• J. J. Sedelmaier

An Obscure Book Captures the “Lighter Side” of The War In Vietnam


Sorry 'bout that!

I picked up this book years ago because I was astounded by its naïve “design” and its raw unadulterated (hardly PC) presentation of a GI’s view of the Vietnam War.  I also haven’t seen many cartoon-books done by or about Vietnam GI’s. I wouldn’t go as far as comparing it to Bill Mauldin’s “Up Front” with Willie & Joe,


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the 3 books done by one time Sardi’s caricaturist Alex Gard during WWII,


Alex Grad's books

or certainly anything close to what Arthur Szyk did in his “The New Order”,


The new order

but it does present a unique inside look at how some servicemen saw life during the war in Southeast Asia.


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the "Sorry 'bout that" game

It had at least 3 printings (The Wayward Press-Tokyo) between July to October 1966. I can’t find out much at all about its author/cartoonist, Ken Melvin — he DID do another book titled “Be Nice” in 1968.


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