Glider Pilot

Mon 30 Apr 2012

Calum Laird, Commando Editor, introduces...


Spoiler alert! in 1962, when this gold nugget was first unearthed, the plot device of the trainee who couldn't quite cut it was new to Commando. We've used it many times since, because it's still an excellent premise for a story. Eric Hebden makes fine use of it here.

The inside art by Bonato has a clean, clear line to help the story-telling. He's sparing in his backgrounds, keeping the emphasis where it should be - on the characters who are taking the fight to the enemy on his own ground.

You can't fault Ken Barr's cover composition or execution for drama and colour - no wonder the original title was so small, no-one wanted to cover any of it up.

(Glider Pilot, originally Commando No.32 - April 1962)

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