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1963 Print Guadalcanal Campaign Kokumbona Body Dead World War II Howard Brodie

1963 Print Guadalcanal Campaign Kokumbona Body Dead World War II Howard Brodie

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This is an original 1963 halftone print of the road to Kokumbona during the Guadalcanal Campaign. Shown in the illustration is Howard Brodie's first look of a war victim, which was so mutilated after being driven over by the trucks, that it appeared to be part of the roadbed. Brodie wrote on the subject, "I walked back from Kokumbona and followed the smells to the swollen bodies in the brush near the road. After sketching a few, I no longer felt the need to see any more." The Guadalcanal Campaign, also known as the Battle of Guadalcanal, was fought in the Pacific theatre of World War II from August 7, 1942, to February 9, 1943 around the island of Guadalcanal. The battle was issued to prevent the Japanese from adding strategically placed air fields, and to protect Australia from invasion. This invasion was a significant victory for the Allied forces, and spearheaded the transition of the Allies to take offensive actions versus defensive.

Howard Brodie (1915-2010) was a renowned artist known for his combat sketches and courtroom scenes. Brodie enlisted in the Army in 1942, and recorded the end of the Guadalcanal campaign, as well as the Central Europe and Rhineland campaigns. He never carried a weapon during this time, but was found under fire on various occasions, where he dropped his sketchpad and worked as a medic; for this, he was awarded the Bronze Star of Valor. After the war, he became a courtroom artist and covered several famous trials, including that of Charles Manson, General Westmoreland, Patty Hearst and the Chicago Seven. He remained a war artist during the Korean, French Indochina and Vietnam wars, and established himself as one of the top news artists by capturing emotions with his fluid lines and attention to detail.


This 48+ year old Item is rated Mint / Near Mint. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
  • Grade: Mint / Near Mint
  • Dimensions: Approximately 14.25 x 10.5 inches; 36 x 27 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

This piece was illustrated by Brodie, Howard. Artist signature in print - bottom right of image.

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