Vic and Blood, WWIII-IV

“Vic and Blood”, WWII-IV

12+19+18[-1]+13 pgs. Appeared first time [B&W] in Vic and Blood #1 (1987) to #2 (1988). Reprinted [COLOR] in Vic and Blood [TB] (1989), [COLOR] in Vic and Blood [TB-2nd] (2003).
Story: Harlan Ellison. Art: Richard Corben (signed as Corb). Color: NBM. Lettering: Diane Valentino. Logo (in the first comic book version): Diane Valentino & Kevin Nowlan. Editor (in the first comic book version): Jan Strnad.

World War III & IV, vers. 1

The original version according to Vic and Blood #1 (1987) to #2 (1988) and Vic and Blood [TB] (1989):

World War III lasted from 25 June 1950 when the Republic of Korea was invaded by 60,000 screaming North Korean troops spearheaded by something in excess of one hundred Russian-built tanks… to January 1993 when the Vatican Entente Cordiale was signed between the Eastern and Western blocs. World War III – hot and cold – lasted forty-three years, though nobody seemed smart enough to realize it was all one continuing conflict. But as the New Year dawned in 1993 it was all over; peace and tranquility reigned la-de-da

For two years and six months and three days

World War IV broke out on American Independence Day, 4 July 1995. World War IV lasted five days, until the few remaining missiles that had jammed in their release phase cleared the various silos beneth the Painted Desert and the Urals and the Gobi Altay; but by then there wasn’t much of anything left to fight over. Five days

Then what was left belonged to anybody who wanted it, anybody with a taste for radiation and rubble. But it was a very different world the survivors claimed. The “good folks” sank their caisson cities, their sterile downunders, deep in the earth. And the snaggle-toothed remnants of the aboveground were abandoned to the new masters of desolation: vicious roverpaks of parentless young boys and their telepathic dogs.

From the History of the World, as Blood tells it.

World War III & IV, vers. 2

The revised version according to Vic and Blood [TB-2nd] (2003):

World War III.1 lasted from 25 June 1950 when the Republic of Korea was invaded by 60,000 screaming North Korean troops spearheaded by something in excess of one hundred Russian-built tanks… till 9 November 1989 with the collapse of Communism in Russia and the opening of the Berlin Wall. World War III.2 began either in 1989 with the Islamic Intifada or in December of 1994 when the Muslim Republic of Chechnya declared its independence from the other fifteen gimcrack states that had once been the USSR, and was invaded by Russian troops… till World War III.3 overlapped World War III.2 and began on 11 September 2001 with the fall of Manhattan’s World Trade Center. World War III – cold and hot – lasted till two weeks after Ramadan in the year 2021, when the sixty-five recognized state governments, along with the 128 rogue and “liberation” armies, met to sign the Vatican’s proposed Entente Cordiale in the courtyard of the Great Mosque at Mecca, amid the still-smoldering shards of what had been the sacred Kaba. World War III – hot and cold – lasted seventy-one years (though nobody seemed smart enough to realized it had all been all one continuing conflict).

But as the New Year dawned in 2022 it was all over. Peace in Our Time. Peace and tranquility and brotherly love regned in full, la-de-dah.

For two years and six months and three days.

World War IV broke out on the 215th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe – 19 January 2024. World War IV lasted five days, until the few remaining missiles that had jammed in their First-Strike release phase cleared their fully computerized silos beneth the Painted Desert, the Saharan Ahaggars, the Rub al Khali, the Siberian Plateau and Pyonghyang; but by then there wasn’t much of anything left to fight over. Five days

Then what was left belonged to anybody who wanted it, anybody with a taste for radiation and rubble. But it was a very different world the survivors claimed. The “good folks” sank their caisson cities, their sterile downunders, deep in the earth. And the snaggle-toothed remnants of the aboveground were abandoned to the new masters of desolation: vicious roverpaks of parentless young boys …and their telepathic dogs.

From: the History of the World, as Blood tells it.

Copyright © 2008 Heart-Attack-Series, Ink!
Created: July 6, 2008. Modified: November 12, 2014.

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