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Zeus-cat
12-29-2007, 01:47 PM
Anyone remember this comic book?

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/HauntedTankBookCover.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/Hauntedtank.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/HauntedTankGhost270.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/HauntedTankPage11.jpg

I remember reading these comic books as a kid. My cousins were really into comic books and bought tons of them; Superman, Batman, The Green Lantern, Archie, GI Combat, etc. (I was to cheap to buy my own so I just read theirs). The Haunted Tank in the GI Combat series was always one of my favorites.

The idea is that a commander of an M3 Stuart tank is haunted by the ghost of Confederate General JEB Stuart. The ghost helps the crew survive in battles in which they should stand no chance. An example is the Stuart and its puny 37mm main gun (and a massive .50 caliber MG) against two Tigers. Both Tigers are pulverized by the little Stuart and it soldiers on to fight another day.

Now only the tank commander can see and hear the ghost of General Stuart so the rest of the tank crew thinks he is crazy, but he always gets them through the battle so they stick with him.

The whole series has been released in book format and I just checked it out of the library. Its printed on newsprint type paper so you feel like you are reading one huge comic book. Alas, only the book cover is in color; all the stories are in black and white. the art is still great though with lots of BOOMs and KLANGs to fill up an afternoon or two.

Time to put campaign building on hold for a trip down memory lane.

Skycat_2
12-29-2007, 02:11 PM
The whole series is in that book? I think each comic ran around 14 pages so that would be about 40+ issues if they include the cover art also. Your posted example has a cover price of 12 cents which I think dates it as early or mid-70s; I was getting GI Combat in the mid-80s when Sam Glanzman was drawing their tank as an M4 Sherman. I just don't see how the math works out on that...but then again, Haunted Tank was a reoccurring feature and perhaps it only ran once every few months.

I was a Sgt. Rock/Our Army at War fan myself, but I read a few early Haunted Tank stories through crossovers, anthologies and limited access to my friend's huge collection of books. Both Rock and Haunted Tank were Robert Kannigher creations. I don't know if Joe Kubert was involved much but my favorite panels were drawn by Russ Heath; I think the stories were at their best at that time also. There was a period where Jeb's crew assembled a hybrid super-tank out of debris and spare parts. A picture of that would be Groovy. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Edit: I found it. (http://pds1.egloos.com/pds/1/200510/29/24/c0039224_2342093.jpg)

Skycat_2
12-29-2007, 02:16 PM
http://www.proudrobot.com/hembeck/hauntedtank.jpg

BillyTheKid_22
12-29-2007, 02:46 PM
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a174/PCWUC/1245_4_062.jpg



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-HH- Beebop
12-29-2007, 03:06 PM
OMG! One of my favorites. I really liked that series. At one time I probably had all of them or at least most of them. It also got me to read more about Jeb Stuart and the Civil War.
I had totally forgotten about it. How http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif !

Thanks for the memories. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Zeus-cat
12-29-2007, 03:22 PM
I think it was on Wikipedia that it said the crew went through a few tanks in the series. They did have a Sherman and a supertank at one time, but I always remembered them in a Stuart.

The book is over 500 pages, but it is a very quick read as it is just a giant comic book. The first story has the Haunted Tank up against 4 "Tigers" with their 88's, but the German tanks are clearly drawn as Panthers.

R_Target
12-29-2007, 03:22 PM
I thought Weird War Tales was cool.

http://i6.tinypic.com/6x9mt15.jpg

http://www.sportscardsandcomicbooks.com/WEIRD_WAR_6_F_500.JPG

http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/weird-war-tales/8-1.jpg

G.I.Robot:

http://i7.tinypic.com/8bqh7df.jpg

horseback
12-29-2007, 03:38 PM
Originally posted by Skycat_2:
The whole series is in that book? I think each comic ran around 14 pages so that would be about 40+ issues if they include the cover art also. Your posted example has a cover price of 12 cents which I think dates it as early or mid-70s; I was getting GI Combat in the mid-80s when Sam Glanzman was drawing their tank as an M4 Sherman. I just don't see how the math works out on that...but then again, Haunted Tank was a reoccurring feature and perhaps it only ran once every few months.

I was a Sgt. Rock/Our Army at War fan myself, but I read a few early Haunted Tank stories through crossovers, anthologies and limited access to my friend's huge collection of books. Both Rock and Haunted Tank were Robert Kannigher creations. I don't know if Joe Kubert was involved much but my favorite panels were drawn by Russ Heath; I think the stories were at their best at that time also. There was a period where Jeb's crew assembled a hybrid super-tank out of debris and spare parts. A picture of that would be Groovy. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Edit: I found it. (http://pds1.egloos.com/pds/1/200510/29/24/c0039224_2342093.jpg) 12 cents could make it the early sixties. My point of reference is my memories of being a USAF brat in England from 1961 to 1964; since the US penny was the same size and weight as the sixpence (and British vending machines would therefore happily accept US pennies), it was denomina non grata in the United Kingdom.

As a result, purchases at the PX and commissary were usually rounded off to the nearest nickel. I clearly remember getting my Superman, Batman, GI Combat and Sgt Rock comics at an 18% discount at the Lakenheath or Mildenhall PX. I'm pretty sure that Kubert did some or all of the Haunted Tank episodes back then; I really liked his style(to the point of mimicking it for my elementary school 'art' projects).

cheers

horseback

roybaty
12-29-2007, 03:49 PM
I remember getting these at a corner store when I was a kid in the early '80s. I totally forgot about G.I. Robot! Thanks for the post, very nostalgic.

