Re: RARA-AVIS: Post-Traumatic stress disorder fb cliche; did it start with Lord Peter Wimsey

From: Patrick (
Date: 23 Jun 2008

On Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 9:23 PM, <> wrote:
> "For Vietnam specifically, Sarge Steel gets named as the first comic
> book private eye to serve in the Vietnam War in the Fine Art of Murder
> by Max Allan Collins. Was he the first known fictional private eye in
> any genre to serve in the Vietnam war?"
> Don't know when Sarge Steel was, but for novels, among the first Vietnam
> vet PIs must be Spenser (1973). But like Mack Bolan before him (1969),
> his time overseas gave him skills, not trauma. Same year, though, there
> were traumatized vets in Michael Z Lewin's Way We Die Now. However,
> they weren't PIs, but victims: a security guard company hired damaged
> vets and turned them into programmed killers.


Actually, I'm fairly certain Spenser was a Korea vet.


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