Commando issues on sale 10th October 2013
France, 1944. A French Resistance group, aided by an SOE agent, had been a thorn in the side of the occupying Germans, regularly sabotaging their vehicles and communications.
But now something big was happening at a disused mine nearby — where slave labourers were being worked to death on a mysterious project. The Resistance had to find out what the Germans were up to, and what an eccentric French civil engineer was doing helping them. Could he really be a collaborator?
Story: Mac MacDonald
Cover: Janek Matysiak
Question: How on earth could any man be as brave as Marty Finnegan said he was?
Answer: By proving it in the heat of battle, like Marty did.
What a man! What a hero!
Commando has always been about characters, many of them larger than life. And they don’t come much larger than Eric Hebden’s creation, Marty Finnegan, line-shooter extraordinary. If Marty had written for Commando, no-one would have believed a word. Fortunately Mr Hebden has done the honours magnificently, adding a little bit of black humour here and there for good measure.
With a brilliantly coloured cover by Ferraz and strong black-and-whites by Martin it is very much a Commando story in every way. It’s not seen the light of day for 50 years but I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
Calum Laird, Commando Editor
Story: Eric Hebden
Originally Commando No 68 (May 1966)
…Always a tank man. Well, that saying was definitely true when it came to Corporal Nick Leigh and his fellow Royal Tank Corps men — dependable Lance-Corporal Walter Askey and hot-headed Private Sid Jones.
When their Valentine III tank was destroyed by an enemy Panzer MkIV, they became prisoners of, first, the Italians then the Germans. But they escaped and found some unexpected allies, driving — and fighting in — a very special tank indeed!
Story: Mac MacDonald
Art: Keith Page
Cover: Keith Page
The Samurai warriors of Japan in centuries past were honourable men, living by their chivalrous code of “Bushido”.
In the Second World War some officers of Imperial Japan continued the noble tradition, abiding by its laws. None more so than Tomito Inosuke, a courageous fighter pilot with a burning desire for revenge — against a high-ranking VIP on his own side.
Commando’s long-form 63-page format — they were basically like graphic novels decades before the term was coined — has always allowed authors plenty of room to develop their characters, the most important element of any story. Veteran writer Bill Fear doesn’t have just one main character here — he has three, each with distinct personalities, voices and motivations. Fear’s script weaves a solid action tale of honour and revenge that builds towards a satisfying, and perhaps unexpected, conclusion.
Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor
Story: Bill Fear
Art: Keith Shone
Cover: Ron Brown
Originally Commando No 2231 (November 1988)