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Military Comics #001 [Aug'41]-68pg-c2c -Cimmerian32
front cover - Chuck Cuidera
Issue: #1
Published: August 1941, Price: 0.10 USD, Pages: 68, Editing: Will Eisner [as W. E. Eisner]
Color: Color Dimensions: Standard Golden Age US Paper Stock: Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior Binding: Saddle-stitched Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
Notes: Some information was verified using a DCM scan (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/). The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing.
 Comic Contents:
Cover (1 page)
Featuring: Blackhawk
Credits: Pencils: Will Eisner | Inks: Will Eisner
Genre: Adventure War
Characters: Blackhawk

Comic Story (11 pages) The Origin of Blackhawk
Featuring: Blackhawk
Synopsis: Warsaw, Poland 1939. The Nazis are massing to rout the Polish Air Force, the only obstacle to their victory over Poland, and are being led by the Nazi commander, Captain von Tepp. However, in his attack, the brother and sister of a lone survivor are killed, and this survivor, later to become The Blackhawk, vows to hunt down von Tepp and make him pay personally for their deaths.
Credits: Script: Will Eisner; Bob Powell | Pencils: Chuck Cuidera [as Charles Cuidera) (signed) | Inks: Chuck Cuidera [as Charles Cuidera] (signed) | Letters: Sam Rosen
Genre: Adventure War
Characters: Blackhawks [Blackhawk (introduction And Origin) Baker (introduction, No Further Appearances) At Least 6 Other Unidentifiable Members (see Note #3 For Possible Candidates)] Jack (Blackhawk's Brother, Introduction, Death) Connie (Blackhawk's Sister, Introduction, Death) Ann (Red Cross Nurse, Unidentified By Name In This Story, Named In Issue #3) One Unnamed Captured Soldier Captain Von Tepp (Nazi Villain, Introduction, Death) Captain Von Kreck (Nazi Villain, Introduction, Presumably Killed) Nazis (villains, Many Die)

Comic Story (6 pages) Flying with the Red Dragon
Featuring: Loops and Banks of the Red Dragon Squadron
Synopsis: The boys lose their contract as test pilots after a crack-up and find themselves being asked to join a group called the Red Dragon Squadron.
Credits: Script: Bob Powell ? | Pencils: Bob Powell [as Bud Ernest] (signed) | Inks: Bob Powell [as Bud Ernest] (signed)
Genre: Aviation
Characters: Loops McCann (introduction) Banks Barrows (introduction) Gen. Cheng [the Red Dragon] (introduction) The Chinese (villains, Some Die)

Comic Story (5 pages) Origin of the Blue Tracer
Featuring: The Blue Tracer
Synopsis: "Wild Bill" Dunn, an American engineer, survives a British scouting expedition in Ethiopia, meets an Australian named Private Jones, and for months they work together to create a war machine from the remains of Fascist equipment that they call the Blue Tracer, and which they hope will provide the capabilities to overcome a local enemy tribe.
Credits: Script: Fred Guardineer ? | Pencils: Fred Guardineer (signed) | Inks: Fred Guardineer (signed) | Letters: Fred Guardineer ?
Genre: Aviation War
Characters: Captain William "Wild Bill" Dunn (introduction) Private Boomerang Jones (introduction) A White Woman (introduction) The M'Bujies (villains, Introduction For All, Some Die)

Comic Story (6 pages) Episode with a Goat
Featuring: Archie Atkins, Desert Scout
Synopsis: Three British soldiers, looking for help for their battalion under seige, are saved, ironically, by a billy goat, and soon find help with a group of French soldiers.
Credits: Pencils: Harry Campbell ?
Genre: War
Characters: Archie Atkins (introduction) Jack Bailey (introduction) Achmed (introduction) Billy (a Goat, Introduction) Major Douglas (introduction)

