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Old 1st Sep 2020, 22:02
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Commando Comic - Still going!

Still going strong!
I seem to remember more Spitfires and Me109s though...

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Old 1st Sep 2020, 22:15
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Defo Action Man hanging out of the door (although he should have an SLR and only 2 fingers and a thumb on his left hand and no trigger finger).

Failed all my junior school exams because of Commando Magazine. Much better for it.
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Old 2nd Sep 2020, 00:17
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It used to be all "take that Fritz/squarehead/sausage eater etc". With today's adversaries it's a bit more problematic. I don't think "take that Abdul/towel head/Osama" would go down too well in today's climate.

(that's me probably on a ban, or a yellow card at least )

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All my German comes from Commando comics.

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Old 2nd Sep 2020, 00:57
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I grew up reading Commando comics and had a collection in the 100s. I can only remember WW2 as the subject matter but recently saw one featuring the Falklands war. Strange to think that when I was growing up the Second World War was 40 years ago and now the Falklands war is nearly 40 years past.
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Old 2nd Sep 2020, 03:49
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Ah yes.. there were a few others,, Battle for one. Level of detail was amazing, especially the planes and tanks.

Hard to believe that when I read them in the early 70s WW2 was only 20-something years prior and in all probability most of the artists/authors would have had first hand experience of the dirty side of the war.

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Old 2nd Sep 2020, 07:23
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I'd always come home from jumble sales with a stack of these. Lots of stories of the eventual hero wrongly being accused of cowardice before going on to prove themselves.
It took me a few years to work out it was 'Ya' not 'Ja' or Jawohl I should be shouting at my mates as we played war games too!
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Old 2nd Sep 2020, 14:33
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All my German comes from Commando comics.

Mine too! "for you, Britisher, ze war is over". How was that for a bit of the lingo?

I used to mange a German lady who married an Englishman, we had something in common, apart from our employer, both our Dads were both pilots in WW2, just not on the same side.
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Old 2nd Sep 2020, 14:47
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All my German comes from Commando comics.

Likewise. I thought all German soldiers said: "Ach!"
The Air Ace mags were great too.
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Old 2nd Sep 2020, 14:48
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Commando Comics online

Not sure if this allowed, an online source for Commando Comics plus many other ‘magazines’ is www.Readly.com - monthly subscription gives access - in my view excellent value

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We called them "trash mags", but we loved 'am. Did you know that they always had 64 pages?
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Old 2nd Sep 2020, 18:11
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When I had a spell offshore in the early eighties, one of my workmates spent some of his off-duty time writing scripts for the "War Picture Library" comic books.
He tapped them out on an old typewriter, so wasn't always appreciated by those trying to sleep in nearby cabins !
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When I was in the R.A.F. we called them Rockape AP`S
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I think I remember the maverick Sgt Pilot Matt Braddock in Commando from the '70s but my first exposure to the British comic heroes in the '60s was Captain Hurricane and his sidekick, 'Maggot' Malone in The Valiant.
Then, as now, the artwork is fantastic.
I don't know how he'd survive against the apologist hand-wringers these days though. Here's him in a 'polite' rage:

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My favourites were the Battler Britton comix, the aircraft were very detailed in the drawings. Schweinhund! Achtung! Spitfire!!
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I always noted how the Germans always went Agh! or Urgh! when shot while the Japanese frequently went Aiiee!
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Old 2nd Sep 2020, 21:25
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All my German comes from Commando comics.

50 years a German speaker and never heard it used.
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Post-GW1 leave, BiL and I with respective wives stopped for lunch at a waterside Dorset pub. Landlady is in the process of hanging a large banner proclaiming “Welcome Home to Our Local Heroes” or something similar. BiL asks what’s it all about and she explains that 3 local army lads had just returned from the Gulf and there was to be a (private) after-hours celebration of their safe return that evening. BiL explained that I too had just returned from the fray, which immediately resulted in an invitation for the 4 of us to attend.

Much later and well into the ‘celebration’ I was approached by a somewhat hostile elderly lady, who demanded to know what I did ‘in the war’. “Air Force” I replied proudly with possibly a dash of Sqn Cdr Flasheart thrown in.

“Air Force! Bleedin’ Air Force!” (think Peggy Mount crossed with Irene Handl), “I ‘eard all abaht you lot in your bleedin’ ‘otels. My son was in the desert the 'hole time wiv nuffin but a bleedin’ phone card and no bloody phones!”

Turning off the Flasheart charm, I explained that in my youth I had devoted a huge amount of time to studying the War, Battle and Air Ace Picture Library series (can’t recall Commando though) and soon realized that the Army seemed to spend a lot of time in foxholes being shelled or dive-bombed, or in the jungle being ambushed, while the Navy spent lots of time in rubber dinghies covered in fuel oil, having been torpedoed or depth-charged or both. However, the Royal Air Force generally went ‘Up tiddly up up and down tiddly down down’ with a fair amount of ‘Dagga-Dagga’, a victory roll thrown in at the end then retire to the pub and stand around the piano with a pint singing “Don’t sit under the Cherry Tree”.

“It wasn’t a difficult choice to make!”, I called after her as she stormed off muttering under her breath. I don’t know what she was muttering but it might have been “I don’t care how many times they go up tiddly up up, they’re still gits!”

PS. I seem to recall that Sgt Matt Braddock VC* actually appeared in Victor comics, which I also studied and may account for why I spent 10 years on them!
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In the RN we called them 'tuppenny bloods' or Royal Marine training manuals.
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