Here's the official Fanta hype: THE LEGENDARY ANTI-WAR COMIC COLLECTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS ENTIRETY. Written by Archie Goodwin and drawn by such luminaries as Frank Frazetta, Wally Wood, John Severin, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Russ Heath, Reed Crandall, and Gene Colan, Blazing Combat was originally published by independent comics publisher James Warren in 1965 and ’66. Following in the tradition of Harvey Kurtzman’s Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat, Goodwin’s stories reflected the human realities and personal costs of war rather than exploiting the clichés of the traditional men’s adventure genre. They were among the best comics stories about war ever published. Blazing Combat ended after its fourth issue when military post exchanges refused to sell the title due to their perception that it was an anti-war comic. Their hostility was fueled by the depiction of the then-current Vietnam War, especially a story entitled “Landscape,” which follows the thoughts of a simple Vietnamese peasant rice-farmer who pays the ultimate price simply for living where he does — and which was considered anti-war agitprop by the more hawkish members of the business community. Get a better idea of what's going on here with this generous 19-page PDF preview that contains three complete stories! Writer Archie Goodwin and the original publisher James Warren discuss the death of Blazing Combat and market censorship as well as the creative gestation of the series in exclusive interviews. 208 page hardcover ONE COPY IN STOCK (remainder mark across top page edge)
edited, and largely written, by Archie Goodwin Yes, you are correct: this is yet another softcover edition of a previously released hardcover from Fantagraphics. Featuring the art of EC (and Two-Fisted Tales) alumni like Wally Wood and John Severin, along with heavy hitters like Alex Toth and Gene Colan, this hefty softcover collects the entirety of Warren's Blazing Combat series that was originally published in 1965 and 1966. This hard hitting series took an unvarnished look at the hard realities of war just as the protests against the Vietnam were gaining traction and so is an important historical document at the same time that it offers up some spectacular comics work. See what mean by reading this 19-page PDF preview.
Even today, sixty years on, many still consider the comic books published by EC to be the high-water mark of the form. While the entirety of the EC output has been previously reprinted in book and comic book form, these prior reprints have almost uniformly followed the original issue by issue sequencing. Having been granted a license to publish these classics,Fantagraphics, in keeping with their editorial mission, has broken from the pack here and is collecting these classic tales by artist. This premiere release in the series of hardcover volumes showcases the artwork of Wallace Wood. Came the Dawn collects all 26 tales which Wood drew for EC's horror and crime titles, Tales From the Crypt, The Haunt of Fearand Crime SuspenStories. This volume also "features extensive essays and notes on these classic stories by EC experts," as will all future volumes in the series. Anyone needing further encouragement is hereby directed to this to PDF preview of Came the Dawn.