Who Remembers ‘Chippy’ Stark and a Killer Shark? Commando Readers!

Commando No 4855 – Eagles Of Dunkirk

Here’s the lowdown on this week’s Commando releases from DC Thomson (Issues 4855-4858), on sale from Thursday 22nd October in all good newsagents and via various digital platforms, all listed below.

Commando No 4855 – Eagles Of Dunkirk
Story: Ferg Handley Art: Keith Page Cover: Keith Page
Preview: www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/22nd-october-2015-collection?issue=4855

Corporal Sean Carrick excelled as an anti-tank gunner in a Daimler Dingo scout car, whether at Dunkirk or in the cruel heat of the North African desert.

However, when an age-old family feud is re-kindled, Sean soon finds himself fighting to save his reputation as outrageous lies are spread about his past. His dilemma is that his true life story may be even more dangerous to reveal.

This particular Eagle Of Dunkirk would have to fight ‘friend’ as well as foe to be able to stretch his wings and escape a deadly destiny.

“After the thrilling events of the previous instalment set in the trenches of the Great War, our generation-spanning epic tale of three inter-linked, entirely fictional families written by Ferg Handley is nearing journey’s end,” notes Commando’s Deputy Editor, Scott Montgomery. “Now we are in familiar Commando territory, World War II — more specifically the frantic retreat at Dunkirk and then the killing zone of the arid North African Desert. We hope you enjoy this story of courage and honour.

“The stunning conclusion to this 13-story saga will be coming soon. Don’t’ miss it!”

Commando No 4856 – No Escape!

Commando No 4856 – No Escape!
Originally Commando No 194 (December 1965)
Story: Bounds Art: C.T. Rigby Cover: Davis
Preview: www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/22nd-october-2015-collection?issue=4856

All along the British lines the terrifying news spread like wildfire.

Brave men trembled. “He’s in our area. The Engineer of Death is here!” For they knew that once “the engineer” had set his fiendish secret traps, no one who fell into them would ever walk away.

That’s when an unlikely hero volunteered, vowing to beat him at his own game. A skinny little genius with glasses, whose name was Percy Potts…

“It may not come as too much of a surprise to learn that the working title of this book was ‘Engineer Of Death’,” notes Scott. “This fairly lurid phrase is alluded to several times throughout the text and cleverly foreshadows this character, building him up as a fearsome adversary for our mild-mannered hero and arch rival, Percy Potts.

“In typical Commando fashion, however, when the two finally meet, things don’t quite turn out the way we might expect them to.”
Commando No 4857 – Red Ace

Commando No 4857 – Red Ace
Story: Ferg Handley Art: Morahin Cover: Janek Matysiak
Preview: www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/22nd-october-2015-collection?issue=4857

Sergeant Alek Pavlikov had hardly any flying hours under his belt but still felt ready to join in the fight against the Luftwaffe in the battle for supremacy of the skies above Kursk.

His dreams of heroism were soon overtaken by a dawning realisation that a surprising number of his fellow rookies were dying on their first mission.
Alek wondered if a ruthless superior officer had something to do with it. Was his fearsome major, Yuri Zaleski — the Red Ace — willing to risk Alek’s annihilation in a quest for personal glory?

Commando No 4858 – Danger Ahead

Commando No 4858 – Danger Ahead
Originally Commando No 1018 (March 1976), re-issued as No 2356 (March 1990)
Story: Lomas Art: Cueto Cover: Ian Kennedy
Preview: www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/22nd-october-2015-collection?issue=4858

A stretch of treacherous water to cross, and no boat to do it in…

All they had was a few plywood drop tanks jettisoned from aircraft, lengths of bamboo, bits of wood… and their courage.

Yes, they needed courage most of all, for entering that stretch of water risked a horrifying death. In the search for survival there was deadly danger ahead…

“I’d like to imagine — or certainly hope — that at least one Commando reader from the mid-1970s may have since asked, ‘Remember the one where a joiner made a raft out of old junk, battled hungry sharks and then helped fight the Japanese…?’

“Well, this is that very book!” enthuses Scott.

“Our resourceful carpenter hero, ‘Chippy’ Stark, emerges from some fairly standard Aussie/Pom rivalry to become a true Commando hero in this offbeat classic.


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