Ricardo Garijo: The Commando List

Following up on our tribute to Argentinian Commando artist Ricardo Garijo, who died earlier this month after a long illness, ace archivist Vic Whittle has very kindly sent us a list of his Commando work.

Ricardo Garijo. Photograph from El Eco de Tandil, 4 October 2009
Ricardo Garijo


DC Thomson have announced they plan to reprint some of his stories in 2010 as a tribute to the popular creator. A current issue of Commando, “Need To Know”, is one of his last works before he died, but his fans may find this list of his work helpful in suggesting titles they would like to see again.

His first Commando title, 2469 Another Tight Spot…, was released in early May 1991, and was reprinted in 2016 as Commando 4882.

Commando 4236 (2009)
Cover by Ian Kennedy

Ricardo did the artwork for over 90 Commando titles and the cover art for one – 3818 Fighting Back!

Included in Ricardo’s titles (listed below, numbers in brackets indicate the issue has been reprinted), were four of the “Challenge” series titles, 1994 – 1995.

His last printed title in his lifetime was Commando 4236, Need to Know.

Commando 4882, reprinting Commando  2469, "Another Tight Spot", interior art by Ricardo Garijo, cover by Ian Kennedy
Commando 4882, reprinting Commando 2469, “Another Tight Spot”, interior art by Ricardo Garijo, cover by Ian Kennedy

• Commando 2469 (4882) Another Tight Spot…

Andy Leslie had known all along that he would have to face danger when he volunteered to serve with the Parachute Regiment. That had turned out to be the way of it, Andy battling his way clear from one tight spot after another with the famous Red berets.

Nobody had ever warned him that he might end up in the sea, bobbing about in a dinghy. There was nothing predictable in any day of Andy’s war…

• Commando 2485 (4120) Rescue Team

• Commando 2514 (4110) Death Duel

• Commando 2543 (4216) Cellar Rats

• Commando 2557 (4175) Dagger of Doom

• Commando 2575 Mercenaries!

• Commando 2592 An Inch from Death

• Commando 2606 Combat Zone

• Commando 2617 (3990) Kidnap!

• Commando 2631 Too Many Enemies

• Commando 2650 Escape Line

• Commando 2679 (3991) Mafia Gold

• Commando 2690 (3997) Password to Freedom

• Commando 2703 The Black Gauntlet

• Commando 2721 Blood Hostage

• Commando 2742 Battle Patrol

• Commando 2746 Rogue Challenge

• Commando 2774 (4376) Space Watch
Cover by Ian Kennedy

A battle in outer space tests G-Tex Wolf Brady to the limit — especially when a ruthless computer hacker makes his latest challenge even more dangerous!

• Commando 2790 Axel’s Challenge

• Commando 2808 The Satan Challenge

• Commando 2823 Hired Killers

• Commando 2837 Wolfe’s Challenge

• Commando 2862 Murder Road

• Commando 2874 Door Gunner

• Commando 2898 Forgotten Enemy

• Commando 2928 Double Identity

• Commando 2950 Hired to Kill

• Commando 2993 Joe the Joker

• Commando 3010 Fear in the Forest

• Commando 3029 Red Commando

• Commando 3056 Boxer Terror

• Commando 3079 The Mutineers

• Commando 3090 Deadly Safari

• Commando 3113 Rumble in the Jungle

• Commando 3129 Battling Bull

• Commando 3138 Death Zone

• Commando 3162 Fight for Finland

• Commando 3173 Bound for Burma

• Commando 3190 Back to Berlin

• Commando 3208 Trust Nobody!

• Commando 3218 Black Sun

• Commando 3238 Lynch’s Law

• Commando 3254 Hold the Highground

• Commando 3269 Fighters from the Sky

• Commando 3285 Tiger Killer

• Commando 3309 Warriors in Time

• Commando 3330 Watch – and Wait

• Commando 3343 Camera-Action

• Commando 3367 Red Double Cross

• Commando 3382 A Lonely War

• Commando 3398 Seek the Stingers

• Commando 3417 Assault Force

• Commando 3440 A Man to Fear

• Commando 3455 Curse of the Carsons

• Commando 3470 The Weakest Link

• Commando 3489 Know the Enemy!

• Commando 3505 The Ritter Ring

• Commando 3528 Code-Name Neptune

• Commando 3543 The Misfit Maurauders

• Commando 3553 Terror in the Tunnels

• Commando 3569 Survival Mission

• Commando 3586 Desert Jinx

• Commando 3599 Dive into Danger

• Commando 3608 Flying Tank

• Commando 3632 The River Raiders

• Commando 3642 Misfit Squad

• Commando 3646 Jimmy goes to War

• Commando 3665 The Long Road Home

• Commando 3678 Unseen Enemy

• Commando 3690 Returned to Unit

• Commando 3709 Down to Earth

• Commando 3726 Escape to Siberia

• Commando 3741 Island of Storms

• Commando 3750 Bad Move

• Commando 3762 Deadly Payload

• Commando 3783 Fighting for the Flag

• Commando 3792 Driving into Danger

• Commando 3809 Tank Attack

• Commando 3818 Fighting Back!
Cover Art and Interior Art

• Commando 3832 Mystery Mission

• Commando 3848 Storm Troopers

• Commando 3865 Aces for Hire

• Commando 3881 Rocket Man

Art by Ricardo Garijo for Commando 4236, "Need to Know"
Art by Ricardo Garijo for Commando 4236, “Need to Know”

• Commando 3897 War of Words

• Commando 3917 Escape to Survive

• Commando 3926 Aces on Ice

• Commando 4068 Sentenced to Death

• Commando 4105 Strike Squad

• Commando 4129 Jimmy’s Private Air Force

• Commando 4139 Rebel Army

• Commando 4211 Storm over Spain

• Commando 4236 Need to Know

If you have any particular favourites, send your suggestions to Commando via their official web site

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Tributes

• Ricardo Garijo: The Commando Issues (list compiled by Vic Whittle)

• News Report on Ricardo’s Death from El Eco de Tandil (in Spanish)

• Bear Alley Obituary by Steve Holland

• Ricardo Garijo: 1953 – 2009 – a tribute by Kurt Kuersteiner on Monster Wax

Interviews

• Prensa Espacial, 26 February 2008 (in Spanish, about his astronaut portraits: Google Translate Link)

Card Work

• Monsterwax War of the Worlds Card Images

Commando art © DC Thomson Media

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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