Codename: Warlord returns in this week’s Commando Comics!

Commando Issues 5255-5258Brand new issues of DC Thomson Media‘s Commando Comics (Issues 5255 – 5258) are on sale this week in all good newsagents from Thursday (22nd August) and via various digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle. Featuring fighting desk clerks, hi-jinks in a Kingfisher seaplane, an undercover Nazi werewolf ring… and the return of Lord Peter Flint, aka “Codename: Warlord“, resurrected  from the 1970s Warlord comic.

The Commando Issue 5255: Home of Heroes: Codename Warlord Wraparound Cover by Ian Kennedy - on sale Thursday 22nd August

The Commando Issue 5255: Home of Heroes: Codename Warlord Wraparound Cover by Ian Kennedy – on sale Thursday 22nd August

As we previously reported, “Codename Warlord” was the lead strip of classic war comic Warlord and Commando 5255 marks the return of Lord Peter Flint to comic pages for the first time in many years, the first of two stories, written by lain McLaughlin with art by Manuel Benet, with covers by Ian Kennedy.

Lord Peter Flint by Ian Kennedy. Art created for a birthday card for Commando editor Gordon Tait

Lord Peter Flint by Ian Kennedy. Art created for a birthday card for Commando editor Gordon Tait

Reminiscent of other DC Thomson mergers of the past – Bullet merging with Warlord, and Warlord merging with The VictorWarlord comes to the pages of Commando, kicking off with the Britain’s top secret agent, Lord Peter Flint.

Last published in 1986, Peter Flint headlined many issues of Warlord, from comics to codes, from letter pages to merchandise and a secret agent club.

His latest interpretation is from prolific Commando writer lain McLaughlin, who has over 25 Commando issues, including two series, to his name in less than two years, and tackles the Warlord agent with ease.

Commando 5255: Home of Heroes: Codename WarlordCommando 5255: Home of Heroes: Codename Warlord
Story: Iain McLaughlin | Art : Manuel Benet | Cover: Ian Kennedy 

Commando presents ‘Codename Warlord’, the return of fan favourite character, Lord Peter Flint, to comic pages for the first time in over twenty years! Last published in Warlord in 1986, his latest interpretation is from prolific Commando writer, Iain McLaughlin, and beloved interior artist, Manuel Benet, both of whom were aficionados of the top agent in his Warlord heyday! Plus the issue has a special wraparound cover by Ian Kennedy!

Commando 5256: Gold Collection: Nightmare PatrolCommando 5256: Gold Collection: Nightmare Patrol
Story: Eric Hebden | Art: Franch | Cover: Penalva
Originally Commando No. 720 (1973)

“I’m sick of it! Sick and tired of the whole flaming set-up!” Sergeant Jeff Ridley cried. He was tired of his desk jockey, pen-pushing job as a chief clerk of the Wessex Rifles and he had decided he didn’t want to sit out the war for a moment longer. Only,when it came down to it, the little man couldn’t find the courage to fight – and things quickly became a nightmare for Jeff.

Commando 5257: Action and Adventure: Splashdown in the PacificCommando 5257: Action and Adventure: Splashdown in the Pacific
Story: Andrew Knighton | Art and Cover: Carlos Pino

Ken Rooney wanted the easy life as a US NAVY pilot flying a Vought OS2U Kingfisher, but that wasn’t meant to be – for very quickly Ken caught the attention of an Australian Group Captain with a nose for trouble. Soon, the odd pair were caught up in a reconnaissance mission that went very wrong – so wrong that only a prosthetic leg could save the day!

Commando 5258: Silver Collection: Werewolf MissionCommando 5258: Silver Collection: Werewolf Mission
Story: Staff | Art: Denis McLoughlin | Cover: Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No. 2671 (1993)

Some people don’t know when to let things go – and these Nazis could not take the hint. The Nazi werewolf fanatics weren’t going to let a small thing like the war ending stop their mission – even if they had to stay in an underground bunker for three years to await their moment!


The Art of Ian Kennedy - Cover• Official Commando Comics

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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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  1. Thanks for the heads up, John – picked up the Warlord issue today: a blast from the past and huge fun!

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