- Thu 01 Sep 2011
Milestones in Commando history - in covers
Surely the most arresting feature of
"Commando" is the cover. Designed to make
an immediate impact on the shelf and on the reader, to distill an
entire 64 page story into a single memorable image - and for many
years, they were the only part of the title to feature any colour
These bold and striking covers, partnered with the hand-crafted
title lettering, are the essential
"Commando" in many ways - action and
adventure, heroism and sacrifice in a single image.
In this article we examine cover images from milestones in the
life of Commando, and chart a journey through the development of
war stories in pictures.
Click on the thumbnail to see an image with expanded
information, or click the issue title to see the cover alone.
(This article originally appeared as a tie-in to the
National Army Museum exhibition Draw Your Weapons: The Art of
Commando Comics - September 2011-April 2012.)
CORPORAL TOM GERRARD of the Royal Tank Corps was just an ordinary bloke, easy-going and cheerful. COLONEL KARL OBERTH of the SS Panzer Corps was a typical Nazi officer, brutal and merciless. SOMEWHERE on the limitless, scorching inferno of the Western Desert, Fate decided that their tank tracks should cross...
A CHAIN'S no stronger than its weakest link. And the chain of gliders and tough airborne soldiers spanning the sky in the vast air invasion of Europe had a real weak link - Sergeant-pilot "Dodger" Maynard...
ALMOST every man has a hero... the one bloke in all the world he'd give his right arm to be like. Corporal Joe Brent's number one he-man was the big, granite-fisted American film-star -- Chet Marvin. In the days before the war Joe had queued up to see every movie he made, and marveled at the sheer guts of the man...
LIVING up to a family tradition of bravery is never easy - especially if you're a coward! In the middle of the Burmese jungle Rob Sim was learning to cope with the problem. What he lacked in courage he made up for in cunning...
BE alert. Be ready for action. If a chance comes, take it! That's how you survive in time of war. More than once Joe Carter had been in a seemingly hopeless situation...
The order was simple - "Kill Mackheim!". The reason was also simple - he was a masterful German general who could thwart the Allied advance in this region of Italy...
MAJOR VIKTOR BUKASHOV of the Red Army was a man the Germans feared. Brave as a lion, he led his men from the front and allowed nothing to stand in his way...
Dave, Brian, Pete and Sid were undoubtedly the worst soldiers their C.O. had ever come across. He doubted they would ever get through their basic training...