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Posted: Sunday January 22, 2017

Chuck Dixon, Kevin Kobasic, and Jimmy Palmiotti take us through the second part of a three-part Punisher storyline with "The Walking Dead." Frank has made his way back to his firebase and has uncovered the nefarious deeds of his C.O. Will he confront him or will he perish in a firefight before he can dole out ... PUNISHMENT?! Oh, stop laughing. Anyway, I cover the issue and give a very brief review (I'm saving it for the finale, I guess), cover letters and ads, and take a look at the rest of 1971.

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Posted: Sunday January 8, 2017

Frank Castle is back in the second "Punisher in 'The 'Nam'" storyline! This time around, I take a look at The 'Nam #67, the first of a three-parter starring the Marvel vigilante who was so popular in the early 1990s that he got a book about his weapons. But at this point, he's not The Punisher yet, although he does ... punish. It's brought to you by Chuck Dixon, Kevin Kobasic, and Jimmy Palmiotti. In addition to the issue, I'll also be covering the historical context for the summer of 1971.

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Posted: Sunday December 18, 2016

It's our 75th episode and that means it's time for another look at another movie about the Vietnam War. This time around, I'm joined by fellow TTF podcaster Luke Jaconetti (Earth Destruction Directive) to talk about the 1982 Sylvester Stallone movie First Blood as well as its 1985 sequel, Rambo: First Blood Part II. We talk about each movie's plot and characters as well as the novel First Blood by David Morell, and then talk about the pop culture phenomenon that was Rambo in the mid-1980s.

CONTENT WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE.

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Posted: Sunday August 14, 2016

Chuck Dixon and Kevin Kobasic bring us "Creep," the story of an American sniper that is more legend than man, in The 'Nam #66. As always, I'll have a synopsis and review of the comic and this time around, my historical context section will be focusing on the second half of 1970 and January 1971.

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Posted: Tuesday July 26, 2016

War comics legend Russ Heath joins regular writer Chuck Dixon for a story about Ice and Speed tracking a ruthless VC sniper known as The Ghost. It's all in The 'Nam #65, "The Gratitude of His People." As always, I take a complete look at the issue and this time around I'll be looking at June 1971.

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Posted: Monday July 11, 2016

It's the conclusion of a three-part story featuring Iceman and Speed in "Duty Elsewhere" from The 'Nam #64 by Chuck Dixon, Wayne Vansant, and Art Nichols. Plus, I take a look at the history of the Vietnam War in April and May 1971

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Posted: Sunday June 26, 2016

After a brief hiatus, "In Country" is back and back in The 'Nam with issue #63. We continue our three-parter featuring Iceman and Speed with a story by Chuck Dixon that features art by Wayne Vansant and Kim DeMulder. Plus, I look at events from March 1971 and read listener feedback!

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Posted: Sunday May 22, 2016

"Dirty Deeds" brings us the return of two characters from previous 'Nam missions: Speed and Iceman. Here, they are sent to retrieve an LRRP soldier who has gone rogue while back in Da Nang, the girlfriend of one of their special forces' team gets into some serious trouble. It's all in The 'Nam #62 by Chuck Dixon, Wayne Vansant and Kim DeMulder.

I'll also take a look at historical context from March 1971 and will be looking at letters and ads.

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Posted: Sunday May 1, 2016

This time around, we close out the three-issue POW storyline with "The Ville," a story by Chuck Dixon, Wayne Vansant, and Nicholas James that sees what happened to Ritchey when he escaped the POW camp. Will he make it out of the jungle alive? Or will he get caught and sentenced to an even worse fate? Find out in The 'Nam #61.

I'll also be covering historical information from March 1970 as well as letters and ads.

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Posted: Sunday April 10, 2016

Our three-part storyline about a downed airman being taken prisoner reaches its midpoint as Ritchie is forced into a POW camp and comes across Jerry Ramnarain, a character we haven't seen since about issue #16. And what ends up happening begs the question--to get out, will he sell out? It's all brought to us by Chuck Dixon, Wayne Vansant, and Kim DeMulder.

I also get into the historical information for January and February 1970 as well as letters and ads!

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Posted: Monday March 28, 2016

We are back to regular coverage with The 'Nam #59, a story called "Buff Strike" that starts as a look at the crew of a B-52 and ends up being a POW story. It's brought to us by Chuck Dixon, Wayne Vansant, and Kim DeMulder.

