Commando Issues 4947-4950 – On Sale 8th September 2016
The Experts — Commando No 4947
Lieutenant Doug MacKay was a no-nonsense agent of the Special Operations Executive – used to doing things by the book.
When tasked with uncovering vital intelligence plans from a Nazi safe deep behind enemy lines, the unyielding operator did not expect to be paired with Private Alex Drake, a former criminal but an expert safe-cracker.
Drake was under no illusion that if ever it looked like they might be captured, his SOE mentor would rather kill him in case he cracked under interrogation. It was an uneasy alliance, to say the least.
Story: Ferg Handley Art: Carlos Pino Cover: Carlos Pino
The Golden Gun — Commando No 4948
A real hero’s gun.
A Colt .45, the long barrel gleaming with gold plate, cunningly engraved. The butt of ivory, the whole weapon as perfectly balanced as a bird and on a hair trigger.
Many a time cowboy film star Brad Landon had got himself out of a movie tight corner with a lightning draw and the bang-bang of a blank from the Golden Colt. But now he was Lieutenant Brad Landon, British Army, and in the thick of the Dunkirk retreat. The draw had to be faster, and the golden gun was spitting real lead instead of blanks…
Unusual, almost fabled objects such as our eponymous handgun have been a Commando staple throughout the decades. They are a good device for propelling a plot forward and also, as you’ll see here, a handy way to geographically move the story along too – from a rearguard action at the beaches of Dunkirk to the arid deserts of North Africa.
The late Ken Barr’s rendering of the Golden Gun itself is wonderfully lurid and dramatic too. It’s almost as if this book was tailor-made for the Gold Collection itself.
Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor
The Golden Gun, originally Commando 249 (February 1967), re-issued as Commando No 903 (January 1975)
Story: Newark Art: Alonso Cover: Ken Barr
Flying Feud — Commando No 4949
As a tail gunner on an Avro Lancaster bomber, Sergeant Lex Duffield was used to danger in the sky.
However, more even danger soon appeared in the unlikely form of a fellow Lanc rear gunner – the reckless and short-tempered Sergeant Tommy Deakin – and inevitably they clashed.
Fate soon intervened and they faced a threat neither could possibly have imagined – and they would just have to work together to survive.
Story: George Low Art: Jaume Forns Cover: Ian Kennedy
Master Spy — Commando No 4950
A good spy never gets caught. He tries to become so much part of the enemy set-up that he’s never even suspected…until it’s too late. And, even then, the best of the breed always have an escape route — even although it’s back into the lion’s den!
I’ve always maintained that espionage is fairly difficult to tackle successfully in comics because, as a genre, it tends to involve lone characters telling us what is going on in their heads via lengthy thought balloons.
However, author Alan Hemus takes advantage of our 63-page format to give us an excellent set-up and back story for our hero, Georg Hofmann. We get a chance to see what motivates him to risk his life as he works under deep cover amongst an insidious enemy.
Master Spy has a great script and art, all perfectly topped off by Ian Kennedy’s stunning cover.
Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor
Master Spy, originally Commando No 2489 (July 1991)
Story: Alan Hemus Art: Rezzonico Cover: Ian Kennedy