Our Fighting Forces
Our Fighting Forces 29.jpg
Cover to Our Fighting Forces #29 (Jan. 1958), art by Joe Kubert.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
ScheduleBimonthly:
#1–11, #53–64,
#104–153, #167–181
Monthly:
#12–52, #154–166
Eight times a year:
#65–103
FormatOngoing series
Publication dateOctober–November 1954 – September–October 1978
No. of issues181
Main character(s)Gunner, Sarge and Pooch
Larry Rock the Fighting Devil Dog
Capt. Hunter
Lt. Hunter's Hellcats
The Losers
Creative team
Written by
Artist(s)
Editor(s)
List
Collected editions
Jack Kirby's The LosersISBN 1-4012-2165-3

Our Fighting Forces is a war comics anthology series published by DC Comics for 181 issues from 1954–1978.

Publication history

Our Fighting Forces began with an October–November 1954 cover date.[1][2] Writer-editor Robert Kanigher's work appeared in most issues of the title. Artist Alex Toth worked with writer/editor Archie Goodwin on the story "Burma Sky" in Our Fighting Forces #146 (Dec. 1973–Jan. 1974) and Goodwin praised Toth's art in a 1998 interview: "To me, having Alex Toth do any kind of airplane story, it's a joy for me. If I see a chance to do something like that, I will. He did a really fabulous job on it".[3] "Burma Sky" was reprinted in black-and-white decades later in Genius Illustrated: The Life and Work of Alex Toth.[4] Jack Kirby wrote and drew issues #151 to 162 featuring The Losers.[1][5] Other contributors include artists Jack Abel, Ross Andru, Ken Barr, Gene Colan, Ed Davis, Mort Drucker, Mike Esposito, Ric Estrada, George Evans, Jerry Grandenetti, Russ Heath, Bruce Jones, Joe Kubert, Irv Novick, John Severin, Tom Sutton, Frank Thorne, and Wally Wood, some of whom would also script. The series was cancelled as part of the DC Implosion with issue #181 (September–October 1978).[1]

Our Fighting Forces one-shot was published in November 2010.[6]

Recurring features

Features published in Our Fighting Forces include:

Collected editions

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Our Fighting Forces at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ Overstreet, Robert M. (2019). Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide (49th ed.). Timonium, Maryland: Gemstone Publishing. p. 918. ISBN 978-1603602334.
  3. ^ Cooke, Jon B. (Spring 1998). "Archie's Comics - Archie Goodwin talks about DC in his last interview". Comic Book Artist. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (#1). Archived from the original on March 7, 2012.
  4. ^ Arndt, Richard J. (April 2018). ""Nice" Is the Word: A Few Words on Archie Goodwin". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (#103): 10.
  5. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 161. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Jack Kirby also took on a group of established DC characters that had nothing to lose. The result was a year-long run of Our Fighting Forces tales that were action-packed, personal, and among the most beloved of World War II comics ever produced. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)
  6. ^ "Our Fighting Forces one-shot". Grand Comics Database.
  7. ^ a b c Irvine, Alex "1950s" in Dolan, p. 73
  8. ^ Markstein, Don (2010). "Captain Storm". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on November 5, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S.S. Stevens: The Collected Stories". Grand Comics Database.
  10. ^ "The Losers by Jack Kirby". DC Comics. March 11, 2009. Archived from the original on January 14, 2013.