Plus, a look at May 1972 in the history section!

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Posted: Sunday March 6, 2016

This episode, I take time out from my regular coverage of The 'Nam to continue my look at Vietnam War movies with Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. I give a full review of the movie as well as a look at Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, the documentary that detailed the making of this infamously troubled production.

CONTENT WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE.

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Posted: Sunday February 14, 2016

We reach the conclusion to "The Death of Joe Hallen" with "Down So Long ..." in The 'Nam #58, a story written by Chuck Dixon with art by Wayne Vansant and Tony DeZuniga as well as a cover with metallic silver ink by Andy Kubert (it's about as Nineties as The 'Nam will get, kids ... at least as far as the covers go). Also in this episode, I wrap up the historical context for the year 1969 with a look at December.

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Posted: Sunday January 24, 2016

"The Death of Joe Hallen" hits its penultimate chapter with "Burned" from The 'Nam #57. Joe and his Marine unit finish their covert mission for a CIA agent and try to find their way back to more friendly territory, but things don't exactly turn out as planned. It's brought to us by Chuck Dixon, Wayne Vansant, and Tony DeZuniga. Plus, I'll take a look at the historical context for October 1970.

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Posted: Sunday January 10, 2016

"Whipping Post" is the title of The 'Nam #56 and part three of "The Death of Joe Hallen." Here we see Joe and his new unit take on a very secret, possibly sketchy mission into enemy territory that involves a connection to the Chinese and the CIA. It's brought to you by Chuck Dixon, Wayne Vansant, and Tony DeZuniga.

Also in this episode is the return of the history portion of the show, as I cover November 1969.

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Posted: Tuesday December 15, 2015

Chuck Dixon, Wayne Vansant, and Tony DeZuniga bring us part two of "The Death of Joe Hallen" in The 'Nam #55 as Joe Returns to Vietnam for some LRRP and falls in with a new group. Plus, I take a look at "Christmas in Saigon," an episode of the classic 1980s Fox television drama 21 Jump Street.

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Posted: Sunday December 13, 2015

Chuck Dixon's regular tenure as the writer for The 'Nam begins with part one of "The Death of Joe Hallen," a special five-party storyline featuring art by Wayne Vansant and Tony DeZuniga. In this issue, we get a closer look at Joe (whom we've seen briefly before) and what is waiting for him when he returns from Vietnam to Baltimore. Additionally, I take a look at another story of a vet returning home from Vietnam by looking at Bruce Springsteen's classic song, "Born in the U.S.A."

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Posted: Monday November 23, 2015

"The Long Sticks," the first Punisher Invades The 'Nam story, concludes with The 'Nam #53 in a story written by Roger Salick with art by Mike Harris and Jimmy Palmiotti. Additionally, I take a look at Tim O'Brien's 1994 novel In The Lake of the Woods.

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Posted: Monday November 2, 2015

The 'Nam heads in a brand new direction for two issues as we take a look at the Vietnam War experience of Frank Castle, who is also known as The Punisher. That's right, it's THE PUNISHER INVADES THE 'NAM! This one is brought to us by Roger Salick, Mike Harris, and Jimmy Palmiotti and is the first of a two-part story where Frank combats a fellow sniper. Don't miss "The Long Sticks" from The 'Nam #52.

Plus, stick around for bonus coverage from the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con where Jimmy Palmiotti himself tells me a little bit about his work on the book!

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Posted: Sunday October 18, 2015

Our three-part chopper pilot and donut dolly romance story comes to an end as does Doug Murray's run as the writer of The 'Nam with issue #51, "Stone Age," which has art by Herb Trimpel.

Plus, in a Halloween-themed extra feature, I take a look at "A Spectre Stalks Saigon" from an issue of DC Comics' Ghosts from the 1970s, which includes some historical context of its own.

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Posted: Sunday October 4, 2015

The 'Nam reaches a milestone with issue #50 and I continue my look at series creator Doug Murray's final story arc with this second part of a three-part story about a donut dolly and a chopper pilot. It's "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" by Doug Murray and Herb Trimpe.

Plus, in the second half of the episode, I take a look at the first episode of the 1988 coming-of-age sitcom, The Wonder Years.

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Posted: Monday September 21, 2015

Doug Murray returns to give us the first of a three-part story arc about a helicopter pilot in what will be his final storyline on the book. It's The 'Nam #49, "What They're Fighting For," brought to you by Doug Murray and Herb Trimpe.

