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October 9, 2012

Step Back in Time: Oct. 9, 2012

25 years ago

Oct. 9, 1987

PORTLANDVILLE — When Sam Glanzman decided to record his World War Two memoirs, he turned to the art form he has honed over the last 46 years, the comic book.

The result is “A Sailor’s Story,” a graphic novel released by Marvel Comics this week. With his words and illustrations, Glanzman paints a picture of three years aboard the USS Stevens, a destroyer cruising the Pacific.

The book opens with 17-year-old Glanzman going off to war in 1941, skirting close to non-fiction, except that in the book he is an orphan. Panels in the novel describe everyday life on the ship, not momentous battles and Glanzman relates the tight web of relationships men at war tend to form.

“I do a lot of research,” Glanzman said, sitting at his art table in Portlandville, surrounded by shelves of books, war medals and awards. “I like my stuff to be authentic.”

But he admits the 40-odd years since he was aboard the Stevens have changed perceptions. “I got a bum memory,” he said. “I hated it then. Now, I love it; I love my ship.”

A Maryland (NY) native, Glanzman started writing and drawing for comic books at the age of 17. After leaving the Navy, he illustrated books for Simon & Schuster but left the firm because of the low pay. 

Glanzman used to draw Haunted Tank for GI Combat comic books, published by DC. Recently, he began drawing Sgt. Rock for DC, where he has worked for the last 20 years.

For the last two years, Glanzman has been freelancing with Marvel, mostly illustrating war stories. While working on “Savage Tales,” the stories of his own war experiences, editors at Marvel asked him to create a graphic novel.

50 years ago

Oct. 9, 1962

“Oneonta was the first city in New York State to become a community concert town,” said Leon Harrelson, community concert representative from New York City, at the membership campaign kick-off dinner held at Seeley’s Homestead Monday night.

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