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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Commando 4587-4590

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Commando No. 4587 – The Battle Of Blood Island

Though it was known as “The Blooded Jewel,” the island of Ula was a peaceful place, its name derived from spectacular sunsets and sunrises not warfare. Sitting in the ocean west of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, the inhabitants were mainly fisher folks whose only enemies were the elements, wind and sea.
   That all changed early in the First World War when a force of German raiders swarmed ashore. Caught up in the action were two schoolboys. Upon them depended the outcome of THE BATTLE OF BLOOD ISLAND.

Story: Alan Hebden
Art: Keith Page
Cover: Keith Page

Commando No. 4588 – The Sky Pirates

Pilot Officer Mike “Midge” Mercer flew a Vought Corsair fighter for the Fleet Air Arm in the Pacific — fending off hordes of Japanese aircraft as he and his fellow fliers protected the Allied fleet.
   To begin with, it seemed that the Corsairs — nicknamed Pirates — had the edge. But the Japanese had another card to play which posed a deadly question to the FAA pilots. Just how did you beat an enemy willing to sacrifice their own lives…?

Story: Alan Hebden
Art: Morahin
Cover: Ian Kennedy

Commando No. 4589 – Sunk Without Trace

When “The Ship without a name” glided into the Mersey Channel that night, the few watchers were seeing her for the first time, but they never forgot her, for “K-1” was like no other ship ever built.
   They never saw her again.
   Her destination — the South Atlantic. Her mission — even the Captain wasn’t sure.
   But one thing was certain. The Germans were waiting for her. Slowly the jaws of the trap closed. The fantastic story of K-1, the ship that was to change the whole course of the war, had begun…


Naval stories are always a difficult trick to pull off in Commando. Our compact page size doesn’t exactly lend itself to the depiction of the epic scale and leisurely pace of most sea battles. Which is why subs and MTBs — and, as here, Q-Ships — are our favourites; for the action is close and fast.
   The team of Blandford, Rigby and James have come up with a story with a hidden mystery, good, effective art, and a menacing cover designed to set up a fast-moving, action-packed story.
   Classic Commando.

Calum Laird, Editor

Story: Blandford
Art: Cecil Rigby
Cover: James
Originally Commando No. 93 (November 1963).

Commando No. 4590 – Warship On Wheels

The two young officers had never seen anything like it. A huge German train bristling with guns and covered with armour plating…it was like a warship on wheels.
   And, as they would discover, when that warship got steam up it was unstoppable — even if another train got in the way!


 This is a shining example of a Commando caper — a fast-moving yarn that literally starts with a bang (in this case a crashing B17 bomber) and never lets up during its 63 pages. The credit is due to writer Alan Hebden who created the many memorable characters here. There are escaping British POWs, surrendering Italian soldiers and an unlikely (and unlikeable) Nazi VIP — all brought to life by interior artist Denis McLoughlin. And there’s an excellent, as always, cover from Jeff Bevan.
   So, all aboard and full steam ahead for a first-class adventure romp!

Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor

Story: Alan Hebden
Art: Denis McLoughlin
Cover: Jeff Bevan
Originally Commando No. 2176 (April 1988), re-issued as No. 3636 (July 2003)

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