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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Commando 5331 - 5334

Brand new Commando issues are out today! With special issues commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Dunkirk retreat and 80 years since the formation of the Home Guard!

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With so many celebratory issues coming this year (VE Day recently, and upcoming celebrations for the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the formation of the British Commandos), Commando hopes to celebrate in style and to draw in new readers (or return old ones to the fold) they have released 'Red Snow' (Commando 5309) from their back catalog as a free digital edition that you can download from here.

Alexandria Turner, Editor-in-Chief of Children’s’ Magazines and Comics at DC Thomson Media, said, ‘In true Commando spirit, the team and contributors have responded well to current circumstances. The special digital edition offers Commando readers, and comic fans, an opportunity to enjoy our stories in a different medium, ensuring we continue to entertain during these uncertain times.’

With all of the team and artists working from home, it has taken extra effort to publish and distribute the comic each fortnight. Some of Commando’s illustrators are from overseas, including Spain and Italy. Although these areas have been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, the artists are in good spirits, and have met every deadline for their work.

Paolo Ongaro, a Commando artist from Italy, said, ‘I don't want to complain too much, I'm one of the lucky ones - I get to spend the days in my studio and continue my work of Commando which is a passion for me.’ You can check out his work on the first of this week's releases.

5331: Flight from Tomorrow

Forget Dungeons and Dragons – try Dunkirk and Dragons! From Arthur C. Clarke Award winning writer Adrian Tchaikovsky comes a Commando like never before! To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the events leading up to Dunkirk, “Flight from Tomorrow” not only tells the story of Captain Dougal McKerr and his men caught up in the retreat, but the strange tale of the mysterious Mary and a group of orphans trying to escape not just from the Nazis – but from another time entirely!

Story: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Art: Paolo Ongaro
Cover: Ian Kennedy

5332: Zero Feet

Some pilots were born brave, fearless flyers who chased Nazi pilots like a hawk would a pigeon — these pilots were the hunters. Other pilots, like Jimmy Daiken, were the hunted. They were like foals taking their first steps — if their first step happened to be flying high up in the clouds! Jimmy’s squadron leader didn’t think he had it in him to be a hunter, but Jimmy was about to prove him wrong, even if it meant he had to fly at zero feet!

Story: Kellie
Art: Gordon C Livingstone
Cover: Ken Barr
Originally Commando No. 82 (1963).

5333: The Midnight Mob

80 years ago, after the ruckus at Dunkirk, a new outfit was formed in Britain. This bunch took the men who didn’t make it into the army and turned them into a mob designed to protect Blighty’s shores. At first, they were called the “Local Defence Volunteers”, until old Churchill told them to change it to what we now know them as — The Home Guard! But what happens when the Home Guard have to deal with a Nazi rocket man and a bunch of crack German troops? Well, you’d get the events of our Home Guard special “The Midnight Mob”!

Story: Stephen Walsh
Art: Jaume Forns
Cover: Neil Roberts
5334: Traitor Planes
“One of our own kites is shooting at us!”
That’s what Dave Roberts heard his tail gunner yell before their Lancaster was hit badly. Forced to bail out over enemy territory, Dave would have to wait a while to report what he heard — if he could escape from a prisoner camp and find his way back to Britain first! Another classic silver reprint Commando tale from Bill Fear with spectacular interior artwork from fan favourite Jose Maria Jorge!

Story: Bill Fear
Art: Jose Maria Jorge
Cover: K Walker
Originally Commando No. 1537 (1981).

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