David McDonald wrote:
Dunno would I agree with that.
Commando would be more recognisable than Crumb to most ordinary ie non comic reading people. Commando is still visible in newsagents, and a lot of people who dont read comic would have read them in their childhood. Crumb really hasent got out of the comic shops or the niche section of some bookshops.
Still if someone bought me either id be happy,(pm me for my address)
The thing is, outside of a niche market (British War Comics) in an already niche market (British Comics) I'm not sure Commando means anything to anyone any more, not in the way 2000AD or Spider-Man does. When I noticed Commando in WHSmiths a few years ago I was shocked to see it was still being published, and I'm the sort of person who has been going to comic conventions for 20+ years. Incidentally, I've never seen it outside of Smiths.
Crumb, on the other hand, is very mainstream, albeit 'Guardian'/'Independent' readers rather than 'Mirror'/'Sun'. Look at the enormous success of the Crumb exhibition from a year or so back. To put it another way, if there are ever any articles on Commando in the press you can be sure the word 'achtung
' will appear somewhere and the thrust of the piece will be, as mentioned, "Weren't those comics we read as kids hilarious?!" Crumb will be treated as an artist, not necessarily as 'just' a comic artist. Chris Ware and Joe Sacco are starting to get the same sort of serious attention.
Now, if it were Dennis the Menace I'd ageee with you
However, you're right that when it comes to the Christmas
market, Commando could be a good bet as a 'fun' and cheap stocking filler, along with all those Best of Smash Hits/Best of Jackie volumes that are currently piled high. It's part of the same thought process that brought us the Action Man book a few years ago. 30-something men with money to spend on childhood nostalgia.
In any case, it's pleasing to see that a major bookshop is willing to use two, radically different, comic books in its advertising.
chrissmillie wrote:Yeah, but did you see last years Best of Jackie sold 35, 000!!! I'm sure a similar boys annual would do the same at least. Imagine Best of Hotspur or Victor?
I bet you that next year that's exactly what we get. Commando has done well enough to get its second annual volume, and the shelves are heaving with 'Best of Girl' (which actually looks quite good), 'Best of Smash Hits', et al.
Assuming this year's volumes make a return, A Best of Hotspur, Best of Battle, or Best of Eagle would be a relatively easy sell to a publisher's marketing department. The content is sitting in the vaults, and there's a proven Christmas market out there. I'll be more than happy to help select the strips.......