Battle 4

Title Published
March 1951 to June 1960
Issue Numbers
1 to 70
Number of Issues
70
Battle 4 Cover Image
Issue Information
Cover Date
September 1951
Issue Notes
This book is from the first year of war comics at Timely-Marvel. Only the first three issues of Battle and War 1-5 had appeared thus far, while Man Comics and Men's Adventures had just published their first war issues (#9). This issue is a good one for Joe Maneely's fans -- he drew the cover and the first TWO stories! - Tom Lammers.
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
Indicia Publisher
Foto Parade, Inc.
 
 
Cover Titles
Meet Two-Fisted Buck Private O'Toole!
 
 
Cover Credits
Joe Maneely pencils signed
Stories
  Job
Number
Title Pages Credits
  8490 Battleground of Hate!

Notes: Set in Korea in the winter of 1950. Major "Terrible Terry" Osborne is hated by his men for the way he treats Pvt. Haines ... until they learn the shocking truth about Haines! - Tom Lammers.
6 pg art Joe Maneely pencils signed
  8697 -
·Buck Private O'Toole starring

Notes: The "origin" of Buck Private O'Toole . Korean War G.I. Timothy O'Toole (along with his pals Dave Greenberg and Ham Johnson) apparently appeared in several issues of Battle before fading away; at the end of the story, we are promised "More of Buck Private O'Toole's Amazing Adventures in the next issue of Battle Comics". This character is played lighter, more for laughs, like Devil Dog Dugan five years later. Much of the action involves O'Toole chasing pretty war correspondent Jean Cooley of the Post-Telegram.
6 pg art Joe Maneely pencils signed
  8466 Corsair Squadron

Notes: The obligatory two-page text story is 8466 "Corsair Squadron," which for some reason illustrates the Army Air Corps' North American P-51B or C Mustang in the title head instead of the Navy's Chance-Vought F4U Corsair. - Tom Lammers.
2 pg text
  8723 Afraid to Fight

Notes: A Korean War Air Force story. It is narrated by a "Lt. Hart" who related it "when the war correspondent for Battle Magazine came to our base in Korea". The story is said to have taken place on "April 3, 1950" which really must have kicked up quite an international incident, as the north didn't invade the south until 25 June that year! The splash is signed "Allen Bellman" and "As told to Hank Chapman". I found myself wondering if Lt. Hart's first name (never given) was Ernie ... - Tom Lammers.
4 pg art Hank Chapman script signed
Allen Bellman pencils signed
  8433 Suicide Patrol

Notes: By Robert Q. Sale. Had he not signed it, I'd never have recognized it. Much slicker than his later stylized work. The squad is something of a Howling Commandoes "prototype" -- 10 ethnically diverse G.I.'s (including one named Cohen) who fight their way through impossible odds. - Tom Lammers.
7 pg art Robert Q. Sale pencils signed