ERIC (NOEL) HEBDEN

COMMANDO TITLES

 (POCKET HOMEPAGE) 

 

 

Created: March 25th 2020††††††

Eric Noel Hebden was born in Keighley, Yorkshire, on 25th December 1910. He won a scholarship to Keighley Grammar School, before the family moved to Clowne, Derbyshire, during his teens. He joined the Royal Artillery at the age of 18 and was posted to Hong Kong. After five years there in 1937 or '38, the troop ship taking him and his regiment home put in at Gibraltar.

It was in Gibraltar he met Mercedes Andrew, whom he married in 1940. She was evacuated with the rest of the civilian population, and gave birth to their first child, Susan, in 1941. Eric gained a commission and was promoted to Captain, commanding a coastal anti-aircraft battery using radar. He later served in the far east, including India, Burma and Indonesia, and after the Japanese surrender, by now a Major, he sat on the War Crimes Commission in Singapore. Mercedes and Susan joined him there in 1947. The family returned to England in 1949, settling in Bristol, where their second child, Alan was born in 1950. Eric was to take up a posting in Japan, but Alan needed an operation on a club foot, so he stayed in Bristol.

He retired from the army after 25 years' service. He had long written as a hobby, including poetry and army revues, and while working for the Civil Service at an army depot in Shropshire he entered a competition to write a romance comic strip. He didn't win, but he did get work out of it, writing for various romance titles, including photo-strips. Later he found a niche in war comics, writing for Commando, Battle Picture Library and Lion in the 1960s, and Battle Picture Weekly (for which he also acted as technical adviser), including ďDay of the EagleĒ, "The Fortrose Falcon" and "Iron Cross of Courage", in the 1970s. His son Alan followed in his footsteps as a comics writer.

During the 60s he was appointed Executive Officer at the National Army Museum, originally at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, and the family moved to Camberley. When the Museum moved to London in 1971 he took early retirement. Mercedes died in 1980, and after staying with Susan and her husband in Norway for a while, Eric moved into a retirement home for ex-servicemen in Bexhill. He died there in 1989.

 

Vic Whittle March 2020

 

 

 

ERIC (NOEL) HEBDEN

AUTHOR

FOR

COMMANDO COMICS

1961 - 1976

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 A GUY NEED GUTS

Ericís title: A Guy Needs Guts

July 1961

 

#1032 ESCAPE Ė OR DIE!

Ericís title: Escape to Die

Late May 1976

 

 

SOME OF ERICíS STORY TITLE WRITE-UPS

 

 

 

 

68

SPEARHEAD

Ericís title: The Line-Shooter

Early May 1963

152

SKY BLITZ

Ericís title: The Old Glory

Early February 1965

300

BORN TO FIGHT

Ericís title: The Cracking Point

Early December 1967

498

Z SQUAD

Ericís title: The Zodiac Squad

Early September 1970

 

 

 

 

622

OPERATION S.O.L.O.

Ericís title: Lost in Limbo

Early February 1972

702

VALLEY OF THE LOST

Ericís title: The Camel Gunners

Early December 1972

840

HARD-LUCK HERO

Ericís title: Johnny Jinx

Late May 1974

1013

FIGHTING LEGIONNAIRE

Ericís title: Fighting Legionnaire

Early March 1976

 

 

Following is a list of titles attributed to Eric Hebden.

Original titles in blue.

Reprinted titles in yellow.

 

 

 

3 A GUY NEEDS GUTS

792 THE MAN WHO WOULD NOT KILL

 

 

8 RED RUNS THE RIVER

797 THE MAN WHO DIED TWICE

 

 

11 CLOSER THAN BROTHERS

825 FROM OUT OF THE SEA...

 

 

17 THE KNIFER

828 SON OF THE VIKING

 

 

19 THE DEATH DEALERS

831 THE FOUR SCARS

 

 

23 HILL 13

840 HARD-LUCK HERO

 

 

25 TAKE NO PRISONERS!

842 THUNDER MOUNTAIN

 

 

30 ISLAND OF GHOSTS

848 HONOUR AMONG HEROES

 

 

32 GLIDER PILOT

856 ALWAYS PAY YOUR DEBTS

 

 

39 DIGGERS DIE HARD

857 THE LUCK OF THE LOGANS

 

 

40 LONE WOLF

859 CODEWORD - "TORCH"

 

 

44 KILLER SHIP

863 SPACE PILOT

 

 

