Scared stiff

A soldier admits he’s scared stiff

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A soldier is unusually honest about how he feels: scared stiff.

I like the way his face is shaded – which seems unusual but gives a sense of retrospection and perhaps even shame. The background swirls with smoke or emotion-laden clouds.

This is an image from the ever-popular Commando comics, pocket-sized adventure stories many of us were addicted to in our childhoods.

But I can’t help feeling that this is a sentiment that many of us have felt in our daily lives – whether in the office, in sport or on some adventure.

I am the the first and only screenprinter to have permission from Britain’s top comic publisher, DC Thomson, to use their archive of images for my work.

Medium size: 56cms wide x 38cms deep.

Handmade, limited edition screen print on mould-made, cotton paper.

Signed and numbered out of 200 in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds

© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.