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TWO-FISTED TALES #19 [2nd Issue] * 7.5 * KURTZMAN  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$240
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TWO-FISTED TALES No. 19 [2nd Issue]



Entertaining Comics

January-February, 1951


VF- (7.5). Bright, clean, flat copy, no tears or blemishes, staples discolored. Cream to off-white pages. Kurtzman cover. Art by Kurtzman, Craig, Wood, Severin/Elder.

Nervous rookie soldier busts caps in corpse; Kurtzman classic: "Jivaro Death" ("For God's sake, Slick, don't let these Jivaros take us alive! If they do, we'll wish for death a thousand times over!"). Shrunken head panels.

"Harvey Kurtzman didn't like war. It was cruel, degrading, futile, and, in his opinion, not a subject to be glamorized for comic book readers. So in [his] run of Two-Fisted Tales and in his Frontline Combat books, he set out to write accurate stories to bring home the ugliness of warfare in its physical and emotional detail, as it was experienced over the centuries by the men who fought, and by the peoples upon whose lands those wars were fought." -E.B. Boatner, "Harvey Kurtzman and the Dogs of War" (Complete Two-Fisted Tales vol. 1. Russ Cochran: 1980).

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