Commando 5153: Action and Adventure: The Red Devil SNIP

Graeme Neil Reid joins the distinguished league of Commando cover artists for “The Red Devil” sniper adventure

Commando 5153: Action and Adventure: The Red Devil

2000AD and Doctor Who artist Graeme Neil Reid joins the ranks of Commando cover artists this week, when four new war comics go on sale this Thursday in all good newsagents and via various digital platforms.

The stories in Issues 5151 – 5154 offer a mission to blow up a fuel dump inside a volcano, a battle with an Italian ace pilot over the desert, the perils of landing your plane on an aircraft carrier in Vietnam, and the chance to meet the Red Devil of Stalingrad!

Graeme, who’s drawn the cover of Commando 5153, “The Red Devil“, is a Scottish artist who works primarily in traditional mediums of watercolour and acrylic. His work has graced many different areas including books (The Dangerous Book of Heroes), television (World’s Strongest Man), gaming (Need for Speed), magazines (Radio Times), comics (2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine), online and apps (Doctor Who).

“I’m very pleased to have my first cover under my belt and join the ranks of the Commando division,” Graeme told downthetubes.

Commando comics have always been around and the exciting and dramatic covers drew me into the action and adventure within as a child and grabbed my attention for the art, style and execution as an adult. I’m honoured to be involved and following in the footsteps of the greats like Ian Kennedy, Jordi Penalva, Ken Barr and many more.

Three inspirational British war comics of yesteryear that prompted the look of Graeme Neil Reid's "Red Devil" Commando cover
Three inspirational British war comics of yesteryear that prompted the look of Graeme Neil Reid’s “Red Devil” Commando cover

“Upon receiving the brief I was thrilled to see the story features a Russian sniper and my mind instantly returned to the countless Commando, Warlord and Victor covers where the crack shot sniper centred onto their target which we saw through the circular crosshair sights so graphically used to great effect. It seems like an almost unwritten rule for a war artist to include these round crosshair sights in a story about a sniper and who am I to break a rule that works.”

Commando 5151: Home of Heroes: Fuelled by Fury!

Commando 5151: Home of Heroes: Fuelled by Fury!
Story: Iain McLaughlin | Pencils and Cover: Carlos Pino

What do a Lieutenant in the British Army, an East End criminal, a champion athlete, an Italian partisan, and an aged archaeologist all have in common?

They’re all on a mission to destroy the biggest Nazi fuel dump in the Mediterranean – which just happens to be inside a dormant volcano!

Pairing the quick-fire wit of Iain McLaughlin’s writing with the stylistic expressions of Carlos Pino’s artwork, ‘Fuelled by Fury!’ is just as explosive as its cover!

Commando 5152: Gold Collection: Duel of Aces

Commando 5152: Gold Collection: Duel of Aces
Story: Staff | Art: Amador Cover: Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No. 554 (May 1971)

Somewhere in a barren range of hills in the desert, two pilots had just been shot down. One was British, the other Italian. Both were aces, two of the finest fliers ever to grace the skies of North Africa.

Each was determined to get the other. Many times, they had duelled in the air. And now, on the ground, the fight was still going on!

Zoning in on flyboy superstitions, pilot Ray Preston’s Marlet is distinguished by the Eye of Horus on its side, marking him out in Amador’s dogfight filled interiors!

Commando 5153: Action and Adventure: The Red Devil
Story: Iain McLaughlin | Pencils: Vicente Alcazar | Cover: Graeme Neil Reid

Hiding in the thick snow, the Red Devil is watching.

In the battle-torn, bomb‑shelled carcass of Stalingrad, she stalks her prey.

Her sights aimed and her finger taut, she pulls the trigger…

Specially selected for the cover, Graeme Neil Reid’s exhilarating art shows our hellish heroine in a blood red light, capturing her plight for the Motherland as well as her deadly shot!

Commando 5154: Silver Collection: Carrier Pilot

Commando 5154: Silver Collection: Carrier Pilot
Story: Ian Clark | Art: Jose Maria Jorge | Cover Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No. 2842 (March 1995)

For some jet pilots, take‑offs and landings on an aircraft carrier were a tad frightening to say the least.

It was like that for rookie Garry Carter, operating off the coast of Vietnam, and it didn’t help that superior types like senator’s son, Scott Bradey, boasted that he found it all very easy.

But once up there in the danger-filled skies, thundering towards a target in his bombed‑up A-7 Corsair, Garry soon proved himself a force to be reckoned with!

This issue is marked by the rare occurrence of an Ian Kennedy Vietnam cover, offering our favourite aircraft artist the opportunity to lend his hand to the dynamic shape of an A-7 Corsair!

• Commando Comics are available to buy and request in WHSmith and all good local newsagents

• Print and digital subscriptions are available worldwide, and can be bought through the DC Thomson website 

• The DC Thomson online shop offers both Commando cover prints and T-Shirts – https://www.dcthomsonshop.co.uk/our-brands/commando.html?cat=1178

• You can follow Graeme Neil Reid’s work over on Patreon, and there’s more about his work over at his blog

With thanks to Jeremy Briggs

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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