This slipped through our radar last month – our apologies to the editorial team. It’s the finished cover for the upcoming World War One anthology To End All Wars, which will be released later this year by Soaring Penguin Press, introduced by Charley’s War co-creator Pat Mills.
Painted by Lizzy Waterhouse, it’s her first foray into any kind of comic art, and the editors take their entire hat collections off to her homage to World War One war artists. The cover is a wraparound and draws attention to the many facets that made World War One the hell on earth it should be remembered as.
The To End All Wars books covers a wide range of themes, away from the usual focus on the Western Front. “We have dramatic reconstructions of the war in the Atlantic that could have come straight out of Steve Ditko’s vault of horror” outline Jonathan and Brick on the project’s web site. “We have the story of combatants’ affection and need for pets in the trenches, related exclusively in pictures . We have the obligatory war poet’s story, but that of a Welsh hill farmer rather than some bit of posh who’s been done to death. And we have a feminist take on the controversial Mata Hari and the very personal story of an author’s search for their great grandfather’s memorial.
“We have low humour, high drama, weird fantasy, even a couple of love stories and sincere tributes. We take readers to East Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Turkey, and we are non-partisan, with narratives from the ‘other side’ of the conflict, not least that of the greatest unofficial war artist of all time.”
Edited by Jonathan Clode and John Stuart Clark (aka the artist ‘Brick’), the anthology will feature by contributors who include Brick, Jonathan Clode, Michael Crouch, Steve Martin, Sean Michael Wilson, Matt Soffe, Ian Douglas, Petri Hänninen, Sarah Jones, Bex Burgess, Chris Martinez, Stjepan Mihaljevic, SAM Richards, Lotte Grünseid , Chris Colley and Alex Wilson.