1st appearance of SGT.ROCK
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I bought Our Army At War #81 a long time ago, thinking I was getting the first Sgt. Rock in "The Rock Of Easy Co.!"  It bugged me a little that he was called Sgt. Rocky throughout the story but I figured it was still the first Sgt. Rock. Perhaps the Historical Documents had gotten his name wrong and corrected it later?   Anyway, later on when I read "The Rock And The Wall!" in Our Army At War #83 it seemed like the true beginning of a new series of stories of Easy Company and Sgt. Rock. I think Chris Pedrin's analysis of the evolution of Sgt. Rock in his book Big Five Information Guide is spot-on. 

I've attached scans of representative pages from OAAW #81, #82, and #83:

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On 11/22/2021 at 9:06 PM, thecollectron said:

Writer/editor Robert Kanigher addressed the beginnings of Sgt. Rock in a letters column from Our Army At War #168:

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Very interesting.  Thank you.  :golfclap:

I'll have to drag out my Pedrin to see exactly which stories in which issues are being referenced by Kanigher here.

 

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On 11/23/2021 at 9:38 AM, MusterMark said:

Very interesting.  Thank you.  :golfclap:

I'll have to drag out my Pedrin to see exactly which stories in which issues are being referenced by Kanigher here.

 

Both are from G I Combat: “The DI and the Sand Fleas” from issue 56, and “The Rock” from #68.

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On 11/13/2021 at 8:53 AM, APDallas said:

Thanks for the info. This is proving to be very interesting to me. So for decades it was considered that OWAW #81 was the agreed 1st appearance of Sgt.Rock and I can see that. It has "Rock" on the cover and it even says "THE ROCK OF EASY COMPANY". DC even reprinted that issue but NOT #83. Why would they do that if issue 81 was not considered the "first appearance". Who decided that issue 83 was the first appearance? Was it just a general consensus? Did the market decide? 

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Both. People read it and realized that the name might have debuted earlier, but the character first appeared in 83.

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