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Sea Aces and Troubled Troopers make for a great Commando comic mix

Commando 5022 (The Silver Collection): Trouble Trooper

Here’s the intel on the latest issue of DC Thomson’s Commando (Issues 5019 – 5022) on sale now in all good newsagents and via various digital platforms. Our apologies for the delayed availability of this intel, which is brought to you only after dealing with hostile enemy action in the Barking area. Offering four singular World War Two adventures, issues ... Read More »

Looking Back: Exploring The World of Tomorrow in DC Thomson’s “Big Five” boys comics

"Crimson Comet" - Wizard, 1946

Notoriously secretive DC Thomson still publish Beano and Commando, but their past comics included The Dandy and weekly anthology titles aimed at boys such as Hotspur and Adventure.  These specialised in sports, school and war stories, but also, occasionally, there was SF too… “SUPERSPEED EXCITEMENT WITH THE MEN OF THE PLANET PATROL…!” The dramatic cover illustration of Adventure, cover dated ... Read More »

Dennis the Menace and Minnie the Minx take pride of place in revamped DC Thomson offices

The new-look DC Thomson "Fun Factory", Meadowside Dundee. Photo courtesy John Patrick Reynolds

Beano and Commando publisher DC Thomson is back in its original Meadowside home in Dundee, after a huge operation to move their publishing arm from the company’s Kingsway site that lasted several weeks – and Beano and Sunday Post comic art designs have been chosen to adorn the revamped “Fun Factory”. Over 600 staff – spanning the publishing company’s newspaper, magazines ... Read More »

Time Travel, Tiger Tanks – and a Traitor in the ranks? New Commando comics on sale now

Here’s the inside intel on DC Thomson’s latest issues of Commando (Issues 5015-5018), on sale from today in all good newsagents and various digital platforms. This week’s bundle of Commandos will take you across the battlefields and skies of World War Two, from the Steppes of Kursk to Northern Italy and the perilous skies above the English Channel, and perhaps ... 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 »

Beano Studios ramps up TV and film team with new hire from Australia’s ABC network

Chris Rose - Beano Studios director of development and production

Could the long-trumpeted Bananaman movie have moved a step closer? Beano Studios announced the hiring of Chris Rose as their director of development and production last week, coming to the company from his role as Commissioning Editor at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Working with Beano Studios CEO, Emma Scott, Beano Studios says Rose will lead the development and production of ... Read More »

Commando Comic Update – sabotaged by its publisher

Commando 5003

(Now updated with issue information): Rather belatedly, here’s the information on the issues of DC Thomson’s Commando (5003 – 5006), still on sale in all good newsagents for a few more days. DC Thomson changed the way they provide information about the title which made it impossible for the volunteer team minding downthetubes while I was on holiday to post ... Read More »

New girls magazines launched, DC Thomson’s “Sweet” includes strip by Laura Howell

"Sweet" by Laura Howell for Sweet Issue One

DC Thomson and Panini UK have both launched new girls titles this week – Sweet and Disney’s Eleanor of Avalor, the latter based on the animated series screened on the Disney Channel. DC Thomson say their title, Sweet, which includes a mini comic strip by Laura Howell, is intended for primary girls “who love collectibles, shopping, and all things cute”. ... 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 »

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