War Picture Library

War Picture Library

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War Picture Library was a British 64-page Pocket library war comic title published by Amalgamated Press/Fleetway (now owned by IPC Magazines) for 2103 issues. Each issue featured a complete story, beginning in 1 September 1958 with "Fight Back to Dunkirk" and finishing 26 years later with "Wings of the Fleet" (3 December 1984).

Companion titles Air Ace Picture Library (1960-1970) and Action Picture Library (1969-1970) were both folded into the longer-running War Picture Library in later years.

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Launched in September, 1958, the Amalgamated Press/Fleetway title War Picture Library was one of the earliest (arguably the earliest) "pocket library" titles, and in particular one of the first to feature stories set during World War II. Comprising 64-pages, the tales were, according to Steve Holland "page turner of the first order, a shilling shocker that grabbed attention" of a — primarily — young audience.Holland, Steve, "Introduction" to Against All Odds (Prion/Carlton, 2008), pp. 6-7 Written and illustrated, at least in early years, "by creators who had lived through the war themselves, many on the front line," War Picture Library was able to show clearly to its...
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