45 FOG OF DOOM

872 PATROL OF THE LOST

 

 

51 DEATH HUNT

884 SECRET MISSION

 

 

57 TARGET FOR TONIGHT

888 THE FIGHTING FOOLS

 

 

58 TATTOOED HERO

893 FULL FATHOM FIVE...

 

 

67 HOUNDS OF WAR

901 A DEBT OF HONOUR

 

 

68 SPEARHEAD!

909 U-BOAT HERO

 

 

72 SNIPER'S ISLAND

915 BLOOD OF HEROES

 

 

84 HERO FROM HOLLYWOOD

920 PROJECT "DOOMSDAY"

 

 

86 SOLO SMITH

925 REDCAP RAT

 

 

89 SPY IN BATTLE-DRESS

929 ONE MAN'S WAR

 

 

92 BIG GUY

942 THE KILLING-GROUND

 

 

97 MOUNTAIN GUN

956 NEVER SURRENDER

 

 

98 VALLEY OF SECRET WEAPONS

959 McGINTY'S MOB

 

 

99 MISSION MOST SECRET

978 RIDERS OF TERROR

 

 

113 FIGHTING BREED

990 ROGUE SUB

 

 

120 PORTRAIT OF DEATH

1009 TO FREEDOM

 

 

121 KILLER GUN

1019 JOHNNY THE JINX

 

 

126 DUEL IN THE JUNGLE

1032 ESCAPE - OR DIE!

 

 

137 SILVER BUGLE

1047 CRACKSHOT

 

 

139 KILLER CREW

1079 HUNT THE KILLER

 

 

143 BLOOD BEACH

1131 BLADE OF HONOUR

 

 

152 SKY BLITZ

1287 STRIKE SWIFT - STRIKE SURE

 

 

158 ISLAND OF FEAR

1403 Z SQUAD

 

 

161 BORN BRAVE

1419 DEAD-EYE DONOVAN

 

 

175 SKY WARRIOR

1459 DESERT FOX

 

 

177 THE FIGHTING McTAGGART

1476 JUNGLE DUEL

 

 

181 RED BERET

1508 THE KILLING SKULL

 

 

185 THE FOUR SCARS

1556 THE DEATH OR GLORY MOB

 

 

200 DESERT RAT

1620 BLACK KNIGHT'S OF WAR

 

 

204 YANKEE BUDDY

1627 NOOSE FOR A HERO

 

 

214 ESCAPE TO DANGER

1651 THE RIFLEMAN

 

 

215 DAWN DROP

1676 THE PIRATES FROM SUB 13

 

 

217 SPACE PILOT

1747 FLASH-POINT!

 

 

220 CODEWORD - "TORCH"

1764 LYNCH'S MOB

 

 

228 TALONS OF WAR

1771 OPERATION S.O.L.O.

 

 

240 CROOKED CROSS

1779 COMPANY OF HEROES

 

 

254 MISSION MOST DANGEROUS

1827 WHERE THE ACTION IS!

 

 

259 BLOOD OF HEROES

1876 VALLEY OF THE LOST

 

 

270 RUNAWAY HERO

1900 THE WINNING STREAK

 

 

273 BLACK SCHNEIDER

1923 SON OF A TRAITOR

 

 

277 THE TRAP

1931 NO STOPPING THEM!

 

 

279 McGINTY'S MOB

1939 THE BIG SNATCH

 

 

300 BORN TO FIGHT

1948 TRAIL OF THE TIGER

 

 

301 JOHNNY THE JINX

1956 BATTLE FOR BURMA

 

 

306 THE DEADLY MEN

1964 WEEK-END WARRIORS

 

 

310 HAND OF VENGEANCE

2003 THE CIRCUS WENT TO WAR

 

 

326 LONE STAND

2012 PIRATE!

 

 

338 THE WILD ONE

2020 THE MAN WHO WOULD NOT KILL

 

 

340 CRACKSHOT

2035 THE MAN WHO DIED TWICE

 

 

341 THE LAST BULLET

2044 BIG GUN

 

 

356 HUNT THE KILLER

2051 ROAMING IN THE GLOAMING

 

 

357 TEST OF COURAGE

2099 FROM OUT OF THE SEA...

 

 

359 TERROR SQUAD

2124 SON OF THE VIKING

 

 

365 BLADE OF HONOUR

2163 THE FIGHTING FOOLS

 

 

441 STRIKE SWIFT - STRIKE SURE

2179 FULL FATHOM FIVE...

 

