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The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour Hardcover – Nov. 17 2021

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"The renderings [in The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors] are impressive in technical detail and the drawn faces of the personnel are replete with all the emotional expressions of men under the stress of desperate action. This book will likely appeal to several classes of readers: a new generation of action comic enthusiasts, gamers and naval history buffs." --Australian Naval Institute

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors is an epic graphic novel that covers the wide scope of the battle through different viewpoints. The story by Hornfischer is well researched and exciting. The adaptation by Doug Murray is seamless. The art by the creative team is beautiful." --Graphic Policy

"Adapted by Doug Murray, the book takes Hornfischer's narrative and condenses it down to a 208-page work. The format allows for the authors to convey the experience through a visual medium. The book does a good job presenting the action in a way that the reader can easily follow.... It's a medium that brings the opportunity to expose a new group of readers to the history that they might not pick up from the original book. This retelling of
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors [is] an engaging read." --Armchair General

"Using comic book style, the authors carry readers through a gripping episode in the WWII battle of Leyte, the largest sea battle in human history, viewed from both the American and Japanese sides.... This is a gripping tale and beautifully illustrated in comic book style. Even while knowing the eventual outcome, it is a page-turner."
--JAPAN Forward

"Fans of James D. Hornfischer, the acclaimed late author and naval historian, and his gripping 2004 account of the 1944 Battle off Samar will appreciate this vividly illustrated, easy-to-read adaptation of the original text and its fresh retelling of the Pacific War showdown that Hornfischer deemed 'the ultimate expression of American heroism.'"
--World War II magazine

"This book is very enjoyable and it will educate [you] on a display of peak heroism. Another grand slam by Dead Reckoning, always the best war comics out there bar-none!"
--Arcadia Pod

"With its bright and beautiful seascapes,
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors is beautiful. It sets the scene for a David vs. Goliath battle between the United States and Japanese navies. I learned a lot about how WWII naval warfare and communication worked (or didn't work) without reading a dense history textbook or memoir. I recommend it to anyone looking for an up-close look at World War II naval warfare." --Diane Reviews Books

"Depicted in panels that dazzle with their accuracy and cinematic flair . . .
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors is an epic and thrilling account of naval warfare." --Foreword Reviews

"This beautifully illustrated graphic novel captures the heroic struggle of Admiral Clifton Sprague's Northern Group of escort carriers (CVEs), destroyers (DDs), and destroyer escorts (DEs) against Japanese Admiral Takeo Kurita's powerful Central Force at the Battle of Samar.... Comic book author (and Vietnam War veteran) Doug Murray does a great job of adapting Hornfischer's vivid 'you are there' prose in the terse, laconic style that is necessary in adapting a text-heavy book to a visual medium. Assisted by illustrator Steven Sanders, colorist Matt Soffe, and letterer Rob Steen,
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors is a beautifully crafted rendering of what is rightly called - as in the subtitle of Hornfischer's 2004 best-seller - the 'extraordinary story of the U.S. Navy's finest hour.' .... The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors is an artfully done graphic depiction of Hornfischer's now-classic account of the Battle of Samar [and] is recommended for anyone who is interested in World War II, naval history, or the comic book genre." --A Certain Point of View, Too

"This hardcover, full-color book is beautifully produced and may hold appeal for fans of Hornfischer's original work."
--The Fandom Post

"Every page of this book is riveting. The book does an amazing job of showing the strategy and near infinite variables which are involved for maritime battles."
--Masked Library

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors graphic novel is a faithful adaptation of Hornfischer's book. It follows the overall path of the original. The adaptor and artist capture the climactic battle between the 'tin cans' (destroyers and destroyer escorts) and Japan's powerful battleships and heavy cruisers…. Those who enjoy graphic novels will enjoy this book. It is also a great book to give to a younger reader as an introduction to the 1941-45 Pacific War and the Battle of Leyte. It is fast-paced and engaging. It is a worthy tribute to James Hornfischer." --Richochet

"I highly recommend this book to those of you have children and grandchildren who have grown up in the age of the iPad, internet, sound bites and they may not sit and the original book itself. However, they might be willing to read the graphic novel and be moved by history."
--Virtual Mirage