Plus, in the "added feature" portion of the episode, I take a look at the second (and last) "5th to the 1st" piece by Dough Murray and Michael Golden from Savage Tales #4, "The Sniper.

Plus ... listener email!

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Posted: Monday September 7, 2015

Chuck Dixon returns for another issue and Wayne Vansant and Tony DeZuniga hande the art on "The C-Note" from The 'Nam #48. Also in this episode is the added bonus of another story--in fact, it's the very first Doug Murray and Michael Golden story from Savage Tales #1, "The 5th to the 1st."

Plus ... listener feedback!

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Posted: Sunday August 23, 2015

Jacqueline Zambrano writes a fill-in issue that addresses the racial tension between two of the guys of the 23rd in a story titled "Brothers-in-Arms," which features art by Wayne Vansant and Tony DeZuniga. It's all in The 'Nam #47!

Also, starting this episode, I cover another piece of Vietnam-related pop culture. For my first extra feature, I take a look at G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #26 and 27: "Snake Eyes: The Origin," which was written by Larry Hama with art by Hama, Steve Leialoh, Frank Springer, and Andy Mushynsky.

Plus ... listener feedback!

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Posted: Sunday August 9, 2015

Chuck Dixon returns to fill in and give us a look at a group of Marines in late April 1970 with issue #46 of The 'Nam. It's a story that actually seeds something for later on down the line, although we'll have a couple of other storylines before we get there. So check out "On the Clock" by Chuck Dixon, Wayne Vansant, and Tony DeZuniga. Plus, I'll have historical context, which includes a musical selection by Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young; as well as listener feedback, which includes some Iron Maiden!

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Posted: Sunday August 2, 2015

We are back to our usual business this time around and back to Vietnam with a little detour into the Korean War along the way as Martini and Daniels find a soldier's diary and we see his life in the army as told over the course of nearly 20 years. It's The 'Nam #45, "Looking Out for Number One" by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant and Tony DeZuniga.

As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be taking a look at the historical context, letters and ads. Plus, I have a special announcement concerning the show's format as well as listener feedback!

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Posted: Thursday July 9, 2015

Just after my extra-sized episode 50 comes another special episode. This time, I am talking about The 'Nam but instead of covering a specific issue, I have a special guest, 'Nam creator and writer Doug Murray! He and I sat down to talk about his experience in the war, his comics career, his time on the book, and the work he is currently doing as a novelist.

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Posted: Sunday June 28, 2015

It's an extra-sized 50th episode of In Country. We've hit the halfway point in our journey through The 'Nam as well as our look at the Vietnam War as a whole, so it's time to look at a novel and movie that share a name with this podcast: In Country. In this episode, I take a look at the novel In Country, which was written by Bobbie Ann Mason and was published in 1984. It's the story of Sam Hughes, a teenage girl in Kentucky whose father died in the war and her efforts to discover more about who seh is so that she can better understand him as well as her uncle Emmett, who continues to cope with his Vietnam experience. The film version, from 1989, was directed by Norman Jewison and stars Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd.

A quick note: This episode contains explicit language

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Posted: Sunday May 17, 2015

Doug Murray is back after a brief fill-in by Chuck Dixon for The 'Nam #44, a story entitled "Football Hero" that is a meditation on the fear that can paralyze a man, especially in the 'Nam.

As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be taking a look at the historical context, letters and ads.

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Posted: Sunday May 10, 2015

Chuck Dixon fills in for regular writer Doug Murray with a tale that takes us forward in time to April 1970. "The Weight" is a collection of three separate war stories told by GIs in a bar in Saigon with art by Wayne Vansant and Geof Isherwood and a cover you heard Mr. Vansant talk about when I interviewed him in episode 14. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be taking a look at the historical context, letters and ads.

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Posted: Sunday April 19, 2015

We are back in The 'Nam with this episode as I take a look at The 'Nam #42, which is called "Inquiry" and was written by Doug Murray with art by Wayne Vansant and Stan Drake. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be taking a look at the historical context, letters and ads. And this episode has some special historical context to it, as issue #42 takes place in July 1969 so I spend some time on the Apollo 11 moon landing.

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Posted: Sunday April 12, 2015

It's time for another break from our regular coverage of The 'Nam to talk about a classic Vietnam War movie. This time around, I take a look at Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, the 1987 film starring Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Adam Baldwin, and Vincent D'Onofrio. It's a film known for its look at basic training as well as how war can harden a soldier. I give some backstory on the film, a summary, and review.

WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

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Posted: Sunday March 22, 2015

THOR! IRON MAN! CAPTAIN AMERICA! In The 'Nam?!?! That's right, True Believers, it's an action-packed issue of our favorite book featuring the mightiest heroes of the Marvel Universe! Join me as I take a look at The 'Nam #41, brought to you by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood! As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be taking a look at the historical context, letters and ads.

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Posted: Sunday March 8, 2015

Up the river without a battle? NOT IN THE 'NAM! It's time for The 'Nam #40, a story that features the crew of a PT boat headed down river where they get into some real deep trouble. It's brought to us by writer Doug Murray and guest artist Pepe Moreno. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be taking a look at the historical context, letters and ads.

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Posted: Monday February 23, 2015

Freedom ... OR DEATH! The struggle between a Vietnamese father and son over their ideals and feelings toward the American troops in their country is shown in The 'Nam #43, which is brought to us by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Monday February 9, 2015

"If the sniper doesn't get him ... the land mine will!" Tensions come to a head among the boys of the 23rd and there's some tense action in The 'Nam #42, which is brought to us by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday January 25, 2015

The 23rd gets ambushed in the main plot and subplots come to a head in "Colorblind," which is the title of The 'Nam #37, a comic brought to you by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday January 11, 2015

In Country is back for a new year ... not just 2015, but 1969! January 1969 kicks off with The 'Nam#36: "What's Going On?" a story where the racial tensions among the boys of the 23rd start to come to a head. Brought to you by Doug Murray and Wayne Vansant. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday December 14, 2014

"Sounds of Silence" is the title of issue #35 of The 'Nam and here we see the start of an important subplot involving racial tension between some of the boys of the 23rd. We also catch up with Ed Marks as he has a short conversation about My Lai right before heading home for Christmas break. It's December 1968 and it's all brought to you by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday November 30, 2014

In "Phoenix," the 23rd encounters some unsavory goings-on in a village and we get a little clue into Ice's past. It's The 'Nam #38, brought to you by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

WARNING: The episode has an explicit tag due to graphic description of torture.

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Posted: Sunday November 16, 2014

After a bit of a detour back in the world, we're in the 'Nam again and so is Daniels, the communications officer who was more cut-up than cut out for combat. But he's there reluctantly and has definitely changed. It's "Back in the Saddle Again" in The 'Nam #33 by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Monday November 3, 2014

It's the summer of 1968 and back home in Chicago, Pig's brother Teddy joins a group of protesters outside of the Democratic National Convention while Pig is in Vietnam fighting off the latest VC attack. Join us for The 'Nam #32, "Land of the Free," brought to you by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday October 19, 2014

Issue #31 brings closure to the subplot involving the 23rd's resident comic geek, Aeder. "Fire and Ice" is brought to you by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday October 5, 2014

We take a look at "Bunker Line" and July 1968 in issue #30 of The 'Nam, a story that introduces Lt. Biggs and shows Ice and Pig's return to action. It's brought to us by Murray, Vansant and Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday September 21, 2014

"War and Peace" is the title of issue #29 of The 'Nam and what we've got here is a look at the rest of the world while the guys from the 23rd take a little R&R. This episode is full of historical context including events that are important and notable from June 1968. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday September 7, 2014

The 23rd is officially deployed near the Cambodian border in "The Border Line" and we're introduced to several new characters who we'll see quite a bit of in the next year's worth of comics. It's The 'Nam #28, brought to you by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday August 24, 2014

"Like A Candle in the Wind" is the title of issue #27 of The 'Nam and is a "fill-in" story where Clark hears the story of a wounded soldier he is helping. It's a harrowing, sad tale brought to us by Doug Murray and guest artist Sam Glanzman. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday August 10, 2014

We are back in The 'Nam with a look at "Auld Acquaintance" from The 'Nam #26, a story that takes a look at the current lives of characters from the original year of the issue: Ed, Sarge, Top, Rob, Thomas, and Frank. Meanwhile, the 23rd moves from its current base of operations to Tay Ninh. Brought to you by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Monday July 28, 2014

One hundred years ago, the world went to war. After living through the war, a German soldier and writer named Erich Maria Remarque took his experiences and wrote them into a novel, All Quiet on the Western Front. In this episode, I take a break from the Vietnam War and look back at Remarque's World War I novel, giving it a full synopsis and review, then taking a look at two movie versions, and spending time on the poetry and songs of the First World War Era.

