Commando International Women’s Day Specials on sale this week

DC Thomson Media’s Commando Comics’ celebrates International Women’s Day with a set of four special issues, on sale this week.

Featuring a line up all written by female writers, the stories in Issues 5415 – 5418, on sale in newsagents and various digital platforms, span Africa, Europe and the Soviet Union in World War Two.

Commando has been marking International Women’s Day (Monday 8th Marc) the work of women in war for several years now, and this celebratory set of issues certainly looks like it’s another great tribute.

Commando 5415: Home of Heroes: Miss Hellfire

Commando 5415: Home of Heroes: Miss Hellfire
Story: Kate Dewar | Art: Jaume Forns | Cover: Ian Kennedy
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Inspired by a British military legend and the first woman to join the French Foreign Legion, Susan Travers, Issue 5415 is a desert adventure with high-octane thrills. The heroine Petra Stone is set apart from her peers by her gender and station, but she’s a heck of a driver and determined to help in the war effort, racing across enemy lines, dodging Axis’ bullets and landmines along the way!

Jaume Forns’ meticulous interior art brings charm to the characters and studious detail to the action, while Ian Kennedy delivers another spectacular cover to add to his remarkable catalogue.

Commando 5416: Gold Collection: Sands of Death

Commando 5416: Gold Collection: Sands of Death
Story: Feldwick | Art: CT Rigby | Cover: Ron Brown
Originally Commando No. 1426 (1980)
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From the pen of legendary Commando writer, Mary Feldwick. Issue 5416 “Sands of Death” gives you treasure, treachery and, most importantly, sand!

Lieutenant Harry Brent was a man with a mission, to deliver a stash of gold to local tribesmen to convince them to fight for the British – if he could get it to them that is! With several shady characters on his tail, Harry had to fight tooth and nail to complete his mission and keep their grubby fingers off that gold!

Commando 5413: Action and Adventure: The Girls on the Guns

Commando 5413: Action and Adventure: The Girls on the Guns
Story: Georgia Standen Battle | Art: Carlos | Cover: Keith Burns
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It’s 1942 and Stalingrad’s anti-aircraft guns have boomed into action, protecting the city from attacks from above. They were crewed by mostly inexperienced and barely trained Soviet girls who had fire burning in their veins.

But when tanks roared on the horizon, the gunner crews had to do the unthinkable, lower their barrels and fire point-blank at the rampaging Panzers, fighting shot for shot against the fearsome Nazi invaders.

Georgia Standen Battle’s story of bravery in the face of certain doom is brought to vivid life by Carlos Pino’s exceptional art, giving the audience a feel for why the “Girls on the Guns” could not take one step back.

Commando 5418: Silver Collection: The Monster

Commando 5418: Silver Collection: The Monster
Story: Feldwick | Art: Franch | Cover: Jeff Bevan
Originally Commando No. 1711 (1983)
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If you were told that a car had a mind of its own and could judge the character of its driver to see if they were good or evil… you wouldn’t believe it for a second. Well, that’s exactly what this set of Commando’s second offering from Mary Feldwick is about!

This particular vile vehicle is the centre of a Resistance plan to smuggle documents to the British — but can they pull it off?

With a ‘wheely’ good cover by Jeff Bevan, you’ll be driven mad if you miss this one!

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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 5415 – 5418 – Full Cover Gallery

  • Commando 5415: Home of Heroes: Miss Hellfire Full
  • Commando 5416: Gold Collection: Sands of Death Full
  • Commando 5413: Action and Adventure: The Girls on the Guns Full
  • Commando 5418: Silver Collection: The Monster 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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