1944 (age 72–73)
|Area(s)||Writer, Artist, Inker|
Don Lomax (born 1944) is an American comic book writer/artist best known for his long-running comic Vietnam Journal. A veteran of the Vietnam War, much of Lomax's adrenaline-fueled work centers on the military experience, and its gritty, unflinching depiction of the reality of war, specifically in Vietnam.
Drafted into the U.S. Army in the fall of 1965, Lomax did his basic training at Fort Knox. In the fall of 1966, he was shipped out to Vietnam on the USS General John Pope, deployed to the 98th Light Equipment Company. During his tour of duty, Lomax made notes and sketches which later were incorporated into Vietnam Journal. According to Lomax, the War ". . . opened my eyes. Before I went into the war I trusted everybody, and when I came out I trusted nobody or the government."
Lomax's first professional comics work was Atilla the Frog for Heavy Metal magazine in 1979. In the early 1980s, he published comics stories in magazines like Cavalier and Hustler Humor, as well as contributing to Fantagraphics' Anything Goes!. Lomax supplied art for Pacific Comics' Twisted Tales, and for back-up stories in First Comics titles like American Flagg!, Starslayer, and The Black Flame.
Vietnam Journal and Desert Storm Journal
In 1987, after doing some work for the fledgling publisher Apple Comics, Lomax pitched Apple editor Michael Catron his proposal for Vietnam Journal. Given the concurrent success of Vietnam-related films like Platoon and Full Metal Jacket, Catron agreed to Lomax's proposal. Between 1987 and 1991, Apple published 16 issues of Vietnam Journal, which then spawned a selection of limited series and one-shots. Vietnam Journal tells the fictional adventures of war correspondent Scott "Journal" Neithammer.
During this period, Apple also published Lomax's four-issue limited series High Shining Brass, collecting the Vietnam War stories of Robert Durand.
Vietnam Journal collections were published by Apple Comics in 1990 and 1991. The publisher went bankrupt in 1994; right at that time Lomax published new Vietnam Journal material in the short-lived Dark Horse Comics series Harvey Kurtzman's The New Two-Fisted Tales. Vietnam Journal was later revived as a monthly full-page strip from 2002–2006 by Gallery.
Vietnam Journal collections were re-issued by iBooks in 2004, and were nominated for a 2004 Harvey Award for Best Domestic Reprint Project. Lomax is currently continuing the Vietnam Journal series and posting it on his website in five-page increments twice a month. The entire Vietnam Journal series is currently being re-issued in graphic novel form through Transfuzion Publishing.
In 2004, iBooks published Lomax's Gulf War Journal, featuring the further adventures of "Journal" Neithammer. This time Journal is covering the Gulf War. Journal gets caught up in the war between the Pentagon and the press, and heads off into the desert on his own, getting an unwelcome first-hand taste of the fury of American firepower. Then, years later, Journal once again finds himself dealing with the war in Iraq with the launching of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Other comics work
He has also had comics and cartoons appear in dozens of national magazines, including Easyriders, Heavy Metal, CARtoons, various truck magazines, and numerous pornographic magazines.
His weekly comic, "Boomer Hayes" is created in collaboration with Steven Calitri of American Towman Magazine.
Some of Lomax's recent and ongoing projects include Guard Tales, a nonfiction strip about National Guard of the United States soldiers published in GX Magazine; Knights of the Road, a nonfiction strip about truck driver heroes, published in Overdrive Magazine; Above and Beyond, true stories of law enforcement personnel, published by Police and Security News; and The Boys in the Basement, a strip published in Model Railroading Magazine from 1998 to 2006.
- The 'Nam (issues #70-84, July 1992-September 1993)
- Vietnam Journal (16 issues, November 1987–April 1991)
- Vietnam Journal: Bloodbath at Khe Sanh (4 issues, 1992–December 1993)
- Vietnam Journal: Indian Country (Apple Comics, 1 issue, 1990)
- High Shining Brass (4 issues, 1990–June 1991)
- Vietnam Journal: Tet '68 (6 issues, March 1992 – 1993)
- Vietnam Journal: The Iron Triangle (Apple Comics, 1 issue, 1993)
- Vietnam Journal: Valley of Death (1 issues, June–August 1994)
Graphic novels and collections
- Vietnam Journal Book One: Indian Country (reprints #1-4, plus original story) (Apple Press, 1990) ISBN 0-927203-02-2
- Vietnam Journal Book Two: The Iron Triangle (reprints 5-8, plus original story) (Apple Press, 1991) ISBN 0-927203-06-5
- Vietnam Journal: Delta to Dak To (reprints 9-12) (Apple Press, 1991) ISBN 0-927203-07-3
- Gulf War Journal (reprints #1-9) (iBooks, 2004) ISBN 0-7434-8669-2
- Burlington Route Tower Cartoonist (Boys in the Basement collection; South Platte Press, 2004) ISBN 0-942035-65-8
- Vietnam Journal Book One: Indian Country (Transfuzion Publishing, 2009) ISBN 978-0-941613-81-1
- Vietnam Journal Book Two: the Iron Triangle (Transfuzion Publishing, 2010) ISBN 978-0-941613-32-3
- Vietnam Journal Book Three: From the Delta to Dak To (Transfuzion Publishing, 2010) ISBN 978-0-9826549-1-0
- Vietnam Journal Book Four: MIA (Transfuzion Publishing, 2010) ISBN 978-0-941613-76-7
- Vietnam Journal Book Five: Tet '68 (Transfuzion Publishing, 2010) ISBN 978-0-9826549-5-8
- Vietnam Journal Book Six: Bloodbath at Khe Sanh (Transfuzion Publishing, 2011) ISBN 978-0-9826549-6-5
- Vietnam Journal Book Seven: Valley of Death (Transfuzion Publishing, 2011) ISBN 978-0-9826549-7-2
- Don Lomax at the Comic Book DB
- "Don Lomax: An Interview With The Creator of Vietnam Journal," The Comics Journal #136 (July 1990), pp. 86–109.
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