Half Pint Soldiers and Trials by Combat! New Commando comics On Sale Now

Commando No 4919 – Seeing Red

Here’s all the intel you need on the latest issues of DC Thomson’s Commando, (Issues 4919 – 4922), on sale now in all good newsagents and available via a number of digital platforms. And what a treat – not one, but two Ian Kennedy covers this time round – and a new story from Ferg Handley, drawn by Charlotte Corday artist and creator Keith Page!

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Commando No 4919 – Seeing Red
Story: Shane Filer Art: Rezzonico Cover: Ian Kennedy

Second Lieutenant Wesley Muldoon was a gifted but hot-headed U.S. air force pilot. Before being called up he had studied politics at university and held unpopular communist beliefs.

Seizing a chance to ferry an aircraft to America’s Soviet allies, Muldoon was delighted to see Russia for himself. Soon he even became part of a Russian squadron, flying his Airacobra P39 aircraft against the Luftwaffe hordes.

However, despite his idealised views, Muldoon realised he could not trust all of his new “comrades” and that danger lay ahead…

Commando No 4920 – Half-Pint Commando

Commando No 4920 – Half-Pint Commando
Originally Commando No 225 (August 1966)
Story: McOwan Art: Segrelles Cover: Hall

It was a Commando raid with a difference. Among the elite soldiers, fighting right alongside with a tommy-gun was a boy of only sixteen who wasn’t even in the army!

When the Commandos found young Terry Nelson stowed away on their landing craft, it was too late to do anything but give him a gun and take him along — and the boy gave those hardy warriors no cause to ever regret it.

“I can only imagine that there was a fair amount of trying to anticipate reader wish-fulfilment when this story was first published 50 years ago,” notes Scott Montgomery of this re-presented issue. “Perhaps not, but I guess that most fans would’ve loved to find themselves in the shoes of Terry Nelson — the sixteen-year-old hero who stows away on a landing craft during a daring commando raid.

“Yes, I’ll admit the premise might be stretching credibility a tad but that’s fine with me every now and again. We’re all about delivering exciting adventure and action and this tale certainly fits that criteria.”

Commando No 4921 – A Soldier’s Legacy

Commando No 4921 – A Soldier’s Legacy
Story: Ferg Handley Art: Keith Page Cover: Keith Page

Private Steve Kirby was very skilled and more than ready for the tough basic training that he and his fellow new recruits had to endure in the spring of 1944.

Eventually the instructors wanted to know why Steve seemed to have an advantage over everyone else. The dedicated conscript revealed that has father had been an infantry corporal in World War One and Kirby Senior had taken it upon himself to train his son in military drills and techniques, should they ever be needed.

However, Steve soon discovered that his father’s legacy was not always a welcome one and, of course, no amount of training could truly prepare anyone for combat…

Commando No 4922 – Trial By CombatCommando No 4922 – Trial By Combat
Originally Commando No 1124 (May 1977), re-issued as No 2467 (May 1991)
Story: R.A. Montague Art: Castro Cover: Ian Kennedy

The Patwari Rifles was a proud regiment, one of the Indian Army’s finest fighting units. So when one of their platoons disappeared in Burma, evidently having deserted to the Japanese, the regiment’s shame was fierce.

There was only one thing to do — the guilty men had to be brought back to prove themselves in battle against the enemy. If they were to die honourably doing it, so much the better — for that was the way of the Patwari Rifles. Death with honour was better than the disgrace of a court-martial.

“One of the interesting things about selecting stories from our archives is finding out the working titles of these classic tales,” says Scott. “Of course, some were perfunctory — so that staff could keep a track of the latest ‘Submarine’ or ‘Machine-Gunner’ script.

“‘Trail By Combat’, though, had the wonderfully lurid working title of ‘Slaves Of Kali’ — and it certainly tied in well with Ian Kennedy’s fantastic cover, which features a shadowy rendition of the Hindu deity. However, the then-editorial team undoubtedly made the right decision as the eventual published title reflected the actual theme of the story more succinctly.”


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The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as a freelance editor, as Creative Consultant on the new Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. 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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