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Thursday, 17 March 2011

Commando goes fortnightly

Along with information on the latest issues of war comic Commando comes news from DC Thomson that the long-running title will be published fortnightly this year - giving 104 doses of action and adventure to the title's fans worldwide.

Commando 4375: Diary Of A Hero
Story: David Motton Art: Cam Kennedy Cover: Jordi Penalva
Originally Commando No 545, re-issued as No 1555.

This story is taken from the pages of the diary of a true hero. It tells of seven men’s fight to survive behind enemy lines with a traitor in their midst. It brings courage to life, tells of bravery of the highest order.

"This story had been one of my favourites as a young reader, read and re-read many times," says Calum Laird, Commando's current Editor, in a special introduction to this reprint issue from the comic's archives. "Then in 1981 - when I joined the staff of Commando for the first time - it was one of the stories I had to check over for re-issue. And re-read again. Now I’ve given myself the chance to read it through once more.

"It remains a cracking tale," he feels, "full of Commando heroes, and with a belting sting in the tail. It’s wonderfully constructed and, with artwork by Cam Kennedy and Penalva, looks absolutely right into the bargain.

"I like it as much now as I did in 1967."

Commando 4376: Space Watch
Story: Ian Clark Art: Ricardo Garijo Cover Art: Ian Kennedy
First Published as No 2774 in 1994

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!

"Ricardo Garijo worked for Starblazer before Commando," notes George Low, former Commando editor, "and he brought all his sci-fi skills to this 1994 plot where Commando strayed off its usual course, taking to space… and beyond… with its linked G-Tex stories, the brainchild of writer Mike Knowles.

"The futuristic script (this time by Ian Clark) set the tone for Ricardo to work his magic, while Ian Kennedy took a break from Spitfires and the like to tackle spacecraft.

"What’s it about? Saving whales and the world for a start. Quite an undertaking and great to read."

Commando No 4377: The Street Fighter
Story: Ferg Handley Art: Olivera Cover Art: Janek Matysiak

Not every confrontation between United States Marines and the Imperial Japanese Army took place in the steamy jungles of the South Pacific. The battle for Manila in the Philippines was a house-to-house struggle, pure and simple.

This didn’t bother Marine Eddie Novak. In the war’s early fighting he’d lost buddies and now he was out for revenge, no matter when - or where - he got the chance.

Commando No 4378: The Fighting Judge
Story: Alan Hebden Art: Mike White Cover Art: Mike White

As a High Court judge, Mr Justice Jardine had a fierce reputation as a hard man. Hard but fair. His judgements were respected even by those on the receiving end of a verdict.

When he joined the Army’s legal branch he remained the same hard but fair man. His working environment changed, though. Gone were the wood-panelled courtrooms, replaced by tents or makeshift offices.

And another thing changed too. He picked up a rifle… to deadly effect.

• Official Commando web site: www.commandocomics.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 


• Commando is also available for  iPad and iPhone. The apps are free to download through the Apple iTunes App Store and a digital subscription is priced at £4.99 per month, compared to a £99 annual print subscription. For those not sure there are four free issues to download prior to making a purchase.

Commando Comics iPhone App on iTunes


Commando Comics iPad App on iTunes

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