Meant to post this last week. This piece in UK MOD daily feed took me back to my own days of reading war comics.
The UK's National Army Museum is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Commando Comics, which has used graphic storytelling to celebrate Britain's military heritage. While war comics may strike some as crude, jingoistic, hackneyed and unworthy examples of art, the exhibit makes the case that these comics are important repositories of an ethos and morality that any soldier or would-be soldier would identify with:
"OK, the themes may be simple, but they do present you with the tough questions of morality and the hard choices troops have to make in times of conflict.
As you turn the pages you ask yourself if you would discover the strength of character to do the right thing and help get your mates through it all, like the everyman heroes in the stories - just as many of us wonder if we would be able to crack on like our troops who are on operations when the going gets tough.
War is not glorified, nor is it trivialised. What is celebrated is that, in the face of adversity, given the right circumstances, normal human beings can be heroic. As Commando's editor Calum Laird says:
"It's about the ordinary bloke in extraordinary circumstances."
Readers of Mad Padre wishing to waste a little time are encouraged to visit the Commando comics website here.