Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Last four Commando comics for 2012

There's another four issues of Commando out this week and they wrap up another year of Britain's longest-running adventure comic. Commando enters its 52nd year in 2013 so be sure to bookmark http://www.commandocomics.com to keep up with the new releases.

Thanks to editor Calum Laird for the cover images and the following info...

Commando No 4559 – Nightmare Hunt

Almost every night, Captain Neil Rigby would wake up in a cold sweat, a nightmare vision before his eyes. The face he saw, twisted with evil, was that of the Nazi officer who had ordered his men slaughtered as he lay powerless to help.
   Every time he saw that maniacal, distorted face he swore vengeance, never thinking he would get the opportunity.
   Then fate intervened and Neil began his…Nightmare Hunt

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

Commando No 4560 – In The Line Of Fire

In the North African desert the fast-moving vehicles of the Allied armoured car reconnaissance units were always right in the thick of the action – constantly trading shots with the enemy.
   Things got even more dangerous when two recce unit commanders – nursing a decades-old grudge between their families – began trying to outdo each other. Both were determined to be first…In The Line Of Fire

Story: Alan Hebden
Art: Morahin
Cover: Janek Matysiak

Commando No 4561 – Duel In The Sun

Bert Johnson settled in the pilot’s seat of the RAF fighter. He wasn’t a pilot, but he revved the engine, taxied the plane to the runway, and took off.
   As he handled the unfamiliar controls and circled to gain height he saw, coming straight at him, a crack squadron of the Luftwaffe.
   Bert’s thumbs fumbled for the gun-button on the joystick…Pilot or not, he would have to fight it out now.

Introduction by Calum Laird, Editor

   You can tell from Ken Barr’s cover that this is an air story, yet the most important action takes place on the ground. That action is the play between two men – one a frustrated would-be flier, the other a man who has flown, and fought, just too much. In the capable black and whites provide by Sostres, author Stainton paints a captivating tale that is in part all too believable, in part pure Commando invention.
   See if you can tell which bits are which.

Duel In The Sun originally Commando No 47 (December 1962)

Story: Stainton
Art: Sostres
Cover: Ken Barr

Commando No 4562 – From Out Of The Sea…

They came by night…sinister figures in black rubber suits, rising from the depths of the Norwegian harbour. And when they came, the Nazis shivered – for they knew that their precious ships, their vital war materials, were the target. How they dreaded those men from out of the sea…

Introduction by Calum Laird, Editor

   Commando stories come with all sorts of different settings but the thing that makes them Commandos is the aggro between the players in the drama. This one, in the capable hands of Eric Hebden, has that hallmark. But, as with any story from the House of Hebden, things aren’t as straightforward as they first appear.
   With dripping wet cover art by Ian Kennedy and strong, flowing lines inside from Cam Kennedy (no relation apart from the standard of their art) this story is a winner from Page One.
   You’ll have guessed that I liked it.

From Out Of The Sea originally Commando No 825 (March 1974), re-issued as No 2099 (July 1987)

Story: Eric Hebden
Art: Cam Kennedy
Cover: Ian Kennedy


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