The Four Scars

Tue 06 Dec 2011

Introduction by Calum Laird, Commando Editor...


I've mentioned before that I re-discovered my childhood Commando issues at the back of a garage a few years ago. Some I had to look at again to refresh my memory, but not this one! I don't know how many times I read and re-read this in the 60s, but it must have been a lot because I had almost total recall.

Ken Barr's cover, with its ethereal hand hovering over the action, Victor de la Fuente's action-packed, high energy inside art, and Eric Hebden's crackerjack of a story, with its startling twist, were just what the doctor ordered in 1965... and are equally so today.

As an aside, Ken Barr used a sheet of transparent plastic with the outline of the hand painted on it to get that ghostly effect. I certainly didn't know that in 1965!

(The Four Scars, originally Commando No.185 - October 1965. Re-issued as No.831 - April 1974.)

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  1. waverider
    waverider31 January at 12:13PM

    Had the '74 copy when I was a kid and just seeing the front cover again has brought back good memories from my childhood. One of my favourites!