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    Russ Heath - Original Art for Our Army at War #257 Group (DC,1973). This sterling group of pages is from one of the most coveted issues of Heath's fabled run on the Sgt. Rock character. Heath brought a "magic realism" to the DC war stories, his storytelling, lighting schemes, and staged action reminds one of the gritty realism of a Sam Fuller war film. This story was written by Sgt. Rock's creator, Robert Kanigher, as Rock sees action in the Pacific. Shot down and parachuting from his USA air-transport, Rock is forced into battle with Japanese gunners isolated on a remote isle, engaging in hand to hand combat, and even hang-gliding, in this tale of "The Castaway." The story is almost complete, missing only page 4. Heath rarely used white-out in his art, so the condition of the pages is excellent. There are minor tape residue stains midway on the left and right borders of each page where production hands had taped each of the pages together. The art area is not affected in most cases. 10.5" x 16" art paper with an image area of 10" x 15", the indicia box type on page one is clean and unstained. Included is a dynamic double-page splash sequence on pages 2 and 3, a staple storytelling device of the DC war comics.

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