With Memorial Day approaching on Monday here in the United States, Vertigo had a couple of posts on their blog this week that seem appropriate to link to. First, on Thursday, Pamela Mullin posted filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s introduction to DMZ: Hearts and Minds trade:
We’re lucky here in the United States. There hasn’t been a war fought on American soil in more than 145 years. We’ve been distanced, protected, and made safe from the fear and horrors of war, especially from the possibility of having one in our own backyard.
When you go home tonight, turn on one of our Big 4 TV news networks and see how much coverage is actually dedicated to any of the ongoing struggles happening beyond our borders. In the United States, we have helped support and create a government and a media machine that puts us in a bubble, reinforces a xenophobic view of the world, and puts all of our troubles “out of sight and out of mind.”
But all that stops in DMZ – and I find that to be the bravest and most important part of this revolutionary series.
And today editor Will Dennis has a post on Memorial Day and the upcoming Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965, Joe Kubert’s latest book:
Back in the 1970’s, DC war comics like SGT ROCK started quietly featuring a slug at the end of the issue that read “MAKE WAR NO MORE.” It was a simple and honest appeal on the part of the creators and the company to a nation still trying to heal itself from the wounds of The Vietnam War.
DC has had a long tradition of publishing war comics right up to the present day as evidenced recently by Joe Kubert’s DONG XOAI – VIETNAM 1965, DMZ, UNKNOWN SOLDIER, recent issues of SCALPED and more. And while these comics are often action-packed, adventure stories, there’s always been a strong message that war has a horrible – and too high — price. It takes a heart-breaking toll on all of us – the civilian and the soldier alike.
Go give’me a read … and have a good Memorial Day weekend.