Magnificent And Heartbreaking

Free on the internet: The Eisner nominated “Black Death in America” by Tom King and John Paul Leon

“Black Death in America” is an Eisner nominated short story that originally appeared in the Vertigo CMYK: Black issue. Written by Tom King with art by John Paul Leon it follows the true story of Henry Louis Johnson, an African-American soldier in World War I who was held up as a war hero but died in poverty. Johnson was only awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2015.

Go read it now.

And if you want the original source book from 1919, it’s free at Google Books: History of the American Negro in the Great World War: His Splendid Record in the Battle Zones of Europe.


I feel robbed that I never heard of him until now and ashamed that he was treated as he was.

Rest in peace.

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