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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Commando issues 4735-4738

Commando issues on sale 28th August 2014

Commando No 4735 – Deadly Enigma
Driving along a country road in neutral Switzerland, the Convict Commandos seemed to be enjoying a well-earned rest after a score of near-fatal missions. But appearances can be deceptive and, as the ever-fearful Jelly Jakes pointed out, their boss, Major Guy Tenby always had an unpleasant surprise up his sleeve.
   And so it proved. The Major’s latest escapade would plunge them into mortal danger once more as they tried to unravel a… DEADLY ENIGMA

Story: Alan Hebden
Art: Manuel Benet
Cover: Manuel Benet

Commando No 4736 – Sea Wolf
Now they’re here; now they’re not!
   Now you see ‘em; now you don’t!
   They were the one thing the German Navy feared more than any other.
   They were commanded by men as daring as Sir Francis Drake, as crafty as Robin Hood.
   They were quite something, these MGBs.

Here we have a story that pits a man from a privileged background — and, let’s face it, a huge snob — against his family’s former chauffeur. That might make an interesting tale in itself, but Gordon Brunt wasn’t satisfied with that, writing in a second strand concerning impetuousness versus considered actions. It’s no doubt a tension that exists in all military actions but it works particularly well here.
   Lurking behind Ken Barr’s cover — which with a head shot dominating should be static but isn’t thanks to that MGB in the background — is some very fine black-and-white work from Sostres who manages action and humour with the same ease.
   Give it a try, it won’t bite.—Calum Laird, Commando Editor

Story: Gordon Brunt
Art: Sostres
Cover: Ken Barr
Originally Commando No 106 (February 1964), re-issued as No 623 (February 1972)

Commando No 4737 – Desert Hunters
The desert is a harsh place. It’s hard to survive in even when conditions are at their mildest. Fighting a war there seems utter lunacy — after all, there’s nothing of any value there. But all war is madness and can bring madness to those involved.
   So British Army Lieutenant Ray Sherrington wasn’t surprised to find the man he was up against was ruthless to the point of insanity.
   Captain Silvio Scappa was as mad as a cornered scorpion, and with a poisonous sting in his tail.

Story: Alan Hebden
Art: Janek Matysiak
Cover: Janek Matysiak

Commando No 4738 – Marooned!
No sailor likes the idea of being marooned…left high and dry on a remote spot of land. And when that island was held by a band of Japanese led by a fanatical officer who refused to believe the war was over, Lieutenant Commander Gib Davis and his crew had big trouble.
   And that was without taking into account the awesome secret weapon the enemy were determined to let loose…

It’s always a pleasure to re-visit the earlier work of our long-standing contributors and this fortnight it’s the turn of time-honoured, and very talented, artist Carlos Pino.
   Many a wet and windy so-called Summer’s day at Commando HQ has been enlivened by a cheery e-mail from sunny Spain…Carlos letting us know that a bundle of his precious pages are on the way — and that the temperature is usually around 30 degrees Celsius! Not that we’re jealous.
   We’re so lucky that this fantastic illustrator is still drawing new Commandos for us — but for now enjoy this welcome blast from the past.—Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor

Story: Markham
Art: Carlos Pino
Cover: Jeff Bevan
Originally Commando No 2302 (August 1989), re-issued as No 3851 (October 2005)

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