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Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Victor Prezio

Much as once a week I like to take time off to cover warships (Wednesdays), on Sunday, I like to cover military art and the painters, illustrators, sculptors, and the like that produced them.

Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Victor Prezio

Born 21 March 1924, Victor Prezio became one of the most prolific and underrated pulp magazine and dime novel cover illustrators of the post WWII era. Active throughout the 50s and 60s, his work for Dell, Gold Key, Warren Publishing and others ranged from sports to sci-fi to western covers.

Write his Name in Gunsmoke-- what a great title!

Write his Name in Gunsmoke– what a great title!

The Stranger cover by VP

The Stranger cover by VP

The Men in the Jungle by Norman Spinrad. Macfadden Books 1977. Cover artist Victor Prezio. Vic had passed by the time this cover was published

The Men in the Jungle by Norman Spinrad. Macfadden Books 1977. Cover artist Victor Prezio. Vic had passed by the time this cover was published

Creepy Magazine, Vol 1.29, 1969. Cover by VP

Creepy Magazine, Vol 1.29, 1969. Cover by VP

Cover art to Dorothy Quentin's What News of Kitty. Published by Pyramid Books (1969)

Cover art to Dorothy Quentin’s What News of Kitty. Published by Pyramid Books (1969)

Boy Catching Ground Ball By Victor Prezio

Boy Catching Ground Ball By Victor Prezio

MIdnight Firefight

MIdnight Firefight

Impressive Whale you have there...

Impressive Whale you have there…

Then of course, for the men’s pulp mags such as True Adventures and Real Men, he followed in the footsteps of contemporaries like Norem and Mort K in his portrayal of tough men of action and the dastardly deeds of Nazis. It was these images that occupied the time of servicemen from Korea to Vietnam and West Germany in foxholes and barracks alike.

Women n War cover, Nov. 1959 by Prezio

Women n War cover, Nov. 1959 by Prezio. This will teach you not to bring a Luger to a Tommy Gun fight

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Smacking a Nazi around...the very embodiment of 1960s pulp covers

Smacking a Nazi around with a good old American right cross…the very embodiment of 1960s pulp covers

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They seem to have a problem with their buttons but not their hair color or Spandau machinegun.

 

I'm not sure the Nazi's flew Piper Grasshoppers, but hey...

I’m not sure the Nazi’s flew Piper Grasshoppers, but hey…

Hiding from Cuban forces...

Hiding from Cuban forces…who all seem to be related

True Adventures Feb. 1961 cover by VP

True Adventures Feb. 1961 cover by VP. More button issues…

Real Men cover Nov 1958 by VP

Real Men cover Nov 1958 by VP. You have to dig the signature on the very sharp following edge of the shark

Girl Bait for the Outlaws of Lubang Island by VP

Girl Bait for the Outlaws of Lubang Island by VP. Apparently by this point, why even bother with buttons?

Burden's Mission cover, 1968

Burden’s Mission cover, 1968

Pulp Covers has a great collection of his work from which many of the above are sourced from.

Victor died December 1976 at just age 52 and sadly, not much is known about him other than his illustrations. So with that in mind, raise a glass to Vic next time you salute.

Thank you for your work, sir.

Combat Gallery Sunday: The martial art of Norem

Born in April 1924, a young man by the name of Earl Norem found himself as part of the first unit in the U.S. military trained to fight modern warfare in the mountains. This group, the famed 10th Mountain Division, became Earl’s home once he joined the U.S. Army in World War Two.

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The 10th Mountain saw hard combat up and down the Italian boot at places like the North Apennine Mountains, where their training came in handy. In those craggy peaks men fought hand-to-hand, waist deep in snow at times. The 10th participated in some of the last bayonet charges of that war, clearing the mountains one inch at a time. Norem was a 20-year old squad leader. His war ended with a wound picked up in the madness that was the Po Valley.

Coming home after the conflict, he became an illustrator. Using acrylics, he crafted work for Marvel on the early Silver Surfer (Kirby’s, you know, the only real Silver Surfer) and on books in the He-Man, Tales of the Zombie and Planet of the Apes.

If it wasnt for Norem, the Damned Dirty Apes may not have ever made it to the big screen

If it wasnt for Norem, the Damned Dirty Apes may not have ever made it to the big screen

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Nice British Lanchester SMG

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Well old Norem also gave pulps a try and did a great job,

Perhaps the widest submarine ever, but hey, Norem is a mountain troop, not a bubblehead.

Perhaps the widest submarine ever, but hey, Norem is a mountain trooper, not a bubblehead. More importantly, what is going on in that forward torpedo room?

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Why yes those are zombies…in a hurricane…in a life raft…what else could it be?

Pesky Nazis hiding out in South America was a reoccurring theme in 1960s pulp

Pesky Nazis hiding out in South America was a reoccurring theme in 1960s pulp. You also have to love the fact that the SS oberts still has his boots on but no pants.

Seems possible

Seems possible

Norem had first hand knowledge of all the small arms seen on this cover from Action For Men

Norem had first hand knowledge of all the small arms seen on this cover from Action For Men

Courtsey Comicfans

Courtesy Comicfans

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Vietnam era Norem

Vietnam era Norem. Get some M60 love

Union Bank Robbery. Great depiction of the Tommy guns.

Union Bank Robbery. Great depiction of the Tommy guns.

You can really tell that the artist knew his way around some firearms by the way they are depicted in his work.

Then of course there are the Mars Attacks series that he illustrated for Topps back in the 1960s

Ack Ack! And yes, these were sold to kids in the 1960s. Back when the gum actually tasted good.

Ack Ack! And yes, these were sold to kids in the 1960s. Back when the gum actually tasted good.

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Norem is retired now but is still around at 90 years young. A living legend.

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Note the 10th Mountain distinctive unit insignia on Mr. Norem’s ski cap in 2012. A true hero.