Charley’s War: A Boy Soldier in the Great War

charleyswaraboysoldierWar is neither romantic or fun.  Some of the greatest anti-war movies are films about war like Platoon, Full Metal Jacket and Born on the Fourth of July, and in the comic medium, two British comic legends, author Pat Mills (Marshal Law) and artist Joe Colquhoun (Johnny Red) detailed the heroic and horrific realities of World War I in Charley’s War, a comic strip that started its run on September 1979 and up to January of 1985.  This newly released collection by Titan Books, Charley’s War: A Boy Soldier in the Great War collects the first 4 volumes of the strip.

IMG_1839Charley’s War follows a young boy, 16 year-old Charley Bourne joins the military and then to the front lines of World War I.  The comic strip details the ugliness of trench warfare, the insanity and madness of the Western Front.  The young Charley grows from being a naive innocent kid to a battle-worn veteran on trenches.  This collection also features various articles about Charley’s War comic strip, like an in-depth interview with legendary artist Joe Colquhoun and if you flip to the back of the book, author Pat Mills provides insights and references on the comic strip, like a DVD director’s commentary.

If you want to read some classic British comics about World War I, then take this journey through the eyes of 16 year-old Charley Bourne.  Author Pat Mills and artist Joe Colquhoun brought incredible realism into the comics.  It maybe only black and white comic strip, the artwork by Colquhoun speaks volumes.  If you’re new to Charley’s War comic strip, then this collection:  A Boy Soldier in the Great War is a fine introduction into British war comics.



Paperback Title:  Charley’s War – A Boy Soldier in the Great War (Vol. 1-4)

Author:  Pat Mills

Artist:  Joe Colquhoun

Publisher:  Titan Books

MSRP:  $24.99USD

Available:  Now


  1. Chesa Nmezi says:

    Reblogged this on Chesa Nmezi’s General Blog. and commented:
    Good read.

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