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POWs and Cricket Bats! New Commandos Have them Both…

Commando No 4909 – Escape Or Death

Here’s the intel on the latest issues of Commando (Issues 4907-4910) from DC Thomson, on sale now in all good newsagents and assorted digital platforms (detailed below). This release includes two smashing covers from Ian Kennedy, who returns to the Birmingham Comics Festival on Saturday – and we’ve just interviewed him here.

Don’t forget downthetubes has an exclusive discount on a subscription to Commando comic, simply by ordering through the DC Thomson Online Shop using our special discount code. Follow this dedicated link to DC Thomson’s Commando subscription page

If you follow the link above, the discount is automatically applied – you do NOT need to enter the old DTT “COMDT” promotional code. Ignore the discount field on the check out page, too. (More information on our dedicated Commando Subscription Offer Page)

Commando Issues 4907 – 4910 – Published 21st April 2016

Commando No 4707 – Tough To Kill

Commando No 4707 – Tough To Kill
Story: David Turner Art: Vicente Alcazar Cover: Janek Matysiak

With the German Blitzkreig in full flow, retreating British forces were headed for the evacuation at Dunkirk.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Campbell — a tough, impulsive Hurricane pilot who wasn’t so good at following orders — had ended up in the brig to teach him a lesson.

His base overrun, Jimmy was determined to fight the enemy with whatever weapon he could lay his hands on — even a cricket bat!

Commando No 4908 – Gunboat Jim

Commando No 4908 – Gunboat Jim
Originally Commando No 213 (May 1966)
Story: Clegg Art: Sostres Cover: Buccheri

“Gunboat Jim” was the nickname he earned in the end. But for a long time before that young Sub-Lieutenant Jim Potter was “Calamity Jim” to everyone.

He could never take the wheel of one of the high-speed flotilla’s boats without running her slap-bang into trouble.

“Our endearing eponymous character always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and doesn’t have much luck, “ notes Commando’s Deputy Editor Scott Montgomery. “Therefore, he is seen as a ‘Jonah’ — a jinx on the high seas.

“One particularly obnoxious fellow crewman is convinced that poor Jim Potter will bring down their ship but, since Jim is a true Commando hero, we know that he is made of sterner stuff.

“This is a solid, entertaining sea tale, nicely drawn by Sostres.”

Commando No 4909 – Escape Or Death
Story: George Low Art: Jaume Forns Cover: Ian Kennedy

Captain Jon Laker and Lieutenant Rodney Smythe-Simmons were stuck in a remote P.O.W. camp in desolate Poland. Both came from aristocratic families and this made them viable candidates for an important Nazi prisoner exchange operation.

However, when the chance to escape unexpectedly came their way both men knew they had to seize it…or die trying.

Commando No 4910 – The Long Chase

Commando No 4910 – The Long Chase
Originally Commando No 1210, (March 1978), re-issued as No 2515 (November 1991)
Story: Bill Fear Art: Gordon Livingstone Cover: Ian Kennedy

The Sunderland hurtled in like an avenging angel and two depth charges fell from beneath her wings. Seconds later two explosions signalled the end of the U-boat beneath her. Flight-Lieutenant Jack Gregory and his crew were jubilant, for the weary months of training and patrolling had paid off.

But they wouldn’t have been so happy had they known this was only the start of a long chase that would take them the length and breadth of a snow-covered Hebridean island… on foot!

“This is a fantastic air, land and sea story,” enthuses Scott Montgomery. “I love it when Commando combines all three basic genre types and The Long Chase is a master class in doing so with complete success.

“The remote Hebridean island here is an excellent, imposing setting for an adventure tale that never lets up. There’s a great script by Bill Fear, a dynamic cover by Ian Kennedy and fellow veteran interior artist Gordon Livingstone delivers stunning page after page, all rendered in his trademark style.”

• There are more details of Commando on the official Commando website, the Commando Facebook page

• Commando Collections: Our Checklist

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If you follow the link above, the discount is automatically applied – you do NOT need to enter the old DTT “COMDT” promotional code. Ignore the discount field on the check out page, too.

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About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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