Here’s details of the latest issues of DC Thomson’s war comic Commando, on sale now in all good newsagents and available for digital download. All issues feature an exclusive Commando postercard – free!
This release see the start of a year-long World War One story written by former Commando editor George Low and drawn by Keith Page, who has just featured some impressive upcoming art for the fourth story in the series on his personal blog.
Commando No 4671 – Miracle At Mons
Story: George Low Art: Ian Kennedy Cover: Keith Page
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On the morning of the 28 June 1914 two pistol shots fired in a Sarajevo street would plunge the world into the most destructive war it had ever known as a spider’s web of alliances set Great Power against Great Power.
At the time, the event in Bosnia meant little to Sid Blake, a reluctant cavalryman – but willing soldier – in the Army of King George the Fifth. It meant more to him when he and his horse were shipped to France to play their part in the opening salvoes of The Great War.
Commando No 4672 – The Raiders
Originally Commando No 129 (August 1964), re-issued as No 679 (September 1972)
Story: Clegg Art: Victor De La Fuente Cover: Chaco
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Nearer dead than alive, a dozen men of the Long Range Desert Group struggled on across the burning sands of the Western Desert. A Nazi plane had shot their trucks from under them.
And then they heard the terrifying whine of the diving aircraft again, and the hammering of its machine guns made them seek desperately for cover. But there was none. Young Lieutenant Pete Strong saw every one of his men – all his closest buddies -mowed down before his eyes.
At that moment Pete made a vow that for every drop of British blood that was spilled the Nazis would pay tenfold.
This is Pete’s story…
“Classic, classic Commando!” enthuses Editor Calum Laird of this re-presented tale. “ An action-filled story, crammed full of bullets, bombs and burning vehicles brought to life by one of the best comic artists ever – Victor De La Fuente. Victor’s line influenced a whole raft of comics illustrators – very much for the better – enabling them to bring dynamic movement to the most static of images. His drawings give the Clegg script, with its thinly disguised military message, a vivid quality inside a scene-setting cover from fellow Spaniard Chaco.
“A bit late for Christmas but it’s still a cracker!”
Commando No 4673 – The White Russian
Story: Steve Coombs Art: Morahin Cover: Janek Matysiak
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Andrei Glazov had been a soldier of the Russian White Army. He had also been a bodyguard in China – where he learned truly astonishing fighting skills. When the Second World War broke out, though, he was peacefully settled in France, his fighting past behind him.
Then a young British soldier – Private Charlie Hicks – called upon the Russian to pass on his fighting skills and knowledge. It seemed that Andrei would be going to war – and to the East – once again…
Commando No 4674 – Three…Two…One… Zero!
Re-issued as No2315 (October 1989), originally Commando No 974 (October 1975)
Story: Daniel Art: Gordon Livingstone Cover: Ian Kennedy
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Two men on a mission of doom. Two sinister black shadows pulling themselves silently out of the water. Half of their job had been done. Now the other half awaited them. The sentries must not see them, must not hear them. Closer and closer they crept, through the icy darkness. Now they were only yards away…
“Deputy Ed Scott is on holiday this week so I get to tell you about the latest addition to our Silver Collection,” says Calum. “If the quality of menace in this story’s cover is more than silver, though, it’s Ian Kennedy at his Gold Star best. I don’t know about you, but I almost feel sorry for the two Germans the pair of Royal Marine frogmen are creeping up on.
“Cracking title, too, much better than the very matter-of-fact “Frogmen” working title. That didn’t do Mr Daniel’s story any favours. Gordon Livingstone’s artwork does, though. It’s action all the way in a style all his own.
“Scott doesn’t know what he missed! You won’t tell him, will you?”
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Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.