"Murry does an incredible job taking a historical narrative and adapting it into a graphic novel…. As a history major with an emphasis on military history, I am impressed with the details of the ships and aircraft. In fact, I was impressed that the images show different colors or smoke trailing the shells of the ships. Since most images from the period are black and white, few people realize that the Japanese used different colors in their gunpowder so ships could tell where each ship's shells were falling. It is little details such as this that really make this work stand out as more than just a story but a historical lesson....
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors is a great graphic novel." --GeekDad

"The book is very engaging and the graphics are well done."
--John's Notes

"This is a wonderful account and awesomely illustrated book on the battle of Samar. It shows the heroism, and honor of the sailors that fought that battle against the odds and won. If you like Naval history and great illustrations you will love this retelling and never forget the call sign Taffy 3. It actually makes the learning of history much more fun than I ever remembered."

"In 2004, James Hornfischer's book on the gallantry of U.S. warships' crews in the Battle of Leyte Gulf burst onto the scene as a supernova. It was the equivalent of a baseball player hitting a grand-slam home run in his first time at bat. His vivid word pictures conjured up a variety of scenes in the minds of readers. Now a team of skilled professionals has brought those words to life in another medium, thus providing visual images of the actions that Hornfischer described so well."
--Paul Stillwell, author of Battleship Commander: The Life of Vice Admiral Willis A. Lee Jr.

"A beautiful adaptation of Hornfischer's stirring account, this graphic novel captures the 'conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity'-to quote Commander Ernest Evans's Medal of Honor citation-of the officers and crews of the small ships who stood against the Japanese battle line off Samar."
--Trent Hone, author of Learning War: The Evolution of Fighting Doctrine in the U.S. Navy, 1898-1945 and co-author of Battle Line: The United States Navy, 1919-1939

"James D. Hornfischer was one of America's great narrative historians, and his
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors on the battle off Samar (October 25, 1944) details one of the great sagas of the Second World War. Now that story has been rendered in graphic format with drawings by Steven Sanders to engage an even wider audience. It is a reminder of the great debt owed by modern Americans to the sacrifices of those who served in the Second World War." --Craig L. Symonds, author of World War II at Sea

About the Author

James D. Hornfischer's gripping account of the battle, based on declassified documents as well as extensive interviews with veterans, is acclaimed as one of the most compelling works of naval history ever published. Hornfischer's awards include the 2018 Samuel Eliot Morison Award, given by the Board of Trustees of the USS Constitution Museum.

Doug Murray is a comic book writer and novelist. He served as a non-commissioned officer in the Army in Vietnam and was the main writer on the popular comic book series The 'Nam, published by Marvel Comics.

Steven Sanders is an illustrator from Kansas City, Missouri. His work has appeared in the distinguished SPECTRUM anthology and has drawn a number of comics for Marvel and Image Comics.

Matt Soffe is a freelance colorist and illustrator originally from the North West of England, now based in California. His work has appeared in many publications over the last ten years, including 2000AD, Judge Dredd Megazine and Heavy Metal Magazine, as well as with publishers such as Z2 Comics, Accent UK, Soaring Penguin, Printed in Blood, and Topps.

Rob Steen has lettered books for most major comic companies. He is also the illustrator of the Flanimals children's book series written by Ricky Gervais, and the children's book Erf, written by Garth Ennis. His latest book is The Pod.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dead Reckoning (Nov. 17 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1682473384
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1682473382
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 677 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 18.03 x 1.78 x 26.92 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully inked and colored, fantastic adaptation
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As an amateur military historian with a focus on the WW2 US Navy Pacific Campaign, I am a huge fan of James Hornfischer's work and his death this year is a huge blow to the field. The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, Neptune's Inferno, and The Fleet at Flood Tide belong on every shelf are now considered some of the seminal works on this campaign. As a life-long geek and fan of graphic novels, I was a bit worried when I saw the first review show up of this adaptation on Amazon. It is quite harsh and unrelenting. It is also not accurate. This graphic novel is beautifully inked and fully colored, it is a great adaptation of the work, and I am extremely satisfied with my purchase. I intend to buy one for my 18-year-old nephew to show him what things were like for his 18-year-old great grandfather. Perhaps he’ll decide to step away from the Xbox for a bit.
/tldr love this as a historian and graphic novel nerd
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