The most popular of Simon and Kirby's "kid gang" comics from the early 1940s, created just after their run on Capt. America #1-10! An international team of boy soldiers dedicated to fighting Nazis, based on Kirby's own rough childhood in NYC. The team included members from England, France, the Netherlands, and the United States, under the leadership of Captain Rip Carter. They parachute in Germany, meet Hitler, fight in European trenches...
In this collection, the Boy Commandos must save a man accused of being a German spy, escape the clutches of enemy kidnappers, encounter a mystical monk looking for items that exemplify modern civilization, set up a pirate radio station behind enemy lines, and stand accused of treason. And far more, in 30 complete stories. Issue #4, 1943, features a seven-part (the complete 64-page comic) "Invasion of Europe."
Collects stories from Boy Commandos #3-5, World's Finest Comics #10-13, and Detective Comics #74-83 and 85. New introduction by John Morrow (Twomorrows Publishing). Stories run from the years 1943 to 1944--the team was so popular, they began in Batman's Detective Comics, moved to World's Finest, and got their own comic running concurrently with the other appearances, all in just over two years!
The team continued on throughout and after the war. When Kirby left, a young Curt Swan would take on the series and present more very well drawn adventures in the late 1940s, moving once again, this time to Star Spangled Comics and finishing their own run of 36 issues to 1949. We hope this series continues, as this is a classic of the Golden Age. The S&K work in this issue is among their best, just before Kirby was drafted and became a infantryman himself, fighting in Europe!