The Best of "Battle" : v.1, Paperback

The Best of "Battle" : v.1 Paperback

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A product of the same keen editorial minds that revolutionised British comics with Action and 2000 AD, "Battle" is the greatest British war comic ever published!Now, episodes of "Battle's" most famous and acclaimed stories are reprinted in this value-packed bumper volume!

Over 300 pages of relentless action are collected here, from the desperate dogfights of Johnny Red to the down-and-dirty Rat Pack, the reflective, critically acclaimed Charley's War and the uncompromising Hellman of Hammer Force!Created and drawn by some of the biggest names in British comics, including Pat Mills and John Wagner (co-creators of "2000 AD"), Joe Colquhoun ("Charley's War", "Johnny Red") and more, this is the ultimate gift for fans of blazing battle action!First published in 1975, "Battle" was developed in secret, behind the scenes, by 'young gun' writer/editors Pat Mills and John Wagner.

An immediate success, the comic continued until 1988, absorbing "Action", "Valiant" and "Action Force" along the way, often leading to the comic being temporarily re-titled. Home to some of the finest British war stories ever told, and many of the greatest comics writers and artists of their generation, "Battle" still influences creators today!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages, colour & b/w comic strip
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
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  • Category: War & combat fiction
  • ISBN: 9781848560253



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This is an interesting look at the magazine Battle from the point of view of some of it's more popular strips. Some were long-running, some short runs but they all dealt with war, mostly world war II but some World War I (Charley's War in particular) and the Vietnam War (Fighting Mann) are included. These were both from the Allies and the Axis points of view and much of them are quite gruesome, but in many way they point out the horrors of war and why people would want to avoid it. It's an interesting collection, worth a look if nothing else to get a feel for some of the opinions of the people involved. Each strip has a short introduction and then a note from the people who did the work on it, if they're still alive.Intresting but not something I'd add to my collection.

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My brother and I used to run into the newsagent and buy the latest copy of Battle (and Victor, Beano, Dandy, etc.) when we were visiting family in the UK. This is a reprint of some of the best-known comics. The paper is more solid than the weeklys that we bought but still gives you a comic book feel.