Battle Cry

May 16, 2010

Here is another mouldy old UK comic from the late 1950s. I have a price guide which dates this as being published in 1953 which is obviously wrong/a misprint. It must be 1957 or later although I can’t date it precisely. It doesn’t even have a number let alone a date !! 68 page squarebound comics containing black and white reprints from American 36 page colour comics were a popular format here for many years. Miller, Thorpe and Porter/Strato and Alan Class are the most well-known but there were other, smaller companies that dabbled with the format. Such as Streamline Comics. This particular comic was one of two unnumbered issues bearing the title “Battle Cry” published (circa 1958 ??). Streamline issued other similar unnumbered war and western comics around that time.

“Battle Cry” reprints relelatively obscure (yet quite well written and drawn) material from the Key Publications/Stanmor (1951-1955) USA title of the same name (No 20 from September 1955…which was the final issue). The rest of the comic contains a strange assortment. There is a Black Rider western from Marvel, a Robin Hood and his Merry Men from a 1957 Charlton comic and a strange 5 page SF story entitled “Brain Power” (here as a pdf file ) which I believe may well have originated in a Harvey (3D) comic in the mid 1950s.

Confusingly the back cover of this UK “Battle Cry” comic is an exact copy of the front cover of No 8 of one of Key/Stanmor’s companion war comics entitled “Battle Attack”.

2 Responses to “Battle Cry”

  1. dirigible Says:

    Interesting – they even reproduced the ‘Comics Code Authority’ stamp on the cover. Unusual for a UK publication. Even without knowing the contents, that means McAlpine’s Price Guide’s date (which I assume is the one you refer to) of 1953 has to be wrong – the stamp wasn’t used until 1954. Incidentally, the Battle Cry cover was also from #20.

    I guess dates in McAlpine for the other Streamline publications must be suspect too. Wish there was an up-to-date accurate guide to UK publications.

  2. It’s a small world. Not too long ago I bought some comics on eBay from Mr McAlpine. His guide dates back to 1997 and some things evidentally need correction. Perhaps he assumed the UK reprints were published at the same time as the USA originals ?? Although to be fair it is a mine of information but the print is SO small…..Actually I see that eBay itself contains a truncated version of his UK comic guide.

    It’s funny how scanning one old UK comic cover has now sidetracked me into downloading dozens of Key Publications comics from the 1950s. One of their Science Fiction comics has a character that goes by the title of “Alan Moore, Space Adventurer”………

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