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The DC Comics War Comic That Had to Be Written in a Lunch Hour!

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The DC Comics War Comic That Had to Be Written in a Lunch Hour!

Knowledge Waits is a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me.

Many moons ago, I did a Comic Book Legends Revealed about a bizarre incident involving an issue of G.I. Combat, and I realized the other day that while I had confirmed the story, I had never actually shared the comic book story that was a RESULT of the story, so, well, here it is!

When Robert Kanigher passed away, longtime DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz told a funny anecdote about him…

Longtime officemate Julie Schwartz considered Kanigher a fast and versatile talent. “There was one day when he was looking at a cover,” Schwartz recalls, “and it didn’t look right, so he wrote a note on the side that said, ‘drop an inch,’ meaning to adjust the art somehow. Anyway, the page came back with a caption added that read ‘Drop an Inch!’ So Kanigher immediately sat down and wrote a story called ‘Drop an Inch.’ I think he did it over his lunch hour.”

Here is that cover…

And here is the story that Kanigher came up with over a lunch hour (later drawn by Joe Kubert)…

After our heroic paratrooper has to then take care of a sniper AND a tank, he finds himself left for dead on top of the tank when a German plane attacks. He’s INCHES away from death, when…

Hilarious!

If anyone else has a cool piece of comic book history that they’d like to see featured, feel free to drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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