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From the pages of the 1960s Dell comic, Combat. True stories from World War II, illustrated by comic book legend, WWII vet, and Eisner Award-nominee Sam Glanzman! The main story "Battle of Midway" is excellent, told from the perspective of a pilot of a Catalina, which was a slow flying, pontoon plane used primarily for spotting enemy ships. But in this case, they both observe and try to torpedo run, as the battle against the Japanese Navy gets hot and heavy. Also back-up stories "Out the Gate" and "The Coral Sea Victory," 1-page story "High Ground" with handsome b&w art, and essays about Patton and artist Sam Glanzman.
Sam just died at the age of 92 in 2017, one of the last remaining Golden Age artists. But he also served on board the U.S.S. Stevens during the war, so his realism and humanizing of the battle is unique and authentic, portraying not super heroic acts but the life of regular soldiers.
Eventually the U.S. lost one aircraft carrier but the Japanese lost four, which was a major turning point of the war. Our pilot's brother flies carrier-based torpedo bombers and he's deep in the action, as many U.S. as well as Japanese pilots lost their lives defending and attacking their navy ships.
This was directly following Doolittle's bombing of Tokyo, and the Japanese were mistakenly convinced that those bombers took off from Midway Island. They were wrong, the planes actually took off in a new gambit, from the deck of a carrier. But poor Midway, underdefended, is now the center of the Japanese Fleet's vengeance. And our observer pilot goes from milk runs with nothing in site, to observing the worst of the battle from virtually the front lines...in the air, as it were.
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Item Code MIDW Publisher It's Alive! Publish Date 2019 ISBN 9781732591547 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 48pg Color Full Color
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