Brand new issues of DC Thomson’s war comic Commando (Issues 5247-5250) are on sale now in all good newsagents. Featuring firemen on the Home Front, French pilots of the Free French Forces, an underaged murder suspect, and the German invasion of Crete during World War Two, it’s another set of great adventures, two new, two reprint.
Commando 5247: Home of Heroes- Vichy Vendetta
Story: Steve Taylor | Art: Muller & Klacik | Cover: Ian Kennedy
Two French pilots caught on opposite sides of the war! When French airfields are overrun by Nazi invaders, Alain Broussard immediately defects to the Free French Forces rather than fight for the Germans. But his young protégé, Yves Fernier, panics, unsure of what path to take: Will he follow in his mentor’s footsteps and join the Allies or stick with his bloodthirsty Vichy commander?
Commando 5248: Gold Collection – Boy Hero
Story: Eric Hebden | Art: CT Rigby | Cover: Penalva
Originally Commando No. 710 (1973).
An orphanage… A murder… And a case of mistaken identity! All in Eric Hebden’s Boy Hero! When a deadly accident in the orphanage causes sixteen year old Mike Ryan to flee — he’s quickly swept up into the army. But can he keep his secret from being exposed — and stay alive in the process?
Commando 5249: Action and Adventure – Crisis on Crete
Story: Ferg Handley | Art: Vicente Alcazar | Cover: Graeme Neil Reid
Sergeant Jack Preston wants nothing more than to be on the front lines and in the thick of the action. But as a member of the Royal Corps of Signals, he’s worried he’ll always be stuck at headquarters, manning the radio. That is until Crete is overrun by fierce Fallschirmjager and Preston gets his chance to join a tough crew of a Bedford Lorry fitted with a radio for scouting missions. Now the hapless Sergeant doesn’t quite know what he’s let himself in for!
Commando 5250: Silver Collection – Front-Line Fireman
Story: Burden| Art: Gordon C Livingstone | Cover: Gordon C Livingstone
Originally Commando No. 2865 (1995)
For young David Ross of the Auxiliary Fire Service, being a fireman in the autumn of 1940 was a difficult enough job what with the daily and nightly blitz from Hitler’s air force. But things were about to get a lot worse when David began noticing that the fires in some factories were coming from the ground rather than the air. David soon suspects they have an arsonist on their hands, one with nefarious Nazi links…
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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.