OUR FIGHTING FORCES (1954) #159 - Descriptive Bibliography

Plot Synopsis: Our Fighting Forces #159
African-American track star Jesse Owens stunned Adolf Hitler, his racist Nazi cronies and impressed the whole world by capturing a Gold Medal for the U.S. in the 1936 Olympics hosted in Berlin. No other single event caused more damage to Hitler's twisted dream of Aryan superiority. But what if Jesse Owens had gone to war and what if his athletic struggle against prejudice had carried over into battle-torn Italy?

That's the story told here as Mile-A-Minute Jones shows the elite commando squad, the Losers, what it means to be a winner. Jack Kirby's own wartime experiences inspired him to create memorable tales of front-line comradery and bravery. He carries it off better here than anywhere else. It was Kirby's artwork that won him acclaim among comic fans everywhere but his writing was unduly overlooked. Here's a fine example of Kirby's penchant for gleaning out the seminal events of history and mythologizing them for a new generation of readers.

Kirby's stint on the Losers in Our Fighting Forces (#152 through #159) was a short but sweet run during the sunset days of his Fourth World work for DC. But finding these tales among the comic stacks is like finding a gem in the rough, or a faded, creased wartime photo of long-lost Army buddies among an old pile of newspaper clippings. The simple heroism and esprit-de-corps shines through, more so than any military badge of honor, thanks to Kirby.

GCD Data

Title: Mile-a-Minute Jones

Featuring: Losers

Credits: Jack Kirby (Script), Jack Kirby (Pencils), Mike Royer (Inks), ? (Colors), ? (Letters).

Comic Creator Database

Publisher: DC ComicsTitle: OUR FIGHTING FORCES (1954)
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159 (9.00) (18.00) 36.00 50.00 84.00 (113.00)

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