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The EC Archives: Frontline Combat Hardcover – October 15, 2008
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The reproduction of all the EC archives is absolutely first rate. This is in no small measure due to the preservation of the original film over the years. The modern coloring is by all accounts very faithful to Marie Severin's original.
The present volume is Frontline Combat Volume 1 reproducing issues Frontline Combat 1 - 6. All stories were written by and occasionally drawn by editor Harvey Kurtzman. They are meticulously well researched, well written, and well drawn. The ones pencilled by John Severin and Wally Wood really stand out in my opinion but the ones drawn by Jack Davis and Kurtzman are also excellent. The stories just exude authenticity. At no point did I ever think to myself "Well that's far fetched!" All stories are written on a strictly adult level and all periods are covered although the contemporary Korean War dominates.
The stories have been described as anti-war stories but I'm not sure that's really accurate. They are very realistic, showing all the horror, all the soul destroying terror of men constantly facing death but there is really no suggestion that the US shouldn't be in Korea, or fighting the Nazis or Japanese or whatever. They certainly are effective in deglamorizing and deglorifying war.
In short, this is comics at its finest.Read more ›
The release date for this volume has been pushed and pulled for quite a while, but I assure you that is in fact, in print!!
This book does not suffer any printing 'issues' that a few of the later releases have had. Like the cover misprint in WS3, or the over cut deckle edge on VOH1.
The book itself is beautiful, and contains some of Kurtzman's finest work ever. Flontline Combat alway had more of a relevant feel to than Two Fisted Tales.
The last that I heard from Russ was that their license seems to of expired and other publishers seem to want to continue printing the EC archives. I hope Russ keeps the contract and keeps up the excellent work of printing these. I would LOVE to have all 50 volumes on my shelf. Then I would never have to leave the house again!!
Gemstone , the publisher of EC Archives, seems to have gone bust, less than halfway through the project. These volumes may not be around for too long.Read more ›
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Great had more fun reading this than I did when I was a kid!!! Book printing excellent would buy more if available.Published 22 months ago by Ron