War Comics 29

Title Published
December 1950 to September 1957
Issue Numbers
1 to 49
Number of Issues
Issue Information
Cover Date
November 1954
Sighted Date Stamp
Indicia Frequency
Indicia Publisher
U.S.A. Comic Magazine Corp.
Cover Titles
Under Fire!
River Crossing!
Cover Credits
Russ Heath pencils and inks signed
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Cover Creator Credit
Swipe for more
Title Pages Credits
Under Fire

Notes: The Korean War. It's October 27, 1952 and the G. I. doggies of Charlie Company have an entire Communist regiment routed and on the run. They try to stop them before they can reach Clobber Valley but are stymied when the rear gurad of the retreating enemy rushes them in a suicide attack wearing girdles of grenades. This gives the main body of the escaping regiment enough time to get through Clobber Valley. Clobber Valley is the gateway across the 38th parallel-the entrance and exit to North Korea and now the Communists have cotrol of it. The Captain comes up with a plan-Operation George washington-in which the Lieutenant will lead two platoons down the river through Clobber Valley at night while the remaining troops keep fires burning where they are encamped to make the enemy think they are still outside the valley. After the Lieutenant and his men get through then the Captain and the remaining men will follow. However the the Communist Colonel Tuang gets intelligence of there plans and is waiting for the Lieutenant and his men when they comed through. The Captain upon realizing that their plan has failed decides that instead of following through after the first two platoons he will go up over the top and thus comes up behind the Colonel and his men who are watching down into the valley. The Communists are quickly captured, killed or routed and Clobber Valley is taken by Charlie Company. - Joe Moore.

Despite a text heavy script Romita gets in some solid artwork throughout. Several times he throws in small drawings at the bottoms of the dozen or so text panels that the author has crowded in-between panels. This helps not only break up some of these heavy text blocks but adds little bits to the storytelling. - Joe Moore.
7 pg art John Romita pencils and inks signed

Joe Moore: Creator Credit
Ger Apeldoorn: Creator Credit
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
The Navy That Wasn't!

Notes: WWI-The Atlantic theatre. As war rages in Europe, American merchant seaman Joseph Annicelli wants to go fight with the Italian navy because Italy was the home of his father. He is pursuaded to stay on and continue his work transporting supplies to the allies. Eventually the United States enters the war and in 1918, while transporting shells to the Yanks in France, Joseph's ship, the Sargasso, is attacked and sunk by Austrian destroyers and a German u-boat. He is rescued and taken prisoner by the Austrians but later escapes when they are attacked by an Italian ship. Rescued by the Italians he persuades them to take some small boats that he has fixed with torpedoes (similar in design to later PT boats) and use them against some much bigger Austrian destroyers. On June 10, 1918 Joseph and the Italians successfully attack and sink two Austrian destroyers and Joseph's dream of fighting with the Italian navy has been fulfilled. - Joe Moore.

Based on actual events where two Austrian destroyers (the Szent Istvan and the Viribus Unitus) were sunk by the Italian Navy in June 1918.
6 pg art Joe Sinnott pencils and inks signed

Joe Moore: Creator Credit
Ger Apeldoorn: Creator Credit
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
Battle Music
2 pg text
The Last of the Seminoles!

Notes: The Second Seminole War (1835-1842). It's 1835 in Florida and the Seminole Indians attack an American outpost in a surprise attack and drive off the soldiers. Their leader Osceola tells his people of the history of the Indian tribe's conflicts with the white men and how it lead to the Seminoles eventually ending up in the Florida everglades. But now the whites are in Florida and the Seminoles are slowly being destroyed. After one terrible battle Osceola finds himself the only survivor. With great sorrow this last Seminole turns and vanishes into the swamp. - Joe Moore.

Osceola was an actual leader of the Seminoles who lead his tribe to victories over U.S. troops in early battles of the Second Seminole War. He was captured on October 20, 1937 in a treacherously deceptive move when the US troops said they wanted to talk about a truce but instead seized the Seminole leader. No truce talks were forthcoming but Osceola was instead imprisoned where he died of malaria three months later on January 20, 1938. The U.S. continued battling the Seminoles off and on until 1858 by which time most of the Seminoles had been either surrendered, been killed, or had been moved to the west. - Joe Moore.

The Second Seminole War was the longest war involving the United States between the Revolutionary War and the Vietnam War.
5 pg art Mort Leav pencils and inks signed

Joe Moore: Creator Credit
Ger Apeldoorn: Creator Credit
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
River Crossing!
·Adolf Hitler starring

Notes: WWII-European campaign. This is the story of a bridge and it is the bridge telling the story. The bridge was built in Germany near the town of Remagen over the Rhine river in 1918. The bridge witnesses changes in Germany in the 20th century as Hitler comes to power and his peaceful country goes off to war. The war comes back to Germany and Hitler decides that the bridge must be destroyed to stop the Allied advance. Things don't work out for the Germans and the Allies capture the bridge before the Germans are able to successfully destroy it. - Joe Moore.

Based on an actual battle that took place on March 7, 1945 when the U.S. 9th Armored Division captured the bridge intact (although the Germans had damaged it with explosives). The capture of the bridge gave the Allies a bridgehead on the right side of the Rhine and proved a major psychological blow to the Germans. The damage that the Germans had inflicted on bridge eventually caused it to collapse from metal fatigue on March 17, 1945 but by then the Allies had already established themselves in Germany and it was no longer needed. It was never rebuilt. - Joe Moore.
6 pg art Dick Ayers pencils signed
Ernie Bache inks attributed

Joe Moore: Creator Credit
Ger Apeldoorn: Creator Credit