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Showcase Presents: The Losers Vol. 1 (Showcase Presents Library of Classics) Paperback – April 17, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Showcase Presents Library of Classics
  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1St Edition edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234379
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Kanigher worked on The Justice Society of America, Hawkman, Green Lantern, he created Black Canary, Rose and Thorn and The Harlequin, and more! Joe Kubert has produced countless stories for countless characters including Hawkman, Tarzan, Enemy Ace, Batman and The Flash. He also edited, wrote and illustrated Sgt. Rock for thirty years. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Confusions apart, the Loser stories are entertaining and great fun for all.
William R. Hancock
Robert Kanigher's stories are fun and rollicking especially with the adventuresome, detailed artwork by Ross Andru, John Severin, and of course, Joe Kubert.
Gerry Griffiths
Like Ulysses in the Odyssey, the Losers move from one war scenario to the next without any end in sight.
Elvin Ortiz

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elvin Ortiz on June 3, 2012
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A collection of war romances about four "out of luck" soldiers: Johnny Cloud, an Indian and air force pilot, Captain Storm, an ex-PT boat captain, and Gunner and Sarge, two marines. Each of these have lost men that were under their command, and thus, consider himself out of luck. They meet accidentally in Jeb Stuart's Haunted Tank (G.I. Combat #138) and later start their adventures as a team in Our Fighting Forces #123, always accepting missions because they've got nothing to lose. This tome collects their adventures until OFF #150. The stories are written by Robert Kanigher, and although I missed the poetic language from his stories in Sgt. Rock and the Haunted Tank, his creative powers are still at work, mixing humor, romance, and psychological drama with action-packed plots.

The team is headquartered in London and they see action in every place affected by WWII, including London under bombardment. They visit France, Norway, the Pacific, India, and even North Africa. Although these stories follow an anti-hero formula, where bad luck pursues them everywhere they go, these four heroes share traits similar to those of Sgt. Rock and the Haunted Tank's crew. They are courageous and they have an indomitable will to accomplish their mission even when they see the odds are against them. In addition, they are loyal to each other. These qualities are highlighted the more when everything seems to turn against them.

Although these stories may be formulaic, Kanigher shows he can vary formulas a bit. At times, a Loser may suffer from survivor's guilt. We see this vividly with Johnny Cloud in Ride the Nightmare (January 1971) and with Captain Storm in Half a Man (May 1971).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By starfighter on April 23, 2012
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I didn't think I'd like this as much as I do the Sgt. Rock Showcase volumes but one thing that lifts this book to that level is the art. Joe Kubert only did the covers on these comics but the interior work is not a drop-off. Russ Heath drew the first story combining these characters, then Andru/Esposito did a few, all to be topped by John Severin's art on more than half this book.
Yes,there is a formula to the stories by Kanigher but the book is worth it for John Severin fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gerry Griffiths on May 21, 2012
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DC Showcase presents The Losers is a great graphic compilation of 450 pages of Our Fighting Forces. Robert Kanigher's stories are fun and rollicking especially with the adventuresome, detailed artwork by Ross Andru, John Severin, and of course, Joe Kubert. A fine coffee table book that will bring hours of enjoyable reading. The Losers are four G.I.s assigned to special missions. There's Capt. Storm (an ex PT boat captain who lost his crew and his leg), Johnny Cloud (ace fighter pilot who lost his squadron), Sarge and Gunner (who lost their company of raw recruits), thus named: THE LOSERS. If you love World War II sagas, you'll love these four misfits and their adventures.

Other fun DC Showcase classics that I would like to recommend are Showcase Presents: Haunted Tank, Vol. 2, andShowcase Presents: Unknown Soldier, Vol. 1 which are all equally as good.

and the Marvel Comics Essential Essential Ant Man, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials).

If you want hours of fun reading, pick up these collections.
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The stories get better as the volume goes forward. A few early issues are a bit predictable, but as the stories get longer they are more well written.
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