Commando issues on sale 14th March 2013
The four-man special force known as the Convict Commandos were in dangerous territory. They had entered neutral Spain illegally and were now deep within a castle which bristled with all sorts of perils — from Nazi interrogators to axe-wielding maniacs.
This time even they had got in too deep!
Story: Alan Hebden
He stepped off a US freighter in Liverpool and walked straight to the nearest RAF recruiting office to join up. A natural pilot, he was at the controls of a British fighter in no time.
As his score of victories mounted in the summer of 1940, his fellow pilots never dreamed he carried a secret — one that, if discovered, could be his death warrant!
Story: Mac MacDonald
Art: Carlos Pino
Cover: Carlos Pino
He moved like a shadow, a ghostly-quiet shape that flitted through the Burmese jungle wherever there was a Japanese soldier to be hunted, an invading enemy to be destroyed.
Many of those men did see the Phantom Sergeant, but if they did that was the last thing they ever saw…
It’s a Commando tradition that we make our stories as authentic and accurate as we possibly can so it’s probably best to admit straight away the aircraft in this tale are not quite up to the mark. Don’t let that put you off, though, the tale is otherwise well drawn and the cover is particularly fine.
The tale itself is particularly hard — especially on the Japanese. There’s little sympathy for any of them in the story, written less than 20 years after the war finished.
Still, it’s a fine adventure and one I hope you’ll enjoy.
Calum Laird, Editor
Originally Commando No 81 (August 1963).
During the Second World War most officers fought gallantly alongside their men. But a few — like a certain Lieutenant Fairfax — were cowardly, incompetent and more likely to endanger their own troops than the enemy.
You can bet that any man serving under Fairfax would very soon be
HEADING FOR TROUBLE
All Commando stories send the characters on a journey — whether physically, emotionally or metaphorically —and on many occasions this involves the journey from villain or anti-hero to hero. Heading For Trouble neatly turns this notion on its head, however. Sergeant Ian Cheam starts out as an instant, reliable Commando hero but soon his path leads towards that of a cynical anti-hero. Where will his journey end…?
Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor
Story: Allan Chalmers
Cover: Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No 2151 (January 1988), re-issued as No 3579 (December 2002)