This is basically a signal boost for a new Kickstarter project to collect and complete “The Lonely War of Captain Willy Schulz,” a serialized story that was first published in Charlton’s Fightin’ Army in the late 1960s.
The linked post explains everything, but I think it’s worth emphasizing that the art in the original series was done by the late, great Sam Glanzman, about whom various AJS contributors have written previously (including a shout-out for another Kickstarter campaign).
The story was considered controversial at the time, because the main character, the titular Capt. Willy Schultz, a an ethnic German US soldier in World War II, deserts to the German side to escape court martial and execution for a crime he didn’t commit. It deals with themes such as divided loyalties and the true costs of any war. Apparently the US military actually put some quiet pressure on Charlton to put a stop to the series, which they did (besides the above link, there’s more details at this blog post from 2012). It’s also noteworthy that the writer, Will Franz, was only 16 years old when he started writing the story.
The story was actually never finished, so this new hardcover will finally have the story’s conclusion, written by original writer Franz, with the art on the newer material being done by Wayne Vansant. Vansant was approached to do this even before Glanzman passed away last year, as the latter told Franz that he wouldn’t be able to do the work due to advanced age and health problems.
If you’re a fan of war comics, or just cult comics from the past with some controversy swirling around them, this seems like a project well worth consideration for support.