Steve Savage, Balloon Buster comes to an end in All American Men of War 116 (July/Aug 66).
Kanigher and Heath conclude his short run with a story not too different from his earlier ones. As always, the major is upset with Steve, this time for crashing his plane. So he does the calm and rational thing and steals the major’s plane.
Steve also finds a new girlfriend, Mimi. No word on what happened to the last girl he was seeing, but perhaps her brother’s death killed the mood.
Steve decides to take Mimi for a flight, because there is no chance of danger in the middle of a war zone. Steve gets attacked by a German flyer, the Executioner. The man is well-named. He kills Mimi while they are in the air. Steve kills the Executioner, but it’s hardly a triumphant ending.
On the other hand, as it turned out to be the final issue of his run, it does make a strong conclusion for his series.
Balloon Buster returns about ten years down the road, in the pages of Star Spangled War Stories, pitted against Enemy Ace.