Howling Commandos! New Hallowe’en issues set to spook…

Something scary this way comes, with the release of this year’s Commando Hallowe’en horror specials – available in print from newsagents and digitally, too – featuring some great covers in the set, from Manuel Benet and Staz Johnson, and another script from master of terror, Mike Garley!

Issues 5483 – 5486 from DC Thomson Media are sure to send a shiver down your spine! Make sure you grab them — before they grab you…

Commando 5483: Home of Heroes -The Ghoul Squad
Story: Mike Garley | Art and Cover: Manuel Benet
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Commando 5483: Home of Heroes -The Ghoul Squad - cover by Manuel Benet

Feast your eyes on the first of our Halloween Commando specials! In Issue 5386 ‘The Ghoul Squad’, there’s rumours of gruesome goings-on in Transylvania of all places! So when a British squad disguised as peasants come a-knocking, you know there’s going to be hell to pay for some coffin dodgers!

A devilish delight of a story from gnarly Mike Garley for his second Commando, which is brought back from the dead by the mysterious master himself, Manuel Benet.

The Commando team urge fans to make sure to pick up what is the first issue in a brand-new series. “We hope it doesn’t drain the blood from your face while you read it!”

Commando 5484: Gold Collection – Swamp of Terror
Story: Allan | Art: Galindo | Cover: Penalva
Originally Commando No. 617 (1972)
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Commando 5484: Gold Collection - Swamp of Terror - cover by Penalva

A creepy classic Commando crawling out from the archive dungeons… Issue 5484, “Swamp of Terror”, is coming your way very, very soon! And no, it’s not about a teenager’s bedroom, but a gloomy swamp in the heart of Germany — treacherous to anyone who doesn’t know the area! But luckily, Corporal Alec Tracy did — only he was going to have to employ the help of a Nazi to get through!

In this chilling Commando from 1972, the brain of Allan, pen of Galindo, and paintbrush of Penalva will be sure to haunt you if you miss it!

Commando 5485: Action and Adventure – Escape No Man’s Land
Story: Georgia Standen Battle | Art: Vicente Alcazar | Cover: Staz Johnson
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Commando 5485: Action and Adventure - Escape No Man’s Land - cover by Staz Johnson

Issue 5485 is not for the faint of heart! ‘Escape No Man’s Land’ is the closest Commando has ever come to all-out horror, as writer Georgia Battle tackles what terror lies in wait in the desolation in no man’s land. For no men are out there in the wastes — only monsters! A warning though, say the team at DCT – this Commando may give little children nightmares, so only read if you’re brave enough!

This one-off Halloween special is from the deranged mind of Georgia Battle who teams up with the vilely-good Vicente Alcazar on interior artwork! All this topped off with another eerie and excellent cover by Staz Johnson.

Commando 5486: Silver Collection – Face the Demon!
Story: CG Walker | Art: CT Rigby | Cover: Ron Brown
Originally Commando No. 1746 (1983)
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Commando 5486: Silver Collection - Face the Demon! - cover by Ron Brown

Beware! Beware… Issue 5486 has slithered its way out of the Commando archive for a hair-raising reprint! We all have inner demons we need to face, but Clive Harrison’s demon was bigger, scarier and worse than anyone else’s – or so Clive thought! Could he bear to do his duty and stand by his mates with this horrible thing looming over him? Or would he crumble under the pressure?!

Amazing work from the deadly duo of CG Walker and CT Rigby is rounded off by a stellar cover by Ron Brown.

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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

Full Cover Gallery – Commando Issues 5483 – 5486

  • Commando 5483: Home of Heroes -The Ghoul Squad - cover by Manuel Benet FULL
  • Commando 5484: Gold Collection - Swamp of Terror - cover by Penalva FULL
  • Commando 5485: Action and Adventure - Escape No Man’s Land - cover by Staz Johnson FULL
  • Commando 5486: Silver Collection - Face the Demon! - cover by Ron Brown 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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