Four new shiny Commandos, including a new ‘Convict Commados’ story, ‘Mask of Death’ by Alan Hebden with art from Benet, are on sale today – in newsagents and online. As usual, the releases include two carefully selected reprint titles – chosen by the Commando editorial team to mark the title’s impressive 50th year.
Commando 4379: Mask Of Death
Story: Alan Hebden Art: Benet Cover Art: Benet
The Convict Commandos – Jelly Jakes, Smiler Dawson, Titch Mooney – and their leader Guy Tenby are back in action. This time they are planning to snatch a scientist from under the noses of the Nazis in occupied Europe. It’s no easy job and, with treachery afoot, the prison sentences they’re trying to avoid begin to look a very tempting alternative.
The second adventure for the latest band of Commando heroes.
Commando 4380: Attack From The East
Story: Tom Hart Art Rezzonico Cover: Janek Matysiak
Most people would think that nothing much happened in the peaceful village of Helmsbeath, situated on a remote island on Scotland’s North West coast. And most people would have been right to think that…until the fateful day in late 1944 when Helmsbeath was invaded. Invaded by the armed and dangerous crew of a Japanese C3 submarine and the crazed Nazi scientist who was with them!
Commando 4381 Jungle Fury
Originally Commando No 9 (October 1961), re-issued as No 2587 (August 1992)
Story: Couglin Art: Cecil Rigby Cover Art: Ken Barr
In the steaming jungles of Burma, man has a thousand enemies… the wild animals, the snakes and poisonous insects, the deadly fevers. But the fighting British jungle patrols had an enemy more deadly that any of these…the creeping Japanese soldiers who could appear from nowhere and sow the lead seeds of death before melting again into the waiting green background. But Sergeant Tom Flynn had his own way of silencing the Banzai cries of those Sons of Nippon. With a handful of men and a heart full of courage he fought his way through them – and with him he brought a strange prize… ten million pounds in solid gold.
“What hits you most about this story is the cover,” says Commando editor Calum Laird, who picked out this title for reprint. “Ken Barr’s image leaps clean off the page and you can almost hear that soldier screaming blue murder. Inside, the story is of a jungle trek involving an elephant and train. It shouldn’t work, but it does picking up pace throughout. “Artist Cecil Rigby was a Commando regular from 1961 until No 3272 in late 1999 – a total of around 150 books – and he well captures the atmosphere of the jungle and the fury in this one.”
Six men – five private soldiers who couldn’t do a thing right and a brand-new Second Lieutenant who had never been in action. Left behind as a rearguard just in case the Jerries showed up, they landed in a hotter spot than anyone had bargained for – and became the most unlikely heroes of the Second World War!
“There are many types of hero but, in my opinion, the most interesting kind is the unlikely hero – the underdog,” says Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor, of this reprint issue. “And, as you may have guessed from the title, in this brilliant tale you get six for the price of one (which, back in 1980 was a mere 12p — even at today’s prices we reckon we’re still good value). “So please join me in rooting for half-a-dozen ordinary (if admittedly a bit useless) blokes, left behind as a desert rearguard, determined to prove that they’ve got what it takes to be the best.”
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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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