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My Highest Recommendation. Art by Russ Heath, John Severin, Gene Colan, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Syd Shores, Don Heck et al. Edited by Michael J. Vassallo. Fifty hard-hitting stories from Atlas, the company that became Marvel Comics. Each one hand-picked by Vassallo, a comics historian and world-renowned authority on Timely/Atlas. Marvel published more war titles than anyone in the industry, between 1951 and 1960, and were strongly influenced, at their best, by Kurtzman’s EC stories. If you think EC and DC were the only publishers doing poignant, powerful and well-drawn war stories, read this and have your head turned around. This is good. Dead Reckoning, 2020. Condition: Bumped corners.

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Fifty hard-hitting stories from Atlas, the company that became Marvel Comics. Each one hand-picked by Vassallo, a comics historian and world-renowned authority on Timely/Atlas. Marvel published more war titles than anyone in the industry, between 1951 and 1960, and were strongly influenced, at their best, by Kurtzman’s EC stories. If you think EC and DC were the only publishers doing poignant, powerful and well-drawn war stories, read this and have your head turned around. This is good.

Vassallo has chosen the best of the best, most never before collected, from sixteen different titles.

Featuring the artwork of twenty different artists—giants of the genre, also including Bernie Krigstein, Joe Maneely, Jerry Robinson, Harry Anderson, Bill Everett, Joe Sinnott, Jack Davis, Mort Drucker, et al.

Of course, you didn’t miss that John Severin and Russ Heath are here in abundance, two of the finest war comics artists EVER.

Vassallo goes into minute detail in his six-page introduction, informing us all about Atlas’s titles, one by one, beginning in 1950 with the start of the Korean War. Each artist is introduced, with full details about how many covers and stories they illustrated, and notes about the best of their stories included here. By 1953, Atlas was doing as many as 14 individual war titles a month, but by 1954 they were down to just five. But in 1957, they were back and adding more titles, for 15 a month…leading up to the 1958 Atlas “Implosion.”

Russ Heath gets six stories here, same as Joe Sinnott; Kirby gets four, contemporary with his new sci-fi fantasy titles with Stan; Maneely gets 3, Colan gets three, Jerry Robinson, who drew 52 covers but just 27 stories for the war books, gets three great stories here. EC alum Jack Davis gets three; Krigstein and Don Heck each get two; Even Reed Crandall  is here, inked by none other than Al Williamson!!

Each page has been meticulously restored from its first printing by comic art restorer Allan Harvey. Atlas at War! covers the brutal pre-code period where graphic depictions of war action were rendered by artists who were World War II veterans themselves (e.g. Jack Kirby, for one), as well as the post-code period, where code restrictions forced creators to tell stories without graphic violence but produced some of the most beautiful comic book art of the genre.

In addition to the artists, stories cover all aspects of war — from famous campaigns, weaponry, and personal soldier stories to Nazi atrocities, and even one story tinged with pre-code horror!

“Michael Vassallo knows more than anybody in the Marvel Universe about the rich history of the company’s comics. His grasp and insights are astonishing! Make Mine Michael’s!” —Craig Yoe, curator of Don Winslow of the Navy and Marvel Masterwork Pin-Ups

Atlas at War! is a treasure trove of lost war classics.” —PJ Holden, artist for The Stringbags

Condition: Bumped corners.

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