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Dec 7 alpha omega by joewight Dec 7 alpha omega by joewight
Another page from Pearl Harbor on this December 7.
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daanton Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quote from "WORLD AT WAR" (1974) [narration by the late Sir Laurence Olivier]:
The morning of September 2nd, 1945. The American battleship Missouri is anchored in Tokyo Bay.

The new Japanese foreign minister Shigemitsu limps on-board to sign the surrender document.

The Allied Commander, General MacArthur:


MacARTHUR (film): "I now invite the representatives of the Emperor of Japan, and the Japanese Government, and the Japanese Imperial Headquarters, to sign the instrument of surrender at the places indicated."

The foreign minister's aide, [Toshikazu] Kase, watched the ceremony:

TOSHIKAZU KASE [recording from way before 1973-74?]: I saw many thousands of sailors everywhere on this huge vessel and just in front of us the delegates of the victorious powers in military uniforms glittering with gold. And looking at them, I wondered how Japan ever thought she could defeat all those nations.

[...]

MacARTHUR (film): "Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world, and that God will preserve it always.
These proceedings are closed."


SOURCE: "The World At War", THAMES Television 1973-74.
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McHaneyIllustration Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this image on the bottom panel.  My Dad was one of the divers who dove and mapped out the USS Arizona so that the memorial could be built and my brother re-enlisted on it.
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Challenger4000 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
Awesome is that USS Missouri on the first panel? It would make sense if it was since the treaty was signed on her.
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jhwood9 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008   Traditional Artist
Wow. You even show- correctly- that the number 1 gun turret is the only one still in place on the ship.
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Bertacus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
As the song goes...

Now in darkness world stops turning,
Ashes were the bodies burning
No more War Pigs have the power,
And as God has struck the hour-
Day of Judgement, God is calling.
On their knees the war pigs crawling.
Begging mercies for their sins.
Satan, laughing, spreads his wings.
Oh Lord yeah!

Alpha and Omega, indeed.
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LDLAWRENCE Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
The begining and the end. A very fitting tribute indeed. Excellent work! :salute:
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Daxington Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006   Photographer
Wow, really good! Great job!
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diversdream Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
Joe on re reading that it sounds a bit rude
that was not my intent
the art was great and i think i brought your comic in aussie as a special order for about 20$A per issue for only 2 issues.
comic prices sorry 'graphic novels' suck here.

Stephen. Aussie
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joewight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
Also, many thanks for spending time and money seeking my comics out!

If you ever make it to the San Diego Comicon, I'll hook you up with whatever your missing!
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diversdream Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2006
Joe firstly thanks for sharing your art
i am happy i didnt sound too rude lol
im a 'army brat' so that combined with Irish background makes me
a bit like i sometimes speak to direct for some people so i am glad that was not the case!
If you need a sugestion for a ww2 comic try the Dambusters operation of May 16 - 17 1943 or when the Tirpitz was sunk in 1944...im just a sucker for Avro Lancaster art lol plus i think the story of both are pretty cool and have everyone from Canada to Aussie to NZ to America mentioned in it.
anyway just a sugestion lol...

As to seeking your comics out - TRUST ME when i say it was a bugger getting them ordered down under if its not siperhero its usually not ordered blind. which SUCKS - its like the other stuff dont exsist which is real crappy!

Its pretty unlikely i will get down your way but if you ever get to Aussie give me notice so i can shout you a beer in thanks!

Keep Drawing Mate!
Happy Bah Humbug to ya...

Stephen. Sydney. Aussie
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joewight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
Hey Stephen, I didn't take your comments as "rude" at all (^_^).

This Pearl Harbor book is woefully short and lacking the depth a real telling requires. It's basically a primer for kids to tell them about the major events.

Even so, I've added a lot more text and panels to the script I was given (which might get cut), because I became so immersed in research I couldn't resist.

There are so many amazing stories from the Pacific War, you could never have enough pages.

This Pearl Harbor book was a very emotional experience for me, despite the tight schedule and my frustration at compromising details.

It always amazes me learning about the individual lives, decisions, and sacrifices the men of that war had to endure. It's terrible and romantic at the same time.

Even when I was 7 or 8, visiting the Arizona, I felt an emotional "thrill" looking down into the shallow waters. I can't imagine diving on her, knowing many of her crew rests inside forever.
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diversdream Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
VERY COOL
However
it would have been better if the Brit/ANZAC/Dutch and whoever else i cant think of there as they were at the signing taking their turn at the book until
Doug McCarthur uttered the final words of the cenermony -
"THESE PROCEDINGS ARE NOW CLOSED"
or as Arthur Harris said in ww2
'.....they shall now reap the whirlwind..'

Stephen. Aussie

PS
While my Dad was with SASR (Aust) he did a detach with USN SEALS and said they did a dive along the hull of the USS Arizona's remains and he said he never felt so many goose bumps on his skin then
(until he dived the remains of the HMAS Perth and USS Houston in the Sunda Straights - we lost 2 members of the family on Perth) that dive and he can only compare it with a feeling of being looked at from a distance and of being watched. very spooky he said.
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Branchewski Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
:#1:
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Canduterio Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006
Nice, extremelly well done, realistic, and touching.
Good work.
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NameOfChoice Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
Very beautiful. Fav'd.
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fexus Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
*salutes* Being former military myself, im glad to see someone paying tribute is such a way. Very well done.
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BrownWolfFM Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, done! It feels like a powerful graphic novel.
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Genbe89 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
very well made.
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whiteace11 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006   Photographer
looks great
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SunGryphon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful
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FoxxFireArt Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006  Professional Artist
This is a really well done picture. It's an amazing looking memorial and you really captured it.
I really like the texture in the water. Where the boat is fuzzy with the exception of that bit above water. Really sells the depth.

I heard on the news that this year several survivors actually got to meet some of the Japanese pilots.
I also never knew that some survivors wanted their ashes to placed with their fallen comrades.
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fighterace2688 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
Another terrific piece of work there, and perfect timing for Dec 7.
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Arcemise Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's amazing how fast time flies. Very powerful image.
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GMHead Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
The USS New Jearsey
one remaining Ship of WWII still sailing
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radinov-stryker Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
well done soldier
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Supercrofty Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
Wicked style :) The battleship is awesome man :)
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MonsterKill Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006  Student
Amazing detail on the first and third panel.
Great job.
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Mgsblade Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006   Photographer
stunning as usual :D
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lordcoyote Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
A moving tribute.
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