Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Chutz-POW! Cover Synchronicity

Marcel has talked about his process creating the cover for the Chutz-POW! comics anthology. You can read about it at his blog. What I want to mention in this short blog is a great little visual synchronicity that happened a couple of weeks ago. First, here's the cover as a visual reminder.

Art by Marcel L. Walker

As I mentioned in my last blog my father, Keith Wise, served in the 7th Armored Division in World War II. When I showed him a proof copy of the comic he started talking about some of his experiences. Dad doesn't really talk about the more difficult experiences of the War. He drove a jeep and was part of the division that held Saint Vith against the German assault during the Battle of the Bulge.

While we were talking he brought out a small well-worn booklet that he was given after the War detailing the activities of the 7th Armored. I had seen this book before but it had been a long time.

The booklet is an overview of what the 7th Armored did during the war with tons of pictures and and maps of their route through Europe, ending near the Baltic where they met the Russian Army.

When I turned the book over and saw the back cover I was stunned.

I had completely forgotten this image, and Marcel never saw this picture until well after the book went to the printer. Our cover was simply meant to be.


  1. Hi Wayne,

    I'm the historian for my father's WWII unit. They were attached to the 7th for a bit and I've been trying to gather as much information as I can. Might you have the book on the 7th AD in a digital format? If so could you be so kind as to share it with me? My email address is posted here:

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Mikel,

      I don't have a digital copy, unfortunately. I need to scan this some time. The book is kind of fragile, so I'm a little hesitant. I'll let you know if I do.