The Lady Is A Tramp

I have been reading comics for more years than I care to mention, but one thing I have always enjoyed is finding strong female characters. The first one to grab my attention was Ebony Jones.  Ebony was a secret agent story that ran in The Crunch from issue 39 until it was merged with Hotspur after issue 54.  This was originally commissioned to be part … Continue reading The Lady Is A Tramp

Staying Power

When it comes to staying power, it is hard to come up with a better definition than Ian Kennedy’s career.  Ably supported by the wonderful Gladys, Ian has delighted generations of comic fans since he went freelance in the 1950s. By his own admission, if he accepted all the commissions he received, he might be able to retire completely this side of 110… For the … Continue reading Staying Power

We All Stand Together Pt 3

In my articles about the 2018 Edinburgh Comic Con, I have gone through the set-up and the first full con day in Part One and Part Two.  Now let’s look at the second and final day.  For the second day running, I was up by 06:30 and what does that 0 stand for? It’s Oh My God! It’s Early! With no apologies to Robin Williams, … Continue reading We All Stand Together Pt 3

We All Stand Together Pt 1

Having just returned from yet another brilliantly executed Edinburgh Comic Con, I thought it best to record my thoughts as soon as possible so here I am getting them written down. For the last few years, I had been Front of House and the growth in numbers of attendees never really let me get in to see the con in full swing except during breaks … Continue reading We All Stand Together Pt 1

Have Yourself a very Kennedy Christmas

If there is one person I associate with Christmas, it is Ian Kennedy. With the amount of annual covers, internal comic art and comic covers, it would not be Christmas without Ian’s work to love and admire. So without further ado, I present to you a small selection of Ian Kennedy’s work that we could call his Winter collection. These are presented in publication order … Continue reading Have Yourself a very Kennedy Christmas

Better Than All The Rest 1990s

Now that you have seen the best from the 1960s, the 1970s and the 1980s I suppose I had better get my act together and move onto the 1990s. As you may be able to tell, I do like the stories that have a supernatural element and my first selection for the 1990s is no exception.  This was first published in 1991 and is issue … Continue reading Better Than All The Rest 1990s

Simply The Best 2010s

This is the final article in my series outlining which issue I believe to be the best original story published in Commando in each decade.  Each decade has highlighted different aspects of what there is to enjoy about Commando. And this article on my final pick is no exception.  This issue owes its’ origin to a song from World War II.  This song also inspired … Continue reading Simply The Best 2010s

Simply The Best 2000s

In a recent discussion with some fellow comic fans, I was not surprised to find the usual preconceptions that war comics glorify war and the common misconception that Commando was as bad as the rest.  However looking back at my selections so far and the only one that comes close to glorifying war or making it seem like it is one long roller-coaster of fun … Continue reading Simply The Best 2000s