Buz Sawyer Vol. 1: The War in the Pacific
It all starts here: Roy Crane's WW II era follow up to Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy. Roy Crane was the one who could do it all and make it seem effortless: lengthy story arcs deftly divided into four-panel bites, dynamic intra-panel layout, expert inter-panel transitions, humorous dialogue, archetypal characterizations, and, most of all, fabulously fluid cartooning (and Craftint!) – all wrapped together in one great package. A book to read, savor and enjoy.
While there is no getting around this volume's component of unfortunate anti-Japanese bias and violence as depicted in the cover image, this component is a quite minor one, representing a tiny fraction of the volume's storylines and images, and as the earliest storyline contained in this book is, as the title states, about the "War in the Pacific" ( although the war was actually concluded in reality before it was in the comic strip, due to the standard two-weeks-in-advance deadlines of the era) it cannot be altogether surprising or shocking to anyone conversant with the realities of that time, and while it cannot be ignored and must be a crucial aspect of any full appreciation of the work's ultimate significance and value, it should not be allowed to interfere with the appreciation of the artistic mastery on display or the opportunity to learn from the master.