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Showcase Presents: The War That Time Forgot, Vol. 1 Paperback – June 6, 2007

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (June 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401212530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401212537
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By a guy on August 6, 2007
It's 500+ pages of G.I.'s fighting dinosaurs! What more do you need to know? Yes, it feels a little like reading the same story over and over and over again. So? G.I's fighting dinosaurs! As brilliant in concept as it is in execution.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dennis M. Roy on May 21, 2007
From the same company that brought us such "unusual" war comics series as ENEMY ACE, THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER, THE HAUNTED TANK, and THE CREATURE COMMANDOS (in WEIRD WAR TALES), comes perhaps the most off-beat war comics series of them all. There are a number of things to say about this collection. One must bear in mind the average age of DC's audience in the early sixties. The same kids reading these stories had probably watched KING KONG, THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS and GODZILLA on TV, and only a few years earlier, they would have been staging their own mock battles in sandboxes using bags of plastic army men and plastic dinosaurs (and sometimes substituting firecrackers for artillery shells, mortars, and grenades to fell the giant lizards). In short, the target audience was 8 to 12 year-olds.

If you're looking for accuracy in your dinosaurs, better look elsewhere. Writer and series creator Robert Kanigher's definition of "dinosaurs" is broad enough to encompass everything from outsized pterosaurs and prehistoric marine reptiles (both actually seperate classes from dinosaurs) to gi-normous chameleons and lizards, humongous sea turtles, eels, prehistoric fishes and crustaceans, and even a "giant white ape" (obviously inspired by THE SON OF KONG). The scale of these beasts ranges according to the demands of the plot. Pteranodons and pterodactyls can be merely huge enough to pick up soldiers in one claw, or big enough to gnaw on a submarine as though it were a fish. All in all, the creatures tend more to the GODZILLA end of the size range than the average tank-sized dinosaur. In Kanigher's defense, a lot less was known (at least by the general public) about dinosaurs back then. He probably figured it didn't matter, and he was probably right.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rich on May 5, 2009
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THIS was what was so wonderful about the Silver Age, especially at DC -- no matter how absurd the premise, it was always worth a try. And DC really understood that its audience consisted of 12 year old boys with short attention spans and a desire to suspend disbelief. This was truly a high concept idea -- the cover of Star Spangled War Stories always depicted the gist of the conflict in one memorable image after another. If the stories are a bit light and vague, it doesn't matter. They're still fun, and my sons love them. I hope DC keeps bringing out these wonderful -- and affordable! -- collections for a new generation of readers and older fans with long and happy memories.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan W. Hawn on August 5, 2007
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Holy Cow!! Dinosaurs AND WW II action!! What boy could resist? DC wasn't letting any grass grow under their feet in this '60s series (although someone on the team obviously was over fond of submarines). Just don't try to read the stories yourself as you'll only go mad.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Hartnett on June 9, 2007
The 3 stars is for what I remember of The War That Time Forgot. Even as a kid, I could only say it was alright.

OK, WWII and dinosaurs. OK, limited (very limited) characterization. OK, dumb stories. OK, not exactly knock-your-socks-off art (like I could do any better).

Still, from little acorns grow mighty oaks.

The War That Time Forgot is an integral part of Darwyn Cooke's NEW FRONTIER, an absolutely smashing maxi-series re-imagining DC Comics' Silver Age. Cooke takes all the old comic tropes and makes them new again, and relevant both to the times that they occurred in, and to today.

I can't tell you how TWTTF figures into NEW FRONTIER. That would definitely be a spoiler, and I have too much respect for Cooke's work to do that. Cooke himself has much respect for his source materials and their authors, and honors them with his imagination and very apparent love of and for the medium.

And hey, what's wrong with WWII and dinosaurs? Unbelievable, you say?

You believe a man can fly, don't you?
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The comics in this collection are a scientist's nightmare; they depict American soldiers in World War II fighting dinosaurs and other assorted large creatures. Many are based on the "mysterious and extremely thick fog" that the soldiers travel through to an island where dinosaurs still roam. A King Kong type ape appears in a few of the stories and in what is probably the worst aspect of the stories; the giant reptiles are depicted as roaming on the polar ice. There are secret weapons, absurd grudges and even a G. I. robot in these stories to further stretch your imagination.
However, comic books should be read for fun so the reader should be able to suspend their scientific knowledge and read them as the mindless entertainment they are. After all, any physicist knows what some of Superman's actions would do to the surroundings yet that does not diminish the joy of seeing him in action. Applying that principle to this book will allow you to read about killing dinosaurs with only an occasional contrary thought.
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