Issue by Issue – Capt. Storm #3

Writer – Robert Kanigher, Hank Chapman
Aritst – Irv Novick, Joe Kubert

Two stories once again grace this book with the first featuring the man the book is named after in Death of a PT Boat. Written by Robert Kanigher and drawn by Irv Novick, it finds Captain Storm helming his ship and under attack by a couple of Zeroes. After some quick thinking and some incredible action, he and his men manage to come out of it with their ship intact but not before Storm’s Jaygee took a few bullets to save his commanding officer. This action weighs on Storm and even while on leave, he cannot help but think about it. Unbeknownst to him, he also happens to meet his newest crew member and Storm believes him to be a man that pities him because of his wooden leg. Once back upon the ship, Storm officially meets the man and that, along with the death of his former officer drives him to do his utmost. His latest run finds the boat up against multiple threats and once again, Storm’s quick thinking is the only thing that keeps him and his crew safe, that and their bravery and complete faith in their captain who has proven himself multiple times. That being said, the boat is lost though the men are saved and the man who doubted the captain with the wooden leg doubts no more. Following up this tale is that of a man who doubts himself and now after having joined the armed forces, is looking to find a confidence that has eluded him for some time. Called The Empty Cockpit by Hank Chapman and the great Joe Kubert, the story involves Spad Number Seven, a plane that served its pilot well and that pilot who would become legendary. The plane’s seat remains empty until someone worthy can fill it and Lt. Danner wants to be the man to fill it. As it is, he has incredibly bad luck and he comes back from every mission a failure, much to the chagrin of his peers. Sometime later after he has been riding a desk for a while, there is a front by the enemy that requires him to hit the skies again and this time, things go much different for Danner as he takes on the enemy with courage and a lot of luck. When given the chance to take the seat of old Number Seven he refuses, wanting it to be something other men can aspire to. Both stories in this book ended up being fantastic both in terms of writing and artwork and as a whole, worked quite well.

4 out of 5

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