COMMANDO EARLY TITLES

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Created 7th November 2001

Commando war stories in pictures published by D.C. Thomson & Co Ltd, were first released June 1961 with issue 1: 'Walk - or Die' this title was later released as issue 2523.

Below are the first ten titles with their respected reprints inc: the story outline, author, cover artist and story artist.

1

WALK - OR DIE!

June 1961

2523

Reprint of Issue 1

December 1991

2

THEY CALLED HIM COWARD!

June 1961

2531

Reprint of Issue 2

January 1992

The Story…Corporal Tom Gerrard of the Royal Armoured Corps was just an ordinary bloke, easy going and cheerful. Colonel Karl Oberth, tank commander, was a brutal, merciless Nazi officer. And somewhere out in the scorching inferno of the Western Desert their tank tracks crossed.

Here then is the story of the epic fight put up by Tom and his crew against the might and power of the panzers and their swaggering colonel who thought he could sweep the British off the face of the desert.

Author: Castle

Cover Art: Ken Barr.

Story Art: Amador Garcia.

The Story…The victorious Japanese Army was island-hopping its ruthless way towards Australia, and many a brave Aussie soldier standing his ground on the jungle-covered islands was bulldozed aside by the sheer power of the enemy.

One Englishman caught up in this desperate battle had been christened Bob Palmer. COWARD was the name the Aussies had branded him with, though, and that made him the lonliest soldier in the company… for nobody speaks to a coward. But Bob was as brave as any man, and he was out to prove that - with a vengeance!

Author: Castle

Cover Art: Ken Barr.

Story Art: Armando Bonato.

3

A GUY NEEDS GUTS

July 1961

2539

Reprint of Issue 3

February 1992

4

MERCY FOR NONE!

July 1961

2547

Reprint of Issue 4

March 1992

The Story…North Africa, 1942. In the Western Desert, a vast cauldron of scorching heat and flaming lead, were forged some of the toughest fighting men ever known - the soldiers they called the Desert Rats.

And yet even they yielded pride of place to a unit of their truck drivers, dare-devil fighting fools who - to keep the vital supply lines open - blazed a trail of blood and glory across the desert sands.

Author: Eric Hebden

Cover Art: Ken Barr.

Story Art: C.T. Rigby.

The Story… Sitting tensely together in the Dakota on their way to the night drop into Occupied Europe, ten hand-picked paratroopers jokingly nicknamed themselves the ten little soldier boys. Fate must have smiled, for it turned out to be a grim and deadly jest.

One by one, at the hands of the Nazis, they were picked off. One by one, they died the death of heroes…

 Author: Castle

Cover Art: Ken Barr.

Story Art: Gordon Livingstone.

5

HELLFIRE LANDING

August 1961

2555

Reprint of Issue 5

April 1992

6

THEY CAME BY NIGHT

August 1961

2563

Reprint of Issue 6

May 1992

The Story…Street by street through a small coastal town in Occupied France, a Commando group was fighting desperately towards its target. Down a lane they were suddenly faced with a blank wall. They turned back, only to find that Nazi storm-troopers had sealed the entrance with muderous machine-gun fire.

But on this mission there could be no giving up. They had to fight their way onward - for they had been entrusted with the almost impossible task of seeking out Germany's latest and most ghastly secret weapon.

Author: Castle

Cover Art: Ken Barr.

Story Art: Leopoldo Ortiz.

The Story…Without warning the U-boat periscope broke the surface to focus on the Locksea Lighthouse. Then slowly the glistening, black hull came up from the depths. No one could deny the courage and cool cheek of this German captain who was out to capture this vital link in the guiding of Allied convoys in the Atlantic.

Then, into what was to become one of the most fantastic adventures of the war, sailed skipper Jimmy Cleeves and his R.A.F. rescue launch…

Author: Coughlin

Cover Art: Ken Barr.

Story Art: Ros

7

THE SHIP THEY COULDN'T SINK

July 1961

2571

Reprint of Issue 7

June 1992

8

RED RUNS THE RIVER

July 1961

2579

Reprint of Issue 8

July 1992

The Story…The mighty German battleship lay silent in the Atlantic fog, waiting, her guns loaded and ready. And straight into this trap a convoy of heavily laden Allied merchant ships was sailing.

On the radar screen the German captain watched its progress with a grim smile. He was master of their fate and would not spare a single ship. But there was still a gleam of hope for the convoy - a destroyer of the Royal Navy which made up with the courage of its crew what it lacked in size and fire-power.

Author: Gray

Cover Art: Ken Barr.

Story Art: Ferran Sostres.

The Story…Many and fearsome are the perils on a swift-flowing jungle river after dark. The men of the Japanese river patrols knew all these dangers but, armed to the teeth, they feared none of them.

Then, one black night, there glided into that swirling river a new menace that was to strike terror into every Jap…a British soldier with hatred in his heart and a Commando knife clamped between his teeth.

Author: Eric Hebden

Cover Art: Ken Barr.

Story Art: Raphael Auraleon.

9

JUNGLE FURY!

October 1961

2587

Reprint of Issue 9

August 1992

10

HUN BAIT

October 1961

2595

Reprint of Issue 10

September 1992

The Story…In the dense Burmese jungles, a soldier had a thousand enemies - the wild animals, the snakes and poisonous insects, the deadly fevers. But for the retreating British there was an even deadlier enemy…the elusive Japs who struck suddenly then melted back into cover like ghosts.

Sergeant Tom Flynn and a handful of men had the tough task of fighting their way through against such an enemy. And with them they brought a vital prize - a massive fortune in solid gold!

Author: Coughlin

Cover Art: Ken Barr.

Story Art: C.T. Rigby.

The Story…They were keeping him away from the front-line - a man like Sergeant John Kelly? This big Aussie had such a deep hatred that it turned him into a fighting fury, a battling, raging first class soldier.

But John Kelly was not a quitter and exciting was the path he trod to defy authority and get his hands on the enemy!

Author: Castle

Cover Art: Ken Barr.

Story Art: Gordon Livingstone.

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