Here’s details of the latest issues of Commando on sale today, 28th August 2014 in all good newsagents and digitally via iTunes, which include the return of the Convict Commandos, written by Alan Hebden.
Commando No 4735 – Deadly Enigma
Story: Alan Hebden Art: Manuel Benet Cover: Manuel Benet
Driving along a country road in neutral Switzerland, the Convict Commandos seemed to be enjoying a well-earned rest after a score of near-fatal missions. But appearances can be deceptive and, as the ever-fearful Jelly Jakes pointed out, their boss, Major Guy Tenby always had an unpleasant surprise up his sleeve.
And so it proved. The Major’s latest escapade would plunge them into mortal danger once more as they tried to unravel a… DEADLY ENIGMA…
Commando No 4736 – Sea Wolf
Originally Commando No 106 (February 1964), re-issued as No 623 (February 1972)
Story: Gordon Brunt Art: Sostres Cover: Ken Barr
Now they’re here; now they’re not! Now you see ‘em; now you don’t!
They were the one thing the German Navy feared more than any other. They were commanded by men as daring as Sir Francis Drake, as crafty as Robin Hood. They were quite something, these MGBs…
“Here we have a story that pits a man from a privileged background — and, let’s face it, a huge snob — against his family’s former chauffeur,” notes Commando Editor Calum Laird of this re-presented tale. “That might make an interesting tale in itself, but Gordon Brunt wasn’t satisfied with that, writing in a second strand concerning impetuousness versus considered actions. It’s no doubt a tension that exists in all military actions but it works particularly well here.
“Lurking behind Ken Barr’s cover — which with a head shot dominating should be static but isn’t thanks to that MGB in the background — is some very fine black-and-white work from Sostres who manages action and humour with the same ease.
“Give it a try, it won’t bite.”
Commando No 4737 – Desert Hunters
Story: Alan Hebden Art: Janek Matysiak Cover: Janek Matysiak
The desert is a harsh place. It’s hard to survive in even when conditions are at their mildest. Fighting a war there seems utter lunacy — after all, there’s nothing of any value there. But all war is madness and can bring madness to those involved.
So British Army Lieutenant Ray Sherrington wasn’t surprised to find the man he was up against was ruthless to the point of insanity.
Captain Silvio Scappa was as mad as a cornered scorpion, and with a poisonous sting in his tail.
Commando No 4738 – Marooned!
Originally Commando No 2302 (August 1989), re-issued as No 3851 (October 2005)
Story: Markham Art: Carlos Pino Cover: Jeff Bevan
No sailor likes the idea of being marooned… left high and dry on a remote spot of land. And when that island was held by a band of Japanese led by a fanatical officer who refused to believe the war was over, Lieutenant Commander Gib Davis and his crew had big trouble.
And that was without taking into account the awesome secret weapon the enemy were determined to let loose…
“It’s always a pleasure to re-visit the earlier work of our long-standing contributors,” says Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor, “and this fortnight it’s the turn of time-honoured, and very talented, artist Carlos Pino.
“Many a wet and windy so-called Summer’s day at Commando HQ has been enlivened by a cheery e-mail from sunny Spain… Carlos letting us know that a bundle of his precious pages are on the way — and that the temperature is usually around 30 degrees Celsius! Not that we’re jealous.
“We’re so lucky that this fantastic illustrator is still drawing new Commandos for us — but for now enjoy this welcome blast from the past.”
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