Female protagonists in Commando?

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Female protagonists in Commando?

Post by Tammyfan » 09 Oct 2017, 05:43

Are there any Commandos that have female protagonists rather than male? I know that one, "Fatherland", has just come out, but are there any others?

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Re: Female protagonists in Commando?

Post by colcool007 » 09 Oct 2017, 07:39

You also have Operation Nachthexen (4599) which featured the first female lead. The same characters also featured in Witch Hunt (4616) and Warrior's Return (4635).

All three featured the same creative team of Mac Macdonald writing and Carlos Pino doing all the art.
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Re: Female protagonists in Commando?

Post by Tammyfan » 09 Oct 2017, 07:49

colcool007 wrote:You also have Operation Nachthexen (4599) which featured the first female lead. The same characters also featured in Witch Hunt (4616) and Warrior's Return (4635).

All three featured the same creative team of Mac Macdonald writing and Carlos Pino doing all the art.
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Re: Female protagonists in Commando?

Post by philcom55 » 09 Oct 2017, 11:08

Of course the Russian Nachthexen or 'Night Witches' also played a prominent role in the Battle series Johnny Red.

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Post by philcom55 » 09 Oct 2017, 12:13

...And it's worth remembering that some of the girls' picture libraries were set during World War Two - usually featuring female resistance fighters in occupied Europe.
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Re: Female protagonists in Commando?

Post by Tammyfan » 09 Oct 2017, 23:06

And let us not forget the sadly short-lived Kitty Hawke from Girl I.

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Re: Female protagonists in Commando?

Post by Phoenix » 10 Oct 2017, 00:50

Tammyfan wrote:And let us not forget the sadly short-lived Kitty Hawke from Girl I.
To be fair, she did last for 21 weeks. Quite a number of girls' serials didn't get that many.

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Re: Female protagonists in Commando?

Post by Phoenix » 10 Oct 2017, 00:54

colcool007 wrote:You also have Operation Nachthexen (4599) which featured the first female lead. The same characters also featured in Witch Hunt (4616) and Warrior's Return (4635).
How on earth can you read all those war stories, Col, and still stay sane?

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Re: Female protagonists in Commando?

Post by colcool007 » 10 Oct 2017, 12:41

Phoenix wrote:
colcool007 wrote:You also have Operation Nachthexen (4599) which featured the first female lead. The same characters also featured in Witch Hunt (4616) and Warrior's Return (4635).
How on earth can you read all those war stories, Col, and still stay sane?
Very easily. I saw what the real thing does and these can easily be classed as light relief. Now there's a point, what would anyone class as the funniest Commando issue?
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Re: Female protagonists in Commando?

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Phoenix wrote:How on earth can you read all those war stories, Col, and still stay sane?
colcool007 wrote:Very easily. I saw what the real thing does and these can easily be classed as light relief.
Obviously I have to read all relevant war stories when I am preparing something that will eventually be published, but war is only one of a large number of themes that would feature in such a book. When you have heard the Air-Raid sirens, and after the blackout curtains have been drawn and the electric lights switched off, and you've had to be protected by your mother under a table or whizzed out to your local stone-topped brick shelter, you tend to get very angry indeed with the people attacking you. War anywhere offends me to such an extent that I don't see any aspect of it in print as light relief, and as for the current Trump (arrogant)/North Korea (pragmatic) situation, it may not be too long before we become collateral damage in a ''my pecker's bigger than yours'' situation. So no, Colin, there is no light relief in war fiction, just more glorification.

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Re: Female protagonists in Commando?

Post by colcool007 » 10 Oct 2017, 18:44

Phoenix wrote:
Phoenix wrote:How on earth can you read all those war stories, Col, and still stay sane?
colcool007 wrote:Very easily. I saw what the real thing does and these can easily be classed as light relief.
Obviously I have to read all relevant war stories when I am preparing something that will eventually be published, but war is only one of a large number of themes that would feature in such a book. When you have heard the Air-Raid sirens, and after the blackout curtains have been drawn and the electric lights switched off, and you've had to be protected by your mother under a table or whizzed out to your local stone-topped brick shelter, you tend to get very angry indeed with the people attacking you. War anywhere offends me to such an extent that I don't see any aspect of it in print as light relief, and as for the current Trump (arrogant)/North Korea (pragmatic) situation, it may not be too long before we become collateral damage in a ''my pecker's bigger than yours'' situation. So no, Colin, there is no light relief in war fiction, just more glorification.
On this subject, we are going to have to agree to disagree. If you ever watched Blackadder Goes Forth, M*A*S*H, Soldier Soldier or Bluestone 42 or read Catch-22, you will see that there is humour in any situation. As my sense of humour is very dark, I will laugh in the face of fear because otherwise you cave in to it. As to the sirens calling, I have heard them for real on a grand total of two times and that is when you truly understand the meaning of "brown adrenaline"!

I must admit that I never realised that you were in your mid to late 70s as that is how old you'd need to have heard the bombs being dropped in anger over Cheshire as the last bombing raid on Cheshire was in 1942.

While many comics can be considered glorification, I suggest you read a few of the ones that deal with war before dismissing them all out of hand. I thoroughly recommend D-Day Dodgers as a good starting point. Either Alan Hebden or Garth Ennis' version will do but I recommend the Alan Hebden one as the more poignant of the two.
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Re: Female protagonists in Commando?

Post by Phoenix » 10 Oct 2017, 20:37

colcool007 wrote: I must admit that I never realised that you were in your mid to late 70s
That is probably because when you don't see someone for a long period of time, Col, you tend to remember them as they were when you last saw them. In our case that was when you lived in High Barnet, and you may recall that I even slept over on one of my visits. I particularly remember three things, chatting to Karen, reading to your youngest daughter Iona from a Dandy annual that she was leafing through, and holding my nose every time the underground train went through Finchley.

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Re: Female protagonists in Commando?

Post by Tammyfan » 10 Oct 2017, 20:49

colcool007 wrote:
Phoenix wrote:
colcool007 wrote:You also have Operation Nachthexen (4599) which featured the first female lead. The same characters also featured in Witch Hunt (4616) and Warrior's Return (4635).
How on earth can you read all those war stories, Col, and still stay sane?
Very easily. I saw what the real thing does and these can easily be classed as light relief. Now there's a point, what would anyone class as the funniest Commando issue?
"Nobody Loves a Genius!" is one that incorporates humour, and the platoon themselves have a really good laugh in the end. Scroggs from "Entry Forbidden!" is also a comical character.

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Re: Female protagonists in Commando?

Post by Phoenix » 10 Oct 2017, 21:01

Tammyfan wrote:Scroggs from "Entry Forbidden!" is also a comical character.
He'd have to be with a name like that!

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Re: Female protagonists in Commando?

Post by Tammyfan » 11 Oct 2017, 02:23

Phoenix wrote:
Tammyfan wrote:Scroggs from "Entry Forbidden!" is also a comical character.
He'd have to be with a name like that!
You will find more on Scroggy here https://jintycomic.wordpress.com/2017/0 ... dden-1981/

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