Four more issues of Commando are in the shops today, and now the comic's in its 51st year it's been given a little makeover.
Don't worry. The old adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" doesn't really apply as these are only slight tweaks. The format remains the same as it has since 1961 but now each one of the four issues falls into its own specific category with an appropriate masthead to suit.
Here's editor Calum Laird with the specifics:
Commando may now come in four distinct guises but our mission to bring our readers the best action and adventure stories remains unchanged.
Home Of Heroes:
No 4475 “Invasion Dawn” is a story from our brand-new Home Of Heroes Collection. These stories always revolve around a British hero, no matter where in the world you may find him. We rate these as The Best Of British
The Gold Collection:
Following the feedback we had from our readers last year — our 50th — we’ve decided to do what they wanted and go right back to Commando’s earliest years to dust off some classic tales. You’ll see from the cover of No 4477 “Lone Hero” that it is part of our Gold Collection, one that first saw the light of day 50 years ago — in 1962.
The Silver Collection:
Many readers asked to re-read stories from a later period so Lone Hero’s companion “Death From The Sky” (No 4478) is from a different era — 25 years ago — and is part of our Silver Collection.
For Action And Adventure:
Between the covers of this series, Commando will continue to be Britain’s premier title for adventure stories. In here you’ll find stories from the depths of the sea, the dizziest of heights and from the four corners of the globe. Just like the others, No 4476 “Murder In The Heights” carries on Commando’s tradition of Action And Adventure.
Here's the plot details of the four issues out today...
Commando No 4471 — Invasion Dawn
A minor military base in a remote corner of the British Isles would not be the place you’d expect to find a battle royal raging. And if you did, how could a group of the Home Guard’s old warriors stand up to an enemy attack.
They may have been put to the test in battles past, but that was a long time ago. And what of the Home Guard’s youngster, would he be up to the task? You can bet he would try.
Story: Mac MacDonald
Art: Carlos Pino
Cover: Carlos Pino
Commando No 4476 — Murder in The Heights
The history books of the First World War concentrate on events on the Western Front in France, the scene of the fiercest battles the world had ever seen. The fighting, though, was not confined to France, for all over Europe armies faced each other.
In Greece, Italians, Greeks, Austrians and Germans battled it out on the plains and in the mountains.
Into this cauldron rode British Army Lieutenant John Fielding, little guessing that some of his enemies were prepared to go beyond the normal rules of war…
Story: Alan Hebden
Cover: Janek Matysiak
Commando No 4477 — Lone Hero
“Let The Other Bloke Be The Mug”
While his 8th Army mates fought and died under the glaring desert sun of North Africa, Private Sam Deacon was content to drive a truck. Not for him the blood and guts of battle, the risk of stopping a German bullet: “Let the other bloke be the mug,” was his motto.
Then he met one of the ‘other blokes’ who wasn’t a mug — a hero who rammed those words down Deacon’s throat till he squealed for mercy — and found himself a hero too.
Introduction by Calum Laird, Commando Editor
Where would Commando have been without the combined talents of Ken Barr and Gordon Livingstone? If this story from our Gold Collection (from 50 years ago) is anything to go by, the title would have struggled. The cover, with its generous helping of yellows and oranges, leaves you in no doubt that you’re in the searing heat of the North Africa desert. Inside, the line of the art charges from the first page to the last, packed with movement and character.
We’d better not forget Eric Castle’s tale either, it’s another gold-plated cracker…which I think you should read for yourself!
Lone Hero, originally Commando No 18 (Feb 1962)
Story Eric Castle
Art Gordon Livingstone
Cover Ken Barr
Commando No 4478 — Death From The Sky
Stuck in a shore job, Sub-Lieutenant Mike Wilson was desperate to see action — so desperate he even volunteered to check out an unexploded Jap bomb lodged in the hold of a merchant ship.
After surviving that ordeal, he thought serving in a sub would be a piece of cake. But with bombs, depth-charges and enemy suicide planes to contend with, he couldn’t have been more wrong!
Commando Campaign Diary No 4478
Introduction by Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor
In this Pacific War tale we meet Sub-Lieutenant Mike Wilson. He’s a gutsy bloke for sure, but not the brightest. And he’s pretty impatient too — preferring to act before he thinks. Admirable, but very likely to get himself and his mates killed. Perhaps it’s ironic that a budding Navy officer could (literally) get out of his depth! Especially with the threat of Japanese Okha planes, with Kamikaze pilots at the controls, on the horizon. So Mike is a brave, flawed but intriguing character — but can he become a true Commando hero? Read on and find out!
Death From The Sky, originally Commando No 2129 (October 1987)
Story Allen Chalmers
Cover Ian McIntosh
My thanks to Calum for supplying the information and cover images. For more details visit the Commando website: http://www.commandocomics.com