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Commando No 4527 – The Leopard Commander
Story: Alan Hebden Art: Keith Page Cover: Keith Page
It sounded almost cute and cuddly, an Italian commander named for a big cat. But his British adversaries in East African were under no illusions. They knew that, like his namesake, he was fast, agile… and deadly!
Commando No 4528 – The Doomed Legionnaires
Story: Steve Coombs Art: Benet Cover: Benet
Men from all over the world, men with secret shameful pasts, men who had no place in their home countries. Here they were, gathered together to fight an implacable enemy, for a flag that was not their own.
And because they were foreigners, they had been handed a suicide mission. They were indeed… The Doomed Legionnaires!
Commando No 4529 – Take No Prisoners!
Originally Commando No 25 (June 1962)
Story: Eric Hebden Art: Casarubio Cover: Ken Barr
SKULL and CROSSBONES…
Ten British prisoners lay dead – shot down in cold blood. And there were no witnesses to the terrible crime.
The only clue to the killers lay there in the blood-stained dust – a German helmet bearing a skull and crossbones emblem…an emblem which from that day on was to be a death warrant to every Nazi who wore it.
“Ask most people about Commando and they’ll tell you about nasty Nazis and clean-cut fair-playing British,” suggests editor Calum Laird. “Yet this story from 1962 shows that those assumptions, like all generalisations, don’t stand up to scrutiny. Sure there are nasty Nazis but after that things become a bit more hazy and there’s a moral ambivalence amongst the British.
“But don’t let that put you off! As ever, Eric Hebden crafts a great story behind Ken Barr’s intimidating cover, and Casarubio’s strong and confident black linework complements the atmosphere very well.
“All in all, this commando takes no prisoners. Sorry.”
Commando No 4530 – The Deadly Deal
Originally Commando No 2145 (December 1987)
Story: Allan Chalmers Art: Cecil Rigby Cover: Jeff Bevan
There are good deals, bad deals and deals like the one Jan de Groot made. He agreed that he would work as an agent in enemy-held territory where the slightest slip-up would lead to arrest, torture and probably death.
It was going to take all his courage to keep… THE DEADLY DEAL.
“Our main character, tough-as-nails Dutchman Jan de Groot is a hot-headed hero, which also makes him a flawed hero,” says Deputy Editor Scott Montgomery of this story “…and this twisty-turny yarn is an excellent example of a Commando espionage story done well.
“It’s complemented by veteran interior illustrator Cecil Rigby’s artwork, which is chock full of icy black waters and moody nightscapes.
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John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.
He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.
Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.