Commandos Calling

It’s Day 2 of Howard Simp­son’s cel­e­bra­tion of Jack Kir­by on social media! I explained a lit­tle more about it yes­ter­day. It’s basi­cal­ly open to all cre­atives, and if you want to find out what peo­ple are doing on your favorite social media plat­forms, you can use the hash­tag #Kir­b­yArt­Trib­ut­es.

Today’s prompt is the Boy Com­man­dos. They were a Simon and Kir­by cre­ation for DC Comics back in the Gold­en Age, and a big sales suc­cess that last­ed well beyond WWII, run­ning from 1942 all the way to 1949. Simon and Kir­by had a lot of suc­cess with kid gangs. The Com­man­dos were a group of orphans from dif­fer­ent coun­tries who fought the Axis, com­mand­ed by Capt. Rip Carter (upper right cor­ner). At the very bot­tom left cor­ner in the der­by is Brook­lyn (I don’t know if he was ever giv­en a last name), and on his right is Jan Haasan from the Nether­lands. Above them are André Chavard of France on the left, and to André’s right is Alfie Twid­gett from England.

I hope you enjoy, and stay tuned for tomor­row’s drawing!

2 thoughts on “Commandos Calling

  1. joe musich

    Yep. What a great idea to include the kids by the cre­ators back then. Your vivid col­ors real­ly set the mem­o­ry of my mind afire. Copies of this title were still float­ing around when I was young. In the long for­got­ten process of “trad­ing comics” back in the mid to late 50’s peo­ple still had one or two of the issues. I manged to have my hands on four or five issues for a time. Thanks Mark. It might be time to bring this team back to pull younger kids into comics. Thanks Mark

    1. Mark Post author

      Glad you like it, Joe. Yeah, this was a real hit for DC back then. Evi­denced by the fact they kept the title going well beyond the end of the War! It does­n’t sur­prise me to hear that there’d be back issues still float­ing around that late.
      As to the col­or thing: I set a chal­lenge for myself with all of these that I would stick to the lim­it­ed col­or palette used in the com­ic inte­ri­ors where these char­ac­ters orig­i­nal­ly appeared. It was com­bi­na­tions of cyan, magen­ta and yel­low in only 25%, 50% or 100% incre­ments. That meant you only had 64 col­ors to work with! Kind of amaz­ing when you look back, what some peo­ple were able to accom­plish with such limitations.


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