Here’s the latest issues of Commando, on sale now in all good newsagents, which include a great new story drawn by Keith Page and two ‘classic’ tales from the archive, specially chosen to mark the title’s 50th Anniversary.
‘Red Runs the River’ features art by Spanish artist Rafael Auraleón, who died in 1993. He first worked for the Spanish agency Selecciones Illustrada, drawing the comic strip ‘Flash’ for Space Ace and Lone Star. His work would later appear in Commando in 1961 and 1968, but he’s perhaps best known for his work on US publisher’s Warren’s titles such as Vampirella and Eerie in the 1970s, where he was one of their most prolific artists.
Commando 4387: Blood Money
Story: Alan Hebden Art: Benet Cover Art: Benet
If there was one thing the Convict Commandos – Jelly Jakes, Smiler Dawson, Titch Mooney – liked, it was easy money. Unfortunately the money their leader Guy Tenby had them chasing wasn’t easy, it was very difficult indeed. For it was in Nazi-Occupied Norway… and the Nazis didn’t want them to get anywhere near it.
He’s back – as you’ve never seen him before! Veteran war reporter Fred “Ferret” McGlone celebrates his landmark 100th birthday in style – and reminisces about his earliest days as a roving newshound on the shady, cobbled back streets of Victorian London.
Naturally, that’s only the half of it. What about Ferret’s thrilling adventures on the high seas? Or his dangerous despatches from the front line chaos at the heart of the British Empire in India?
Get the inside scoop on this cracking story – a Commando exclusive, of course. It’s one you won’t want to miss!
MASSACRE AFTER MOON-RISE!
Many and fearsome are the perils that can beset a man on a swift-flowing river after dark. Japanese river patrols knew all these dangers, but armed to the teeth they feared none of them.
Then, one dark night, there glided into that gleaming river a new menace that was to strike terror into every Jap soldier… a swimming Irishman with hatred in his heart and a Commando knife between his teeth…
“The early batch of Commando stories contained a fair few jungle tales – complete with fanatical enemies,” notes Editor Calum Laird in a special introduction for this latest 50th Anniversary reprint. “But this one isn’t quite like the others as the fanatic is on the British side. He’s a fighting mad Irishman determined to settle a score with the Japanese, and any Japanese will do.
“The trouble is that his own side need to keep him out of the fighting as he’s too valuable to lose.
“Eric Hebden weaves a classic Commando here, ably backed up by Auraleon and Ken Barr.”
They floated out of the sky into the fields of enemy-occupied France. For this crack team of British paratroopers it was the moment of truth.
Dropped miles from their objective, a handful of determined men on their special Wellbikes set off to complete their mission. The odds against them were incredible but they had no alternatives. The fight was on…
“I’d love to tell you how I remembered this story’s memorable characters, well-thought-out, men-on-a-mission plot and action-packed finale from the day I first read it. I’d love to… but, to be honest, the thing I remembered most vividly from reading “Paratrooper” in 1980 was the awesome sight of British soldiers whizzing around occupied France on cool little motorbikes,” says Commando Deputy Editor Scott Montgomery.
“As a child I recall wanting to have a go on one of those dinky Wellbikes. 30 years on, re-discovering this great tale has been a wonderful trip down memory lane (but sadly, not on a Wellbike). And, yes, I still want to have a go on one.”
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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.