As the 50th anniversary year of the Eagle Award winning Commando continues apace, there are currently two different free Commando art exhibitions on in the UK. Dundee University has the Commando Battlelines exhibition while London's National Army Museum has the Draw Your Weapons exhibition. Commando cover artist Ian Kennedy painted a special Commando image to promote the National Army Museum exhibition which has been used on all its advertising, including posters on the London Underground, and editor Calum Laird and chief-sub Scott Montgomery are shown above with Ian's original artwork.
In the meantime Commando continues to be published at four issues every two weeks and the current batch are available in newsagents from today.
4439 - Big Mike
Originally Issue 522 (January 1971), re-issued as 1507 (May 1981)
Story: A.C. Allen
Art: Cam Kennedy
Cover: Ian Kennedy
Like mighty steel fists the long line of British tanks smashed through the German defences and kept on going, straight into Nazi Germany. Each dusty mile took them deeper into trouble and further away from help — but the column never faltered. Only the CO, big Mike Madden, a tough, tough hero knew where they were going…and the reason why they were all risking their necks on this top-secret mission. And every time he thought about it, the sweat broke out on his brow…
4440 - VLR Very Long Range
Originally Issue 2149 (January 1988), re-issued as 3603 (March 2003)
Story: Alan Hebden
Art: Denis McLoughlin
Cover Art: Jeff Bevan
The backroom boffins seemed to be on to a real winner this time. They’d built some new rifles, high-powered ones which could strike at targets over three miles away! It was a bit different from a trusty Lee Enfield which could, with luck, propel a bullet just over a mile. So when Commando Captain Robert Terry saw these very long range weapons being tested he knew just how they could be used. He didn’t know what he was letting himself in for…
4441 - The Stranger From The Sea
Story: Mac MacDonald
Art: Keith Page
Cover Art: Keith Page
When the crew of a German Mk VII U-boat picked up a body floating in the icy North Sea they were amazed to find that somehow the man was still alive. When the stranger came round, though, the mystery man had no memory of who he was or how he’d got there. It seemed he could understand both German and English, but whose side was he on…?
4442 - Hyperfire!
Story: Alan Hebden
Cover Art: Janek Matysiak
When the might of the German Blitzkrieg overwhelmed Poland at the beginning of World War II, Sergeant Adem Kozcki of the Polish Army found himself on the run with a survivor from the staff of a destroyed weapons development facility. They had reason to run, for a ruthless SS weapons expert was on their tails and would not stop until he found them. Why? Because he was after two highly-experimental machine guns rescued from the facility — one of which had a devastating firing rate of 500 rounds per second. This wasn’t rapid fire. This was HYPERFIRE!
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In Review: 2000AD: The Ultimate Collection Issue One – Sláine: The Horned God - Out: 23rd August 2017 Publisher: Hachette Partworks, in association with Rebellion Publishing Available: From high street newsagents and on subscription
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