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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

EC - Death Stand (Davis)

Death Stand
art by Jack Davis, story by Harvey Kurtzman
Two-Fisted Tales #23[#6] (1951)

A rather downbeat story of the Korean War, as a group of American soldiers see one of their pilots eject just inside enemy territory. They set out in two jeeps, but one of them is quickly knocked out, and there isn't room in the remaining one for all of them, so fatalistic old Joe stays back to give them cover. Unfortunately they're an easy target for an enemy tank, and get knocked off the road, but Joe avenges them.

Only one of the men in the jeep remains alive by the time Joe gets there on foot, and even he dies soon after observing the irony of the situation, just in case you missed it.

One of Kurtzman's lesser stories, but Davis' energetic art is always a pleasure.

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