Mark Eastbrook makes his debut as new Commando comic artist

Brand-new Commando, Issues 5547 – 5550, are available in shops from this Thursday 9th June 2022, and online from now as digital editions from AmazonUK.

This set sees the debut of Mark Eastbrook as a new cover artist on the long-running war comic. Mark’s editorial illustrations and portraits, which have been featured in magazines and papers including the New York Observer, The Rugby Paper and Forty-20 Magazine, are painted by hand.

You can find Mark online here and follow him on Twitter here.

Commando 5547: Home of Heroes – Stay Behind Squad
Story: Andrew Knighton | Art: Morhain | Cover: Keith Burns
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Commando 5547: Home of Heroes - Stay Behind Squad - cover by Keith Burns

As the Japanese descend into the Malayan peninsula led by the enthusiastic Lieutenant Colonel Nishio Shizuo, Captain Tony Kemp must do everything in his power to hold up the advance!

Armed with nothing but a handful of munitions from the back of his clapped-out car, he teams up with local defenders Sarip, Teng and the formidable Siti, to put up the fight of a lifetime as they protect their homes and loved ones from the invasion of Empires.

Andrew Knighton is on script duty for this War in the East romp, with amazing art as always from Morhain and Keith Burns.

Commando 5548: Gold Collection: Hero in a Hurri
Story: Smith | Art: Jose Maria Jorge | Cover: Sanfeliz
Originally Commando No. 440 (1969)
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Commando 5548: Gold Collection: Hero in a Hurri - cover by Sanfeliz

No one likes a coward! Buck Leigh was an ace pilot, capable of handling an aircraft in a way that most blokes could only dream about. David Walton had always been insanely jealous of his flying ability, ever since the days before the war when they’d both been in a flying circus.

But now Walton had a chance to make Buck pay for stealing his limelight, for Buck had joined Walton’s squadron with the tag ‘coward’ around his neck —the tag that Walton had helped to give him!

Fan-favourite artist Jose Maria Jorge lends his talent to this issue penned by Smith and topped off with a dashing cover by Sanfeliz.

Commando 5549: Action and Adventure – The Last of the Wattles
Story: Brent Towns | Art: Vicente Alcazar | Cover: Mark Eastbrook
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Commando 5549: Action and Adventure - The Last of the Wattles - cover by Mark Eastbrook

When war was declared in Europe in August 1914, thousands of miles away, an Australian rules football team called the Hollyvale Wattles was playing for the greatest prize of the year.

Little did they know it would be the last match they’d ever play together as the next day all eighteen team members enlisted for The Great War.

Eighteen Wattles went to do their duty but only one of them would return…

An incredible and poignant story about the Australian experience during World War One by Brent Towns. Vicente Alcazar’s moody art adds to this powerful issue, with Mark Eastbrook making his cover debut.

Mark Eastbrook’s cover rough for his debut cover for Commando 5549, “The Last of the Wattles”
Mark Eastbrook’s cover rough for his debut cover for Commando 5549, “The Last of the Wattles”

Commando 5550: Silver Collection – Forward the Brave!
Story: Ian Clark | Art: Olivera | Cover: Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No. 2662 (1993)
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Commando 5550: Silver Collection - Forward the Brave! Cover by Ian Kennedy

The Allied invasion of France — and every patriotic Frenchman was dedicated to the task of throwing the Nazis out of his country. None more so than Jean le Brave, village teacher, museum curator and fanatical student of the campaigns of Napoleon Bonaparte.

He saw himself as a master tactician and he was determined to play a leading part —whether anyone wanted his advice or not!

A weird and wacky issue picked by the readers themselves! This “By Special Request” issue features the work of Ian Clark, Olivera and an excellent cover by Ian Kennedy.

If you’re a longtime Commando fan, you may also be interested in the new Commando Classic Covers Collection, a huge selection of gifts including canvases, prints, tote bags, mugs, pencil tins and clocks. The range features 13 iconic covers and is curated by Commando Designer Grant WoodCheck the range out on the DC Thomson web shop.

• Commando Comics is online at www.commandocomics.com | DC Thomson – Subscriptions | Facebook | Twitter | Commando Comics on AmazonUK

• If you’re a Commando fan, don’t forget to check out the title’s YouTube channel

Commando 5547 – 5550 – Full Cover Gallery

New Commando Merchandise Released

If you’re a longtime Commando fan, you may also be interested in the new Commando Classic Covers Collection, a huge selection of gifts including canvases, prints, tote bags, mugs, pencil tins and clocks.

The range features 13 iconic covers and is curated by Commando Designer Grant WoodCheck the range out on the DC Thomson web shop.

Commando Classic Covers Collection

• Commando Comics is online at www.commandocomics.com | DC Thomson – Subscriptions | Facebook | Twitter | Commando Comics on AmazonUK

• If you’re a Commando fan, don’t forget to check out the title’s YouTube channel

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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