Remembering “Charley’s War”, a comic story of the Great War

Charley's WarAs we remember the fallen of all wars this weekend, you may be interested in finding out more about “Charley’s War”, the powerful story of the young Charley Bourne, caught up in the fervour of World War One, “the Great War”, and, subsequently, the horrors that came with it.

The long-running strip was originally created for the British weekly comic Battle by writer Pat Mills and artist Joe Colquhoun.

The horror of the war takes young Charley Bourne to the edge of insanity in this memorable sequence from the strip

The horror of the war takes young Charley Bourne to the edge of insanity in this memorable sequence from the strip

Our “micro site” within downthetubes, originally the work of the late Neil Emery, who was instrumental in the drive to get “Charley’s War” back into print, includes background features, interviews with Pat and the only longform interview with Joe known to have been conducted.

The section also includes a full strip chronology and a number of articles on the real world background to some of the events in the highly acclaimed comic, now available as collections from Rebellion, for whom we are grateful for their continued support.

Visit the “Charley’s War” micro site here on downthetubes

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“Charley’s War” and Battle copyright Rebellion Publishing Ltd.


The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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