Comic Art Auction Spotlight: Sam Glanzman’s “Haunted Tank”

Leave it to Sam Glanzman, championship realist among DC’s war-comics crew, to capture an essence of heroism-under-fire in the simplest of short-story vignettes for G.I. Combat #280.

G.I. Combat #280: "Prize Shot”, published by DC Comics in 1985G.I. Combat #280: "Prize Shot”, published by DC Comics in 1985

In this complete three-page Story, “Prize Shot”, published by DC Comics in 1985, a lull in combat finds a member of the Haunted Tank crew relaxing at a village fair in France. An ironic opening in a make-believe shooting gallery gives way to a real-life siege atop a rollercoaster, with a Nazi bombardment closing in. Brilliant work from one of the best-of-the-best artists.

The art sold for just over $200 on Heritage Auctions just before Christmas.

Sam Glanzman, who died in 2017, was a professional illustrator and writer. Self-taught, Sam did freelance work for comic book companies and other publishing entities including DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Charlton Comics, Outdoor Life magazine, and many others.

A number of his creator-owned projects and classic works are now being re-published by Drew Ford at US publisher It’s Alive, including Red Range and Voyage to the Deep.

Red Range: Pirates of FireworldIn 2019, Drew will be using Kickstarter to publish Red Range: Pirates of Fireworld by Keith Lansdale and Jok LP, a continuation of the “weird western” created by Joe Lansdale and Sam Glanzman. E-mail to be on Super Early Bird Specials list for more information.

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Read Thom Glanzman’s tribute to his father

G.I. Combat copyright DC Comics – art spotted on Heritage Auctions by Ernesto Guevara

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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