Today, Memorial Day, DIAL B for BLOG concludes its look at James Warren’s short-lived black and white war magazine, BLAZING COMBAT. Why did the title die? Publisher James Warren recalls, "I was prepared to carry Blazing Combat and lose $2,000 an issue on it. ... Then the loss hit $4,000 for one issue. One of the reasons it dipped so low was because the PXs wouldn't take #4 (Army PXs were a big chunk of our business) and wholesalers were returning bundles unopened, along with nasty letters to me. This was beginning to reflect on the other books. In effect, they said, 'If Warren Publishing is turning out this unpatriotic crap, we don't want any of their other books!' ... The official documentation was their monthly order form from [the PXs], which listed 'zero copies ordered' for next month's Blazing Combat."
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Mr. Catron has allowed me to announce that a complete Blazing Combat collection will be coming out from Fantagraphics later this year! Watch for it.
Here's the final issue in the series, from July 1966, it's BLAZING COMBAT #4, all stories by Archie Goodwin, cover painted by Frank Frazetta.