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Don Lomax's body of work, to those who are unfamiliar with the 35+ year veteran comic/cartoon artist, may seem diverse and a bit extreme. He has worked for most of the major comic book imprints over the years including Marvel, DC, Eros, Pacific, First, Apple, and others. He has had comics and cartoons appear in dozens of national magazines on a regular basis including, Easyrider, Heavy Metal, Overdrive, GX, CARtoons, various truck magazines, Police and Security News, and about every adult men's magazine imaginable. However, a Vietnam Veteran, Lomax's primary passion remains the comic series VIETNAM JOURNAL which he created in 1987 and published thru Apple comics until the small press imprint went bust (along with many others) in 1994. The series spawned several follow up titles including, BLOODBATH AT KHE SANH, 'TET 68, HIGH SHINING BRASS, and VALLEY OF DEATH, all in black and white. Then in 2002 the series was revived by Gallery Magazine as a one page a month, color strip, which ran for 47 months.
The series is best described by Jason Aaron on the web page, "The Vietnam War in Comics: The Good, the Bad, and THE OTHER SIDE." It reads: VIETNAM JOURNAL #1 was unleashed upon an unsuspecting populace in November 1987, courtesy of little known Apple Comics. Borrowing a phrase from Full Metal Jacket screenwriter Gustav Hasford, Don Lomax's vision of Vietnam had come to "mangle frail civilian sensibilities." Comic-wise, I've still never seen anything so horrific as the horribly burned chopper pilot from Vietnam Journal #7, whose leg comes off in the medic's hands; the meticulously- pockmarked landscape and the bullet-riddled bodies of Viet Cong in issue #4; the tangled mass of soldiers clinging desperately to a chopper's rope ladder in #5; the poor grunt who's shot in the face on the opening page of #6; the bayoneted baby in #13; or the last three issues, #14-16, which are, without a doubt, the most brutal and disturbing comics I've ever read. Even today, VIETNAM JOURNAL is one of the most gritty and brutally honest war stories ever published.
VIETNAM JOURNAL, the comic, was introduced by Apple Comics in 1987. Written and drawn by Vietnam Veteran Don Lomax it was quickly acclaimed the most hard-hitting and brutally honest depiction of the Vietnam conflict in comics bar none. VIETNAM JOURNAL has progressed from a black and white comic, to graphic novel collections by Apple and IBooks, to a color strip in Gallery Magazine and, like the Vietnam War, it drags on, seemingly, with a life of it's own. Now a new incarnation; the web comic. The story follows Scott Neithammer, a freelance reporter the troops have nicknamed "Journal" with his obsession to report the war from the "grunt's" point of view and to hell with the consequences.
Don intends to continue the comic series free of charge to his loyal fans. New pages will be posted regularly for you to view or download. There will be no membership or registration fees. In other words, you may enjoy the VIETNAM JOURNAL CONTINUUM absolutely free of charge.
Date of Birth: September 14, 1944
Birthplace: Avon, Illinois
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