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Charlemagne 1

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Charlemagne 1
Story title:  "Fire will come"
Date March 1994
Cover Price:  $3.25
Pages 52 (includes cover, advertised as 48 pages on the cover)
Writer(s) D.G. Chichester (script & plot), Jim Shooter (plot), Philip Nutman (plot), Adam Pollina (plot), Deborah Purcell (plot)
Penciler/Artist(s):  Adam Pollina
Cover Artist(s):  Adam Pollina
Inker Mike Witherby
Colorist(s) Oclair Silverio
Letterer:  Mindy Eisman
Editor:  Deborah Purcell
Characters Charlemagne
Known Variants: None
Notes/Plot Summary
In 1973, at the close of the Vietnam War, 12 year old Charles Smith runs away from home in search of his brother Pete who is missing in Vietnam. Charles becomes a stowaway on both plane and boat until he reaches his destination. Upon arriving, Charles is drawn to an American who helps him, but later he overhears a plot to ship him back to America. Once again he runs away on his own. Months go by. Eventually, he gets assistance and is directed to the village where his brother is located. He sees his brother from a distance just as the small village is being overtaken by a helicopter bombing raid. He sees his brother and runs towards him, but his brother is hit directly with a bomb before Charles can get there. Bullets mow Charles down as struggles to reach the charred remains of his brother. His determination gets him there and he hold the remains of his brother. One more bomb goes off and the scene shifts to Charles in a hospital bed with no legs. He is in a coma. His brother's "Dog Tags" are put around his neck. Deep in Charles coma, he dreams of finding answers. He dreams that his dreams become reality. The scene shifts to 1993 and a new physical therapist tells the doctor she is exercising Charles' legs. The doctor runs in to see that Charles has awoke, and he has two fully regrown legs. 
 Charles hops a ship to leave Vietnam. The ship is ambushed by modern pirates and Charles is overwhelmed with flashbacks of his brother's death. Charles defeats the pirates in the first display of his incredible strength. The issue ends with Charles visiting his family again some 20 years after he first ran away. 

This comic features a page of respect honoring the passing of Jack Kirby. The page reads: 

Thanks for taking us all far,
far beyond the imaginary limits.

Signed versions of this comic exist with the following Certificate of Authenticity. Signed comics and Certificates of Authenticity can be forged, so they are not listed on the checklist. 

Defiant Certificate of Authenticity Charlemagne 1

Observed Prices 
Price  Date Store Location
$3.00 12/28/03 Mile High Comics
$2.99 12/28/03 N/A