but in 1930's Britain, homosexuality was an imprisonable offence.
Tommy and Eddie would often go out riding on their motorbikes......
He trusted him to keep his hands off Eddie
where the other gays went to meet up.
Eddie wasn't yet wise to the dangers there,
the Police raided the cottages regularly
They went their separate ways.
He was still angry with Tommy and they constantly had arguments.
fearing that Tommy might reveal that they had once been lovers.
So they had to continue to work together but Johnny's resentment never slackened.
Some time later they were involved in a clash with the enemy and their tank was destroyed
To avoid being taken prisoner, the surviving crew had to trek across the desert.
It was a long journey in merciless heat.
Finally, only Johnny and Tommy were left alive and Tommy was very sick.
He decided he should make it up with him when he regained consciousness.
But that very night, Tommy wandered off into the desert while Johnny slept.
When he woke and realised what had happened,
Johnny went out desperately looking for him but in vain.
He realsied now that Tommy had never stopped loving him.
~I adapted this story from a War Comic saga (No 724) called 'Fight to Survive'.
I reviewed this story in a previous post and discussed the artwork and the gay theme which seemed to simmer just under the surface. The same frames are presented here and the only changes I needed to make was to alter the cause of Eddie's death in frames 1 & 7. I changing it from crashing a defective motorbike to suicide after being arrested for gross indecency in a cottage (a public toilet). I made minor changes to other frames as well and filled out the accompanying narrative to suit my purpose, but they were not necessary to effect the conversion, such was the compatible tenor of the original story and it's artwork.
In conclusion I'd ask you to consider the title of this little epic.
Obviously it fits any war scenario, but is remarkably apt for a gay storyline too.
You will probably spot that the cover art here was not produced by the same artist who did the inside images. There's no sense here of the dispute and fight between the two friends which drives the original story as well as my adaptation. Any trace of a gay connection has comprehensively vanished with it - unless you count the slightly camp behaviour of the foreground figure, making sure his helmet stays on as they flee!
Hang on to your hats boys!
Go to Part 6 in this series 'Love Your Sarge'
Read from Part 1