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Highly Recommended. Edited by Craig Yoe. Art by Steve Ditko, Pat Boyette et al. An action-oriented medium, comics have long used wars--real and fictional--as narrative fodder, often with a strong message attached. Buried in rare comics published during the Cold War were, strangely enough, powerful war, fantasy, and sci-fi stories that strongly condemned war and the bomb, boldly calling for peace. From obscure publisher Charlton Comics, here is a book-full of these, a whole bunch from the late 1950s by Steve Ditko. Plus a comic-length classic, "Children of Doom," by the fine Pat Boyette. And a host of other rare and fascinating tales of alien invasion and much more.

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An action-oriented medium, comics have long used wars--real and fictional--as narrative fodder, often with a strong message attached. Buried in rare comics published during the Cold War were, strangely enough, powerful war, fantasy, and sci-fi stories that strongly condemned war and the bomb, boldly calling for peace. From obscure publisher Charlton Comics, here is a book-full of these, a whole bunch from the late 1950s by Steve Ditko. Plus a comic-length classic, "Children of Doom," by the fine Pat Boyette. And a host of other rare and fascinating tales of alien invasion and much more.

While a few comics of the time portrayed the horrors of war, the more blatant anti-war stories were largely unappreciated or so cloaked in metaphor that they went unnoticed by contemporary audiences. Today, we can more fully appreciate the efforts of the fine writers and cartoonists who were crying out for peace in their--and our--time. Journey back with us now, and discover the secret, surprising history of anti-war comics with this marvelously curated collection. Future DC editor Dick Giordano may have had a big hand in these, as he was the editor during much of this time at the free-wheeling Charlton Comics, and the publisher generally looked the other way in regards to what the writers and artists were doing. Many of these may have been written by Joe Gill (1919-2006), who served in the Coast Guard in WWII and was in the Air Force Reserve until 1955. So he was an unlikely anti-war crusader.

And he wrote many regular war stories, as he was prolific, knocking out a script every single day. "Gill was skilled at creating moving stories with O. Henry-type endings, and a message of peace was a good vehicle for engaging tales. The science-fiction genre enabled him to script grand scenarios, not precisely about the Cold War U.S./Russian stand-off or fear of the Bomb, but parables involving conflicts with Mars and Venus, and even a story of trips back in time featuring club-wielding cave dwellers." -from Craig Yoe's introduction.

Special comic-art one page Introduction by Nate Powell, the first cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award."Comics are uniquely suited to communicate the overarching themes featured here--Doubt. Dissent. Horror. Hope. Other Possibilities."

Foreword by singler/songwriter Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame) who remembers listening with his father to the detonation of the first A-Bomb in 1945...and reading about it being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki just a month later..

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Item Code UNKAH
Publisher IDW
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 9781684051786
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 8x11
# Pages 224pg
Color Full Color
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