As long as comic books have existed, there have been comics about war. War Stories: A Graphic History is the first book to examine this genre of comics in depth, tracing the development of warfare—from Thermopylae to the Napoleonic Wars; the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars to World Wars I and II; and from the Korean and Vietnam Wars to modern day conflicts—through thAs long as comic books have existed, there have been comics about war. War Stories: A Graphic History is the first book to examine this genre of comics in depth, tracing the development of warfare—from Thermopylae to the Napoleonic Wars; the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars to World Wars I and II; and from the Korean and Vietnam Wars to modern day conflicts—through the eyes of some of comics' greatest creators.Through the filter of sequential art, this lush and exciting visual compilation explores the history of global conflict—from the Alamo to Pearl Harbor, from Dunkirk to Iraq and Afghanistan—and features exquisite art from around the world.Includes a foreword by Garth Ennis....
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War Stories: A Graphic History Reviews
First off, this isn't a collection of war comic reprints, but rather a very broad overview of the war comic genre in the US and UK, with a select few titles from France and Japan also mentioned. Conroy breaks things down roughly chronologically by the conflicts covered, which means that titles like Two-Fisted Tales show up several times throughout the book, and that modern books appear alongside books from the '40s, '50s, etc. depending on what war they're set in. This is an excellent basic reference work, and while the information presented is more along the lines of encyclopedia entries rather than in depth critical analysis, it is more than enough to put the interested reader/researcher on the right path for in-depth study. I have found this book invaluable in my on-going research into war comics, and have discovered several books I was unaware of through it's pages. If you are interested in war comics, this book needs to be on your shelf. Not to mention the lavish illustrations throughout, and the rarity of a book about war comics that provides a multi-national perspective.Unfortunately, though printed on nice, glossy paper, War Stories was only printed as an over-sized paperback with a cheap glued binding, meaning that pages have a tendency to come loose with even careful reading and rereading. The flip side is that you can pick up used copies for under a buck (plus S&H, of course), so the pain of the book falling apart isn't quite as great.
Informative and engaging, and an excellent pointer toward great works.
This was a decent overview of the genre. But it really wasn't terribly broad or deep. The real bonus for me was a bit more knowledge of British books that I was unfamiliar with.
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I think reluctant readers would like this book, since it's full of comics, but also tons of information about war.
yes yes YES 6 star bookhistory of war comics, not just in US.