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Posted: Thursday July 10, 2014

The Tet Offensive continues with "Hue: City of Death," a story about Marines told via the 23rd's own Andy Clark in The 'Nam #25, brought to us by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Monday June 30, 2014

It's 1968 and the beginning of the Tet Offensive in "The Beginning of the End," a story by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood that sees the 23rd encountering events that have historical significance when it comes to the media's coverage of the war. That's in The 'Nam #24. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads. After listening to the episode, I encourage you to go check out the show notes at Pop Culture Affidavit. I've included the famous Eddie Adams photograph described in the issue as well as some video about it.

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Posted: Sunday June 15, 2014

It's Christmas time in the 'Nam and we see the boys of the 23rd treated to some genuine USO entertainment, even if it is a "Blue Christmas" for some of them. It'sThe 'Nam #23, presented to you by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Frank Springer. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday June 1, 2014

It's Thanksgiving and that means ... well, humpin' in in the boonies, unfortunately. But the focus on this issue is not necessary the misery of our boys in the 23rd; rather it's a look at the VC. The 'Nam issue #22, "Thanks for Thanksgiving," is brought to you by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday May 18, 2014

This time around, we have "Do Not Forsake Me" from The 'Nam #21, a story that develops the potential romance between Clark and his nurse friend, Jane. Unfortunately, things don't always go the way we hope they will. Brought to you by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Wednesday May 14, 2014

This time around, it's "Dominoes," The 'Nam #20, where we see the boys of the 23rd team up with Thai soldiers and get some resolution in the fragging of Alarnick storyine. Brought to you by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday May 4, 2014

We're back in The 'Nam with a look at issue #19, "Milk Run." This time, the guys of the 23rd help out a Marine who's been shot down. Brought to you by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Monday April 21, 2014

This time around, I take another break from regular coverage of The 'Nam for an extra-sized episode where I talk to Wayne Vansant, who was the penciller on The 'Nam for more than 50 issues and has a long career writing and penciling comics and graphic novels of his own. We discuss his career, his work on The 'Nam, and his most recent work, Katusha, Girl Soldier of the Patriotic War, a story about the war between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany during World War II.

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Posted: Sunday April 6, 2014

In this special episode, I take a break from my regular coverage of The 'Nam to present the first film in an occasional series of Vietnam War movies, Platoon. Directed by Oliver Stone and winner of Best Picture for 1986, Platoon tells the story of Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) as he endures his tour in Vietnam. I give some backstory on the film, a summary, and review.

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Posted: Sunday March 23, 2014

The storyline involving Lt. Alarnick comes to an explosive end in "The Bombs Bursting ...," a story that sees bad times ahead for Rob and a crucial decision made by Clark. Brought to you by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday March 9, 2014

Another issue, another month, another story. "Back in the Boonies," issue #17 of The 'Nam introduces us to two new characters and continues the growing tension between the men of the 23rd and Lieutenant Alarnick. Brought to you by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday February 23, 2014

The second year of The 'Nam continues as two long-standing characters leave: Sarge on a chopper and Ramnarain via capture. And in the middle is Rob, trying to keep everything together. It's "Good for the Goose" by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday February 9, 2014

Join me this time for one part of a special two-part crossover with "The Quarter Bin Podcast" over at the Relatively Geeky Podcast Network as Professor Alan and I look at The 'Nam #15. In this issue by Doug Murray, Wayne Vansant, and Geof Isherwood, Ed Marks writes a letter from home relating his experience after leaving the 'nam at the end of issue #13. So listen here for my take on the issue and then head over to The Relatively Geeky Network to hear Professor Alan's take! As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday January 26, 2014

After taking a look at The Things They Carried, it's time to return to The 'Nam with issue #14, "Fatigue Duty." We spend our first issue after Ed Marks's departure getting to know some of the other boys of the 23rd courtesy of Doug Murray and Wayne Vansant. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday January 12, 2014

After a year in The 'Nam, I take a break to review and discuss Tim O'Brien's 1990 novel, The Things They Carried, which is a seminal work in Vietnam War literature.

