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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Ghostly Commando set to haunt your newsagents!

Here's the latest issues of Commando, on sale today in all good newsagents, featuring some great new stories and a classic ghost story, drawn by John Ridgway.

Commando 4411: Double Vision!
Story: Mac MacDonald Art: Carlos Pino Cover Art: Carlos Pino

Remember Max Singer and Sid O’Brien and their adventures when they played the dangerous roles as doubles for Adolf Hitler and Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery in Commando “Seeing Double”?

Well, they’re back...And in deeper trouble than ever!

Commando 4412: Wings Of Warriors
Story: Mac MacDonald Art: Rezzonico Cover Art: Ian Kennedy

Marc Lebel was a young, hot-headed French Air Force pilot, determined to halt the Nazis. But when his mentor died saving his life, Marc’s thirst for revenge looked like it would be the end of him as well…

Commando 4413: Revenge Of The Phantom
Originally Commando No 818 (February 1974), re-issued as No 2188 (June 1988)
Story: Alan Lomas Art: John Ridgway Cover Art: Jordi Penalva

Major Gunther Stolle of the SS did not believe in ghosts — a brutal thug like him didn’t bother with such nonsense. Even when tough German troops broke and fled, gasping out tales of a phantom tank crew, he still didn’t believe it.

But soon he was going to know the terrible truth, for the commander of the tank had vowed to hunt him down… even from beyond the grave!

"They say you can’t beat a good ghost story and here’s the proof," says George Low, former Commando editor, of this reprint issue. "There’s not only a ghostly crew but their tank is a phantom too. The advance up through Italy with British-manned Sherman tanks… plus dastardly nasty Nazis adding to this witch’s brew… chills and excites with every page.

"John Ridgway made the spirit flesh in 1974 and Penalva carried on the theme with a spine-chilling cover. Excellent work from Alan Lomas with the script and it’s a great treat for Halloween…or any other day of the year. Just don’t read this one alone or in the dark…"

Commando 4414: Walrus Patrol
Originally Commando No 284 (September 1967), re-issued as No 979 (November 1975)
Story: McOwan Art: Gordon Livingstone Cover Art: Ken Barr

They flew their scrapheaps into some mighty strange places...

Donald Ducks, Flying Scrapheaps, Rattletraps. Walrus crews got fed up of the names other blokes called their big clumsy Walrus flying-boats.

Then an RAF desert bomber group asked for fighter support and, to their horror, in lumbered two air-sea rescue Walruses!

Not until their own bombers were destroyed the day before a big raid did the RAF scoffers find out what those “rattle-traps” could do in the hands of pilots like Bill Donovan and Al Tucker.

Then “Donovan’s Ducks” took off in a blaze of glory.

"It’s strange what sticks in your mind through the years," notes current Commando editor Calum Laird. "When I came to re-read this for the first time since the late 1960s, I could clearly recall the picture near the start of the story where the British aircrew were struggling in the water as sharks circled them. It was as good a use of applied tone as ever I’ve seen but that’s no surprise, the man who did it was Gordon Livingstone, an expert.

"His inside art more than does justice to the story, while Ken Barr’s cover depicting two Walruses doing what no Walrus should piques your curiosity so much that you just have to read it. Well, go on then, what are you waiting for?"

• Official Commando web site: http://www.commandocomics.com/

Commando Official Facebook page

• 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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