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Buz Sawyer Vol. 1: The War in the Pacific
Roy Crane created the adventure comic strip with Wash Tubbs, and many a
superhero owes a debt to Crane’s square-jawed, hard-hitting adventurer Captain
Easy. But during World War II, he left the Captain Easy strip to create
a more realistic fighting man, a Navy pilot named John Singer Sawyer, who
fought in the Pacific Theater from 1943 until V-J Day in 1945.
This book, the first in a series reprinting the Buz Sawyer strip, reprints all of the daily strips published during World
War II. Buz serves aboard an aircraft carrier, flies combat missions against the notorious Japanese Zeros, crash lands
behind enemy lines, and is captured by a Japanese submarine.
The book also includes a selection of the best of the Sunday strips, which featured Buz Sawyer’s pal and gunner,
Rosco Sweeney, presented as full-color fold-out pages.
Everywhere Buz goes, he finds high adventure and beautiful women — in fact, his fellow flyers kid him about his
ability to find romance on even the most hostile Pacific island, where he meets a dangerous spy named Sultry (!). And
when he goes home on leave, it is only to be caught up in a rivalry between rich heiress Tot Winter and girl-next-door
It features some of Crane’s most atmospheric drawing, aided by his expert use of Craftint tones, luscious romance, and
exciting action scenes. These stories amply illustrate why Peanuts artist Charles Schulz called Roy Crane “a treasure.”
Also featured in this handsome archival volume: an introductory essay by comics historian Jeet Heer and a selection letters to and from Roy Crane (including one from "Al Toth").
Buz Sawyer Vol. 2: Sultry's Tiger
World War II has ended, and with so many pilots mustered out at the end
of the war, jobs for pilots are hard to find, and Buz’s record as a “hot-shot”
pilot does not recommend him to commercial airlines. While looking for
a job, Buz visits his old alma mater and spends time with glamorous Tot
Winter and girl-next-door Christy Jameson. He finally finds the perfect job
as a troubleshooter for International Airways, flying to trouble spots all over
He encounters Sultry, the beautiful and dangerous woman he met on a
Japanese-held island during the war, with fatal results for a major character in
the strip. He travels to the arctic to stop the Mad Baron, an insane ex-Nazi trying to shoot down International Airways
planes. And, in the only adventure to combine the daily and Sunday story lines, he teams up with his old pal Roscoe
Sweeney to discover a fabulous ancient Mayan treasure. This book reprints the Sunday pages from this adventure in full
color for the first time.
In the last adventure in our 2nd volume, Buz is kidnapped and flown to Africa by mysterious assailants. His friend
Chili Harrison bets International Airways chief Mr. Wright $200 that even in this desperate situation, Buz will manage
to get involved with a pretty girl. Long-time readers of the strip will have no trouble guessing who wins that bet.
Comic strip historian Brian Walker wrote, “Buz Sawyer combined fast-paced adventure stories…with authentically
illustrated military equipment and real locations, which Crane researched during trips around the world.”
Roy Crane’s drawing and storytelling skills just get better and better. With this volume’s Buz reprints from 1945 to
1947, Crane hit his stride.
Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons
Buz Sawyer — adventurer, bon vivant, and former bachelor — can't let a little thing like romance and marriage slow him down. Buz knows that Christy is the only woman for him — brave, beautiful, and able to handle herself when the going gets tough, and just the kind of woman Buz needs when the chips are down — a lover and a fighter.
And indeed, Christy has her mettle tested, because the road to marriage is a rocky one. First, Buz has to survive a hurricane in the Caribbean, a typhoon in the South Seas, and a stone cold killer with a deceptively mild manner and the innocuous-sounding name of Harry Sparrow. As if that weren’t enough, Buz gets himself caught in a political hurricane when he gets trapped behind the Iron Curtain just as the Cold War heats up. And if you think Buz and Christy's African honeymoon is a picnic... think again.
All of this is brought vividly and gorgeously to life through Roy Crane's sure-footed writing and stunning storytelling, a rollicking series of adventures filled with knock-out women, brutal assassins, and extremely bad weather.
This volume also includes some of the best Buz Sawyer Sunday strips (starring Buz's pal Rosco Sweeney), in full color!
Praise for Roy Crane and the Buz Sawyer series:
“[Roy Crane] is a treasure. There is still no one around who draws any better.” — Charles Schulz
“Every time I thought I had come up with something that I had thought no one else had done, damn it,
I’d find that Crane or Foster had already done it!” — Al Williamson
“Roy Crane did adventure with a beautiful combination of cartooning and storytelling. Every panel
was an entertaining panel, with something to look at. When you combine his storytelling ability, with
or without balloons, with his action and those great panels, you can’t fail.” — John Severin
"...Buz Sawyer features the same seamless blend of derring-do
and humor, both in its story lines and in Crane’s economical, slightly cartoonish artwork, which had made
Wash Tubbs one of the most popular strips of the era and which would keep Buz flying for more than four
— Gordon Flagg, Booklist
"If I had to pick a favorite [classic comic-strip reprint] right now, I’d say the Fantagraphics reprints of Buz Sawyer by Roy Crane. I just love the energy, humor, adventure and charm of them." – Kurt Busiek