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Monday, 26 January 2015
THE CRUNCH COVER GALLERY - PART THREE...
When you think about it, it at first seems strange that one of the staple features of British comics for boys in the 1960s and '70s were stories about the Second World War. However, to many of the writers who penned these adventures and who'd experienced the conflict firsthand, that period must've seemed like fairly recent history. After all, it was closer in time to them than my own teenage years are to me - and that feels like only yesterday.
The CRUNCH included a story called HITLER LIVES, but that was set in the present day (after recapping events at war's end in early episodes) and wasn't really a war story in the traditional sense. I suppose kids of the time enjoyed war stories though, otherwise, despite the predilections of the writers, they wouldn't have appeared for as long as they did. Neither would comics like The HOTSPUR, WARLORD or BATTLE have had such long runs - unless, of course, it was mainly World War II veterans who were buying them.
So, full marks to The Crunch for trying something at least slightly different. Not that the difference was radical, because, whatever the setting, most adventure stories are either war, sport or cowboy stories at heart - even science-fiction ones. Think I'm talking nonsense? Well, consider - 2000 A.D.'s HARLEM'S HEROES was a sports story, bounty-hunter STRONTIUM DOG (first seen in STARLORD) was a cowboy story, and ROGUE TROOPER was a war story.
It's a bit like STAR TREK. My father could never get into the programme because of its SF trappings, but, essentially, Star Trek is not too dissimilar to a war story set in a submarine. KLINGONS and ROMULANS are the Nazis, KIRK, SPOCK and the rest of the crew are the good guys, and the ENTERPRISE is a submarine, but travelling up in outer space instead of down in the depths of the sea. You'd be surprised (or maybe not) at how many Star Trek plots could be transferred directly into a Second World War setting.
However, that's enough padding from me. Now you can get on with what you came here for. Namely, ogle these fantastic front and back covers from The Crunch - a comic that surely deserved a longer life than it had.
Posted by Kid at Monday, January 26, 2015