This is a fine example of the sneaky moustache in the bushes. True to the tradition of tashes this moustache has the time to console his mate Ginger about a bunch of big nasty Germans while still finding time to poke his big gun through the underbrush. This fine Moustache appears in War Picture Library 192 The Unguarded Hour.
No doubt what's going on here! A race to the wire is in progress in War Picture Library 71 Zero Hour.
This cover has everything going for it.
It has focus and no ambiguity.
Only one thing can happen at zero hour and the artist who painted this cover has put us right in the middle of it all.
There's so much to like. I don't believe I have ever seen a helmet so lovingly rendered as the one the main subject is wearing. The detail of the netting over the helmet and the way it fits under the helmet is just superb. The helmet strap is also just so well done.
I also like the way the advancing troops appear to be shouted out by the main subjects' intensity. Those silhouetted bayonets are both a menacing and poignant indicator of the carnage that is about to unfold.
The best part about this cover is - there's no stupid flash cut out breaking up the flow of the image.
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.