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Posted: Monday December 30, 2013

Ed Marks' tour in Vietnam ends in this issue as does Michael Golden's tenure as the book's penciller. Join me as I take a look at "... And a Wakeup," the end of the first year of "The 'Nam" courtesy of Doug Murray, Michael Golden, and Bob Camp. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Thursday December 19, 2013

John Severin does a fill-in issue on art and Doug Murray gives us a letter home from Ed Marks as the boys of the 23rd take part in Operation: Cedar Falls. It's "From Cedar Falls, With Love" in "The 'Nam" #12. Plus: Meatloaf, Humongous Rock Star of the Universe! As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Monday December 2, 2013

1966 draws to a close as Doug Murray and Michael Golden bring us Christmas in the 'Nam with issue #11 and "'Tis the Season," a story that shows that sometimes your favorite holidays can get interrupted by Charlie when you don't really want them to. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Monday November 18, 2013

Episode 10 of "In Country" covers issue 10 of The 'Nam, where Ed Marks copes with the death of Mike Albergo from the previous issue while on patrol in the city. Plus, we get a little more insight into the character of Ramnarain in "Guerilla Action" by Doug Murray, Michael Golden, and John Beatty. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Tuesday November 5, 2013

A major event in the lives of the 23rd and Ed Marks's experience in "The 'Nam" occurs in this episode, as I take a look at issue #9, "Pride Goeth ...," which is brought to us by Doug Murray, Michael Golden, and John Beatty. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue Ill be talking about the storys historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, ‘Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Wednesday October 23, 2013

Let's head into the tunnels with "In the Underground" from The 'Nam #8, an issue that also reprints one of Doug Murray and Michael Golden's "5th of the First" stories from Savage Tales. It's two stories about tunnel rats for the price of one! As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be talking about the story's historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, 'Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Monday October 7, 2013

This time around we take a break from the month-by-month in real time look at the Vietnam War for a history lesson. Wayne Vansant, who would eventually become the book's regular penciller, joins Doug Murray and Michael Golden for a look at the origins of the Vietnam War in "Good Old Days." As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be talking about the story's historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, 'Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday September 22, 2013

Only happy when it rains? You're the exception to the rule, especially in "The 'Nam" as Ed Marks and the boys deal with the constant downpours of monsoon season in a story that can only be called "Monsoon." It's issue #6 of "The 'Nam." As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be talking about the story's historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, 'Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday September 8, 2013

The boys go into the brush for Episode 5 of "In Country," which takes a look at issue #5 of "The 'Nam." Written by Doug Murray, penciled by Michael Golden, and inked by John Beatty, it's "Humpin' the Boonies," a story that features events from June of 1966. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be talking about the story's historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, 'Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday August 25, 2013

Episode 4 of "In Country" is breaking news for the folks at home, or at least that's what the guys in the 23rd think when they have a camera crew tag along with them on what should be a routine day. However, things don't go as they think it will. "Six O'Clock News" is written by Doug Murray, penciled by Michael Golden, inked by Pepe Moreno and features events from May of 1966. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be talking about the story's historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, 'Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Monday August 12, 2013

It's episode 3 of "In Country" and time for a little R&R for Ed Marks and his friends as they take a long weekend in Saigon but wind up getting more than they bargained for in The 'Nam #3: "Three Day Pass." The issue was written by Doug Murray, pencilled by Michael Golden, inked by Armando Gil and features events from April 1966. As always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be talking about the story's historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, 'Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Monday July 29, 2013

An issue-by-issue recap of The 'Nam continues with issue #2 of the Marvel Comics series. We continue to follow the tour of duty of Ed Marks in "Dustoff," written by Doug Murray, pencilled by Michael Golden, and inked by Armando Gil, which takes place in March of 1966. And as always, in addition to the summary and review of the issue I'll be talking about the story's historical context as well as taking a look at the letters, 'Nam Notes, and ads.

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Posted: Sunday July 14, 2013

Introducing a brand-new podcast about The 'Nam, Marvel Comics' Vietnam War comic book that ran from 1986-1993. Over the course of the next 100 episodes, I will cover every single issue of the series as well as some unpublished stories and other pop culture featuring the Vietnam War.

This episode features issue #1 of The 'Nam, where Doug Murray and Michael Golden introduce us to Ed Marks, a newly drafted G.I. who is about to start serving in the Vietnam War in 1966. I'll take you through the issue's events, give my opinion/critique and will also provide some historical and cultural context for the month when the story takes place (in this case, February 1966). I'll also cover the issue's lettercolumn as well as ads. So join me as I take my first step into ... The 'Nam.

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