In one of the comments my friend Michael T. Gilbert argues that Hank Chapman may have been influenced by Harvey Kurtzman in his use of the silent tier of four panels. In fact, Michael puts it stronger than that, he says Chapman learned from the master. I don't know about that, since my whole series of posts here is meant to argue that Chapman had a talent all of his own, but I certainly took the four panel tier idea from Kurtzman (as did Stan Lee around the same time). And not only that, he also copied Kurtzman's use of sound effects in stories such as this one (and the one tomorrow). But he also combined both with his own strong use of the narrator to create a documentary style, as can be seen in the sports panels on page five here. My argument is that Chapman was not necessaryly a better war comics writer than Kurtzman, but that he was a more emotionally involved one. The stories I ma showing here are coming from a deep internal need that I do not get from Kurtzman's more reasonable approach. Chapman's willingness to alienate the reader is a sign of that to me.