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Rat Pack: Guns, Guts and Glory (vol 1) (Rat Pack 1) [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Gerry Finley-Day , Carlos Ezquerra
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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27 July 2012
War is a dirty business... so who better than criminals to fight it? When Major Taggart breaks four military convicts out of jail, they think they’re headed for Easy Street... but they couldn’t be more wrong. Before, they were scum — now, they’re the Rat Pack! A collection of classic strips from the British boys’ comic, Battle.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (27 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848560354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848560352
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 22.3 x 29.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ultimate gift for fans of blazing battle action! --Comicrelated.com

About the Author

Gerry Finley-Day is a British writer best known as the creator of Rogue Trooper. He also worked on Dan Dare, Invasion!, and many more. Carlos Ezquerra is a veteran in comics: co-creator of the iconic Judge Dredd, as well as Strontium Dog for 2000 AD, and artist on Preacher and War Stories.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Convict commandos 30 Aug 2012
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Once again, just in case you're uninitiated [even though anyone reading this probably isn't]:

Back in the early 1970's, British weekly comics could be pretty tame. Then along came three classic titles that forever broke the mould of British boys comics by telling tales that were grimmer, grittier, and more realistic than ever before. Battle did this with war stories. Action with action stories. And 2000AD with science fiction.

One of the features in the early days of Battle was Rat Pack. The story of five convicts from a military prison. Strong man Turk. Cowardly lock picker Weasel. Superb athlete Rogan. And deadly marksman Dancer. All are released from captivity by the mysterious Major Taggart. Who offers them the choice of undertaking high risk special missions. Or going back to prison. Together, they are the Rat Pack.

This volume collects the first twenty two weekly instalments of Rat Pack, all in one large hardcover volume. There's also an interview with British comics legend Pat Mills, one of the creators of Battle, in which he talks about the state of the industry at the time and how Battle came to be. Plus a gallery of covers from issues of Battle which put Rat Pack on the cover.

There is an index page which lists the writer and artist of each story. Although neither this nor the pages have any page numbers, so it's not quite as helpful as it could be.

The quality of the reprints is pretty good considering the age of the source material. Although since some of it was originally in colour and all of this is in black and white, there are pages that do look very different, simply because they were originally in colour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesnt stand the test of time. 4 Sep 2013
By Chief.
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I grew up with war comics and have fond memories of greats the likes of Charleys War, Johnny Red, Darkee's Mob (Amazon wont allow me to write the actual spelling of that title because aparantly its offensive!) and Rat Pack. All of these have since been reprinted but unfortunately, unlike those other titles I mention, Rat Pack just doesnt stand the test of time.

The story is basically an adaptation of the Dirty Dozen series of films and has the main character attempting to lead a team of cut-throat criminals on suicide missions against the Nazis in WWII in order to earn their freedom. All the architypes are there - a brutish strongman, a skillfull knife-fighter, an acrobatic fistfighter and an intelligent but cowardly conman.

Each story is the stuff of traditional boys war-fiction and involves missions to save scientists, protect allied leaders, destroy important enemy installations, capture expewrimental vehicles or assassinate an enemy general.

Unfortunately where as the likes of Charleys War and Johnny Red managed to be exciting whilst also having important messages and a level of historical accuracy that escaped my notice as a child, Rat Pack remains very much rooted in the realm of kids war-fiction, giving the reader with little more than superficial and fantastical war stories that to the adult readers most likely to purchase this volume will only provide nostalgic value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must 29 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this for my husband as a gift. He thoroughly enjoyed it and was very pleased with it. It was delivered very quick to.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent adition to your collection 11 Nov 2012
By A.M Donovan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A collection of the war comic serial from the 70's, featuring work by an ensemble cast of very talented writers and artists (check out F.A. Philpott, I was surprised!). The series was originally published in Battle Picture Weekly in England. So it would have been difficult for war comic aficionado's to get copies of this magazine in America.
This books starts off with the very first Rat Pack episode, where the potential pack has to find out if they can work together to accomplish a desired goal. Also, we have to find out if Major Taggart can keep control of this band of criminals who would love a chance to take out the Major and escape on their own. There is this underlying conflict subtly carried out throughout the series which is surprisingly well written, as well as the very detailed artwork to add more depth to the stories. As the series goes on, there is more character development so that the readers can connect with each of the main players. A surprisingly touching scene was done in just a couple of panels in the episode Blood to Leningrad.
A wonderfully reproduced collection of the first 22 episodes of the Rat Pack would grace any collector's shelf. If your collector enjoys the movies The Dirty Dozen, The Cockleshell Heroes or Inglorious Basterds, and the comic Sgt. Rock then this would make a wonderful addition/gift. Night Owl Reviews - [...]
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