Sam Glanzman Forever!

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Raised by 231 people in 19 months
Golden age comic book legend, and WWII veteran, Sam Glanzman recently entered the first stages of hospice care.  Glanzman had a fall recently, which resulted in an operation, and his body has had a hard time bouncing back.  Sadly, Sam passed away Wednesday, July 12th, at 2:30am.

In 1939, while still a teenager, Sam Glanzman produced his first professional comic book art (under the tutelage of his older brother, Lew Glanzman).  A few years later he entered WWII, serving in the pacific theater, as a sailor aboard the U.S.S. Stevens.  After the war, Glanzman began drawing comics again and never looked back!  Not only was he prolific, producing thousands of pages of art over the decades, but he showed himself to be a true storyteller.  This can be seen best within the panels of the 4-5 page U.S.S. Stevens stories, based on his real life experiences -and those he served with- during WWII.  These stories also happen to contain some of the first biographical work EVER done in comics.  Along with speaking frankly about the horrors of war, Glanzman also bravely addressed issues of race and homosexuality, at a time when those things were simply not part of the conversation in mainstream comics.

Never big on self promotion, Glanzman has quietly had a massive impact over the years on the entire comic book industry.  His work as a writer and artist has inspired hundreds of pro comic book creators, and his stories have touched the hearts and minds of tens of thousands of fans around the world. Here are just a few things that have been said about Glanzman, and his work:

“Sam Glanzman is one of the great storytellers of 20th century comics.”
– The A.V. Club

“…one of the great comics figures of his generation.”
– Comic Book Resources

"I love Sam Glanzman and his art!" –Jim Steranko

“Talk about a master, you have to talk about Sam Glanzman.”
– Joe Lansdale

“Mr. Glanzman has my admiration, respect, and profound gratitude.”
– Garth Ennis

“Glanzman’s a giant, a national treasure in the field of illustration. His comics work is rightfully legendary.”
– Mark Waid

“Sam Glanzman has to be one of the most honest, dedicated and engaging cartoonists in comics history.”
– Kurt Busiek

“For what it’s worth, I can honestly say I have a career in comics because of Sam and his artwork.”
– Stephen R. Bissette

“…the first cartoonist to take the genre formula of war comics and turn it on its head…”
– Paul Levitz

“Sam Glanzman is one of the most neglected stars. It’s a shame that a talent like his has been so overlooked when writing about those who made comic books the exciting medium they are.”
– Stan Lee



This GoFundMe campaign has a two-fold purpose.  First, we are trying to raise the funds to produce a book entitled SAM GLANZMAN FOREVER, which will be jammed packed with tributes from both comic book pros and fans alike, along with photos, letters and unpublished art from Glanzman's personal collection!  Next, after the production and shipping costs of the book are covered, the rest of the funds will go to Sam's wife Sue.  Aside from the extra medical bills, Glanzman's deteriorating health and recent passing made it impossible for him to contribute to the household income, putting more and more pressure on his wife (who is struggling with serious health issues of her own).  We hope that this GoFundMe campaign will help Sue pay the extra medical bills resulting from his recent Hospice care, and also for his funeral.

Sam Glanzman served his country proudly during WWII, and he spent the rest of his life enriching our lives with his incredibly powerful and entertaining stories.  It is my hope that this GoFundMe campaign will produce a beautiful book of tribute to Mr. Glanzman, and provide a little financial support for his wife Sue in her time of need.  Big or small, every single contribution is greatly appreciated.

Lastly, Sam wouldn't want us walking around feeling bad about how things are.  This tribute book is being put together to celebrate his life and accomplishments!  He would want us to think of him and his stories, and smile.

-Drew Ford

p.s.  For those who are wondering who I am, I have been working for the past several years to get Glanzman's out of print work back on the shelves of comic shops and book stores.  To date, I have edited and helped bring to publication four collections of his work (one of which has been nominated for an Eisner Award), with more on the way.  It has been, and continues to be, an honor to help Sam Glanzman get his work back in print, to be enjoyed by as many readers and fans as possible.

p.p.s. As a heads up, I will be posting updates with sneak peaks at what will be in the tribute book, along with fun stuff such as original artwork, that will be available as rewards you can pick up along the way.
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Just a reminder that we are still looking for tributes for the SAM GLANZMAN FOREVER tribute book. It can be an essay, a pin-up drawing, a comic strip, a poem, a photo, or something else that in one way or another pays tributes to Sam Glanzman. We are looking for tributes from professionals and fans alike. If you were in some way touched by Sam and/or his comic book work, and you would like to submit something to the tribute book, we would love to have it! Thanks!

