Here’s the intel on the latest issues of Commando (Issues 4903-4906) from DC Thomson, on sale now in all good newsagents and assorted digital platforms (detailed below). This release sees the welcome return of the Convict Commandos in a new story from Alan Hebden, drawn by Manuel Benet – and it’s also great to see a Ken Barr cover fatured on one of the “classic” representations, after his passing recently aged 83.
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Commando No 4903 – Web Of Fire
Story: Alan Hebden Art: Manuel Benet Cover: Manuel Benet
More Info: https://www.commandocomics.com/2016/04/05/web-of-fire
In early 1945 the skies above Dresden burned brightly with the fire of an almighty Allied bombing raid that would go down in history.
Unfortunately for “Jelly” Jakes of the Convict Commandos, he happened to be on a secret mission in the heart of the German city that fateful night when all hell broke loose.
If he managed to survive the relentless bombardment he would also have to contend with a blast from the Commandos’ past.
Commando No 4904 – King Of The Spits
Originally Commando No 238 (November 1966), re-issued as No 899 (January 1975)
Story: Wallace Art: Gordon Livingstone Cover: Ken Barr
More info: https://www.commandocomics.com/2016/04/05/king-of-the-spits
The letter read:
“I, Count Ernst Von Steiger, the Red Arrow challenge the leader of this squadron to a personal duel at noon tomorrow. I shall be waiting at 16,000 feet at British Map Ref. 481609.”
And just before noon a lone Spitfire took off. At the controls was young Mike Carson, the pilot they called KING OF THE SPITS
“Here is a genuine Commando classic,” enthuses Commando Deputy editor Scott Montgomery. It’s got everything that we need: great story, fantastic art and an eye-catching cover.
“This solid aerial tale is brimming with action but not at the expense of the characters, all of whom are distinctive and memorable. Our stoic English hero is in charge of a tough Aussie squadron based in North Africa, but it is their charismatic German adversary who, in my opinion, steals the show…”
Commando No 4905 – Action Africa!
Story: George Low Art: Carlos Pino Cover: Carlos Pino
More info: https://www.commandocomics.com/2016/04/05/action-africa
During World War One, Lieutenant Trevor Waite was an infantry officer posted to the colony of British East Africa. Somehow he found himself serving as part of a boat squadron. Although no sailor, he was compelled to do his duty and prove his worth to the obnoxious C.O. who was convinced that Trevor was a coward.
Although Trevor’s vessels were sturdy, reliable dhows, it looked like they might have met their match in the Germans’ superior Type 1885 torpedo boats…
Commando No 4906 – Fighting Return
Originally Commando No 2477 (June 1991)
Story: C.G. Walker Art: C.T. Rigby Cover: Jeff Bevan
More info: https://www.commandocomics.com/2016/04/05/fighting-return
The traffic and the marching men were all heading in one direction…away from the advancing Germans and towards the port of Dunkirk. Only there did the retreating British troops have a chance of being evacuated to England.
However, one truck was heading the other way and it was not by mistake. Two British soldiers and a middle-aged bank manager were staging their own… FIGHTING RETURN
“A trio of veteran Commando creators bring you this great tale of courage and determination in the face of adversity,” says Scott of this re-presented tale. “Writer Cyril Walker’s script has a refreshing twist where our main characters have strong reasons for heading away from the beach at Dunkirk rather than towards it.
“Another old hand is interior artist C.T. Rigby who illustrates with his usual aplomb, while the equally reliable Jeff Bevan’s cover is wonderfully dynamic as well as dramatic.”
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