Comics in those days past were listed by month about three months ahead of when they actually appeared on the newstand. That means this book actually appeared in January of 1967. The idea behind this practice was so that the comic book could appear longer on the shelves, while still giving it the appearance of having just appeared.
This particular comic book was published quarterly. Again, the implication being that war comics - not quite 18 years removed from WWII, but within the confines of the Vietnam Conflict, were not as popular as they once were amongst the reading public.
By the way, I like how the Vietnam War was renamed the Vietnam Conflict by the Americans - a rewriting of history to show that the U.S. never lost a war. Vietnam was a piece of crap war that was every bit as violent as WWII. The main difference was the in WWII, you knew who the enemy was.
This tale presented here is about the Battle For Letye Gulf in the Philippines, when General Douglas Macarthur uttered his famous words: "I have returned."
This book was one I had purchased on Saturday for $1 - a great deal considering the book is in fantastic shape. It's not an overly valuable book as Dell war comics are not as sought after as DC and Marvel's. Marvel had the very popular Sgt. Nick Fury and His Howling Comandos. Yes... the same Nick Fury who is part of the Captain America movie of 2011 and The Avengers movie of 2012 that is about to hit the movie screens.
DC had, amongst it's many war books: The Haunted Tank, Sgt. Rock and The Losers - all of which I enjoyed and still enjoy.
These Dell books tended to have a bit more realism to them and I didn't like them as much - perhaps because it hit too close to home that war was real and hell.
I only offer this book to you all because it is an important part of U.S. and Japanese history. Besides... it doesn't hurt to learn something of the past - just so you know your grandpa wasn't just bull-sh!tting you.
Part 3 follows tomorrow. As always, if you click on the image, it will increase in size enabling you to read it. Enjoy:
That's the end of Part 2. Tomorrow, The Battle Ends.