Also, another quick reminder that the Kickstarter to bring back the DUNKIRK issue COMBAT by Sam Glanzman will end in less than a week. If you want to back this project, time is running out. Here is the link:

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I thought that all the Sam Glanzman fans on here would like to know that we just launched a new Kickstarter campaign to bring back the first of many issues of Sam's COMBAT comic book series. COMBAT was originally published in the 1960s, and all 26 issues were illustrated by Sam. We (at my publishing imprint) thought it would fun to reprint these comics, with all the art cleaned up and color corrected, for long time fans to enjoy, and new fans to discover for the first time. Each issue contains a stand along story from WWII (along with a 4 page back-up story), so you don't have to read one issue to read the next. Great for fans, and great for retailers, because comics that don't depend on other comics to tell their stories have a much longer shelf life. Anyway, we are looking for backers on Kickstarter to help us put these awesome issues of COMBAT back into print. The first issue contains the story of DUNKIRK (yes, we thought the recent movie might help us grab some press). Anyway, check out the link to the Kickstarter, and if you like what you see, throw us a pledge. Thanks for taking a look, and for all the support you have shown thus far. Take care.

LINK: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/922494658/combat-dunkirk-comic-book-by-sam-glanzman-w-walter


Drew Ford
Cover to COMBAT: DUNKIRK comic book
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Just wanted to send out this quick update, letting everyone know that the second printing of t-shirts came in, and have been sent out to everyone who donated for a t-shirt. The Red Range books donated for on here have also been sent out. Thank you so much for your incredible support.

And for anyone who is interested, you can still grab a t-shirt for a donation of $30, or a copy of Red Range for a donation of $40. Lots of original art still available as well. If you have any questions about any of these rewards, just send me a message. Thank you.

Drew Ford
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Just so everyone knows, the last two featured pages of original comic book art by Sam Glanzman were quickly grabbed up! But don't worry, we have more. In fact, this update contains the next featured page of available original comic book art by Sam Glanzman! When someone tries to assassinate Robin Hood, the man who set up the assassination gets a few arrows above his bed, sending a message to 'knock it off'! Gotta be hard to get back to sleep after something like that. But I guess that's what you get for trying to kill the Thief of Sherwood! Yours for a $200 donation. And don't forget that the incredible sketch of ATTU by the legendary Al Milgrom is still available for a $250 donation. Thanks for taking a look!
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$17,110 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 231 people in 19 months
$25 gets you a PDF copy of the Sam Glanzman Forever book, filled with writing and art by comic book pros and fans alike, all paying tribute to Sam Glanzman!
$50 gets you a print copy of the Sam Glanzman Forever book, filled with writing and art by comic book pros and fans alike, all paying tribute to Sam Glanzman!
Haunted Tank
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A donation of $175 will get you this original Haunted Tank pencil drawing on tracing paper! (see update #3 for image)
Retailer Reward
Retailers! Wanna carry SAM GLANZMAN FOREVER! in your store? Just donate $125 here, and get 5 copies of the book for half off! Normally they are $50 each.
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$225 gets you nine 8.5" x 11" rough pencil sketches on tracing paper of Sgt. Rock by Sam Glanzman. They come out to only $25 each!
Comic Art
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$200 for one original page of APPLE JACK, ROBIN HOOD, RED RANGE, ATTU or COOK'S TOUR art.
$30 gets you this stylish Sam Glanzman U.S.S. Stevens t-shirt, which will allow you to show your love for Sam at the next comic convention, or just around town!
Red Range Book
$40 gets you a copy of Sam Glanzman's most recently published work, the RED RANGE graphic novel, written by Joe R. Lansdale and illustrated by Sam Glanzman!
Double Page Art
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$400 gets you one of the Robin Hood original art double page spreads. Only 3 available! http://www.itsalivepress.com/artwork-4.html
Jok drawing
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$130 donation gets you this RED RANGE tribute drawing by the artist Jok.
Pro Sketch
$250 gets you a pencil and ink sketch by legendary comic book artist Al Milgrom, of Sam's Glanzman's KONA character.
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