Comic Story (4 pages) Enlisting the Hard Way
Featuring: Shot and Shell
Synopsis: An unlikely duo team up to foil the attempts of a Nazi attache who is interested in obtaining information on a secret U.S. fighter.
Credits: Script: Klaus Nordling [as Nordling] (signed) | Pencils: Klaus Nordling [as Nordling] (signed) | Inks: Klaus Nordling [as Nordling] (signed)
Genre: Aviation
Characters: Colonel Sam Shot (introduction) Slim Shell (introduction) Herr Von Slobben (villain, Nazi Military Attache)

Comic Story (8 pages) The Coming of the Yankee Eagle
Featuring: Yankee Eagle
Synopsis: A group of Nazi spies work their way into the ranks of America's military services, attempting to turn over to the enemy some of the U.S.'s best ships.
Credits: Script: John Stewart | Pencils: William Smith | Inks: William Smith
Genre: Adventure
Characters: Jerry Noble (introduction) Sam [the Yankee Eagle] (an Eagle, Introduction) Senator Noble (Jerry's Father, Introduction) Captain Webb Chalky Nazi Spies (villains)

Comic Story (6 pages) Origin of the Death Patrol
Featuring: Death Patrol
Credits: Script: Jack Cole (signed) | Pencils: Jack Cole (signed) | Inks: Jack Cole (signed)
Genre: Humor Aviation War
Characters: Death Patrol [Del Van Dyne (introduction, Origin) Butch O'Keefe (introduction, Origin) Peewee (introduction, Origin, Death) Hank (introduction, Origin) Slick Ward (introduction, Origin) Gramps (introduction, Origin)] The Nazis (villains, Some Die)

Comic Story (1 page) Sabotage
Credits: Script: Tex Blaisdell (signed) | Pencils: Tex Blaisdell (signed) | Inks: Tex Blaisdell (signed) | Letters: Tex Blaisdell ?
Genre: Humor
Characters: O'Rourke (former Brooklyn Taxi Driver)

Cartoon (0 pages) The Machine Gun Drill
Featuring: Camp Capers
Synopsis: Sarge orders his men to dismantle, then re-assemble their machines guns inside of ten minutes.
Credits: Script: Lane French (signed) | Pencils: Lane French (signed) | Inks: Lane French (signed) | Letters: Lane French ?
Genre: Humor
Characters: Un-named Army Sergeant

Comic Story (6 pages) The Origin of Miss America
Featuring: Miss America
Synopsis: Joan is imbued by the famed Statue of Liberty with special powers in order to help the country against her enemies, foreign and domestic, gaining her name from a man she saved from an attack by thugs. She uses her new powers to deflect a bomb and crush the getaway car of spies involved.
Credits: Pencils: Elmer Wexler [as El Wexler] (signed) | Inks: Elmer Wexler [as El Wexler] (signed)
Genre: Superhero
Characters: Miss America [Joan Dale] (introduction, Origin, Reporter) Un-named FBI Chief Inspector Mr. Grost (villain, Factory Owner)

Text Story (2 pages) Gone with the Draft
Synopsis: After discussion of the draft, a letter from a trainee at Fort Wadsworth Training Center in New York discusses what went on during his first week in basic training.
Credits: Script: Dick Scopes (signed) | Letters: typeset
Genre: Non-fiction War
Characters: Dirk

Comic Story (9 pages) Sink the Kaiser Adolf
Featuring: Q-Boat
Synopsis: The schooner "Albatross" succeeds in capturing the Battleship "Kaiser Adolf," then must take on the Nazis' new battleship, "Kronzprinz Albrecht."
Credits: Script: Henry Kiefer ? | Pencils: Henry Kiefer | Inks: Henry Kiefer
Genre: War
Characters: Capt. Foghorn (introduction, Origin) Bob Wayne (introduction, Origin) Dick Martin (introduction, Origin) Freckles [Marmaduke Van Weyden] (introduction, Origin) Captain Von Marz (villain) The Nazis (villains)

  The data in the above section is courtesy of the Grand Comics Database™ under a Creative Commons Attribution License.


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