(August 1958)

Charlton, 1955 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.25 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
Quarterly
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Charlton Comics Group
Brand:
A Charlton Publication
Editing:
Pat Masulli (Executive Editor)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Silver Age, later Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was ongoing

Iwo Jima (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio (signed)
Inks:
Vince Alascia (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Jon D'Agostino; typeset

Genre:
war

Indexer Notes

WWII story.

The Planning Stage (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Sid Check (signed)
Inks:
Sid Check (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
3528

Genre:
war

The Convoy's Long Road to Iwo Jima (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ken Battefield
Inks:
Ken Battefield
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
3529

Genre:
war

Indexer Notes

The art was formerly attributed to Maurice Whitman. This story is crudely re-purposed from an original not at all about Iwo Jima, but rather an "historical" piece about the fleet assembled for the 1942 Operation "Torch" landings in North Africa. Visually there is exactly one image in five pages that has anything to do with the Pacific War, and that's the Red Sun logo on a submarine being sunk on page four, but the submarine itself is indistinguishable from the German sub sunk on page one. The rest of the backdrop is all clearly the Atlantic. The story references a fleet gathered from New York, Boston, and Norfolk to join an already assembled invasion fleet--that didn't happen at Iwo Jima--the only time a partial invasion fleet sailed direct from the US was in Operation Torch. There is a sub-plot about needing fuse casings and having them flown to the fleet en route; this actually happened in Operation Torch. In several cases the repurposing of captions or word balloons is clearly evident. The word "Japan" on page one is written in a different hand than the rest of the words in the balloon, and several word balloons on page three that reference "Japs" have suspicious amounts of extra white space in them, indicating production changes in the lettering. Finally, the story stops short of showing the actual bombardment and a separate two-page story (see "The Softening Up" below) had to be added to cover that. In fact, the final page of the original Ken Battefield illustrated story probably appears as a one-page story in Fightin' Navy #83 (March 1958) as "Bombardment--H-Hour -1!" A comparison of the "The Softening Up" and that story reveals narrative similarities greater than chance would allow; the original ending of the main story had to be dropped because there were no specific references to the Pacific War, and the final invasion scene is clearly US Army, not US Marines hitting the beach. This very crude re-purposing of this story (and the insertion of the "The Softening Up") probably became necessary when a seven-page story originally planned to fit into the Iwo Jima sequence was grabbed at the last minute to fill a hole in another book going to press earlier (which was may have been Attack #54).

The Softenin' Up (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ken Battefield ?
Inks:
Ken Battefield ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
3530

Genre:
war

The Japanese Defense and Weapons (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ken Battefield
Inks:
Ken Battefield
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
3531

Genre:
non-fiction; war

K-Gun Vitroy (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ken Battefield
Inks:
Ken Battefield
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
3314

Genre:
war

D-Day H-Hour (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Gill (signed)
Pencils:
Sam Glanzman (signed)
Inks:
Sam Glanzman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
3533

Genre:
war

Beachhead (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Gill (signed)
Pencils:
Sam Glanzman (signed)
Inks:
Sam Glanzman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
3534

Genre:
war

Making a Marine (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ken Battefield
Inks:
Ken Battefield
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
3541

Genre:
war

Pillbox Town (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Gill ?
Pencils:
Ken Battefield
Inks:
Ken Battefield ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Jon D'Agostino
Job Number:
S-3545

Genre:
war

Why Spy? (Table of Contents: 10)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
war

Indexer Notes

The second page has a statement of ownership and management.

Thirty-Year Man (Table of Contents: 11)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Sid Check
Inks:
Sid Check
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sid Check
Job Number:
3521

Genre:
war

Was It Worth It? (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Gill ?
Pencils:
Sid Check (signed)
Inks:
Sid Check (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sid Check
Job Number:
3599

Genre:
war

New Guinea Madness! (Table of Contents: 13)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Gill ?
Pencils:
Sid Check (signed)
Inks:
Sid Check (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sid Check
Job Number:
3768

Genre:
war

The Kill! (Table of Contents: 14)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Gill ?
Pencils:
Ken Battefield
Inks:
Ken Battefield ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
3819

Genre:
war

Lee's Surrender at Appomattox (Table of Contents: 15)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Sid Check (signed)
Inks:
Sid Check (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sid Check
Job Number:
3712

Genre:
war

Indexer Notes

This story appears to be the closing segment of a much longer story presenting the "history" of the Civil War that Charlton inherited in the back inventory purchased from Magazine Enterprises, drawn by Check, based on a script from an unknown author. The lettering, panel bordering/composition are consistent with ME war titles such as "Tell it to the Marines." The very first installment of this "epic" probably appears as "Brother against Brother" in Charlton's Attack #54 (1958); another installment may well have appeared as "The Fighting Man" in Atlas's Battlefront #43 (November 1956), although if so the Atlas staff did a significant amount of production work to make it more consistent with the general look of the comic. No other parts of the longer work have either been tentatively or positively identified.

Von Runstedt's Bridge (Table of Contents: 16)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Gill ?
Pencils:
Sam Glanzman [as SJG] (signed)
Inks:
Sam Glanzman [as SJG] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Glanzman
Job Number:
3765

Genre:
war

Flank Speed (Table of Contents: 17)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Gill (signed)
Pencils:
Sam Glanzman (signed)
Inks:
Sam Glanzman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Glanzman
Job Number:
3299

Genre:
war

Landing Party Expendable (Table of Contents: 18)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Gill (signed)
Pencils:
Sam Glanzman (signed)
Inks:
Sam Glanzman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Glanzman
Job Number:
S-3300

Genre:
war

20 Fatal Yards (Table of Contents: 19)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Gill ?
Pencils:
Sam Glanzman [as SJG] (signed)
Inks:
Sam Glanzman [as SJG] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Glanzman
Job Number:
3532

Genre:
war
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Iwo Jima
  2. 1. The Planning Stage
  3. 2. The Convoy's Long Road to Iwo Jima
  4. 3. The Softenin' Up
  5. 4. The Japanese Defense and Weapons
  6. 5. K-Gun Vitroy
  7. 6. D-Day H-Hour
  8. 7. Beachhead
  9. 8. Making a Marine
  10. 9. Pillbox Town
  11. 10. Why Spy?
  12. 11. Thirty-Year Man
  13. 12. Was It Worth It?
  14. 13. New Guinea Madness!
  15. 14. The Kill!
  16. 15. Lee's Surrender at Appomattox
  17. 16. Von Runstedt's Bridge
  18. 17. Flank Speed
  19. 18. Landing Party Expendable
  20. 19. 20 Fatal Yards
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  • Steve Newton
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