Friday, March 04, 2011
Latest Commando issues in the shops... and on digital
Another four issues of Commando are in the shops now, continuing the comics 50th anniversary celebrations. They include the debut of new characters, Convict Commandos, in issue No.4371.
"We’re continuing our 50th year countdown from 12 to 1 of re-issues of the original dozen Commandos" says editor Calum Laird. "This month sees No10 Hun Bait given a fresh airing. These issues are available through our digital subscription service — DC Thomson’s first foray into this medium."
"Although it’s early days (the first month is just finishing), the numbers are building...as are those for the much longer established paper subscriptions." Good news indeed!
Here's the info on the latest batch:
Commando No 4371: CONVICT COMMANDOS
There you are — stuck in a military prison in Singapore when the Japanese smash into town. You know that if being a prisoner of the British is bad being a prisoner of the Japanese will be ten times worse.
So if a man in British officer’s uniform was to offer to get you out if you’d work for him, you’d agree to do anything he ordered, wouldn’t you?
The Convict Commandos did…and probably wished they hadn’t!
Story: Alan Hebden
Cover Art: Benet
A mini-series of adventure for these new Commando heroes devised by Alan Hebden which will run in Commando Nos 4371, 4379, 4387 and 4395. And maybe more to come…
Commando 4372: Sky Sniper
Soaring above the battlefields of the Western Front, the pilots of the Royal Flying Corps saw themselves as guardians of chivalry — gentlemen fliers.
So Lieutenant James Wilford, the pilot of a Farman MF11 Shorthorn, got a shock when he met his new observer, Captain Alan Kingston. This gun-toting, hardened veteran had already seen action in the trenches — and had no time for old-fashioned chivalry. If the Huns wanted a fight…they’d get one!
Story: Ferg Handley
Cover Art: Ian Kennedy
Commando 4373: Hun Bait
They were keeping him away from the front line — a man like Sergeant Kelly! And yet this big Australian had such a deadly hatred for the enemy it made him into a fighting fury, a battling, raging, soldier supreme.
But John Kelly was a trier, and exciting was the path he trod to defy authority and get his hands on the enemy’s throat.
Art: Gordon Livingstone
Cover Art: Ken Barr
Hun Bait, originally Commando No 10. Previously re-issued as No 2595. Now released in as near to the original presentation as possible.
Commando 4374: THE EYE OF RA
It was carved on the wall of an ancient tomb. The Eye of Ra, sun-god of Egypt. The legend said that if it gazed on anyone defiling the tomb, that person was doomed. The men who discovered it laughed at the idea, but one of them died violently and the others vanished without trace!
The war brought soldiers to Egypt, and among them was the brother of the dead man. From the moment his troop-train was ambushed until the moment he finally stood in that same tomb, Alan Fisher was to run into more dangers than he had ever thought possible.
Story: Mike Knowles
Cover Art: F.D. Phillips
First Published in 1978 as Commando No 1212 and chosen by Scott Montgomery, Commando’s Deputy Editor.