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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Commando 5255-5258

Brand new issues of Commando are out today! Featuring fighting desk clerks, hi-jinks in a Kingfisher seaplane, an undercover Nazi werewolf ring, and the return of Lord Peter Flint!

Last published in 1986, Lord Peter Flint headlined many issues of Warlord, from comics to codes, from letter pages to merchandise and a secret agent club.

His latest interpretation is from prolific Commando writer Iain McLaughlin, who has over 25 Commando issues, including two series, to his name in less than two years. McLaughlin, who was a diehard fan of Flint growing up, tackles the Warlord spy with ease, saying "The first issue of Warlord came out on a week when I was off school with a stinker of a cold. My dad bought me this new comic to cheer me up a bit – and also so he could read it himself. I read that issue of Warlord and I was hooked. After that, I read every issue for the next six or seven years. A huge part of what kept me reading was 'Codename Warlord' with Lord Peter Flint. He was part James Bond, part Scarlet Pimpernel and completely brilliant. The scripts and the art came together to tell wonderful, gripping stories that stick in the memory even to this day. When I was asked to come up with ideas to bring Lord Peter Flint to the pages of Commando, I leaped at the chance. Flint is a fantastic character with so much potential for the kind of fantastic adventure stories Commando is famous for. I hope the readers have as much fun reading Flint's return as I had writing it."

Lord Peter Flint is just the first in a series of characters from the archives to be brought back in the pages of Commando... but who they might be is top secret... coded messages to follow.  A second story featuring Codename Warlord will be appearing in four weeks.

5255: Codename Warlord

Commando presents Codename Warlord, the return of fan favourite character, Lord Peter Flint, to comic pages for the first time in over twenty years! Last published in Warlord in 1986, his latest interpretation is from prolific Commando writer, Iain McLaughlin, and beloved interior artist, Manuel Benet, both of whom were aficionados of the top agent in his Warlord heyday! Plus the issue has a special wraparound cover by Ian Kennedy!

Story: Iain McLaughlin
Art: Manuel Benet
Cover: Ian Kennedy

5256: Nightmare Patrol

“I’m sick of it! Sick and tired of the whole flaming set-up!” Sergeant Jeff Ridley cried. He was tired of his desk jockey, pen-pushing job as a chief clerk of the Wessex Rifles and he had decided he didn’t want to sit out the war for a moment longer. Only,when it came down to it, the little man couldn’t find the courage to fight – and things quickly became a nightmare for Jeff.

Story: E Hebden
Art: Franch
Cover: Penalva
Originally Commando No. 720 (1973).

5257: Splashdown in the Pacific
Ken Rooney wanted the easy life as a US NAVY pilot flying a Vought OS2U Kingfisher, but that wasn’t meant to be – for very quickly Ken caught the attention of an Australian Group Captain with a nose for trouble. Soon, the odd pair were caught up in a reconnaissance mission that went very wrong – so wrong that only a prosthetic leg could save the day!

Story: Andrew Knighton
Art: Carlos Pino
Cover: Carlos Pino

5258: Werewolf Mission

Some people don’t know when to let things go – and these Nazis could not take the hint. The Nazi werewolf fanatics weren’t going to let a small thing like the war ending stop their mission – even if they had to stay in an underground bunker for three years to await their moment!

Story: Staff
Art: Denis McLoughlin
Cover: Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No. 2671 (1993).


  1. Steve, surely if Peter Flint's last appearance was in 1986, 'more than twenty years' should read 'more than THIRTY years'? Unless my mental arithmetic is completely cLockeyed, I make the hiatus 33 years!

  2. 1986 was when Warlord folded... but, I wonder... did Lord Peter Flint ever appear in Victor? Perhaps that's where the twenty years comes from.