Internet spooks delayed the arrival of DC Thomson’s latest information on its new issues of war digest Commando, but thanks to a bit of counter espionage from downthetubes and the Dundee offices of the monthly magazine, we’re finally able to bring you details of comics on sale in November.
As usual, the latest offerings comprises two new and two reprint titles.
“The two reprints this month were drawn by guys who are still working for us,” says editor Calum Laird, “and anyone who has bought copies in the last month or so can compare then and now to see that their stuff is still as good as ever.
“Ian Clark, who wrote Rag Tag Army was a real stalwart of Commando, although I first came across him as the author of photo-stories on teen title Blue Jeans!”
Commando 4238: Nightmare Mission
Previously issued as Issue 2582 in 1992
Story: Cyril Walker; Inside artwork: Olivera; Cover: Alan Burrows
The flare rose high in the sky to burst with a blinding light which turned night into day. The British patrol illuminated below hugged the ground, bare though it was of any real cover, and hoped they would not be spotted. For Don Wells it was yet another dangerous patrol into no-man’s-land, yet another chilling part of what had become a nightmare mission…
Commando 4240: Rag-Tag Army
Previously issued as No 2597 in 1992
Script: Ian Clark; Inside Artwork: Carlos Pino; Cover: Ian Kennedy
The invading Japanese stood between “Bobby” Chang and his dream of going to America. As an orphan in war-torn China he had little hope of realising his dream − unless he could help get rid of the Japs.
One way was to join the Chinese Nationalist Army, a collection of half-starved, poorly-trained peasants with few weapons and tattered uniforms. No wonder they were called the Rag-Tag Army…
Commando No 4241: Dead Men Tell Tales
Script: Colin Howard. Inside Artwork and cover: Keith Page
It’s said that dead men tell no tales. Usually it’s true. But the discovery of a body in a small French town nearly 20 years after the war proved that dead men could tell a tale – and for the crew of a US Flying Fortress it was not a pleasant one, either….
Colin’s first Commando story, Fight Fire With Fire, was published in June as Issue 4202. “He’s a relatively new writer to us, one of a couple of new guys we’ve brought on board,” Calum reveals.
Commando Issue 4242
Script: Sean Blair; Inside artwork and cover: Jordi Macabich
The end of the Napoleonic Wars was a mixed blessing. There was an end to the slaughter but men who had only know military service found it hard to settle in to normal life.
Men like sailors Jim Stent and Andrew Manning. Men who would be tempted to become mercenaries. Men who would be known as Sailors of Fortune…
• For more information, check out the official Commando site at: www.commandomag.com
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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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