US Marines 2, 1944

US Marines 2, 1944

This comic was sold on eBay in October 2008 for only $19.50. I was very disappointed to get such a low winning bid.

An outrageous bit of wartime propaganda, the fleeing Japanese "soldier" looks more like a badger, or some other sort of vicious little animal, than a human being! The interior is unbelievable - VERY violent.

The interior of the book has 24 pages of newsreel photos from the battle of Tarawa and the Makin Islands. The pics and art show some graphic stuff. You see photos of Japanese Soldiers that have committed suicide and charred remains of soldiers killed by flame throwers and art showing more of the same. They illustrate killing methods used by the "Japs" with dead bodies all around the place - almost discussed non-chalantly. There is even some torture shown; in a one page a picture of a soldier lashed to a tree and bayonetted. If the book was not full of propoganda, I'm certain it would have been listed in Frederick Wertham's Seduction Of The Innocent.

This book has far more violence and a much higher body count than any other comic I've come across. There is some great art inside including a small panel of Hitler on the last page getting along famously with the "Nips". As an aside, the editor is DC/National comics veteran Vin Sullivan, and an associate editor is Creig Flessel, of Sandman fame.