Commando Abroad

Fri 21 Jan 2011

A brief look at some Commando action overseas...


Commando has been a hit with readers on the home front since 1961. As well as reaching loyal followers in the UK, the regular issues also go out to subscribers all across the world. But, in the 5 decades since that first British edition, Commando has infiltrated other territories in a number of different formats.

Since the early 1970s, many of the original stories have been appeared, translated into Finnish, in the magazine Korkeajännitys - the title translates as 'High Voltage' or 'High Tension' - published by Egmont. The format for this title has changed over the years, but since 1996 the regular releases have been 260 page paperback books featuring four full-length stories.

Dirty Dozen 2

In addition to the regular editions throughout the year, a Korkeajännitys edition of the first Carlton Books Commando collection, 'The Dirty Dozen', has been released, featuring the same classic strips and former editor George Low's introduction translated for Finnish readers, but with different feature pages to the UK original.

In 2007, a selection of classic Commando titles were released in India, when EuroKids published 24 titles as stand-alone issues. These appeared in a larger format than the original Commando magazines, though they reused the original artwork and English language scripts.

Back Shot

These titles were also made available in 8 compilation editions, titled Commando - 3 in 1 as each volume featured 3 tales. This wasn't the first time Commando had been seen in India, as the original magazines had been imported over 20 years before - while titles translated for the Indian audience, with the original black and white artwork garishly coloured, had appeared in the early 1980s -  so there was a strong nostalgia value for Commando in India.

The most recent publication to join the ranks of Commando overseas editions is Kamp Og Kommando, published by the Norwegian arm of Egmont, publishers of Korkeajännitys. Starting in 2009, these volumes are similar to the Finnish editions - four stories per 260 page paperback issue - the text translated into Norwegian.

book Row

With interest in other language editions coming in frequently from other publishers, there's no telling where in the world Commando's brand of action and adventure may strike next!

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  1. joda
    joda03 March at 8:57AM

    ramseys raiders are amazing i wish i could be like them