Four new Commando comics went on sale today in all good newsagents – and actually, their distributions seems to be improving, as we’ve spotted them in several new places recently. Here’s the low down on the stories…
Commando No 4583: Dungeon Of Doom
Story: Alan Hebden Art: Benet Cover: Benet
The four-man special force known as the Convict Commandos were in dangerous territory. They had entered neutral Spain illegally and were now deep within a castle which bristled with all sorts of perils – from Nazi interrogators to axe-wielding maniacs.
This time even they had got in too deep!
Commando No 4584: American Ace
Story: Mac MacDonald Art and Cover: Carlos Pino
He stepped off a US freighter in Liverpool and walked straight to the nearest RAF recruiting office to join up. A natural pilot, he was at the controls of a British fighter in no time.
As his score of victories mounted in the summer of 1940, his fellow pilots never dreamed he carried a secret – one that, if discovered, could be his death warrant!
Commando No 4585: Phantom Sergeant
Originally Commando No 81 (August 1963)
Story: Elliot Art: Cueto Cover: Alvaro
He moved like a shadow, a ghostly-quiet shape that flitted through the Burmese jungle wherever there was a Japanese soldier to be hunted, an invading enemy to be destroyed.
Many of those men did see the Phantom Sergeant, but if they did that was the last thing they ever saw…
“It’s a Commando tradition that we make our stories as authentic and accurate as we possibly can,” notes editor Calum Laird of this re-presented tale, “so it’s probably best to admit straight away the aircraft in this tale are not quite up to the mark. Don’t let that put you off, though, the tale is otherwise well drawn and the cover is particularly fine.
“The tale itself is particularly hard – especially on the Japanese. There’s little sympathy for any of them in the story, written less than 20 years after the war finished.
“Still, it’s a fine adventure and one I hope you’ll enjoy.”
Commando No 4586 – Heading For Trouble
Originally Commando No 2151 (January 1988), re-issued as No 3579 (December 2002)
Story: Allan Chalmers Art: Ibanez Cover: Ian Kennedy
During the Second World War most officers fought gallantly alongside their men. But a few – like a certain Lieutenant Fairfax – were cowardly, incompetent and more likely to endanger their own troops than the enemy.
You can bet that any man serving under Fairfax would very soon be – heading for trouble…
“All Commando stories send the characters on a journey – whether physically, emotionally or metaphorically,” notes Deputy Editor Scott Montgomery of this story, “and on many occasions this involves the journey from villain or anti-hero to hero. Heading For Trouble neatly turns this notion on its head, however. Sergeant Ian Cheam starts out as an instant, reliable Commando hero but soon his path leads towards that of a cynical anti-hero. Where will his journey end…?”
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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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