Here’s the rundown of the latest Commando titles on sale now from DC Thomson, which continue in part to celebrate artist Ian Kennedy’s 40-year plus career…
Commando 4263: Fury Strike
Story: Alan Hemus Inside artwork and full wraparound cover: Ian Kennedy (Originally published in No 3024 from 1997)
Have a look at how these two aircraft — one British, one Soviet — match up:
HAWKER SEA FURY
ENGINE — 2470hp piston
SPEED — 460mph
ARMAMENT — 4x20mm cannon
ENGINE — 2700kg thrust turbojet
SPEED — 680mph
ARMAMENT — 1x37mm machine gun, 2x23mm machine guns
Which one do you think would come out on top in a dogfight? Maybe the MiG? Well, you’ll find out if you read this amazing story…
Commando 4264: Jack’s Private War
Story: Ken Gentry Inside artwork and cover: Ian Kennedy (Originally No 813 from 1974. Ian’s first complete story/cover combination)
“A splinter of metal is lodged in your heart. If it moves, you will die.” These words struck Flight-Lieutenant Jack Hammond like a hammer blow.
His immediate thought was to lie still, keep quiet, not move. But then he reasoned — if I’ve got to go, I might as well go out fighting! It was then that Jack declared his own private war on the Nazis — and he didn’t care whether he survived it or not.
“Ken Gentry was, I think, based in South Africa,” notes Commando editor Calum Laird, “which in the days of snail mail made the delivery of one of his scripts a long drawn-out process, especially if there were changes need to the synopsis.”
Commando No 4265: Blast From The Past
Story: Alan Hebden Inside art and cover: Keith Page
When the Germans bulldozed their way into France in 1940, it re-awakened memories of the First World War.
In one case it also re-awakened a vast cache of explosives left forgotten in that country. A terrifying reminder of what had happened 25 years before. And for one soldier, Lieutenant Johnny Stafford of the Royal Engineers, this was only the first blast from the past this war would bring.
Commando No 4266: Battle Over Britain
Story: Sean Blair Inside artwork and cover: José Maria Jorge
In June 1940, the RAF battled in the skies of over Britain to turn back armadas of German bombers and fighters launched against them. The fighting was desperate and deadly.
But this wasn’t the first time that British airmen had done battle in those same skies. Years earlier, airborne attackers had streamed across from Europe to attack. And just as in 1940, it was up to a handful of brave men to turn them back.
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Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 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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