Skycat_2
12-29-2007, 04:32 PM
Originally posted by horseback:
12 cents could make it the early sixties.
Very likely, I wasn't sure. The first issues I bought in 1981 were 40 cents and I think DC had just upped their price at that time. I was guessing a timeframe based on a few nonsequential back issues of Our Army At War that I acquired later; I was thinking the cover price for early 1970s issues was between a dime and twenty cents but to be honest I'm trying to remember those covers 25 years later.

BillyTheKid_22
12-29-2007, 07:20 PM
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han freak solo
12-29-2007, 07:41 PM
Originally posted by Zeus-cat:
Anyone remember this comic book?

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/Hauntedtank.jpg


My favorite and most purchased back when I was young. I liked it better than Sgt. Rock or Sgt. Fury. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Esel1964
12-29-2007, 07:55 PM
I used to think the new issues of G.I. Combat and Sgt.Rock would never arrive at the local store when I was a kid,they were great!!!

Skycat_2
12-29-2007, 08:58 PM
Yeah, I remember the anxious checking of the newsstands and wondering, "What if they forget this month? What if they sell out?" Sometimes the issues never would appear.

We used to buy our candy and comics at the drugstore right next to the school. I remember I could barely scrape the change together for one or two issues a month when I was a kid but my buddy would buy up an armload of comics at a time. We had a weird rivalry because he had an allowance and could buy back issues at conventions but somehow I trumped him once or twice to get the last copy of Sgt. Rock at the newsstand. Maybe acquiring each issue when the ink was still fresh was the sweet part; perhaps he could never find those issues later through collectors. He still brings that up all these years later.

leitmotiv
12-29-2007, 11:39 PM
Anybody remember the Dell history of WWII comics from the very early '60's? Each issue was on a specific battle or incident, like the sinking of PRINCE OF WALES and REPULSE, the Bataan Death March, etc. I read MAD, Sgt. Rock, Sad Sack, any comic about airplane fighting, and any comic at all, for that matter. I liked the Classics Illustrated, too. Later, Wonder Wart Hog made ma laugh harder than anything

joeap
12-30-2007, 03:26 AM
Prince of Wales?

The Comic of the sinking of POW and Repulse (http://www.bismarck-class.dk/miscellaneous/pow_repulse_comic/prince_of_wales_repulse_comic.html)

leitmotiv
12-30-2007, 09:55 AM
Good grief, that was it exactly, but the one I had was published around 1960 (I remember because I was reading it when my uncle was in the hospital for a surgery at the time).

I_KG100_Prien
12-30-2007, 10:02 AM
I love those comics.. My dad had several of them and I used to read them over and over when I was a kid.

BillyTheKid_22
12-30-2007, 10:15 AM
http://smalljoes.com/images_comics/battler-04_l.jpg



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http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I love <span class="ev_code_RED">COMICS</span>!!!

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SeaFireLIV
12-30-2007, 10:23 AM
I`d never seen these books. Pretty accurate story too (Prince of Wales) by the looks of it.

TX-Gunslinger
12-30-2007, 01:44 PM
The "Haunted Tank" was my favorite comic book when I was 6 to about 9 years old. My piano teacher (a lady) would keep tons of comic books in a hutch next to a chair where we'd wait for our individual lessons. Since I lived out in the country, I'd usually walk from school (a couple blocks) over to her house for my lessons.

I was always early, so I had plenty of time to devour the comic books.

Anyway, I had completely forgotten "Jeb Stuarts" Stuart tank - memory that had completely left me - until I saw the post and scans of the comic book.

Thanks a million - nice to get back old memories that you did not realize that you'd lost.

S~

Gunny

nealn
12-30-2007, 04:59 PM
Zeus Cat,

Thanks for posting and reminding me of my youth. Loved the Haunted tank series. Liked Han Freak Solo, I like it better than Sgt Rock or the others.

Neal

Zeus-cat
12-30-2007, 06:46 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only one who liked this comic book. The book is for sale at Amazon (about $11) or it might be available at a local library. Pick it up and have a good read.

ElAurens
12-30-2007, 08:01 PM
The Haunted Tank was my favorite as well.

Esel1964
12-30-2007, 09:09 PM
Originally posted by Skycat_2:
Yeah, I remember the anxious checking of the newsstands and wondering, "What if they forget this month? What if they sell out?" Sometimes the issues never would appear.

We used to buy our candy and comics at the drugstore right next to the school. I remember I could barely scrape the change together for one or two issues a month when I was a kid but my buddy would buy up an armload of comics at a time. We had a weird rivalry because he had an allowance and could buy back issues at conventions but somehow I trumped him once or twice to get the last copy of Sgt. Rock at the newsstand. Maybe acquiring each issue when the ink was still fresh was the sweet part; perhaps he could never find those issues later through collectors. He still brings that up all these years later.

Great story,Hilarious! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif
"He still brings that up all these years later"
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My trips to the store,were kinda random,so I was 'hit and miss',but you can bet I made a beeline for the comic rack the second I was in the door.Then to the toy section,where they had these great hand thrown gliders that looked alot like the Space Shuttle(years before the space shuttle was built),made of a hard foam(they were about 5" nose to tail),and would stay airborne a suprisingly long time.
Cool memories!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif