“Charley’s War” Battle cover, “Halo Jones” art offered in auction

The original “Charley’s War” art for a cover of Battle and a page from the classic 2000AD story “The Ballad of Halo Jones” are currently being offered on eBay by the same seller.

“Charley’s War” cover art for Battle, cover dated 29th November 1980, by Joe Colquhoun
“Charley’s War” cover art for Battle, cover dated 29th November 1980, by Joe Colquhoun

Drawn by series regular Joe Colquhoun, the “Charley’s War” art featured on the cover of Battle dated 29th November 1980 and forms part of the arc known as “Blue’s Story”, relating the tale of the eponymous French soldier.

The story arc, set in March 1917, began its run in November 1980 and revealed Blue’s terrifying experiences on the Western Front around Fort Vaux. The cover features an attack on German lines.

“Charley’s War” cover for Battle, cover dated 29th November 1980, by Joe Colquhoun
“Charley’s War” cover for Battle, cover dated 29th November 1980, by Joe Colquhoun

The auction ends on Thursday 17th September at 7.00pm UK time and bids (at the time of writing) are currently at £360.

Measuring 12 x 13”, the stat title/surround is missing, the seller, “Max Normal”, notes these were often removed and used on the next issue to save money.

A page from “The Ballad of Halo Jones” from 2000AD Prog 412, published in April 1985. Art by Ian Gibson
A page from “The Ballad of Halo Jones” from 2000AD Prog 412, published in April 1985. Art by Ian Gibson

Also on offer from Max is a page from the 2000AD story “The Ballad of Halo Jones”, which has attracted bids of over £1000.

The page featured in 2000AD Prog 412 published in April 1985 and is described as in great condition on off white thick paper, with art by Ian Gibson story by Alan Moore, a large page with image size of 15×13 inches.

Bidding on this item also ends on Thursday evening.

UPDATE 17th September l: The Charley’s War cover sold for £700 and the Halo Jones page for £1647

Bid on the “Charley’s War” cover by Joe Colquhoun here

Bid on “The Ballad of Halo Jones” art by Ian Gibson here

View Max Normal’s other items for sale

Check out our “Charley’s War” micro site

With thanks to Richard Sheaf

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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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