- Hardcover: 776 pages
- Publisher: Prion Books Ltd (3 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1853756296
- ISBN-13: 978-1853756290
- Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 6 x 22.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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War Picture Library: Unleash Hell Hardcover – 3 Sep 2007
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
This handsome looking book clad in covers with punchy graphics and elements of some of the original cover paintings, is in many ways superior to the Commando collections. The Commando collections are primarily dominated by stories that appeared from the 1970's onwards, they're earlier and infinitely more lurid stories are conspicuous by their abscence. Not so with Holland's selection. He adroitly goes for the earliest issues which were by and large written by men who had direct and (self evidently} fairly recent experience of active service during the Second World War, consequently the stories are much more non PC, "Huns" and "Japs" are a ruthless enemy to be despatched with cold efficiency and there's not an awful lot of agonising on either side over the dehumanising effect of war, these guys mean business and the stories have a consequential drive and dynamic that make reading this collection a really vivid and engaging experience.
The artwork is similarly powerful and throws you right into the streets of war torn Arnhem, the fetid jungles of Burma, the E-Boat infested water of the English Channel or the flak torn skies over the Ruhr.Read more ›
The artwork and stories are every bit as good as you remember them being, so pull up a comfy chair and get lost in the simple (if a little guilty) pleasure of a few good war stories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reliving one's youth by re-reading some of the comics from 50 years ago.Published 23 months ago by Frosty
I am 62 years old and these books take me back over 50 years when I was an avid collector of War Picture Library, Battle, and Commando comics. Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2009 by W. D. Davies
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