Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Incoming Commando comics - on sale this week

My thanks again to Commando editor Calum Laird for the cover images and story synopsis. These four issues will be on sale this Thursday, if not before...

Commando No 4479: Every Man A Hero!

Zander Zarris was half-British and half-Greek. As he’d never known his father, an officer sent to Greece and lost in the First World War, his allegiance was to Greece first and last.
Came the German invasion of his country and he was in the front line fighting alongside some of the toughest men in the Allied armies. He often wondered how his father would have rated him as a warrior but he’d never know. All he did know was that every one of his comrades was a hero.
And every one of them would say the same of him.

Story: Mac MacDonald
Art: Keith Page
Cover: Keith Page

Commando No 4480: “Eject! Eject!”

During the Vietnam War Flight Lieutenant Gary Frakes and Pilot Officer Lew Martin — the crew of an RAAF Canberra — flew bombing missions, neutralising targets like enemy bridges and transport. Their luck ran out when they tangled with a MiG21 fighter and were forced to eject over the hostile territory of neighbouring Laos.
They had barely touched the ground when they realised they’d jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire — deep in the dense jungle there wasn’t one enemy, but two!

Story: Alan Hebden
Art: Rezzonico
Cover: Ian Kennedy

Commando No 4481: Hill 13

When a platoon of front line soldiers earn the nickname “Yellow-Bellies” they can only rid themselves of it by fighting like supermen.
Here, then, is the story of one such platoon, and of how on the bullet-swept slopes of an Italian hill they grabbed desperately at the chance to get rid of that smear on their name.
Officially it was called Hill 13, but to the heroic “Yellow-Bellies,” it will always be “Dead Man’s Hill”…

Introduction by Calum Laird, Commando Editor

The great thing about the Commando Gold Collection is the chance to read all the comics I missed first time round. Well, I was only five years old when this one came out…
Eric Hebden has crafted a classic tale of redemption here in Hill 13 where a disgraced unit fights to regain its reputation and self-respect. Cleverly he does it by telling it as the tale of two men, once friends now enemies, in the ideal Commando style.
Combined with intricate, detailed (though sometime details which are awry) inside art by Garcia and a trademark bullet-riddled Ken Barr cover it’s precious bullion for Commando’s vaults.

Hill 13, originally Commando No 23 (May 1962)

Story: Eric Hebden
Art: Garcia
Cover: Ken Barr

Commando No 4482: Hit-Man!

Danny Mantini — crack-shot, bodyguard to one of American’s top gangsters.
Dan Martin — crack-shot, one of the American Army’s toughest, most respected sergeants.
Different names, but it was the same man. And as the Allies fought their way up through the Italian battlefields, Dan Martin suddenly found there was someone who wanted revenge on Danny Mantini!

Introduction by Scott Montgomery, Commando Deputy Editor

Only in Commando can the backdrop of World War II provide a steady supply of versatile story opportunities — even after 50 years of publishing our authors do it time and again. Quirkier fare like this from our Silver Collection proves the point.
Only in Commando could an American gangster with a dubious past transform himself into a tough but conscientious hero.
And only in Commando do we get a dream team of quality creators who constantly deliver: on this occasion; writer Alan Hebden and artists Ibanez and Jeff Bevan (cover).

Hit-Man, originally Commando No 2095 (June 1987)

Story: Alan Hebden
Art: Ibanez
Cover: Jeff Bevan


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