Samuel J. Glanzman is an American comic book artist, best known for his war comics. He started working in comics through packager Funnies Inc as early as 1939, and among the early publishers he contributed towere Centaur, Harvey Comics and Lev Gleason. During this period, he created the superhero 'Fly-Man' in 1941 and he was one of the artists for 'Green Hornet Comics'. His brother Louis was also active in the field of comic books.
As a sailor, he served on the U.S.S. Stevens during World War II. He didn't resume his comics activities after his discharge in 1946, but found employment in cabinet shops, lumber mills and boat yards and eventually at Republic Aviation in Farmingdale in Long Island, New York.
Human Meteor (1943)
Glanzman did his first post-war artwork for the Eastern Color series 'Heroic Comics' and 'New Heroic Comics' in 1950, before getting assignments for children's books illustrations. By 1958 he began a collaboration with Charlton Comics, where he drew stories for most of the company's war titles until 1961. These included 'Attack', 'Battlefield Action', 'Fightin' Air Force', 'Fightin' Marines' and 'War at Sea', among other titles.
From a comic story from 'Attack'.
He continued to work in the same genre for Dell Publishing in the early 1960s, contributing to titles like 'Combat'. He also drew the movie adapation of 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea', as well as a similar title called 'Voyage to the Deep', as well as the adventure serial 'Kona, Monarch of the Monster Isle'.
His 1960s Charlton work inlcude a comic book adapation of the 'Marco Polo' film in 1962 as well as 'Tarzan' stories. Together with Joe Gill, Glanzman created the detective 'Sarge Steel' and, most notably, the comic book series 'Hercules: Adventures of the Man-God' from 1967 to 1969. All the while, he continued to draw war stories and one of the most remarkable was 'The Loneley War of Willy Schultz', which he created with writer Will Franz and dealt with a conflicted hero and his battle between loyalties.
Weird War Tales
In 1969, Sam Glanzman began a memorable comic book series, 'U.S.S. Stevens', published in the various DC war titles like 'Our Army at War'. It was based on his experiences in World War II. This series, spanning at least 58 chapters between 1970 and 1977, is one of the great achievements in war comics. Each story is an exploration of one of the many facets of war. He also drew 'Haunted Tank' stories for 'G.I. Combat' until 1987 and also did contributions to some of DC's supernatural mystery titles.
Later in his career, Glanzman used his experiences with the U.S.S. Stevens for several short stories in Marvel's 'Savage Tales', titled 'Of War and Peace: Tales by MAS' (1986), while also drawing for Marvel's 'Semper Fi' comic book. Even more explicitly autobiographical work appeared in the two graphic novels 'A Sailor's Story (Marvel, 1987) and 'A Sailor's Story 2: Winds, Dreams and Dragons' (Marvel, 1989), and a 10-page story published by DC in 1992. Glanzman remained active until the mid 1990s, doing inking chores for DC's 'Jonah Hex', Acclaim's 'Turok Dinosaur Hunter' and Topps' 'Zorro'. His final published comic stories were his contributions to the anthologies 'Streetwise' (TwoMorrows Publishing, 2000) and '9-11: The World's Finest Comic Book Writers & Artists Tell Stories to Remember' (2002). After that, Glanzman focused on webcomics, creating the historical adventure series 'Apple Jack' and 'The Eagle', the latter in cooperation with Will Franz.