Friday, May 11, 2007

Our Fighting Forces #108

Our Fighting Forces #108 (On Sale: May 11, 1967) has an interesting Irv Novick cover. Big hands abound, which is not at all typical of Novick's work. I know that the DC editors were being told to make the books look more like Marvel's comics and I wonder if this overly exaggerated anatomy was an attempt to make the art look more like Jack Kirby, who was a mainstay on the Marvel covers at this time and known for over-extending foreshortening in order to juice up the dramatic impact.

Inside we have Lt. Hunter's Hellcats in "Kill the Wolf Pack" by Robert Kanigher and Jack Abel.

Lt. Hunter's Hellcats were DC's answer to The Dirty Dozen. In the early 1940s, the United States Army chose a former homicide detective named Ben Hunter to lead a new Special Forces team to fight the threat of the Axis powers. Unlike more conventional military units like Easy Co. or the Haunted Tank, Lt. Hunter's team was considered an expendable party. He culled his soldiers from the riff raff of an army prison stockade – all of whom had served time as hardened criminals in their civilian life. Among his recruits was the excessively violent Brute, a con-man who appropriately took to calling himself Snake-Oil, a revenge-crazed soldier from the Woman's Army Corps named Heller, a pick-pocket named Light Fingers, a former acrobat named Juggler and several others.

The backup story is "Flying Jeep" a reprint from Our Army At War #47 by Robert Kanigher, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito.

Edited by Robert Kanigher.

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