Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders

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Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders
The cover to Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders #1, art by Dick Ayers and Syd Shores.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Schedule Monthly
Publication date 1968
No. of issues 19
Main character(s) Captain Savage
Leatherneck Raiders
Creative team
Created by Gary Friedrich
Dick Ayers
Written by Gary Friedrich
Arnold Drake
Archie Goodwin
Artist(s) Dick Ayers
Penciller(s) Dick Ayers
Don Heck
Inker(s) Sydney 'Syd' Shores
John Powers Severin
Letterer(s) Art 'Artie' Simek
Gaspar Saladino
Irving 'Irv' Watanabe
Herb Cooper
Sam Rosen
Jean Izzo
Colorist(s) Several uncredited
Editor(s) Stan Lee

Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders is a World War II comic book published by Marvel Comics. The series lasted for nineteen issues, from January 1968 to March 1970. By issue 9 the name was switched to Captain Savage and his Battlefield Raiders. Created by Gary Friedrich and Dick Ayers book was a spin-off of the series Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos which they wrote at the time.[1][2] The series was launched when Marvel suddenly received the ability to publish more titles than they had previously due to an embargo.[3]

Publication history[edit]

Per issue:

  1. The Last Banzai, January 1968
  2. The Return of Baron Strucker, March 1968
  3. Two Against HYDRA, May 1968
  4. Holocaust On Hydra Island, July 1968
  5. Mission: Destroy the Invisible Enemy, August 1968
  6. Mission: Save a Howler, September 1968
  7. Objective: Ben Grimm, October 1968
  8. Mission: Foul Ball, November 1968
  9. The Gun-Runner, December 1968
  10. To the Last Man, January 1969
  11. Death of a Leatherneck!, February 1969
  12. Pray For Simon Savage!, March 1969
  13. The Junk-Heap Juggernauts, April 1969
  14. Savage's First Mission, May 1969
  15. Within the temple waits... death!, July 1969
  16. War Is Hell--On Ice, September 1969
  17. The unsinkable Jay Little Bear!, November 1969
  18. The high cost of fighting!, January 1970
  19. They Serve in Silence, March 1970

Plot[edit]

The series focuses on the characters of the elite Marine Corps team the Leatherneck Raiders and their lives in the Pacific theater of World War II.

Reception[edit]

Sales for the series were decent and a proposal to have a Captain Savage of the Silent Service series as a follow up was made, with Savage as a submarine commander, but it was not taken up.[4] Pierre Comtois, the author of the book "Marvel Comics in the 1970s" states that the series was an early experiment from Marvel before they realized that the superhero genre would be the one to dominate the comics market in the foreable future.[5] Comtois praised Ayers artwork and described the diabloge as "smooth and natural sounding", he also stated that the plot generally moved forward properly without leaving plot threads hanging. Comtois hypothesised that the series was cancelled due to changing societal norms, such as anti-war sentiment, something which affected many war comics at the time.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wells, John (2014). American Comic Book Chronicles: 1965-69. American Comic Book Chronicles Hc (Book 4). TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 193. ISBN 978-1605490557 – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ Alexander, Mark (2012). Lee & Kirby: The Wonder Years. Jack Kirby Collector / Presents. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 94. ISBN 978-1605490380 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ Comtois, Pierre (2011). Marvel Comics In The 1970s: An Issue-By-Issue Field Guide To A Pop Culture Phenomenon. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 11. ISBN 978-1605490342 – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ Christiansen, Jeff. "Simon Savage". Marvel Universe. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  5. ^ Comtois, Pierre (2011). Marvel Comics In The 1970s: An Issue-By-Issue Field Guide To A Pop Culture Phenomenon. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 11. ISBN 978-1605490342 – via Google Books. 
  6. ^ Comtois, Pierre (2011). Marvel Comics In The 1970s: An Issue-By-Issue Field Guide To A Pop Culture Phenomenon. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 11. ISBN 978-1605490342 – via Google Books. 

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