Action This Day

Those of you that read my article Staying Power will probably have been glad of the love shown towards one of the greatest Scottish artists of the last 50 years, but it is my sorry duty to tell you that article is wrong. All of us thought that Cam had done 28 issues and we all gloried in that early artwork with its’ grittiness and … Continue reading Action This Day

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

Thunder In The Mountains

I realise that I have written as a person who has carried out almost every role at a convention except that as an organiser.  So I am going to try and record my progress from complete novice to Swapmeet Controller at Commando Comic Swapmeet 3. The first issue that I encountered was when to plan it for.  At Swapmeet 2, I had already had some … Continue reading Thunder In The Mountains

On The Road Again

When I go to conventions or comic marts these days, I usually expect to walk away with one or two British comics if I am lucky. For any event to have more than two boxes of British comics is something that I would consider as a miracle. However, the second Commando comics meet far exceeded my expectations. I had desperately wanted to go to the … Continue reading On The Road Again

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