Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler is one of the most decorated Marines of all time and is a legend among the Corps. Coming from a background of privilege, Butler became a Marine to prove his worth. Through conflicts like the Philippine-American War, the Boxer Rebellion, the Banana Wars, and the War to End All Wars, he helped define what the Marine Corps is today.
Smedley begins in the summer of 1932. Butler is retired from the Marines and has lost his bid to be a Pennsylvania senator. When he is invited to speak at the Bonus Army encampment in Washington D.C., he arrives early to mingle with the other veterans, who press him for stories about his legendary exploits. How did he win his Medals of Honor? What was it like in China? Smedley is a man in his element as he recalls his toughest scrapes to an eager audience of World War I veterans, who we discover have a few war stories of their own.
Military Heritage wrote:
“[A] spirited graphic biography…. McComsey uncovers a key historical military figure in this graphic narrative.”
Spotter Up wrote:
“The book is well-written and clearly relates Smedley’s biography in an innovative and interesting way. The illustrations are well-drawn and attractive.”
Sequential Tart wrote:
“A fascinating, informative and a fun read…. The art is crisp and engaging…. The story is riveting as Smedley’s adventures, accomplishments and deep compassion for the Marine and soldiering fill every page.”
Historical Novel Society wrote:
“Smedley is a super awesome shout out to Major General Smedley Butler, who is one of the most decorated Marines of all time…. This graphic novel is amazing! If you are a World War history buff (especially pre-WWI and WWI) and like … historical graphic novels, I highly recommend checking this out.”
Anthony Del Col, writer of Luke Cage, Son of Hitler, and Assassin’s Creed wrote:
“This is … a genuine account of a historical perspective…. Smedley didn’t disappoint. Recommended.”
Col Seth W.B. Folsom USMC, author of Where Youth and Laughter Go: With “The Cutting Edge” in Afghanistan wrote:
“War is hell, and with visual flair McComsey makes us feel we’re on the battlefield, in the mud, surrounded by chaos. But Smedley rises above a standard biography and becomes a captivating look at an entire country’s relationship with war and its soldiers.”
“Vividly illustrated, Smedley is an engaging, timely portrayal of one of the Corps’ most legendary heroes. McComsey takes us on a page-turning journey through history as Butler leads his Marines from the front, speaks truth to power, and continues to serve long after the guns have gone silent.”