Dover Comics & Graphic Novels. For their first effort, they’ve set a high standard. Sam Glanzman began his comics career in the Golden Age, just after he got back from fighting in the Pacific aboard a Navy Destroyer, the USS Stevens. In 1987 and 1989, he wrote of his experiences in two graphic novels, both published by Marvel Comics.
Dover has taken both of these, color-corrected them to be closer to his original work, then added a new foreword by bestselling author Max Brooks, a new Introduction by original editor Larry Hama, a new afterword by Batman writer Chuck Dixon, and exclusive tributes to Glanzman by Joe Kubert, Stan Lee, Denny O’Neill, Walt Simonson, Chris Claremont, Timothy Truman and others.
And what about the two stories themselves? They’re a story about “real people, with real fears, being transformed by events and circumstances into men of courage.” This is an intimate and personal account of his life aboard the Stevens, which was involved in battles and support work across the Pacific, from Iwo Jima to Midway, from dealing with Kamikazis to shore leave and its own dangers!
If you’d like to read a down-to-earth, nothing glorified, nothing fictional account of Navy life in World War II, it doesn’t get better than this. I love Glanzman’s humble, every-day approach. He wrestles with with boredom, getting a good night’s sleep, and trying to get a reasonable job aboard the ship—interspersed with convoy duty, dive bombers, shelling islands, and trying to keep himself and his mates alive.