Brand new Commando (Issues 5143 – 5146) are on sale from DC Thomson this Thursday in all good newsagents. Form an uneasy alliance with the Afrika Korps to rescue your squad from armed horsemen in North Africa, strike a truce with a fearsome Strafbattalion, steal Nazi gold from a Swiss vault, and tackle Nazi “pirates” in the Caribbean…
Commando 5143: Home of Heroes: The Enemy of my Enemy
Story: Iain McLaughlin | Pencils: Muller | Inks: Klacik | Cover: Janek Matysiak
In the parched deserts of North Africa, water is the most precious resource, and, for the Allied and Axis who fought there it was the difference between life and death.
That’s why LRDG Captain Tommy Butler and Afrika Korps Hauptmann Arn Renner were willing to fight to the bitter end to claim an oasis — that is, until a third party entered the fray and Butler and Renner were forced to turn from enemies to allies.
But just how long would their alliance last?
Interior artist Muller returns to Commando with this stellar issue, showcasing Iain McLaughlin’s tense story of survival with real grit, as right from Janek Matysiak’s explosive cover we are lifted straight into the action.
Commando 5144 – Gold Collection: Heroes’ Hill
Story: Allan | Art: Franch | Cover: Penalva
Originally Commando No. 487 (July 1970). Reprinted No. 1388 (February 1980).
It wasn’t much of a hill… it didn’t look important but it was a natural observation point that looked out over the Dutch countryside for miles around. And it would make history in its own little way.
Lieutenant Sandy Sanderson’s orders were to take the hill in any way possible to cover the oncoming Allied offensive. But something strange was happening… for here, standing shoulder to shoulder, British and German soldiers would fight a common enemy in World War Two.
Penalva’s amber cover flashes like a warning light for the perils inside, namely Allan’s fearsome Strafbattalion who become more threatening with every page in Franch’s interior.
Commando 5144 – Action and Adventure: Nazi Gold!
Story: Jim & David Turner | Art: Paolo Ongaro | Cover: Neil Roberts
In a secret room, several Wehrmacht Generals met, their greedy eyes wide at the thought of their Nazi gold. These selfish men had pilfered gold bullion from the National Banks of Yugoslavia and Greece during their Nazi occupation.
But now a ragtag group of East London gangsters and British Army officers were going to steal it…
A height thrill from Jim and David Turner, Neil Roberts’ stunning cover shows the stolen gold glimmers reflecting the nefarious “heroes” greed.
Commando 5146 – Silver Collection: The Nelson Spirit
Story: Ian Clark | Art: Keith Shone | Cover: Jose Maria Jorge
Originally Commando No. 2831 (February 1995)
Schoolboy Billy Peters loved the old stories of swashbuckling pirates — and, living on an island in the Caribbean, there were plenty of tales to hear.
But this was 1941 and Britain was at war with Germany. There were other pirates to worry about now — the kind who sailed U-boats and threatened to cripple Britain’s navies.
One of these modern undersea raiders would give Billy his most exciting story ever — if he lived to tell it…
Keith Shone’s instantly recognisable interiors, a stable of 1990’s Commandos, perfectly capture both young Billy Peters’ wonder and fear as his Treasure Island fantasies become a horrific Nazi reality!
• Commando Comics are available to buy and request in WHSmith and all good local newsagents
• Print and digital subscriptions are available worldwide, and can be bought through the DC Thomson website
• The DC Thomson online shop offers both Commando cover prints and T-Shirts – https://www.dcthomsonshop.co.uk/our-brands/commando.html?cat=1178
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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.