Commandos storm into the the High Street

Four new Commandos hit the decks of all good newsagents this week featuring art by John Ridgway, Vila, Macabich and Carlos Pino…

Commando No 4335: Bad Blood
Story: C G Walker Art: Vila Cover: Gordon Livingstone
First Published: 1993 as No 2649

Ever since one fateful day during the First World War there had been bad blood… very bad blood… between the people of the small French village and the Germans. One German family in particular — and for very good reasons.

Now a Second World War was raging and the blood feud, instead of becoming a thing of the past, had raised its ugly head again. And this time round it looked as if it was going to be a lot worse…

(Unusually for an issue with a Gordon Livingstone cover, he did not supply the inside artwork to this DC Thomson title).

Commando No 4336: Radar Raiders
Story: Alan Hemus Art: Carlos Pino Cover: Ian Kennedy
First Published: 1993 as No 2689

It wasn’t so long since U-Boat commander Elard Wolff and his crew had been welcomed in Japan as heroes. Yet here they were being force-marched at bayonet-point by Japanese soldiers.

Germany and Japan were supposed to be allies, fighting on the same side — but the Japanese suspected these German sailors of spying. Obviously it was a ridiculous idea… or was it?

Commando No 4337: Hammond’s War
Story: Ferg Handley Art: Macabich Cover: Macabich

Ed Hammond wanted to be a newspaperman just like his father. It was not to be, though, for Ed ended up in the army. Here he turned out to be a useless solider. Fearless but useless.
His CO, anxious to keep him away from anywhere he could do any damage, put him in charge of the regimental newspaper. Ed was in seventh heaven. But, as it was him, disaster was never far away…

(Sharp-eyed comic fans may know that Ed Hammond is one of writer Ferg Handley’s editors over at Panini UK…)

Commando No 4338: Sea Clash
Story: Alan Hebden Art: John Ridgway Cover: John Ridgway

The Baltic Sea, 1917. Royal Navy Lieutenant Henry Morgan and his submarine crew regularly battled with German Imperial vessels. Battle-hardened, they could deal with anything the enemy threw at them.

But even Henry, experienced commander though he was, couldn’t hide his concern at the prospect of locking horns with a new class of enemy ship — one that could only be described as a monstrous leviathan…

• Official Commando web site: http://www.commandomag.com/

• Click here for subscription information or write to: D.C. Thomson & Co Ltd, The Subscribers Department, Commando Library, 80 Kingsway East, Dundee DD4 8SL or Freephone (UK only) 0800 318846

• You can read interviews with former Commando editor George Low, current editor Calum Laird and writer Ferg Handley on the downthetubes main site.

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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