Latest Commando set sees debut of another new writer to the war comic team

Commando Issues 5375 – 5378 from DC Thomson Media serve up some alternative angles on World War Two in an audacious and action-packed set – available from tomorrow in newsagents (Thursday 15th October), and digitally now.

Plus, don’t forget the 2021 Commando calendar is also out now – details below.

This set features “Third Time Lucky” a first story from debut Commando writer JP Bridson, who modestly described himself as “comic book writer by night, painter and decorator by day” over on Instagram.

His first issue kicks off with a dramatic action sequence set in wartime Italy, delivered as ever in style by artist Paolo Ongaro.

Commando 5375: Home of Heroes: Four Horsemen

Commando 5375: Home of Heroes: Four Horsemen
Story: Ferg Handley| Art: Khato | Cover: Neil Roberts
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World War Two is in its final chapters, and American M8 Tankie Gene Danvers finds himself on an unexpected journey – on horseback no less!

Accompanied by a British POW, a defecting Cossack and a German infantryman, these four horsemen put their histories and differences aside to save the rare and coveted Lipizzaner horses in this fast-paced adventure.

With a dramatic cover from Neil Roberts and interiors by Khato, Ferg Handley’s latest story presents the closing days and camaraderie of war in a new light.

Commando 5376: Gold Collection: Top Bomber

Commando 5376: Gold Collection: Top Bomber
Story: Fitzsimmons | Art: Medrano | Cover: Buccherri
Originally Commando No. 879 (1974)
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Pete Harker is a name that evokes dread in each and every crew at his RAF base. Fly with him and you’ll be lucky to get back in one piece, or so the story goes. But there’s no doubt the man always gets the job done – that is, until his determination lands him in hospital.

Scarred in more ways than one, the lone wolf eventually retrains as a bomber and makes a fine job of it.

But he’ll need to overcome his demons and reconnect with his crew if he wants to survive the war!

This perilous classic from Fitzsimmons offers a look at the dark side of flying, with highly detailed artwork from Medrano and a painterly cover from Buccherri.

Commando 5377: Action and Adventure: Third Time Lucky

Commando 5377: Action and Adventure: Third Time Lucky
Story: JP Bridson | Art: Paolo Ongaro | Cover: Keith Burns
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In a mountainous region of Italy, Captain Jack Harks and his fellows have hit a strategic supply tunnel twice with their Thunderbolts… to no avail. The German anti-aircraft guns have the area well-defended and even Harks’ skills can’t get him close enough to drop a decent payload – though they’ll get him into plenty of trouble!

The opening page of Commando 5377, "Third Time Lucky", written by JP Bridson with art by Paolo Ongaro
The opening page of Commando 5377, “Third Time Lucky”, written by JP Bridson with art by Paolo Ongaro

Blundering into an SOE operation, Harks finds himself embedded in an Italian Resistance group, desperate to identify a traitor before the Nazis close in!

A story from new writer JP Bridson with Paolo Ongaro’s trademark lively interiors and a superb cover from well-loved artist Keith Burns.

Commando 5378: Silver Collection: Cowards Always Run

Commando 5378: Silver Collection: Cowards Always Run
Story: CG Walker | Art: Carrion | Cover: Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No. 1586 (1982)
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The village of Rethcourt almost seems to have a curse upon it… haunting three men who abandoned the battlefield in The Great War. Now, the Nazis trample Europe and the three men are presented with an opportunity to right their wrongs.

This tale of desperation for survival, half-truths and the fog of war brings together the stories of several unlikely comrades as they look to reconcile their actions and bring peace to their consciences.

A classic combination from CG Walker, Carrion and Kennedy, this is a thoughtful, action-packed adventure.

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Commando Calendar 2021

Commando Calendar 2021 - Cover

From its very first cover in 1961, Commando has been well regarded for its stunning artwork with subjects spanning land, sea, and air! 

This collection, celebrating the first 60 years of the title, covers features a mixture of pieces curated by Commando readers themselves, combined with some of the editorial team’s own favourites. 

Included are 16 covers by some of the world’s greatest ever comic artists as well as a special double-spread of Commando’s first ever joint cover!

• Buy one calendar from the DC Thomson web shop for £7.99, two for £13.50, four for £23.50 or six for £30.00

The Art of Ian Kennedy - Cover

The Art of Ian Kennedy is available to order here on Amazon (Using this Affiliate Link helps support downthetubes, thank you)

The book showcases Ian’s fantastic array of work for not only DC Thomson Media but also his own personal collection. The high spec 160-page art book includes both never before seen and classic covers, as well as illustrations from the DC Thomson archives, featuring titles as diverse as Lucky Charm and Buddy. Set out chronologically, the book showcases Ian’s career at the famous Scottish publishing house, from his early days working on ‘Red-Skull Branson’ and ‘Commando Jim’ to his most recent covers and commissions for Commando

• The Art of Ian Kennedy is also available to order from DC Thomson direct

COMMANDO ISSUES 5375 – 5378 – FULL COVER GALLERY

  • Commando 5375: Home of Heroes: Four Horsemen - Full
  • Commando 5376: Gold Collection: Top Bomber - Full
  • Commando 5377: Action and Adventure: Third Time Lucky - Fukll
  • Commando 5378: Silver Collection: Cowards Always Run - Full

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “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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