Commando issues on sale 18th December 2014
On the morning of the 28th of June 1914, two pistol shots fired in a Sarajevo street had plunged the world into war.
A little over four years later the guns finally fell silent. An armistice had been agreed. Now the surviving soldiers, sailors and airmen could return home and resume their lives. For some it wouldn’t be as simple as that, though. For some there were still battles to be fought — even if they couldn’t fight them for themselves.
As a tribute to those who served during the years 1914-1918 — on the Home Front or at Front Line — Commando has produced a series of stories of characters caught up in the tumult of the First World War. None of them are real people but we’d like to think that the experiences they have will not be a million miles from what actually happened to so many.
Over the last 11 months, Jimmy Lomas has been selling newspapers to passing servicemen from his pitch on the railway station. Now, finally, he has been called up and pitched into action in the trenches. How will he fare in this most hostile of environments, facing angers he could only imagine from the snippets passed to him by his uniformed customers.—Calum Laird, Commando Editor
Our Great Warriors series is now finished. We have enjoyed putting it together for you and hope that you’ve enjoyed it too. Perhaps you’d like us to do other series like this, perhaps not. Either way, let us know it’s always good to hear from you.
Story: George Low
Art: Keith Page
Cover: Ian Kennedy
Above all things, AC1 Bert Barnet, wireless operator, longed to fly a plane.
Bert got his wish — but in a way that made his worst nightmares seem tame!
Three thousand feet up in hostile night skies, alone with an unconscious pilot in a shot-up Beaufighter, the completely untrained Bert got his chance to fly a fighting plane — or to die trying!
While we try to keep Commando as authentic as possible, we have taken liberties over the years. Sometimes the plots are well over-the-top, sometimes — like here — they’re just the tiniest bit far-fetched. It’s still very believable but... For all that it is a good yarn, one that’ll have you rooting for the main character. Let’s hope the author doesn’t let you down.
Inside artist, Medrano, is up there with the best of war aviation artists and his crisp, precise eye for detail adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the story. He’s also not afraid to use a lot of black ink, and does so to good effect.
No doubt it was Ken Barr’s cover that drew you in, rest assured the contents of the book live up to its promise.—Calum Laird, Commando Editor
Cover: Ken Barr
Originally Commando No 140 (November 1964)
By Summer 1945 the war in Europe was over but there was still much work for men like Military Police Lieutenant Grant Sim. He helped to keep the peace in a shattered Germany where danger lurked in the form of unexploded bombs, and crime was rife on its ravaged streets.
Grant had unfinished business, too. His brother, an RAF pilot, had been callously executed after being shot down. Now, with an unlikely ally to aid him, the Redcap was poised to capture his brother’s killer. He was… OUT FOR JUSTICE
Story: George Low
Cover: Janek Matysiak
Regimental-Sergeant-Major Burnham Bulworth had been a soldier for forty years. Built like a tank, he was an ogre on the parade ground, a legend on the battlefield; his whole life dedicated to the army.
Some said he could chase off entire enemy divisions on his own. But the greatest threat to his career wasn’t the Germans…it was a short-sighted clerk with the devastating news that Burnham was now… TOO OLD TO FIGHT
If “Too Old To Fight” were a movie, it could be described as a “Buddy Cop” action film — featuring two characters who initially dislike each other but who, when circumstances force them to work together, resolve some of their differences along the way.
This is a terrific Commando adventure — script, interior art and cover are all top-notch, thanks to a team of the comic’s finest freelance creators. There are plenty of thrills and spills but at the heart of it is the most important thing of all — wonderful characters.—Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor
Story: Alan Hebden
Art: Gordon Livingstone
Cover: Ian Kennedy
Originally No 2262 (March 1989), re-issued as No 3788 (February 2005)