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First Salvo's Danger's Dozen

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We're just sitting outside testing the new wireless broadband card and the laptop when I got a message from First Salvo's publisher Thad Branco informing me that twenty pages of the new comic, Danger's Dozen, have been finished and work has begun on the second issue. What's amazing about this is that the book, with the most incredible artwork from Norm Breyfogle, has yet to be landed at a publisher!!! That hasn't stopped Thad from posting the cover art and the first five pages - you can see them here.

Personally I feel this is some of Norm's finest work. The man keeps getting better and better as the years go past. He's not content to sit back and wait for work to come to him, and unlike some more famous artists (initials JB) he's not taking shortcuts with his work or turning in crap just to fulfil a contract. His commission work is just as good, again no shortcuts and only his best will do. I remember commissioning him to ink a Jack Kirby commission, No…

The Phantom Commando

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Courtesy of Kevin Patrick, here's a more detailed look at Horwitz, Maurice Bramley and The Phantom Commando. You can find Kevin's articles in the Australian magazine Collectormania, but if you can't get a copy then drop Kevin an email and I'm sure he'll help you out. Until then, enjoy!
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The Phantom Commando

By Kevin Patrick

Stanley Horwitz made his fortune from war. No, he wasn't an arms dealer, or a spy who sold military secrets to foreign powers.

Instead, Stanley Horwitz (1921 – 2001) made his money from the works of Australian writers like J.E. Macdonnell and W.R. Bennett, whose bestselling war novels formed an important part of the Horwitz Publications’ empire.

During the late 1950s, Horwitz expanded its publishing activities into comic books, launching a mixture of locally drawn titles and reprints of American comics, including many Western and war titles from the Atlas/Marvel Comics line, such as Two-Gun Kid and …