Commando marks 275th anniversary of Battle of Culloden, and a haunting tale of World War Two action also on offer

New issues of Commando comics are on sale this week from DC Thomson Media, so get ready to battle across the ages with issues 5427 – 5430, from the rain splattered fields at Culloden, the perilous Mediterranean Sea, and the jagged Norwegian mountains to the snowy forests of the Hurtgen…

Despite the obvious lure of an Ian Kennedy cover with “Clash at Culloden”, of this set my first pick was “Horror of Hurtgen”, intrigued by a “story of prejudice in World War Two”. There’s an element of that, as some black American soldiers are, initially, sidelined from action with menial tasks, rather than taking on Nazis post D-Day, but Andrew Knighton’s story is more a tale of a lone soldier under unexpected pressure.

Picking up a fever after a sortie against the enemy, he battles demons both mental and physical, a story given great treatment by veteran Commando artist Vicente Alcazar. He captures the drama of hand to hand combat in style while delivering required, stranger scenes to life with aplomb.

Commando is on sale through WHSmith, select newsagents, and available digitally too.

Commando 5427: Home of Heroes – Clash at Culloden
Story: Iain McLaughlin | Art: Khato | Cover: Ian Kennedy
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Commando 5427: Home of Heroes - Clash at Culloden

Murdo Conmore was quick to join the Jacobite Uprising — too quick for his father and brother Hector’s liking. Their only choice to save the family from future retribution was to even their allegiance, and so Hector was forced to take up arms against his brother.

Then, when the rain fell thick at Culloden, everything was at stake for Murdo and Hector Conmore. Each knew that no matter which side won, both would lose…

Marking 275 years since the Battle of Culloden, Iain McLaughlin’s story deals with family ties and loyalty, with Ian Kennedy’s cover showing both brothers on their opposing sides in striking contrasting colours.

Commando 5428: Gold Collection – Mountain of Death
Story: Orme | Art: Segrelles | Cover: Fernando
Originally Commando No. 372 (1968)
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Commando 5428: Gold Collection - Mountain of Death

As the British convoys braved the Arctic seas to take supplies to the Russians, two British Commandos were given the job of knocking out a radio station that was tracking and reporting to the Luftwaffe every move the convoys made. If they failed to seek out and destroy this target, on a remote Norwegian island, thousands of lives would be lost.

Major Bill Ramsay and Sergeant Pete McDermott had never tackled anything quite as tough and to make matters worse, there was a traitor amongst their group!

Orme’s story of deceit and betrayal will keep you guessing as each time you think you’ve outed the conspirator they wind up dead too!

Commando 5429: Action and Adventure – Horror of Hurtgen
Story: Andrew Knighton | Art: Vicente Alcazar | Cover: Neil Roberts
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Commando 5429: Action and Adventure - Horror of Hurtgen

There was more than one horror in the Hurtgen Forest in 1944. American soldiers, ill‑prepared for grim German weather, shivered the whole night through. But the savage winter, cold, and feverish rain, weren’t the only things they had to contend with in those dark and mysterious woods. The men felt hunted by something worse than veteran German soldiers — stalked by something horrifying in the Hurtgen Forest.

Andrew Knighton’s story of prejudice in World War Two still resonates, with Vicente Alcazar’s shadowy interiors giving credence to the mirky woods and sinister threat prevailing.

Commando 5430: Silver Collection – Missing, Believed Sunk
Story: RA Montague | Art: Gordon C Livingstone | Cover: Jeff Bevan
Originally Commando No. 1670 (1983)
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Commando 5430: Silver Collection - Missing, Believed Sunk

The convoys bound for the besieged island of Malta just had to get through. For the sailors aboard the Royal Navy escort ships — men like Sub Lieutenant Sam Burton — that meant days and nights of bitter fighting against the German and Italian aircraft and ships determined to send them to the seafloor.

But for Sam, men in enemy uniforms weren’t the only ones he had to watch out for…

Another stunning nautical cover from Jeff Bevan, “Missing, Believed Sunk” is a classic boys’ adventure comic with story and art by so famed Commando contributors.

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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 5427 – 5430 – Full Cover Gallery

  • Commando 5427: Home of Heroes - Clash at Culloden Full
  • Commando 5428: Gold Collection - Mountain of Death Full
  • Commando 5430: Silver Collection - Missing, Believed Sunk Full
  • Commando 5429: Action and Adventure - Horror of Hurtgen 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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