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Riches, Adam. When the Comics Went to War: Comic book war heroes. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publ. 2009. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 1-8459-6554-X
BibTeX citation key: Riches2009
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Categories: General
Keywords: Historical account, Illustrated text, United Kingdom, War
Creators: Riches
Publisher: Mainstream Publ. (Edinburgh)
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When the Comics Went to War is an expansive, authoritative history of the British war comic book genre, from the first publications to appear in the 1880s to the last new titles to appear in the 1990s. Featuring a wealth of material sourced from the original war comic publishers and from private collectors, this lavishly illustrated book charts the evolution of military history in warfare as children lived through it, relating to actual events such as the Western Front in 1914–18, the rise of the Nazis, the British Empire, the Second World War, the Cold War and Britain’s police actions around the world. In the late nineteenth century, war comics had such a powerful effect on readers that they were seen to provide ideal recruitment opportunities for the British Army and Navy, inspiring young men to sign up to serve their country. Their popularity grew substantially throughout much of the twentieth century, with titles such as Victor, Valient and Warlord achieving weekly circulations in excess of two million copies during the 1950s to ’70s. While the genre later experienced a sharp decline, that many vintage war comic titles continue to be reprinted in significant numbers today is a testament to their enduring popularity. From Union Jack and Boys of the Empire to Commando, Air Ace and Combat, this unique and nostalgic celebration of war comic books will jog the memories of older readers and introduce the magic of these war stories to a whole new generation.

Table of Contents

1. The Victorians March On (13)
2. From the Boer War to the Brink (45)
3. The War to End All Wars … (71)
4. Keep the Home Fires Burning (97)
5. Fight the Good Fight (125)
6. Ragin’ Furies (153)
7. ‘For You, the War Is Over …’ (185)

The Ultimate War Comic: Great Story Action Featuring Comic Book War Stories from Down the Ages (221)

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