In yet another in a long, long line of:
a) Why oh why didn't I buy this great comic at the time and
b) That's funny, I could've sworn I'd done a post about this character already.
So we arrive, and not before time, at the bivouac of The Unknown Soldier, possibly THE most pulpish of comic characters not actually taken from the pulps.
Here's the deal if you were as dumb as I was at the time, and never checked him out:
In the early days of World War II, a young GI is caught in a grenade blast that destroys his face, and kills his older brother.
Refusing to let this slow him down for a second, our unnamed hero becomes both a master of disguise AND the deadliest killer in the US army, taking on the dirty, impossible missions no on else would dare.
But then he is, as he describes himself: 'The man with "suicide" for a middle name.'
Is that genius or what?
The early issues were by Joe Kubert, Bob Haney, Doug Wildey and, slightly less impressively, Jack Sparling, but I want to jump ahead to the real golden era for this strip, when The Soldier had his adventures related by David Michelinie & Gerry Talaoc, a perfect team if ever there was one.
This is their first issue together, and is kind of a reboot, being the first time we ever saw the actual damage our hero sustained to his face, and it's an absolute belter of a mission statement.
The Man No One Knows, But Is Known By Everyone. Here he is: