The latest four Commandos from DC Thomson, on sale one week earlier than is traditional, are available now from all good newsagents…
Commando 4287: Guided Missile
Story: Bernard Gregg Inside art: Vila Cover art: Ian Kennedy
Over the Austrian mountains in 1944, a German Dornier 217K bomber launched a strange, rocket-like craft, which performed a high-flying dance of death with an RAF Lancaster. And no matter how the Lanc jinked and turned, the rocket kept closing, until it finally destroyed its prey.
Despite the markings, these planes were both German-made and only models, but the secret rocket was one which could change the whole course of the war… if the Nazis were allowed to perfect the real thing!
Commando 4288: Bombs on Target!
Story: Cyril Walker Inside art: Ian Kennedy Cover art: Ian Kennedy
Dropping bombs accurately wasn’t easy. Often, they fell wide and wrecked innocent targets… like the night death rained down on a small English country town because a Nazi pilot lost his nerve.
The response of the survivors was to help pay for a bomber to strike back. This is the story of that one Lancaster and its remarkable record…
• This is number four of a five-book series featuring art by Ian Kennedy. The three previous re-issues resulted in calls for the other two to be pulled from the vaults. Number five is available on the official Commando website as an exclusive web comic.
Commando No 4289: Fly into Fear
Story: Ferg Handley Inside art: Morahin Cover art: Ian Kennedy
Sergeant Tom Sellers longed to fly, eagerly joining the RAF during the Second World War. Training didn’t go well, though — he was nervous when night-flying, failed vital coursework and didn’t make the grade. Disappointed, he accepted his lot and re-trained as an RAF mechanic, posted out East.
There, Tom found himself caught up in a major behind-the-lines operation with the Chindits in Burma. Then he ended up back in the air, doing vital reconnaissance work. Would his old anxieties come back? Would he… fly into fear?
Commando 4290: War Of The Wagtail
Story: Alan Hebden Inside art: Benet Cover art: Benet
Wagtail. It doesn’t sound very warlike, does it?
But, in the hands of a British desert strike force, a Wagtail recce kite would become a very warlike flyer indeed…
Next month, Commando celebrates VE-Day 65 by running four new War’s End stories – plus a re-issue of the seven-part series commissioned for VE-day 50 which many readers won’t be old enough to have seen.
• Official Commando web site: www.commandomag.com
• Click here for subscription information or write to: D.C. Thomson & Co Ltd, The Subscribers Department, Commando Library, 80 Kingsway East, Dundee DD4 8SL or Freephone (UK only) 0800 318846
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
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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