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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Sgt. Rock’s Gun Narrated a Story

Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

This week, based on a suggestion from everyone’s pal, Layne, we spotlight Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert’s kooky classic tale from Our Army at War #146, showing the secret life of Easy Company’s weapons!

The concept of the story is simple, tell a typical Sgt. Rock and Easy Company story, only have it be narrated by their guns (especially Rock’s Tommy Gun)…

After a grenade saves the day, there is a fascinating discussion between the guns about whether grenades are “real soldiers,” like them…

There is a classic riff on a typical Kanigher/Kubert tale when one of the new guns later on malfunctions, just like a newly assigned soldier to Easy Company…

Classic parody of the new recruit who proves his bravery just in time to die saving the others.

Then a riff on a classic Rock duel with a German officer. How awesome is a luger being a bad guy, with dialogue and everything!

We end with one last riff on a classic Sgt. Rock trope, the rifle jammed into the ground to mark a death…

What an awesome issue.

Thanks for the suggestion, Layne!

17 Comments

The Crazed Spruce

September 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Nobody does a war comic like Kanigher.

Okay, “daisy chain” meant something different back then, right?

Okay, “daisy chain” meant something different back then, right?

It meant creating a garland out of daisies. That usage then informed the most (in)famous usage of the term.

Just seeing the title of this post made me laugh out loud … Now onto actually reading it

And it was awesome …

Holy hell, that is great!

Wow…

Kanigher and Kubert delivered comics like nothing on the stands before or since.

That got old really quick.

Cool stuff!

There was an issue of Joshua Dysart’s excellent Unknown Soldier (another Kanigher/Kubert creation) that was told from the point of view of an AK-47.

Brian, have you already featured the Tales of Kryptonite?

I think I liked Kanigher’s story of Flash’s costume better. But of course, I’m not much of a war comics guy.

Wow. That was one of the strangest things I’ve ever read. When I read the headline, I was prepared for narration boxes told from a gun’s perspective. I was NOT prepared, however, for word balloons coming from guns during full-on dialogue scenes. You were one of a kind, Robert Kanigher!

Did Jason Aaron read this one before writing “The Other Side”?

I’m going to add ‘Everyone’s Pal’ to my resume! I first read the story in the fantastic DC Blue Ribbon Digest #21 (“War is Hell!”) when I was six; that book is just full of amazing stories, from “Fighting Guns’” trippy mind-blowingness to Kanigher & Toth’s beautiful “White Devil…Yellow Devil” to “My Buddy, the Dinosaur” to… well, the whole thing is well worth checking out. If Greg Hatcher takes requests, I’d love to read his take on the digests and the gems they contained.

The backup to that story is even better. It is a tale of the home-front narrated by the “personal massager” of Sgt. Rock’s wife.

A cleverly done, and very weird, story.

I particularly like the way Kubert’s art manages to keep the actual soldiers out of shot or in the background, without ever looking like there’s something weird with how they’re holding the guns.

“That made my bore warm with pride!” I’m gonna start saying that a LOT from now on. And I won’t stop saying it until a court order legally forbids me from doing so.

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