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Battle Picture Library: Let 'em Have It [Perfect Paperback]

Steve Holland
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6 Oct 2008
By the time it was launched in 1961, "Battle Picture Library" already had two stablemates at Fleetway Publications - "War Picture Library" and "Air Ace Picture Library". To avoid any conflicts with its sister magazines, Battle concentrated solely on stories based on land, although the authors and artists had plenty of scope when deciding on settings for their tales of action and adventure.Stories such as "Fort Blood" or "The Fire-Eater" pit our fighting men against their bitter enemies in the heat and dust of the desert while "The Flame and the Fury" or "The Island of Guilt" see them slogging their way through the intense tropical humidity of the darkest jungles."The Let 'Em Have It" collection features some of the finest stories ever to appear in the "Battle Picture Library" series, providing hours of entertainment for fans of fighting yarns whether they be revisiting the classic comic book series they remember from their youth, or whether they are going into Battle for the first time!

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  • Perfect Paperback: 776 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books Ltd (6 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853756717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853756719
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 18.8 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,685 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 Full On War Comics From the 60's! 11 Jan 2009
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This, the latest in what promises to be an ongoing series of reprints of the best of the Fleetway war pocket libraries, is in many ways the most successfully realized yet.

Editor Steve Holland has picked a particularly fine bunch of stories, with scripts by a team of writers and editors who in most cases had direct experience of the conflict they were writing about. The stories are just as gripping and engaging some forty plus years on as they were when the were first published and again as with the previous collection the heroes and protagonists are frequently men trying to come to terms with their own personal demons as much as they are fighting the enemy.

These are stories therefore with real resonance which coupled with some really superb and atmospheric artwork plunges the reader right into the seat of the action.

The stories themselves are by and large from the first three years of the comics run spanning 1961 - 1963 and again, there are no credits published, which is a pity, however I'll reprise a list of the contents with the appropriate name checks:

Fort Blood - Battle No.22 - Art:Jose Ortiz - Script:Unknown

Killer At Large - Battle No.7 - Art:Jose Bielsa - Script:Donne Avenell

The Fire Eaters - Battle No.96 - Art:Gino D'Antonio - Script:H.K. Bulmer

No Higher Stakes - Battle No.89 - Art:Jorge Macabich - Script:E.C. Tubb

Ten Seconds to Zero - Battle No.38 - Art:Jose Ortiz - Script:Unknown

The Flame and the Fury - Battle No.33 - Art:Aurelio Bevla - Script:Unknown

Death and Glory - Battle No.27 - Art: Gino D'Antonio - Script:Unknown

The Island of Guilt - Battle No.4 - Art:Renzo Calegari - Script:Donne Avenell

The Quick and the Dead - Battle No.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good. 16 Nov 2013
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Very good although I have not finished reading this book yet. Book takes me back to the 1960's when I first read these magazines
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended to boys aged 8+ to 80+ 24 Oct 2013
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I have a number of these comic book collections, and this one easily matches up to any of the others. I started reading these as a boy 50 years ago, and reading them again now brings back memories of a very happy childhood. I know the storylines are often repeated, and the ending usually fairly predictable, but so what? They're still an exciting read for small boys of any age.
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