Flying Phantoms and Nazis on the Run! Latest Commando Comics on Sale Now

Here’s the intel on the latest issues of DC Thomson’s war comic Commando (Issues 4979 – 4982), on sale now in all good newsagents across the UK and also available on various digital platforms.

Commando 4979 – Sucker Punch

Commando 4979 – Sucker Punch
Story: George Low Art: Vila Cover: Ian Kennedy

Captured by the SS for desertion and sentenced to firing squad by his own countrymen, German naval officer, Franz Beuten, was saved by British Special Service operatives, Lieutenant Tom Dell, Sergeant Mark Lyle and Corporal Roger Crown, on duty deep behind enemy lines.

After Germany’s surrender, SAS troops, in unlikely alliance with Franz, were tasked with tracking down Nazi war criminals…

Commando 4980 – Flying Phantom

Commando 4980 – Flying Phantom
Originally Commando No 266 (June 1967), reissued as No 939 (June 1975)
Story: McOwan Art: Quesada Cover: Ken Barr

Tom Hardy, ex-spitfire ace and Dave Rogers, Radar operator, were a night-fighter team. They flew in a Beaufighter, but they never got results. Sometimes the radar broke down, once it caught fire. They even found themselves chasing friendly planes.

Then something new was added to the team. On their night flights it was always with them, an unearthly presence glowing with an eerie green light, like a being from another world – and it turned Tom and Dave into real night-fighter aces.

Amongst the action and adventure of the front lines, Commando has often ventured into the weird and wonderful world of fantasy and science fiction. This re-presentation of “The Flying Phantom” is an exciting example of this alternative take on telling war stories.

McOwan successfully mixed a traditional narrative of fighter pilots striving to be the very best with ancient legend to create a truly memorable plot, brought to life by Quesada’s beautiful illustartions. Perhaps the most enticing element of Flying Phantom is Ken Barr’s bold, stunning cover. This gripping tale mixes mystery and magic, leaving readers flying high long after the end.

Commando 4981 – Yuri’s Revenge

Commando 4981 – Yuri’s Revenge
Story: Stephen Walsh Art and Cover: Manuel Benet

Yuri Murayev, former member of Russia’s elite Spetznaz shock forces, had proven himself time and again to be a thorn in the side of media mogul and would-be dictator, Anatoly Speck.

But when Speck kidnaps British SAS agent Douglas Trent, Yuri knows it is time to take the fight directly to the enemy and put an end to Speck’s deadly conspiracies and political intrigues for once and for all. He has been hunted, beaten and framed – now it’s time for his revenge…

Commando - 4982 – Everything Under ControlCommando – 4982 – Everything Under Control
Originally Commando No 1194 (January 1978), reissued as No 2492 (August 1991).
Story: R.A. Montague Art: Jose Maria Jorge Cover: Ian Kennedy

Jim Farrow’s war as a navigator had got off to quite a start. Before he’d even qualified, he’d dragged an injured pilot out of his seat and landed the aircraft by himself.

When he was transferred to a Hampden squadron, someone told him that if the same thing happened again, he didn’t stand a chance of getting the pilot away from the controls – for the Hampden cockpit was only three feet across. “Flying coffins,” they called them.

Then one day it happened…

R.A. Montague’s re-presented tale of a dysfunctional bomber crew highlights the teamwork, communication and trust flight crews needed during World War Two. The bomber teams had great faith in their navigators, who were central players in performing successful air raids, avoiding conflict, hitting targets, and returning safely. In a tale of courage and comradery, Jose Maria Jorge skilfully captures the tension and terror of being part of a bomber crew.

Follow hero, Jim Farrow, through a turbulent adventure as he attempts to keep Everything Under Control.

• More about Commando online at www.commandocomics.com | Facebook | Twitter @CommandoComics

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the 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 has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. 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.