Here's Your Chance to Own Comic Art & Benefit a Comic Writer in Need of Help!
It's rare that I post links to any auctions at eBay, but I occasionally make exceptions -- and here's one of 'em, brought to my attention by one of my first publishers in the comics field, Larry Shell, to promote an incredibly generous gesture by one of my all-time favorite cartoonists and one of my personal heroes, the great Sam Glanzman.
Sam is seeking to raise funds for his ill friend and vet comics writer Willi Franz; if you wish to make a donation, sans bidding, contact Larry directly at email@example.com.
Read on; this is Larry's press release, and I urge you to consider bidding on this body of work (or some portion of it) for Willi's benefit:
Featuring the artwork to four complete Charlton War Stories!
Sam asked if he could send me the original art to some stories Willi wrote the scripts for and Sam would donate everything he made from the sale of the art to Willi to help him out. Imagine my surprise when I received the artwork to four complete Charlton war stories including a Lonely War of Willie Schulz, which is a highly regarded series by collectors!
I am offering all four of these stories this week on the eBay Auction website.
All four stories are written by Willi and one is actually penciled by him [see art above, right, and link to closer views - SRB] and inked by Glanzman. The other three are pure Glanzman art.
See list of titles and links to auctions below. Each has a detailed description and a scan of the item being offered. I’ve scheduled each of these auctions to end 5 minutes apart to give buyers interested in more than one story a chance to bid.
The cover to Fightin' Army #79, featuring "The Lonely War of Captain Willy Schultz" story Sam Glanzman has now put up for auction to benefit his long-time pal and the series author Willi Franz
All four Benefit auctions are now running, will last a total of 7 days, and end on Sunday, September 9th!
To repeat, all the money Sam makes from the sale of these stories will go to Willi, so bid accordingly and thanks for looking!"
Willi Franz & Sam Glanzman LONELY WAR OF WILLY SCHULTZ Complete 10-Pg Story – "Snowball In Hell!"
Willi Franz & Sam Glanzman THE DEVIL'S BRIGADE Complete 10-Pg Story – "Fox Hunt"
Willi Franz & Sam Glanzman THE IRON CORPORAL Complete 9-Pg Story -- "Two Grenades - Thirty Rounds"
When Bush Leaves the Bubble,
Does the Bubble Travel With Bush?
Given the ongoing 'bubble' of protection Bush habitually surrounds himself with when traveling in our own country, one can only guess how extensively and intensively handled, molded and coordinated this "surprise visit" to Iraq must have been. They naturally visited one of the touted "success stories" of the surge, and the most heavily-fortified air base in the entire country.
No doubt Bush has now been presented with absolutely irrefutable "evidence" to confirm his every stubbornly-held belief, and we're in for a fresh round of ballyhoo that will be more blistering and infuriating than any in recent memory.
I mean, really. Has any President's 'bubble' been so relentlessly maintained and stage-managed before, well beyond the necessary security issues? The security issues alone make any such trip a dubious proposition in terms of our Commander-in-Chief actually getting any view of the Iraq conflict save that shaped by the Pentagon; the fact that Bush has so persistently refuted any view contrary to his own, one can only rationally presume Bush would only entertain such a trip to further bolster his own rigid views. As I say, now he can say, "I've been there -- I've seen the progress with my own eyes."
But of course. What other possibility would be permitted to be seen? What other "reality" would Bush care to speak of?
The American arenas Bush has appeared in and/or spoken to have been hand-picked and carefully weeded. The Iraq visits have to be even more rigorously sheltered and orchestrated to reflect only the President's bubble world view. How could it be otherwise? Even public forums have been tendered for almost a decade: no protesters, nothing but a sea of faces mirroring and supporting the preferred Bush world view.
The evidence is abundant: from the first day of then-Governor George W. Bush's Presidential campaign began, the crowds of have carefully filtered, corralled and pruned to ensure no shred of dissent or negativity tainted any appearance. That has only been intensified during Bush's Presidency:
How could any visit to Iraq be anything but a confirmation of the illusions the President and his Administration have so steadfastly maintained in the face of reality?