Atlas at War!

by Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, Editor, Allan Harvey, Art Restorer

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Editions:Hardcover: $ 65.00
ISBN: 978-1-68247-470-9
Size: 8.50 x 11.00 in
Pages: 272

Atlas at War! collects fifty hard-hitting stories from Atlas Comics, the company that became Marvel Comics and published more war titles than anyone in the industry between the years 1951 and 1960.

Comics historian Dr. Michael J. Vassallo has chosen the best of the best, many of which are coming back into print for the first time, from sixteen different Atlas war titles and featuring the artwork of twenty different artists—giants of the genre, including Russ Heath, John Severin, Bernie Krigstein, Joe Maneely, Jerry Robinson, Steve Ditko, and Jack Kirby. Each page has been meticulously restored from its first printing by comic art restorer Allan Harvey. Atlas at War! covers the brutal pre-code period where graphic depictions of war action were rendered by artists who were World War II veterans themselves, as well as the post-code period, where code restrictions forced creators to tell stories without graphic violence but produced some of the most beautiful comic art of the genre. In addition to the artists, stories cover all aspects of war—from famous campaigns, weaponry, and personal soldier stories to political topics, Nazi atrocities, and even one story tinged with pre-code horror!

Often overlooked in favor of its competitors, Atlas at War! will finally show that Atlas’ war titles were second to no one.


• The New York Times | Revisiting the ‘Violent Ballets’ of Jack Kirby

• Michael Vassallo Interviews The Surviving Contributors of Atlas At War!

• Atlas at War! Stages of Art Restoration


Art Restoration Preview


Reviews:Craig Yoe, curator of Don Winslow of the Navy and​ Marvel Masterwork Pin-Ups wrote:

"Michael Vassallo knows more than anybody in the Marvel Universe about the rich history of the company's comics. His grasp and insights are astonishing! Make Mine Michael's!"

PJ Holden, artist for The Stringbags wrote:

Atlas at War! is a treasure trove of lost war classics.”

—Forces of Geek wrote:

“I think we can all agree that war has never been a good thing, but for comics fans, this book of war stories IS a good thing. Volume two, please? Booksteve recommends.”

—Masked Library wrote:

“[The] pages are simultaneously crisp and beautiful to look at but still retain the newsprint quality of the times…. Every page looks like it must have when it was brand new on the stands…. [This book] would be a great coffee table Christmas present. [It’s for] that family member that loves to study World War II. The comic reader who has everything. The history buff [and] the veteran.”

—The Newest Rant wrote:

Atlas at War! is a phenomenal look into the past at how the once-booming business of war comics resulted in some amazing talents writing and illustrating tales of combat. It contains stories that still strike a nerve today in their messaging and the restoration by Allan Harvey drives-home every panel of explosions, whizzing bullets, and muddy battlefields. This isn't just an amazing collection of comics, it is a fantastic piece of comic history. 5 out of 5 stars.”

About the Contributors

Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, Editor

Dr. Michael J. Vassallo is a noted comics historian and a world-renowned authority on the Timely/Atlas period of Marvel’s history. He is the co-author of The Secret History of Marvel Comics and has written twenty introductions to Marvel’s Timely and Atlas Age Masterworks volumes. A frequent contributor to comic history publications, Dr. Vassallo has provided writing and editorial support to Taschen Publishing (75 Years of Marvel, The Stan Lee Story) and maintains his own Timely-Atlas-Comics blog. A Manhattan dentist, he resides in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Maggie, and their children, Michelle and Jason. He is currently researching and writing an art biography of Atlas giant, Joe Maneely. 

Allan Harvey, Art Restorer

Welsh graphic artist Allan Harvey specializes in digital restoration, breathing new life into vintage comic artwork. Previous restoration projects include Colleen Doran’s A Distant Soil, Stan Lee’s Amazing Fantastic Incredible, and a host of Sam Glanzman war comic reprints for It’s Alive Press.