(July-August 1952)

EC, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1952-02-28
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Tiny Tot Comics Inc.
Publisher's Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Harvey Kurtzman (credited) (editor); Bill Gaines (credited as William M. Gaines) (managing editor)

Issue Notes

Special All Iwo Jima issue.
On-sale date is publication date in Catalog of Copyright Entries, 1952 Periodicals, page 97.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
Harvey Kurtzman (see notes)
Letters
Ben Oda

First Line of Dialogue or Text
If ever there was a true hell on earth, it was here... here on Iwo Jima!
Genre
historical; war
Reprints
Keywords
Battle of Iwo Jima; United States Marines; World War II

Indexer Notes

According to Marie Severin (1995), “[Harvey] Kurtzman colored his own art, especially on covers....”
_________
References:

Cassell, Dewey, with Aaron Sultan. 2012. “The Artists of EC Comics” (reprinting Severin 1995). In Marie Severin: The Mirthful Mistress of Comics. 46–47. Raleigh: TwoMorrows Publishing.

Severin, Marie (John Province, transcriber [uncredited]). 1995. “Mostly About Color.” In CFA-APA 36, January.

[Map of Iwo Jima] (Table of Contents: 1)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Severin ?
Inks
?
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Reprints
Keywords
Iwo Jima

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The illustration displays the island of Iwo Jima, which matches the art found on the last panel of all four stories in this issue.

Iwo Jima! (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman (vellum layouts)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed as Wood)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Characters
Peter (Superfortress crew member and co-pilot); David (Peter's brother); the Japanese (villains, many die)
Synopsis
After a bombing run over Tokyo, a Superfortress develops engine problems and makes for the island of Iwo Jima. The co-pilot recounts the history of the island as they prepare to land while the fighting still rages on.
Reprints
Keywords
Iwo Jima; U. S. Marines; World War II

Indexer Notes

Story occurs between February and March of 1945.

Pencil revisions by Craig Delich, per Thommy Burns in the Fantagraphics volume, "Atomic Bomb and Other Stories, Illustrated by Wallace Wood" (2020).

The final panel of the story, which displays the island of Iwo Jima, matches the art of same island pictured on the inside front cover.

The Landing! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
John Severin (signed as Severin)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed as Elder)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Characters
Blackie; unnamed sergeant; Joe (death); unnamed captain (death); the Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis
For 72 days before the invasion, Iwo Jima was continuously bombed and shelled, then the U.S. Marines came ashore, some expecting an easy go of it. It was anything but, and Joe decided, after a while, to just stay put "where it was safe," while the others headed for some caves where the Japanese had taken refuge.
Reprints
Keywords
Iwo Jima; Mount Surabachi

Indexer Notes

Script credit revised from ? to Kurtzman, penciler credit revised from Kurtzman to Severin and inker credit revised from Kurtzman to Elder by Craig Delich.

The final panel of the story, which displays the island of Iwo Jima, matches the art of same island pictured on the inside front cover.

The Caves! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
John Severin (signed as Severin)
Inks
John Severin (signed as Severin)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Characters
The Japanese [Hayaku; Mataku Yare; Nomura; Nani Hanashiyagaru; others unnamed] (villains, all die)
Synopsis
The Japanese take refuge in a cave, facing flame throwing tanks and other tactics designed by the Marines to box them in. Their leader reminds them that they will fight to the death, taking ten Americans each with them. A chance suddenly arises for the soldiers to escape, and for a while, it seems to work until the Americans run them back into the cave with no way out. The Japanese commander decides that each man will strap a grenade to himself and detonate it rather than surrender.
Reprints
Keywords
Kamikaze

Indexer Notes

The final panel of the story, which displays the island of Iwo Jima, matches the art of same island pictured on the inside front cover.

Marine's Hymn (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
typeset

Genre
war
Characters
General Winfield S. Scott; Stephen Decatur
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story relates the history of the United States Marine Corps and the Marine's Hymn.

Text story is found on two pages, the side columns of each dedicated to illustrated ads for various EC publications.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Front Lines / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (masthead illustration)
Inks
? (masthead illustration)
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from Mary McNamara, Larry Stark, Robert King, James Savage, Robert Heintz, Joseph Gardon, Pete Brown, Anthony Thiele, Thomas Martel, Brian Moores, George Chester, Max Wiars, Jimmy Phalan, and Melvin German.

The majority of the letters printed are rebuttal in nature to a letter by Margaret Credie printed in the initial letters column found in Frontline Combat #5.

Mopping Up! (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Characters
Woodrow (U.S. Marine, death); Corporal David Ralph; Lt. Peter Ralph (Ralph's brother, USAF pilot); unnamed young soldier (death); The Japanese (villains, many die)
Synopsis
Woodrow is getting sick and tired of being on Iwo Jima, but his Corporal friend, Ralph, seems a bit more relaxed, and is reading a letter from his pilot brother. After a sniper kills a young soldier and Woodrow steps on a mine, Corporal Ralph is finished, a victim of combat fatigue. Just then, a B-29 crashes near Ralph and Ralph's brother steps out, the two greet one another, and David learns that Iwo Jima has been taken and the battle is over.
Reprints
Keywords
B-29; Iwo Jima

Indexer Notes

The final panel of the story, which displays the island of Iwo Jima, matches the art of same island pictured on the inside front cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["If ever there was a true hell on earth, it was here... here on Iwo Jima!"]
  2. 1. [Map of Iwo Jima]
  3. 2. Iwo Jima!
  4. 3. The Landing!
  5. 4. The Caves!
  6. 5. Marine's Hymn
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Front Lines
  8. 7. Mopping Up!
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Boris Ammerlaan
  • Valmiki Annamanthadoo
  • David B
  • Chris Boyko
  • Pat Conolly
  • Craig Delich
  • Jerry Hillegas (R.I.P.)
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Alan Hutchinson
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jason Sacks
  • Jim Van Dore