Friday, October 24, 2014


 The Strangest Army in the World..Fights the Deadliest Most Daring Battle of the War!

Will Any Come Back to Tell the Tale?

Movie Classic #180 The Dirty Dozen from Dell Comics. Illustrated by Jack Sparling with another terrific Frank McCarthy movie poster used for the cover. 
A US Army Major, with an attitude problem and a history of getting things done, is told to interview military prisoners with death sentences or long jail terms for a dangerous mission. He will train and lead them, The Dirty Dozen, behind enemy lines and on a mass assassination of German officers mission, in a rest house on the eve of D-Day.

The Military:
Major Reisman, played by Lee Marvin
Sergeant Bowren, played by Richard Jaekel
Colonel Breed played by Robert Ryan
General Worden, played by Ernest Borgnine
Major Armbruster, played by George Kennedy

The Inmates:
Joseph Wladislaw, played by Charles Bronson
Robert Jefferson, played by Jim Brown
Victor Franco, played by John Cassavetes
Archer Maggot, played by Telly Savalas
Vernon Pinkley, played by Donald Sutherland
Samson Posey, played by Clint Walker
Pedro Jimenez, played by Trini Lopez
Milo Vladek, played by Tom Busby
Glenn Gilpin, played by Ben Carruthers
Roscoe Lever, played by Stuart Cooper
Seth Sawyer, played by Colin Maitland
Tassos Bravos, played by Al Mancini

This is one of the best war movies ever made, one of the best war comics even produced. The action is non stop from the initial scene of a military hanging, to the blowing up of the chateau. 

This is a movie that you must see in your lifetime! 

This is a comic you must read in your lifetime!

The Dirty Dozen was of the vanished breed of unabashedly male movies, if they were people, would spend their leisure hours smoking, drinking whiskey, whoring and playing cards. “They don’t make ‘em like that anymore” wholeheartedly applies.

The comic is a faithful adaptation of the story, with its riotous assemblage of military convicts turned elite strike force. All the manly notes are gloriously struck. Here’s Telly Savalas as Maggot going crazy as The Dirty Dozen storm the Nazi castle.

One of the best things about this book is the solid work done by artist Jack Sparling on the likenesses. There aren’t many chances for us to see faces like Savalas’s and Marvin’s and Bronson’s rendered in comic form.

This comic breaks no ground. It does not push the art form to unexpected heights. But, thanks to its unabashed guyness.

One of my favorite war comics!

Mission accomplished!

For those inclined, there is a terrific novel that the movie was based on. 

Great reading!

Live Large My Friends!

Thank You! 


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