A Year of Cool Comics – Day 97
Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we take a look at Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert’s Enemy Ace run in Star Spangled War Stories…
Enemy Ace, the German fighter pilot war hero from World War I, was the lead feature in Star Spangled War Stories from #138-145, #147-150.
That’s a relatively short run, but in that time – boy, Joe Kubert and Robert Kanigher sure produced some fine, fine comic books.
The series began in 1968, so they were able to be a bit more graphic/depressing than they would be in the past, and when you’re dealing with, well, the enemy, you know the stories are not going to be pleasant ones. However, when you see that you’re dealing with two masters of the form like Kanigher and Kubert, you also knwo that the stories will be high in quality.
The quality came through in two different ways.
One way was the sheer detail and gripping nature of the battles, where Kubert’s art shone so brilliantly…
Secondly, there was the over the top dramatic nature of the situation.
This sequence from a later issue shows this beautifully…
And speaking of depressing, if you see Hans von Hammer befriend a cute little puppy…
and your first thoughts are, “Boy, I bet that that puppy doesn’t live through the comic!”
Well…then you would be right.
Hey, Kanigher and Kubert don’t mess around, people!!
Luckily, them not messing around got us some awesome comic books.