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Charleys War (Vol. 8): Hitlers Youth Hardcover – 28 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (28 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857682997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857682994
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 1.4 x 30.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Charley's War is a war comic against which all others are to be judged. It's the best of it's class, and Hitler's Youth is the best of the series." --Comics Cavern

"If you are a fan of the original Charley's War series, a fan of war stories, or just a fan of good writing and art, I would highly suggest this." --The Daily Blam!

"YOU NEED TO READ IT. The history that is put into this, with the facts, just moves it up 10 notches above anything else I have read when it comes to war comics." --Comic Attack

"The art is detailed and dark... The material was extremely well-researched, and it feels authentic... History buffs will find this volume an unusual take on familiar material." --Comics Worth Reading

"The writing and art here are fantastic and the storytelling is solid. This is the craft of comics at its best... If you love war comics then CHARLEY'S WAR is a must own for you." --Ain't It Cool News

"The level of detail in these comic strips is amazing, and you can tell that a lot of research has gone into the writing and artwork." --Blogomatic3000

"The black and white art is brilliantly, suitably, gritty, and the story avoids either taking its subject too lightly or sensationalising battle." --Skinny

"Colquhoun's pencils are gritty yet complicated, and he's equally adept at conveying quiet moments in the trenches as he is at grand dogfights." --Nerdy Nothings

About the Author

Joe Colquhoun worked on a large volume of titles in his 30 year career in the UK comics industry, including Lion, Champion, Buster and Battle. He is probably best remembered for work on Battle, including Johnny Red and Charleys War.


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Yet more cracking stuff from Messers Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun, with volume 8 we enter 1918 - though if memory serves Charley goes on to serve through the Allied Invasion of Russia to support the White Army and makes an appearence in the opening year of WWII, so there's much more to come.

Again a cracking script is brought alive by the art of the Late Joe Colquhoun, his attention to detail is stunning and the aerial sequences with Wilf in RFC are brilliant.

Having Adolf Hitler in boys comic strip in the 1980's as somebody other than a full blown Nazi monster was new and dangerous ground, a few years later when a comic strip featuring young Adolf visting his brother in Liverpool appeared "The New Adventures of Hitler" a hissy fit ensued. Pat Mills handles this storyline well and it's throughly researched, hats off to Mr Mills.

Roll on Volume 9.
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"Charley's War" is widely regarded as one of the best British comic strips of the twentieth century. It tells the story of a young soldier in the trenches during World War One, but it's about as far removed as you can get from the gung-ho "Commando" comics we all read in our youth. For one thing, it depicts the Germans as real people, not cyphers whose only dialogue is "Donner und Blitzen!" or "AAAARGH!" as they get shot. It also shows that there were cruel, sadistic officers on both sides - check out the Field Punishment in this volume.

This is the eighth book in the series and is slightly different in that the first half focuses not on Charley but on a certain German corporal, one Adolf Hitler. It shows how often he came very close to being killed (an event which would of course have changed the course of history) and if these events are true - and with the quality of writer Pat Mills' research I don't doubt that they are firmly based on truth - then it lends weight to the theory that somebody down there was looking after him.

Charley does feature in the second half of the book, and we also meet his brother Wilf again. Wilf is in the Royal Flying Corps and we see how dangerous their daily lives were too. Forget the glamour of cruising around the skies in a wooden biplane - the days are long gone when pilots on opposing sides would wave to each other when they met in the air.

As usual, Mills has supplied notes at the end covering the background to the stories, both placing them in the real-life historical context and showing how the original editors interfered with his work, for example by adding captions to scenes that were self-explanatory.
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The title of this volume is totally misleading. First it does not concern Hitler's Youth but only his period in the German army on the West front when opposed to Charley's corps. The only mention of his youth is an allusion to his brother who spent some time in Liverpool and who he visited for a short while which supposedly explains why he would know English. In fact the first third of the book concerns this pre-Christmas and Christmas period on the West front with Charley on one side and Hitler on the other side. Hitler is a runner and he has a demoniacal luck that prevents him from getting killed in any way. This vision of a lucky Hitler is the greatest absurdity you can imagine. He is in no way protected by anything, fate or predestination. One is not today because he will be this or that in ten years. One will be this or that in ten years because he is what he is and he experiences what he experiences now and has experienced before.

Charley is a marksman first class and as such is a sniper. A difficult position due to te presence of snipers on both sides of the front. We get a couple of hints on how to hide your position by varying it, by using oblique shooting, or by hiding in a very effective way. The most difficult position is not when a sniper is in his dug-out because he can't move the dug-out around, but when he is moving around in no man's land because as soon as he is located he becomes the target of heavy fire. It is extremely difficult to remain invisible in no man's land but once you have been located there is no way you can run away without being shot.

But all that is a little technical and anyway it does not build a plot.

For once, in this first third of the volume, we cross the lines and consider the Germans with Hitler as a corporal.
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Well, Its Charleys War time of year again. I usually take a day off work to read it as it drops onto the mat.
What do you need to know about this masterpeice? Charleys war is a graphic novel of a young Tommy in WW1. It is drawn by a god of comic artists, Joe Colquhoun. Each frame is certainly good enough to stick on your wall and some just take your breath away. The Characters are alive on the pages, they react in a very human way to all the terror and horror of war. The animation in the drawings is incredible. You find yourself rooting for long standing freinds to survive, but secretly you know this year will just add to the list of sadly missed characters. Ginger,Weeper,Dad,Mad Mick.
This year the book follows the Young Adolph Hitler. He is in a trench opposite Charley and His Sniper Mate,Len.The Germans are portrayed with the usual humanity and the battle scenes are of course just as good as you know they will be. The Elephant gun blowing straight through a steel sniper post, the Trench Raids, The vast aerial battles.Half of the book is devoted to Wilf Bourne, Charleys Brother, (who must be about 14) as an Observer in a Brisfit. The attention to detail is as you would expect from Charleys war;Stunning.

And now my usual notation on Mill's driveling.
I really wish he would read Amazon reveiws so that next year he might skip the mind numbingly stupid,communist,class obsessed,endless gibbering of his commentry.
Pat Mills,(if you hadn't heard),is a socialist god who single handedly overthrew the fascist class system of the UK by writing comics.
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