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Blazing Combat is the controversial comic book from the Vietnam War era. Its legend and influence has only grown throughout the years — and has far outlasted the people who tried to suppress it. Enshrined in the annals of comics history as a hard-hitting series produced by some of the top talents of the 20th century, it was excoriated for daring to present a politically incorrect point of view at a time before the anti-war movement had gained any traction. For being ahead of its time, it was yanked from the newsstands.
The stories in Blazing Combat are among the best comics stories about war ever published. Written and edited by comic book Hall of Famer Archie Goodwin, Blazing Combat was drawn by fellow comic book Hall of Famers Frank Frazetta, Wallace Wood, John Severin, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Russ Heath, Reed Crandall, and Gene Colan. Building on the tradition of Harvey Kurtzman’s much-lauded EC titles, Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat, Goodwin’s stories offer striking personal insights into the minds and emotions of individual soldiers and civilians. Covering wars from ancient times through Vietnam, Blazing Combat, unlike much of the popular media of the time, underscored the very madness of war itself in starkly personal terms.
Blazing Combat’s brief shining moment ended when certain wholesalers perceived a lack of patriotism over the Vietnam War story entitled “Landscape” — which follows the thoughts of a Vietnamese rice farmer who pays the ultimate price for simply living where he does — which was considered antiwar agit-prop by the more hawkish members of the business community.
In addition to collecting all four issues, this new expanded edition is rounded out with exclusive interviews about the series with Goodwin and publisher James Warren and a cover gallery featuring all of Frazetta’s painted covers for the series.