Here’s the run down on the latest issues of DC Thomson’s Commando (Issues 4803-4806), on sale now in all good newsagents and digital editions. Sorry for the delayed intel this week.
This latest batch of war comics includes a re-presented tale drawn by Argentinian artist Alberto Saichan, who only drew a handful of Commandos but was also an artist on the fondly-remembered DC Thomson 1980s SF comic, Starblazer. He’s perhaps better known for his work for US publisher such as Continuity, where he drew strips for titles such as Armor and Hybrids: Deathwatch 2000 and pencils for Marvel’s The ‘Nam and Punisher: Return to the Big Nothing and Punisher War Zone and the licensed children’s comic Gargoyles. He’s been affiliated with the Duendes Del Sur studios since the early 1990s, working on Disney, Warner Bros and Cartoon Network comics and is represented in the UK by Beehive Illustration.
Commando No 4803 – The Deadly Waters
Story: George Low Art: Vila Cover: Janek Matysiak
When German forces invaded the Netherlands in 1940, Dutch Army Lieutenants Dirk Dreise and Ruud Aaker fought in the front line. The campaign went against them, though, forcing them to escape to England where they were assigned to clandestine intelligence work.
Eventually the tide of war turned and in 1944 they were back in their homeland, determined to throw the invaders out. For them, the fighting raged not in the air or on land but on the waters of the flooded polders.
Commando No 4804 – Tough Guy
Originally Commando No 149 (January 1965), re-issued as No 743 (May 1973)
Story: Kenner Art: Victor De La Fuente Cover: Scholler
Joe Brady was as tough as the Liverpool slums that had bred him — and, boy, he could hate!
The many Nazis he met knew the cold ferocity which blazed in his eyes as he swept into battle, but they could tell no one.
For dead men tell no tales…
“Some of you may wonder how we choose which titles to let you read again,” notes Calum Laird, Commando Editor. “Well, there are loads of different reasons but, it the case of this story, one trumps all others. It was drawn by Victor De La Fuente and, as far as I’m concerned, any excuse to let you see his magnificent art is good enough. I grew up reading Commando stories and his illustrations never let me down, combining accuracy, aggression and activity in every frame.
“Victor’s style influenced many other artists, and at least one reader, to get involved in comics. Thanks, Victor.”
Commando No 4805 – Brothers in Danger
Story: Kris Roberts Art: Morahin Cover: Janek Matysiak
Canadian sniper Michel Caron had been recruited by Gabe Dubois, his adopted brother, for a special mission that required expert, high-precision shooting.
In the bombed-out ruins of Caen in Northern France, death lurked in every shadow — and the brothers soon realised that both of them would have to be ready to sacrifice anything, even their own lives, to complete their deadly task…
Commando No 4806 – Secret of The Alps
Originally No 2343 (January 1990), re-issued as Commando No 3947 (October 2006).
Story: Alan Hebden Art: Saichan Cover: Ian Kennedy
All it took was one shot from a flare pistol to bring the entire German armoured column to a chaotic standstill.
There was no shock wave, no heat blast…just a silent explosion of brilliant light that blinded every pair of eyes within a mile. Even inside tanks there was no protection from this unearthly glare, this terrible – Secret Of The Alps…
“Saichan — responsible for the inside art here — drew 13 Commandos in total,” Calum reports. “Well, not quite, his final book (Unlucky 13) had to be finished by another artist. The reasons are lost in the mists of time, but it wasn’t due to lack of quality for his style — though quirky, and cartoon-ish in places — is certainly effective.
“The story is classic Alan Hebden, a man well known for intricate plotting and (just) believable secret weapons. He was on his game for this one!
“Saichan’s Unlucky 13, by the way, featured some of Commando’s early recurring characters — The Bomb Gang. This story is as explosive as any of theirs.”
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