It was only a few years ago and thanks to the net that I discovered that my childhood comic mags were actually the Greek versions of British publications often with different name like the examples below.
|"WAR" became "2nd World WAR" in Greek and the original title "THE SHADOW OF DEATH" became "NO MERCY".|
A few weeks ago I discovered the website of the magazine "COMMANDO" (http://www.commandocomics.com) where I was able to find covers of old issues. How different and sometimes funny they look now after so many years.
Take for example, the cover of issue No. 4383 by Ken Barr showing a Mitsubishi Reikan (Pete) under attack by a Hawker Hurricane.
Note the bright overall yellow (trainer yellow-orange perhaps?!?!) and the red cowling of the Pete as well as the tiny pilot and the gibberish "Japanese" on the fuselage side.
The story went like this:
"South Africans in Catalinas, French in Dewoitine fighters, British in Hurricanes... what a terrific bunch they were!
They fought among themselves, they scrapped with the Japanese - and to crown it all they had a German saboteur and spy in their midst creating more havoc!"
Now, that's a story I'd like to read!
And yes, "Johny Red" was my favourite too.
Many thanks to Mark Rolfe for reminding me. I found the Greek comic images here.