Today I'm offering for sale the first two Marvel Comic Books titled "The 'NAM" by Doug Murray and Michael Golden. From 1987 through 1989 twelve The 'NAM Comic Books were issued. This is the story of a fresh faced draftee Private First Class Edward Marks and the 23rd Infantry as seen through the eyes of Doug Murray who saw action along with his first hand experiences during his tour in Vietnam.
The first two comics are very well written as they depict the interactions between soldiers and a higher-ups. In the first two comics the Sargent in charge of his unit can't see eye to eye with the First Sargent in charge of the 23rd Infantry Mechanized Division. Listed below is each comic and a little idea of the contents found in each one.
1.) Marvel Comics Group, The 'NAM Comic Book, Volume 1, Number 1, from December 1986. The story is titled 'NAM: First Patrol. The first issue is the story of a young soldier named Edward Marks as he leaves home for his first taste of independence and war. After boot camp he finds himself in an Air Force transport heading for Vietnam and the Saigon Airport. Upon landing they were faced with enemy fire, you'll get used to it yelled out another soldier. After meeting the First Sargent named Top he heads off to his sleeping quarters were he meets other soldiers and the Sargent in charge named Polkow who was responsible in trying to keep the young soldier alive.
The very next morning at 0430 PFC Marks heads out on his first search and destroy patrol. During the patrol he learns how to look for danger signs before Charlie finds him. After fire fights on his first day a fellow soldier asks, well, Boy you made it. You've had your first taste of Combat! you're a Vet! How does it feel?
There are 30 pages. This comic is in near mint condition.
2.) Marvel Comics Group, The 'NAM Comic Book, Volume 1, Number 2, January 1987. Titled “Dust Off", this issue takes place one month later and follows PFC Marks and fellow soldiers and focuses on combat against Charlie throughout the entire comic. After three days on patrol these men are looking for some well-earned rest but First Sargent Top has other ideas and tells Sargent Polkow he wants his men back on patrol after only 4 hours of rest and to report to the motor pool. Both men don't see eye to eye and come to blows at the end of this issue. There are 28 pages. The comic is in near mint condition.
Oh by the way, Stan Lee had a big hand in making The 'NAM Comic Book a highly sought after comic by comic book collectors.
It's amazing how well-written these comics are. Doug Murray captured what our brave men went through while fighting for our country and at the same time fighting to keep alive praying that one day they'll get home to their loved ones.
God Bless Our Vets and Those Who Fought in Vietnam!!
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