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U.S.S. Stevens: The Collected Stories (Dover Graphic Novels) Hardcover – July 20, 2016
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A combat veteran, acclaimed comic book creator Sam Glanzman is best known for the biographical stories within this collection, mostly published by DC Comics, and set aboard the USS Stevens, the ship on which he served during World War II. Some of his other work includes two Charlton Comics series, Tarzan and Hercules, the Dell Comics series Combat and Kona, Monarch of Monster Isle, the Marine Corps series Semper Fi, two A Sailor's Story graphic novels from Marvel Comics (recently republished by Dover Comics & Graphic Novels), and his only black-and-white independent comics creation, ATTU. He is also the artist on Will Franz's The Lonely War of Willy Schultz, a controversial series of stories about a German-American Army captain during World War II, which has gained a cult following.
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What I couldn't learn from my uncles, I learned from Sam, and those comic books led the way to the public library where I could learn even more. His stories about the Stevens and her crew were the starting point of my fascination with U.S. naval history and paved the way for me to discover a wide range of biographies, accounts, analyses and studies of the greatest conflict our nation has ever endured. Glanzman offered me a life-long hobby and love of reading, for the give-away price of 25 cents per comic book.
Glanzman's artistry and storytelling provided my young wondering self with a highly detailed account of a Navy sailor's life during wartime in the Pacific. On one hand, the Stevens stories are brilliantly illustrated with a keen eye to technical detail with lots of charts, maps and diagrams thrown in. It's like a history lesson about Fletcher-class destroyers during the war. On the other hand, Sam's stories are primarily about people. The ship and the war are the backdrop, but the human interest always takes center stage, as it should.
There was just one problem with his U.S.S. Stevens stories: I could never get enough of them, and I often wondered what I had missed, from comic book issues before I had discovered them and after I grew out of them. Well, here it is, finally, a childhood dream of mine come true -- every U.S.S Stevens story ever published, all in one surprisingly thick and hefty hard-cover volume.
It's all here between these pages... the strips I had read as a kid plus those on which I had missed out; a real treasure trove of Golden Age comic book artistry and storytelling. An added bonus is a biography of the author by Jon B. Cooke, who also provides detailed annotations on each story. It's a complete work, and it's difficult not to get sentimental about this particular graphic novel because I grew up on Sam's artwork. It's hard not to feel like this book was compiled especially for me, because it's exactly what I've wanted for a very long time.
Thank you Sam Glanzman for your service to our country and for your richly detailed U.S.S. Stevens wartime diary, from which I have learned so much. And thanks for all of your other equally excellent artwork in other genres over the years. You are as talented as you are prolific. I'm really looking forward to Red Range and whatever else you choose to do.
This book is a high-quality collection of Sam Glanzman's stories about World War II, and those stories remain outstanding to this day. Read it. You won't regret it.