The strips weren’t from the war, they are more modern; I think what the writer is saying is that the Powers-That-Be wanted to be sure that there was no real swearing in them, although Captain Hurricane was allowed to use made-up curses.
Unfortunately, back in the sixties and seventies, it didn’t occur to the P-T-B that the depiction of different races and cultures, and the use of crude stereotypes, could also cause offense. Almost every Japanese soldier was shown with buck-teeth and glasses, for example.
books, and all the others (War Picture Library
or whatever) also fell into the same traps, although they were generally more accurately drawn, so the depiction of characters were less stereotyped, and more realistic.
As it became morer obvious that this wasn’t really acceptable any more, these characters, and this type of way of telling a story was gradually withdrawn. I believe that Starblazer
, a sci-fi companion book, was an attempt to change direction away from the more problematic aspects of the earlier books - it still being acceptable to say “Die, alien mutant scum!”, without fear of repercussions from any Venusians!
I’m envious that you have a collection of Command
books, as they and their stablemates were usually well drawn and economically written; Tybaltstone has a really interesting interview with Tony O’Donnell, who was involved with some Starblazer