 

481 DEAD-EYE DONOVAN

2203 REDCAP RAT

 

 

498 Z SQUAD

2211 U-BOAT HERO

 

 

509 RAGS OF GLORY

2212 PROJECT "DOOMSDAY"

 

 

514 DESERT FOX

2283 THE KILLING GROUND

 

 

515 JUNGLE DUEL

2308 RIDERS OF TERROR

 

 

532 THE KILLING SKULL

2363 ESCAPE - OR DIE!

 

 

539 SNIPER'S ISLAND

2539 A GUY NEEDS GUTS!

 

 

559 HERO FROM HOLLYWOOD

2579 RED RUNS THE RIVER

 

 

561 THEDEATH OR GLORY MOB

4359 JOHNNY THE JINX

 

 

563 SOLO SMITH

4365 CLOSER THAN BROTHERS

 

 

566 BLACK KNIGHT'S OF WAR

4389 RED RUNS THE RIVER

 

 

568 BOSS OF THE BARBARY APES

4433 BOSS OF THE BARBARY APES

 

 

576 NOOSE FOR A HERO

4434 NEVER GIVE IN!

 

 

583 MOUNTAIN GUN

4437 A GUY NEEDS GUTS

 

 

591 VALLEY OF SECRET WEAPONS

4448 THE FOUR SCARS

 

 

592 THE RIFLEMAN

4456 VALLEY OF SECRET WEAPONS

 

 

596 THE PIRATES FROM SUB 13

4473 KILLER SHIP

 

 

610 COMPANY OF HEROES

4481 HILL 13

 

 

622 OPERATION S.O.L.O.

4485 THE DEATH DEALERS

 

 

624 FLASH-POINT

4493 GLIDER PILOT

 

 

630 NONE SO BRAVE

4505 DIGGERS DIE HARD

 

 

636 BIG JAKE

4525 ISLAND OF GHOSTS

 

 

645 LYNCH'S MOB

4529 TAKE NO PRISONERS!

 

 

654 NEVER GIVE IN!

4557 FOG OF DOOM

 

 

655 PORTRAIT OF DEATH

4562 FROM OUT OF THE SEA...

 

 

656 DESERT JOHNNY

4581 HERO FROM HOLLYWOOD

 

 

659 KILLER GUN

4593 MOUNTAIN GUN

 

 

665 STONE OF BLOOD

4605 TARGET FOR TONIGHT

 

 

666 WHERE THE ACTION IS

4609 BIG GUY

 

 

671 DUEL IN THE JUNGLE

4613 SPY IN BATTLE-DRESS

 

 

678 THE BAYONET FIGHTERS

4620 TATTOOED HERO

 

 

681 BEWARE THE WOLF

4622 REDCAP RAT

 

 

702 VALLEY OF THE LOST

4644 SPEARHEAD!

 

 

710 BOY HERO

4664 HOUNDS OF WAR

 

 

711 SILVER BUGLE

4680 DUEL IN THE JUNGLE

 

 

716 BATTLE FOR BURMA

4700 SILVER BUGLE

 

 

717 THE WINNING STREAK

4708 KILLER GUN

 

 

719 KILLER CREW

4712 BLOOD BEACH

 

 

720 NIGHTMARE PATROL

4740 PORTRAIT OF DEATH

 

 

723 BLOOD BEACH

4888 CODEWORD - "TORCH"

 

 

730 SON OF A TRAITOR

4924 SPACE PILOT

 

 

733 TRAIL OF THE TIGER

4960 BLOOD OF HEROES

 

 

737 THE BIG SNATCH

4964 YANKEE BUDDY

 

 

738 NO STOPPING THEM!

5036 HUNT THE KILLER

 

 

748 WEEK-END WARRIORS

5084 STRIKE SWIFT - STRIKE SURE

 

 

752 BADGE OF HONOUR

5168 BLACK SCHNEIDER

 

 

757 PIRATE!

5200 SKY BLITZ

 

 

760 TEN DAYS TO LIVE

5212 NONE SO BRAVE

 

 

766 ROAMING IN THE GLOAMING

5228 BEWARE THE WOLF

 

 

774 THE CIRCUS WENT TO WAR

5248 BOY HERO

 

 

775 ISLAND OF FEAR

5256 NIGHTMARE PATROL

 

 

779 BORN BRAVE

5272 TEN DAYS TO LIVE

 

 

780 BIG GUN

5296 THE BAYONET FIGHTERS

 

 

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