When The Comics Went To War


  • Over 250 pages
  • Published 2009
  • Pre-owned
  • Very good condition

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When The Comics Went To War is a colourful, authoritative history of the British war comic book genre, from the first publications to appear in the 1860s to the last wave of new titles in the mid-1980s.

Featuring a wealth of material sourced from the original boys’ comics and story-papers, this lavishly illustrated book charts the evolution of warfare as children lived through it, from the Boer War and the Great War of 1914-18 to the rise of the Nazis and the Second World War – and much more besides.

In the late 19th century, war comics had such a powerful effect on readers that they acted as recruitment tools for the British Army and Navy, inspiring young men to sign up to serve their country. Their popularity grew substantially throughout much of the 20th century, with titles such as Champion, The Wizard, Victor and Tiger achieving huge weekly sales from the 1950s to 1970s. While the genre experienced a sharp decline in the late 1980s, by 2009 many vintage war comics titles were being resurrected and reprinted in significant numbers – a testament to their enduring popularity.

From Union Jack and Boys Of The Empire to Battle and Combat, this unique and nostalgic celebration of war comics will jog the memories of older readers and introduce the magic of these war stories to a whole new generation.


A nice example of a fabulous book. Some very minor edge wear to dust jacket with small (approx 1cm) nick at base. Internally clean and free from any inscription. Book is entirely sound and in very good condition.


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