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In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 83

IC 83 Website CoverEd Marks goes deep into the Easter Offensive of April 1972 in part one of the two-part “Siege at An Loc” storyline by Don Lomax and Wayne Vansant. Plus, a backup story called “Stateside” begins as we take a look at what happened to the boys from the fifth batallion (from all the way back at the beginning of the series) as they live their lives back home. And I also continue my look at China Beach with season 2.

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Here’s a triptych of what I describe in the “Stateside” segment.  On the left is the panel from Girls’ Romances #78, the middle is the Roy Lichtenstein painting, and the right is the panel from our comic.  It’s not an exact match (and probably a bit of  stretch), but I like to think that perhaps Mike Harris and Jimmy Palmiotti were channeling pop art here …

 

Here’s the opening and closing credits to season 2 of China Beach:

The cover to The ‘Nam #73 …

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In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 82

IC 82 Website CoverWill Ed Marks be able to get justice for the guys trying to defend their firebase from an onslaught of NVA and VC?  Find out when “Operation Chicken Lips” comes to an end in The ‘Nam #72.  It’s “Didi” by Don Lomax and Wayne Vansant.

Plus, I begin my four-part look at the 1980s television series China Beach by going over season 1.

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Here’s the opening and closing credits to season 1 of China Beach:

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In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 81

IC 81 iTunes Website Cover“Operation Chicken Lips” continues in issue #71 of The ‘Nam as journalist Ed Marks tries to help out the firebase he escaped in the previous issue. It’s “Return to Brass Hat” by Don Lomax and Wayne Vansant. Plus, I take a look at April 1972 and also review Lynda Van Devanter’s memoir Home Before Morning.

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Here’s a link to Van Devanter’s obituary in the New York Times“Lynda Van Devanter, Nurse Who Chronicler of Her Wartime Pain, Dies at 55”

A link to buy Van Devanter’s book on Amazon (note: in the episode, I say that a Kindle edition is not available … it has recently become available, as has an audio CD):  Home Before Morning

In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 80

IC 80 Website CoverDon Lomax begins his tenure as the regular writer on The ‘Nam with part one of a three-part story called “Operation: Chicken Lips.”  This also sees the return of Ed Marks as one of our key characters and puts us in March 1972, which is the subject of our historical context section.  Plus, I have a clip of my conversation with Michael Golden, original ‘Nam artist, from the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con.

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In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 79

IC 79 Website Cover.jpgIn Country is back and about to head into its last 20 episodes with a look at yet another Vietnam War-themed movie. This time around, it is the Robin Williams classic Good Morning Vietnam, which tells the story of Army discjockey Adrian Cronauer. I summarize and review the film as well as take a look at the real-life Adrian Cronauer.

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In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 78

ic-78-website-coverThe finale of the second three-part “Punisher Invades The ‘Nam” and Chuck Dixon’s last issue of the series takes us through the end of Iceman’s story about Frank Castle’s time in country, with plenty of action, as Frank defends a firebase and confronts the colonel who may or may not know about the shady things that have led to his fellow soldiers’ deaths. It’s “Down to the Ground” by Chuck Dixon, Kevin Kobasic, adn Jimmy Palmiotti in The ‘Nam #69.

I take a look at the issue and reflect on the overall Punisher storyline and also look at the historical background for January and February of 1972.

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As an added bonus, here is a scan of my copy of The ‘Nam #69, which is signed by Jimmy Palmiotti.

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In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 77

IC 77 Website Cover.jpgChuck Dixon, Kevin Kobasic, and Jimmy Palmiotti take us through the second part of a three-part Punisher storyline with “The Walking Dead.”  Frank has made his way back to his firebase and has uncovered the nefarious deeds of his C.O.  Will he confront him or will he perish in a firefight before he can dole out … PUNISHMENT?!  Oh, stop laughing.  Anyway, I cover the issue and give a very brief review (I’m saving it for the finale, I guess), cover letters and ads, and take a look at the rest of 1971.

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As an added bonus, here is a scan of my copy of The ‘Nam #68, which is signed by Jimmy Palmiotti.

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