How long did it take? The Royal Navy needs you! The recruiters thought they must have hit upon a gold mine of impressionable lads when they started to advertise in Fleetway Publications.
This advertisement comes from December 1967 and adorns the inside front cover of War Picture Library 412 Murder Charge. Now modern day marketing types would flinch at positioning the Royal Navy next to a title like that. There would be an uproar and the inevitable trial by social media. No doubt the marketing types in 1967 were made of sterner stuff than their modern day counterparts.
You would think that after 44 years that the recruitment strategy for the Royal Navy would be vastly different - but a quick look at the website for Royal Navy careers tells you that things haven't really changed all that much.
I've missed this update for while a little while but I'm back on track.
War Picture Library 164The
Last Round 1/10/1962 War Picture Library165First
of the Line1/10/1962 War Picture Library 166Massacre
Mountain 1/10/1962 War Picture Library167The
Brave and the Damned1/10/1962 War Picture Library116Man
of Destiny2/10/1961 War Picture Library117The
Troubled Sea2/10/1961 War Picture Library118Heat
of Battle2/10/1961 War Picture Library119Thunder
in the Desert2/10/1961 War Picture Library404Double
Image2/10/1967 War Picture Library407The
Steel Coffin2/10/1967 War Picture Library 68Enemy
Engaged3/10/1960 War Picture Library69The
Hungry Guns3/10/1960 War Picture Library70The
Whispering Death3/10/1960 War Picture Library71Zero
Hour3/10/1960 War Picture Library356Mission
Completed 3/10/1966 War Picture Library357The
Highest Standard3/10/1966 War Picture Library358Hold
to the Last3/10/1966 War Picture Library359Heartbreak
Hill3/10/1966 War Picture Library308The
Last Frontier 4/10/1965 War Picture Library309Phantom
Flotilla4/10/1965 War Picture Library310Burden
of Guilt4/10/1965 War Picture Library311Rouge
Company4/10/1965 War Picture Library260Brothers
in Arms5/10/1964 War Picture Library261Glory
Road5/10/1964 War Picture Library262Untamed5/10/1964 War Picture Library263Nothing
to Lose5/10/1964 War Picture Library212Sound
the Alarm7/10/1963 War Picture Library213Where
Danger Stalks7/10/1963 War Picture Library214Rough
Justice7/10/1963 War Picture Library215 The
The First Space Stamp! This is another reason to build that time machine. I had a very quick search of the internet and I could not match the picture of the First Space Stamp shown in this advertisement to anything I could find online. However during my search I did discover that if you have a stack of French Antarctica stamps lying around they could be worth something (not necessarily a lot but at least something). Also isn't it kind of wonderful how French Antartica 'that 'fantastic new country' can appear in the same sentence with the Red China Liberation Imperforate' and both only a few lines away from the Boy Scout Jamboree sheet.
On other matters...
So if there's a Lot P2 - does that mean that there's also a Lot P1 or is there a Lot P3 coming up?
Also look at the prices! There must have been a lot of profit margin in stamps for the folk from Denmark Hill.
Is being brave enough? Sergeant Bill Holt is clearly brave enough but what happens when being brave interferes with orders - even if they are the wrong orders?War Picture Library 412 Murder Charge is all about not giving up and keeping up the fight even though you are ordered to retreat and are under questionable command.
Sergeant Holt is the replacement NCO for a cynical platoon lead by an ungrateful officer. The worst thing about Lieutenant Jessup is that he's already given up - he's lost the fight in him and he's prone to panic and is open to the offer of surrender. Holt, however, is ready to keep on fighting and when forced too has no alternative but to kill Jessup in order to save a desperate situation.
Interestingly this happens by page 37, leaving 21 pages to tail-end the story. Holt knows that the army has a dim view on NCOs shooting their officers so he decides to go absent without leave but not before leading the remnant of his platoon to relative safety. The fly in the ointment of his little farewell plan is the dead lieutenant's pet corporal who is quick to report the (technically correct) murder to his superiors. The commanding officers want Holt brought back alive and the remainder of the story follows Holt's naturally dramatic retrieval.
Murder Charge is a very well constructed and thought out action filled War Picture Library comic. The writing is strong and even though there's plenty of action - none of it is gratuitous.
Only if more stories could be like this one.
Not looking good... particularly when there's an ACH! and an AAGH! involved. Also that guy in the front of the panel doesn't look too happy.
Happy to be alive or just sharing a good joke?
Derision with a capital h.
He doesn't look very cool, calm or efficient to me.
Broken English? Nothing wrong with his sentence structure.
...or we could stay here safe behind this rock.
They teach you how to stand like that in German officer's school.
It would be very messy inside that little tank now.
Take any War Picture Library, Battle Picture Library or Commando comic and you will always find those famous last words “arrgghhhhh” or even “donner und blitzen”.
Cowards try to prove themselves or officers interfere by trying to run battles “by the book”. The enemy is treacherous. Mysterious locations hold significant secrets. Sometimes a simple gun is the focal point of a unique karmic destiny.
There are those who are lost or left behind enemy lines where they invariably make a discovery – a hidden base, a wonder weapon or a traitor. The host of intangible struggles are often more significant such as the dark secret, the family shame, the family curse or the stigma of not being like the other chaps.
Strangely enough for stories about war and battle the killed the dead and the dying are usually absent.
There's a lot to like (and make fun of) among the dramatic titles, fantastic artwork, impossible stories, daring heroes, nasty bad guys, body building and not quite diamond rings advertisements.