Bring back the old War comics for boys

#1
Whilst browsing the "Men's Interest" magazines at a local WH Smiths the other day, I couldn't help notice the obundence of sh1t PC rubbish TV/Celebrity based comics and magazines the kids have to choose from now-a-days.

Bring back the old war comics for boys i say, the likes of 'Commando', 'Battle' and 'Warlord'. Tales of battles and wars with allsorts of do daring and heroics. We wouldn't have to look far, just print the stories of gallentry on the modern battlefield, the likes of Beharry & co, in comic form for a whole new generation of young boys to enjoy.

The youngsters could learn about historic battles, kit and equipment and learn about army life without having to do any hardcore reading. You might be able to whack a bit of subliminal recruiting in there too.

No doubt the PC brigade would shoot this idea down.
 
#2
Victor comic used to do just that. It would take stories of gallantry awards and publish them as their front cover story. I have some of them relating to my old regiment framed on my study wall.

I would love to see them return, but I'm not sure the yoof of today or their scrofulous parents would be willing to buy them.

Furthermore the market is dominated by multinationals promoting their own brands and characters. They would have no interest in publishing them, obviously, so you'd need a brave little independent to give it a bash and put itself up against the might of ITV, BBC, Hannah Barbara etc
 
#3
You can still buy 'Commando' etc, its just now day the plucky Tommy's foe is more likely to be defence cuts or a government witch hunt to find which one of his mates killed a 'Hun', even though there is a lack of said Hun's body and any witnesses to said Hun's death (other than those who will quite happily swear they saw Elvis for £250 a day).
 
#4
And IIRC it was the Eagle that used to have cutaway diagrams of V bombers and such.

Half the Japanese army wore specs like the bottom of two Newcy Brown bottles, no wonder they lost.
 
#5
I seem to remember all the German soldiers said was "achtung schpitfeuer" and "gott in himmel"
Many years later on posting to Germany, I thought I'd try out my fluent Deutsch........I still have the scar.
 
#6
Why don't we get them to re-release the whole line? Mind you if a PC jack-boot can get a Disney film banned until they give Donald Duck a pair of trousers and teach our kids to sing - BAH BAH raindow sheep - I take our chances as being close to rock-all.

I did enjoy them though.
 
#7
You can still get "commando" comics in great omnibus formats from some bookshops.I saw some in waterstones the other day.Loads of "dakka dakka dakka", "aaiiiiiiiiiiiii", and "schnell tommies!".Alas we no longer live in a society where this brand of heroicism is popular.Comics about 'Gary's heroic attempt to get munted on cheap cider while texting his 15 year old pregnant girlfriend from the bus shelter" would be a lot more contemporary.
 
#8
Moosaca said:
Why don't we get them to re-release the whole line?
They are. Commando is still on sale, I've seen it in WHSmiths.

www.commandomag.com

Apparently, they release eight comics a month, four new stories and four from the archives.

Achtung Spitfeur! For you Tommy, ze vor is over etc.......
 
#9
Murphy_Slaw said:
I seem to remember all the German soldiers said was "achtung schpitfeuer" and "gott in himmel"
Many years later on posting to Germany, I thought I'd try out my fluent Deutsch........I still have the scar.
There were always the stereotypes, however I used to buy Warlord, with stories like 'Kampfgruppe Falken', 'Iron Annie', 'Mullers Mob' amongst others depicting Germans an a fairly positive light. Japs on the other hand, Vermin.
 
#11
Vimeiro said:
Murphy_Slaw said:
I seem to remember all the German soldiers said was "achtung schpitfeuer" and "gott in himmel"
Many years later on posting to Germany, I thought I'd try out my fluent Deutsch........I still have the scar.
There were always the stereotypes, however I used to buy Warlord, with stories like 'Kampfgruppe Falken', 'Iron Annie', 'Mullers Mob' amongst others depicting Germans an a fairly positive light. Japs on the other hand, Vermin.
Ahh.. the yellow peril. "for the glory of the Empire....BANZAI"
That's about all they said
They always got a good shoeing from from some Chindit mob up country.
Life was much simpler then.
 
#12
Murphy_Slaw said:
Ahh.. the yellow peril. "for the glory of the Empire....BANZAI"
That's about all they said
They always got a good shoeing from from some Chindit mob up country.
Life was much simpler then.
In particular, one Chindit who was left behind. His wounded mates were murdered my Burmese Villagers and he spent the rest of the war picking off Jap sentries and blowing up railways.
 
#13
On this side of the pond some attempt is being made to' relive the glory days '.. much talk of producing a film based on " Sgt. Rock" comics , sadly with Nicholas Cage in the prime role..
and, just down the road from me they are currently ' lensing' [ as they say in the cine tabloids ] a " live action ' version of G.I. Joe

haven't found out who is playing the sexy black clad Cobra babe as the studio doors are kept locked and guarded by usual black T-shirt biker types...and I'm too lazy to check the IMDB or Google

and, to be fair, there are a few Iraq-storied films coming out though they are the 'America bad or misguided' type. such as In The Valley of Elah with Tommy Lee Jones currently unspooling in the local mulitplex...

where's Biggles when you need him [ and wasn't there a movie about that.. Sam Neill I think??]
 

TheIronDuke

ADC
Book Reviewer
#14
sandmanfez said:
"For you Tommy, ze vor is over"
I still say that on a regular basis.

And while we're on, how about ressurecting the classic boys game "Japs and Commandos"?

I got my first black eye as the result of a "You're dead". "Am not". "Are so" convo.

We'd have to repackage it pixilated in a little plastic squawk box and issue packs of "Genuine knee cut transfers". "Sanitised dirt, Just add water"

Bah. Pass me Werthers Originals and the Daily Mail. Thanks.
 
#15
Rocketeer said:
where's Biggles when you need him [ and wasn't there a movie about that.. Sam Neill I think??]
To coin a phrase:

And where the hell was Biggles,
When you needed him last Saturday?
And where were all the sportsmen,
who always pulled you through?
They're all resting down in Cornwall
Writing up their memoirs,
For a paper-back edition of the boy scout annual...

(Cue one-legged mad flute solo...)

[align=center]
[/align]
 
#16
Anyone remember those small format war comics, things like "Commando" and stuff

and erm, yes I am an old fart

:)
 

old_fat_and_hairy

LE
Book Reviewer
Reviews Editor
#17
frog said:
Anyone remember those small format war comics, things like "Commando" and stuff

and erm, yes I am an old fart

:)
Ermm..............so old and fart-like that you missed the whole point of this thread? And the previous page which contained links to 'commando'?


Now Biggles; there was a hero! And Dan Dare. Not to mention 'Luck of the Legion'. So I won't.
 
#18
I bought Warlord from the first issue for years, threw them out when I grew up (sniff!). But remember characters like "Union Jack Jackson" and "Lord Peter Flint". I was a Warlord Agent!
 
#19
And what about "Sniper Kelly" or was he in Victor? "Tuff of the Track" Alf Tupper could eat fish and chips, smoke 20 woodbine's and still run a PFT in his vest and pants with his plimsolls on the wrong feet and no socks!

Kids today!
 
#20
No to pull the thread too far off topic, but 2000AD in its heyday had some great military style strips: Rogue Trooper springs immediately to mind, with chips in all his kit that he could talk to (and were his old mates who'd died or something?)... and Judge Dredd was fantastic at educating a young chap into the ways of proto-fascism and the Nietzschean concept of the 'Superman'.

Not that I realised that when I was 10 of course.
 

Latest Threads

Top