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Killer Commandos Stalk Your Newsagent This Week – and there’s flying saucers on the loose, too!

Commando 5011 - Flight of Fancy

  DC Thomson’s Commando Issues 5011 – 5014, on sale now in all good newsagents and various digital platforms, deliver a hotpot of unique wartime adventures, ranging from World War Two Home Front detectives to grizzled Yankees in the Vietnamese jungle. While “Flight of Fancy” and “Killer Commando” tackle different genres, delivering time honoured Commando themes and stories with a ... Read More »

Achtung! Commando – a short-lived homage to Britain’s longest-running war comic recalled 

Achtung! Commando Issue One

Despite its longevity, DC Thomson’s last serving pocket library title, Commando, has never gained the kind of fan documentation that other British comics have. Achtung! Commando was a short-lived attempt to change that, published at the turn of the century but lasting just four issues. Edited by comics artist and historian Peter Richardson, only four issues of the Achtung! Commando fanzine ... Read More »

Creating Comics: An Interview with Commando Editor Kirsten Murray

Kirsten Murray, editor of Commando and more at DC Thomson

With war comic Commando recently passing its landmark 5000th issue and many changes behind the scenes in its editorial department, downthetubes caught up with the veteran title’s recently-installed editor, Kirsten Murray, just part of her role as DC Thomson’s Heritage Brands editor, to ask her about the title’s ongoing success at a difficult time for British comics – and her ... Read More »

Ghost Ships and Wartime Castaways – new Commando comics on sale on Thursday

Commando Issue 5010: Treasure Hunt

Here’s the intel from DC Thomson on the latest issues of Commando (Issues 5007 – 5010) on sale in all good newsagents from Thursday 6th April 2017 and also available through various digital platforms. All four stories are set in different conflicts during World War Two and following very different protagonists, dealing with themes of duty and heroism, pushing the boundaries ... Read More »

Battle of the Somme Re-Visited in “For Valour”, a new comic by Stephen Mooney and Eoin Coveney 

For Valour - Tommy Chambers Story - SNIP

An exciting comics project jointly produced by Monaghan County Museum, Armagh County Museum and Craigavon Museum Services recently saw the creation of For Valour, a comic created by Stephen Mooney and featuring interior art by Eoin Coveney that focused on the story of three lives touched by one of the worst battles of World War One. The project – available to download ... Read More »

In Praise Of: Commando artists Ian Kennedy and Carlos Pino

The full cover of Ian Kennedy's cover for Commando 1425, complete with Commando "dagger"

An Appreciation by former Commando editor Calum Laird There’s nothing like an anniversary – say, Commando’s 5000th issue, for example – to start your mind scrolling back through the years to days gone by. Nothing, except perhaps the combination of an anniversary, a couple of pints of Mòr and lunch in The Phoenix (103 Nethergate, Dundee) with an ex-colleague. So, a couple ... Read More »

Commando: Still Fully Loaded After 5000 Issues

Commando Logo SNIP

In 2011 DC Thomson’s war digest title Commando celebrated its 50th anniversary, a remarkable achievement only surpassed on the newsstands at the time by The Dandy and The Beano. While other titles were being cancelled or their publication schedules scaled back, in 2012 DC Thomson actually increased the number of Commando issues with, for the first time, over 100 issues ... Read More »

5000 Not Out: DC Thomson’s Commando comic celebrates a landmark issue next week

Commando 5000 – Zero Hour

DC Thomson’s Commando comic celebrates its 5000th issue next week with an all-new story from writer Ferg Handley with strip art from long-standing artist on the title, Carlos Pino and – who else? – a cover from Ian Kennedy, whose memorable work is surely one of the best-known aspects of the long-running title. “It’s only fitting that the man who has painted ... Read More »

Hidden Nazis, Deadly Secrets Uncovered – in the new Commando comics

Commando 4997 – Hidden Nazis

Here’s the latest intel on the new DC Thomson Commando releases (Issues 4995 – 4998), on sale now in all good newsagents and available on various digital platforms… Commando 4995 – The Village Story: Ferg Handley Art: Vicente Alcazar Cover: Janek Matysiak By spring, 1945, the Reich’s forces were in full retreat and Allied troops were pushing into Germany. So ... Read More »

King Kong, wartime Beanos and banned Oz comics – quite a selection in latest ComPal comic auction!

Mighty World of Marvel 1 (1972) - with Hulk T-Shirt Transfer free gift

The latest Compalcomics online auction has just launched and offers a fantastic selection of wartime Beanos, pre-war Mickey Mouse Weeklies and copies of Glasgow / Northern Looking Glass, considered the world’s first “comic”, published in Glasgow in 1825. Plus, there’s the chance to get your hands on some rare underground comics, including a copy of the infamous Oz “Schoolkids” magazine that saw ... Read More »

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