Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Preview of this week's Commando comics

The latest intelligence report directly from the desk of Commando HQ. Four Commando comics on sale from Thursday..

Commando No 4503: Operation Ultra

…was British Intelligence’s top secret programme for the breaking of messages sent by Germany’s Enigma machine. It was imperative that the enemy did not discover that the Allies had succeeded, or the cyphers would be changed and the war perhaps lost.
   In 1943 Captain Bob Draper and Lieutenant Andy Coates of the LRDG unexpectedly found themselves caught up in their own Operation Ultra. It was a deadly game of espionage and counter-espionage with all manner of double-crosses and treachery. This wasn’t just danger…it was ultra danger.

Story: Alan Hebden
Art: Rezzonico
Cover: Janek Matysiak


Commando No 4504: Soviet Spitfire

  
Paul Daly was a Spitfire pilot — a pretty good one as the DFC ribbon he wore attested. But being a fighter pilot isn’t like being, say, an accountant. No, it’s a risky business and all too soon a Luftwaffe shell put paid to his flying when it smashed into his knee.
   Though part of him was glad to be out of danger, another part longed to get back in a cockpit once more, though he didn’t think he’d have to travel to Russia to do it.

Story: Mac Macdonald
Art: Carlos Pino
Cover: Carlos Pino



Commando No 4505: Diggers Die Hard
Johnny Grogan could do anything with that bulldozer of his. Build roads, clear forests, dig canals…he’d even make it sit up and beg if you asked him to.
   Then came the day when he had to do something new with it, the day he had to turn it into a tank!
It was the Italian Army’s fault — they should never have tried to get tough with a guy like Johnny Grogan. For they found they had a new war on their hands — Grogan’s war!


Introduction by Calum Laird, Commando Editor:

Here we have three members of the first Commando team to take to the field, playing their ‘A’ game, despite the hideous pun in the title willed on it by some editor or other. Eric Hebden’s tale takes you to the outer fringes of the Second World War to find a nicely-off-the-wall situation. This is something Commando has often done over the tears, avoiding the obvious, seeking the novel.
   With Gordon Livingstone settled into his stride as a Commando illustrator par excellence and Ken Barr’s stonking cover setting the right note this one is solid gold from start to finish. I think I might read it again.

Diggers Die Hard originally Commando No39 (October 1962)

Story: Eric Hebden
Art: Gordon Livingstone
Cover: Ken Barr
 

Commando No 4506: Brigand Squadron

For fighter pilot David Morgan it was the proudest moment of his life when he was posted to the unit known as “Brigand Squadron”. They were famous for their brave deeds, and their motto was “Never run, never yield.”
   But he was in for a nasty shock when he arrived. These men weren’t fierce brigands, they were frightened sheep!



Introduction by Scott Montgomery, Commando Deputy Editor:
 
That wonderful Spitfire cover is by Commando legend Ian Kennedy, of course. Many people wonder how he goes about his craft, and I hope he won’t mind me sharing a little insight here. Just how does the artist manage to make each aircraft look so dynamic? Well, it’s simple really. Every time Ian sits down at his drawing board he imagines that he’s actually in the cockpit himself — ensuring that every picture is unique. You see, Ian had always wanted to be a pilot…but selfishly, we’re glad that Mr Kennedy ended up drawing planes instead of flying them!

Brigand Squadron, originally Commando No 2073 (March 1987)

Story: Ian Clark
Art: Terry Patrick
Cover: Ian Kennedy  

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