Monday, December 18, 2017

Have cravat, will wage WAR!

A man in a cravat will always go forward. Others, the cravatless, will never be so sure. Mayhem. Chaos. Pandemonium. These mean little to the confirmed cravat wearer. The man who wears the cravat, (perhaps defined as a cravatateur?) understands control and how to mould order from random lunacy. As our hero implores "...D'YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?" to his cravatless quivering charge, the truth is self evident. No cravat, no thinking. No thought, no control. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

I'm not doing it! So there!

It never grows old, the old "that's what they want us to do, so we're not going to do it!" Sounds more like the lament of a tired teenager than that of a grizzled veteran.  Or is it just another obstinate male refusing to take direction?

Friday, November 24, 2017

Why ditch the drill?

There's a time for everything. But this is not one of those times. This is the time, in the limited time remaining to jettison all that was once held sacred and permanent. This is the time to throw more than just caution to the wind. When opportunities are so few why put your faith in any of them? Never have so many contradictions hit the water at the same time.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sunderland under distress

It's always sad to see a Sunderland under some distress. A truly magnificent aircraft deserves better than to be trounced by some nasty roving Ju88. Unfortunately in this instance all that ends does not end well. Without taking too much away from the story line, this particular flying boat is about to spend more time under the waves than on top of them. However, as pocket war comic book karma would have it, that leering enemy aircraft is about to join the Sunderland on the ocean floor. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Air Ace Picture Library 329 Contact!

Let me start by saying how much I hate Battler Britton and I need to really set aside my prejudices when I read a story with him in it.
Having said that Contact! is barely an OK story as very little time is spent in the sky over the convoys and more time is spent flouncing around French countryside with the French Resistance. Battler gets shot down or is forced to crash three times, and survives! He's at his superhero best/worst as he manages to fly an unknown German rocket plane with a propeller and  folding wings only known as the "Secret Plane", with little or no preparation. The only good thing about story is we also get to see a Sunderland flying boat, Liberator, Condor, Seafire, Spitfire, Lysander, Focke-Wulf, Walrus, and Ju 88.
Of course Battler also manages to down eight enemy aircraft, most of them from either his short flight in the "Secret Plane" or as a gunner in a Sunderland. He's so annoying!
Also it took me a little while to figure out what was happening with that cover. It has to do with that zooshing as the Spitfire leaves the catapult ramp on the cargo ship.

Monday, October 30, 2017


Distress too strong a word? Absolute fear not an apt enough description? Permanent disfigurement from perspex splinters not worrying enough? Just missing out on being ripped apart by cannon shells not thrilling enough? Well if it's action you want, it's action you got. Some men look for action. These men are just silly.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

How terrorists view us

The scruffy have always despised the neat. Is this a historical truth or anomaly? The scruffy would say it would be the other way around, that the neat have never liked them.

No doubt, neatness stands for order and discipline. Qualities that need exercise in order to be retained. Scruffiness rejects those constructs. 
Neat terrorists create an image that is difficult to reconcile and usually end as objects of ridicule as the people they are trying to replace are usually already neat. Scruffy terrorists trying to replace the scruffy in power, only perpetuate that the scruffy are unable to exercise discipline or order.

Ideals always need to manifest themselves in outward appearances, otherwise, how would they be known?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

OMG another woman!

One issue, two women! Not in the same frame mind you. This woman is also  being ignored and cast in a non-participatory role, yet the woman has a right to be in this picture, she is a nurse after all, but she still isn't doing anything. The distant women are in Air Ace Picture Library, 329, Contact!
If there is an issue where women speak or are active it will be noted with a considerable degree of jubilation.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

OMG a Woman!

There are women in pocket war comics, even though they rarely make an appearance, they are really only there to be ignored. They don't speak. They don't participate. They are not acknowledged. They never fight. They never speak. They are never victims or heroes. It really is quite odd. Surely there were women around when these comics were drawn. Weren't there?

Monday, October 23, 2017

Spitfires are not very good

It is a well known fact that the Spitfire was not very good at staying above water. Yet this fact and many others have been kept from us. It was a hopeless subaqueous  deathtrap that made it more dangerous to the men who were forced to fly it than to the enemy.  The Germans had a popular and taunting nickname for the Spitfire and regularly called them Das Flugzeug, das nicht schwimmen kann. Soggy Spitfire pilots who were rescued by the enemy from their sinking planes were often taunted by their captors with these cruel words. Yet this is not taught in history books.
Don't let the lies continue. The truth is out there if you are brave enough to look for it.
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