War Comics: A Graphic History – Mike Conroy

War Comics A Graphic HistoryThis book presents a potted history and whistle stop tour of war comics spanning almost a century. Highlighting both World Wars as well as Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East in addition to more ancient and modern battles it reveals the true extent of this massive genre.

As this is such a huge field there is very little time to stop and explore at your own pace. As if on a coach tour that never stops you can only look out the window as title after title passes you by. However, Conroy does a good job of selecting both the typical and the quirky from many decades of publication both American and British and there will probably be many titles you are curious to find out more about.

This isn’t a dry academic work and it is hard to find a single page without an illustration as both covers and strips are reproduced. Because space is at a premium you do have to squint at several of the smaller offerings but everything is readable.

Whether specifically interested in war and war comics or just comics in general this is an eye opening read. Many of the comic industry’s well known writers and artists contributed to war comics and often served in wars themselves informing their experiences.

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