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"Battle Picture Library": Death or Glory [Paperback]

Steve Holland
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3 Sep 2007
When it comes to telling stories about the Second World War few did it better than the authors of "Battle Picture Library"! Here at last is the collection you've been waiting for, gathering together 12 of the toughest tales of war ever told. From the bomb-shattered roads of Europe to the stifling jungles of the Far East, below the crashing waves of the Atlantic or in the war-torn skies over England's green fields - these stories of courage and comradeship stirred the imaginations of generations of British children whose parents and grandparents struggled against the Axis powers bent on enslaving nations. The stories you'll find in this volume have an incredible range, from action with the Desert Rats to top-secret missions for Military Intelligence via the nightmare dreams of a Captain in the airborne division and the heroic rise of Jack Charlton (not that Jack Charlton) to the head of Baker Company. It's not just rattling good's explosive! Attracting some of the finest talent from across Europe, these visceral pocket novels are reproduced 25 per cent bigger than the originals so you can revel in every glorious detail. If you remember these books from your schooldays, get ready to relive the excitement. If you're new to them...have we got an experience for you!

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  • Paperback: 776 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books Ltd (3 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185375630X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853756306
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steve Holland has been a freelance author and editor for over twenty years. He began writing seriously in the mid-1980s and went full time in 1990 since when he has had over 1,500 articles published and written or edited over 50 books. An expert on British comics and pulp paperbacks, he has appeared numerous times on radio and television. His The Mushroom Jungle was nominated for an Anthony award at Bouchercon and The Trials of Hank Janson was a runner-up for the Crime Writers' Association's Silver Dagger Award for non-fiction. He is an avid blogger, posting daily at Bear Alley.

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Steve Holland is the author of over 1,000 articles and a dozen books relating to comics and pulp culture, including The Trials of Hank Janson, nominated for the Silver Dagger Award by the Crime Writers Association. His latest book, The War Libraries Index charts the extraordinary history of Fleetway's war picture libraries.

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5.0 out of 5 stars gritty and realistic! 27 Jan 2009
By spike
I always been an avid reader of commando but left wanting a little more than the usual derring do stuff so reading the death and glory bumper book of the battle picture library it was a lot more grittier and realistic compared to George Low's work and the one of the stories that touched me the most was Blaze and Glory which as another reviewer said highlighted how the weak became strong and the strong became weak between the two characters who joined up till their brutal climax at the hands of the Germans.

At times these books will be dismissed as nothing more than a bunch of books gloryfiying war in these politically correct of eras but serve to remind us quite rightly so why the efforts of our boys should never be forgotten or ignored.
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I have a few of these "Battle" compilations already, so I had high hopes for this one - and it did not disappoint. Suffice to say if you've already tried one of these and like it - buy this!! If you're new to war comics, the only stuff I would reccommend more highly is back issues of Warlord, Hotspur or Victor annuals or possibly the new "Best of the Victor"!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading For Fans of Non PC War Comics 25 Mar 2008
By Peter Richardson VINE VOICE
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This second collection of sixties war comics from the Fleetway stable is if anything even better than it's predecessor. While "Unleash Hell" devoted itself to 12 of the best War Picture Library stories, "Death or Glory" is sourced from Battle Picture Library, again these stories are similarly selected with exquisite good taste by editor Steve Holland, but importantly Battle Picture Library was launched some three years after the debut of War and the stories show a consequent maturity and depth of characterisation, which was becoming increasingly important as straight forward tales of derring-do made way for an altogether more psychological take on men in extremis.

As a result the stories here are if anything even more vivid, as the heroic and phlegmatic archetypes of the earlier war comics are replaced by men with often deeply flawed personalities. There are sterling examples of such tales contained within the pages of this impressive compendium, the disintegration of Colonel Jesse Stark literally reprising his worst nightmare as he leads a group of paratroopers on a seemingly doomed mission behind enemy lines in "Crack Up" (beautifully delineated by U.S. artist John Severin already familiar to readers of E.C.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death or Glory 7 Nov 2009
The sort of old school, balls-out entertainment staple from a by-gone era when men were men and there wasn't a celebrity chef or male grooming product in sight. Sticking it to Jerry in Spitfires, tin helmets and khaki - great fun!
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