*War: A spiritual ancestor of Marvel’s Sgt. Fury, Combat Casey was one of the recurring battle characters in Atlas’ war anthologies who proved popular enough to win his own title, commencing with issue #6 (previously ‘War Combat’) in 1953 and winding up with #34 in 1957. Casey was, like many of his brethren, a scourge of the Koreans (or occasionally the Red Chinese, just to mix things up), though the writers seemed to dismiss all Eastern races under the general heading of ‘Commies’, as Casey’s opponents were seen shouting things like the Japanese exclamation ‘Banzai!’. Cultural sensitivity, alas, was decades away. The series commenced Pre-Code, and Casey took full advantage of that, with often extreme levels of violence (under the notorious hand of artist Robert Q Sale), characterised by a very dark humour indeed. We have 28 of the 29-issue run (missing only #25), in conditions ranging from Fair to Fine. In addition to Sale, other contributors include Heath, Maneely and Severin, for a high standard of artwork throughout. Pictured are #13 (FN £50) and #19 (FN £50). For prices and grades on the rest, see our online catalogue.