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Aarrgghh!! It's War: The Best War Comic Cover Art from "War", "Battle", "Air Ace" and "War at Sea" Picture Libraries Paperback – 1 Oct 2007

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books Ltd (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853756334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853756337
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 20.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

David A. Roach is an artist, illustrator, writer and historian with 20 years experience in the comics industry. Among the comics he has worked on are such iconic strips as Batman, Judge Dredd, Dr Who, Star Wars and Aliens. As an author he is an editor and writer for such books as True Brit: The History of British Comics and The SuperHero Book, as well as the forthcoming Fleetway Companion series and Girls of the Comics. He is a regular writer for Comic Book Artist and Comics International magazines and has spent many hours searching through piles of old comic pages as IPC's archivist.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Slater on 28 Dec. 2007
What an absolutley fantastic book, I've ben waiting for a book like this for years, I can't put it down. to see the original paintings is such a thrill, I started collecting war comics especialy War Picture Library since they first came out, I'm 57 now and they still have not lost their magic, even as a kid of 9 or 10 back in the late 50's, I was artracted to the art of the front covers, and I still am, I too often wondred what happen'd to the art, were they stored somewhre or dumped? what a joy it was to find that most of them survived, I wish I could own some?
David Roach has done a superb job, I tip my hat, congratulations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Jun. 2011
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This is a thick 400-page paperback book. It collects the war comics cover art from mainly the 1960s. These archives are from the Air-Ace, Battle, War and War at Sea Picture Libraries. These comics ran over four and a half thousand issues.

The paintings are all traditionally created. They are wonderful and captures the intensity of the war. The choice of colours and composition are great. It's also interesting to see the titles of these covers like "Night of the Devil", "Snarl of Battle", "The Jungle Has Eyes", "Courage Beyond Price", etc.

The subjects are mainly the soldiers, of course. There's a huge section on fighter planes and the navel warfare. There are very few tanks though. Every piece is properly credited to the artist.

For those into drawing war-related comics, this would be a very useful resource.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Jun. 2011
This is a brilliant book that lots of people can enjoy for lots of different reason. It offers a trip down memory lane and is a must for anyone who loves art, design and illustration. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it's not a thick as its follow up which is equally as brilliant:The Art of War: More of the Best Cover Art from War, Battle, Air Ace and War at Sea Picture Libraries

If you grew up as a boy reading 'Commando' or any similar war comic, you'll instantly remember the unique style of illustration found on their incredible covers and within their action-packed pages, that helped bring the stories within alive.

The art on the pages of those little booklets was distinct and unique, and this book brings together some excellent examples of the genre and should be swiftly added to your bookshelf or collection of art reference books.

The pages and all the illustrations within, are vibrant, colourful and packed full of expression and emotion. And each piece of art on every single page is a mini masterpiece in it's own right .

This book itself is chunky and thick offering 100s of examples of work in a genre that is truly incredible, yet so under appreciated and sadly forgotten.

You'll find selections of covers, 4 to a page, as well as big, huge, double page spreads of truly amazing artwork, and it's a crying shame this artistry isn't more widely appreciated.

The wonderful and expressive scenes depicted so perfectly within this book look great on its glossy, quality pages - with all the colours and pictures being vibrant and well produced.

Energy, movement, fear, anger, heroism, adrenaline, carnage - everything you'd expect to experience or see in war is here to see in this book, captured perfectly within the scenes on each page. It's a truly excellent collection of staggering art.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Empe on 28 Jan. 2009
If You are a male "over 40", this book refresh the memories of first juvenile lectures made of comics, in this case war comics. In Italy this war stories made by heroisms by anglo-american-allied "one-piece" warriors against germans and japaneses (only rarely italians, russians and so on between "actors" in WWII were protagonists) were published until 1990'. For a boy was a fascinating lecture, not politically correct, but fascinating. This book refresh these memories, showing pictures that now, for an "adult eye", are "little" masterpieces in the figurative art.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic resource of war art 9 Jun. 2011
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
This is a thick 400-page paperback book. It collects the war comics cover art from mainly the 1960s. These archives are from the Air-Ace, Battle, War and War at Sea Picture Libraries. These comics ran over four and a half thousand issues.

The paintings are all traditionally created. They are wonderful and captures the intensity of the war. The choice of colours and composition are great. It's also interesting to see the titles of these covers like "Night of the Devil", "Snarl of Battle", "The Jungle Has Eyes", "Courage Beyond Price", etc.

The subjects are mainly the soldiers, of course. There's a huge section on fighter planes and the navel warfare. There are very few tanks though. Every piece is properly credited to the artist.

For those into drawing war-related comics, this would be a very useful resource.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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