We still have plenty of material from the 40’s and 50’s left to cover, but for today’s Column, we’re skipping over to the late 60’s to freshen up the content a little bit.
The Brave and the Bold was a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1955-1983. The focus of this series most commonly featured a team-up of characters from across the DC Universe. As part of my series on “The Art of War,” focusing on the military in comics, I found several Brave and The Bold Comics that featured Sgt. Rock teaming up with, of all people, Batman.
In my younger days as a lover of war comics, I never read any of these treasures. These two heroes team up in strange ways to fight the enemy in different time periods. In a comic published in 1969, Batman teams up with Sgt.Rock for the first time in a fantastic issue called, “The Angel, the Rock, and the Cowl”.
In a series of flashbacks, Bruce Wayne shows up in Nazi occupied France during World War 2. He comes in contact with Sgt.Rock and Easy Company. They find a large number of wine bottles that the Nazis were using to smuggle secret weapons parts to be used in the D-Day Invasion.
Batman and Sgt. Rock work together to stop the operation. They also rescue a group of French hostages from a Nazi firing squad. Together, they blow up the wine bottles. They contained deadly nerve gas. Sgt. Rock later saves Batman in London when he was on leave. This team-up was a great success and Batman and Sgt. Rock appeared in seven other stories. I will report on them in future issues of the “Art of War”.