The French edition of Charley’s War Volume 3 will be on sale in French stores on October 15th. It’s astonishing and very gratifying that such a series should sell so well in France.
But this latest edition has something extra, never seen in the British editions. Selected pages in colour! They were in a half-tone on the Titan version, but now they can be seen for the first time as they originally appeared in the pages of Battle.
Although they were coloured by an in-house artist, and not by Joe Colquhoun, they are generally sympathetic to Joe’s line work. More importantly, now they’re printed on the excellent high quality glossy paper the French are renowned for (Grumble, grumble that the French always have the edge on us!), the colour pages look a lot better than on the original, good old British bog paper.
So here is a selection of my favorite pages in colour (apologies for the poor home-scan quality), Including the scene where a British bobby – memorably – has a “Take Cover” sign written on him in French. Does that only seem funny to us Brits?
The publisher, Delirium has done a truly excellent job on this version with very careful and thoughtful French interpretations on English words in the art. My thanks and congratulations to them.
BTW… Later volumes of Titan Book’s editions of Charley’s War are now often shot from Joe’s original pages, so you can really see the beautiful detail in his artwork.