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.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Captain Obvious

Captain Obvious and Mr Know it All make a fine pair. Imagine being stranded at sea in a very small life raft with them. Somebody would be over the side and be finding the water real soon. It's surprising that between the two of them that they're not already quoting model numbers, serial numbers, the pilot's name, his tailor's name, the squadron's home airfield, the Pantone colour of the Condor, how many kilometres that particular plane has flown, how many miles it has already made, the next date for the engines' grease and oil change, and so on and so on.
We all know men like this, and we may indeed be these men.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Last Charge

Now is not the time to get picky about Light Horse and Matildas. Even though it wouldn't be too hard to draw some ill thought conclusions. Having said that the cover for Last Charge could pass muster as a recruiting poster with a minimum of editing.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Don't shoot shoot shoot that thing at me.

When does mad and courage get replaced by blind fanaticism? Are they the same, or does it depend if you're in the process of overwhelming or being overwhelmed? Waxing lyrical on the morality of such matters is morally problematic in itself so time to dispense with the bar room  philosophy and have a good look at the artwork.
So much activity and not a face to be seen. That officer looks like he's been edited in, the panel would work just as well without him. But then, of course, we wouldn't know about the courage of those mad types.
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