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  • BSG-75
    So say we all.....
    • Aug 2007
    • 2836

    Bandits at 12 O'clock

    Just taken delivery of one of the "commando" picture library republications, "12 of the best air-combat commando books ever" - straight back to my youth, its even on the same "quality" paper, non of that shiny rubbish.

    thats the afternoon taken care of - and something else to lure Junior with when he has a read. superb artwork, panel by panel ink drawn, OK, maybe a little inaccurate for the purists - but this is aviation heaven and a link back in time.

    I used to buy them second hand from "Ned Scrumpo's Emporium Of Goodies" - then go back next week and swap them out. what a memory.....
    Last edited by BSG-75; 27th November 2008, 16:00. Reason: had to log out when the boss came!
    You can teach monkies to fly better than that....
  • JDK
    JDK
    Mr Tweed
    • Sep 2003
    • 8445

    #2
    A couple of the Commando artists were excellent, and technically almost without fault. Then there were others...
    James K

    Looking and thinking...
    Vintage Aero Writer: Blog & Details

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    • BSG-75
      So say we all.....
      • Aug 2007
      • 2836

      #3
      Originally posted by JDK View Post
      A couple of the Commando artists were excellent, and technically almost without fault. Then there were others...
      fair mixture in here - "mein gott" "zum tuefel"......... 10 well spent !
      You can teach monkies to fly better than that....

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      • Hornchurch
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Sep 2005
        • 340

        #4
        Originally posted by JDK View Post

        A couple of the Commando artists were excellent.......


        One of the former !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


        This luckily survived in my Folks Garage, long after I'd left & married


        Re-united in the mid-nineties with it's original owner who'd bought it as a young lad, back in 1974


        Well, seeing as I never snagged the 'Frog' Whitley at the time, this had to make do !!!!!!!!
        Attached Files

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        • HurriRV7
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Jan 2007
          • 248

          #5
          I too have fond memories of the Commando comics, exciting as a boy to read the stories in them.

          I remember reading about the Mynarski Lancaster in commando- wonder what one that was?
          Steven Smart

          Hurricane aficionado, and Classical Guitar....

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          • DazDaMan
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Aug 2003
            • 18720

            #6
            Blimey, I've not read Commando since I was about 13!

            Might need to get hold of this, as I only used to buy the ones that had aircraft in!
            Daren Cogdon

            Spitfire fanatic

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            • BSG-75
              So say we all.....
              • Aug 2007
              • 2836

              #7
              Originally posted by Hornchurch View Post
              One of the former !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

              This luckily survived in my Folks Garage, long after I'd left & married

              Well, seeing as I never snagged the 'Frog' Whitley at the time, this had to make do !!!!!!!!
              Nice to see the Whitley is its lesser known "Close Air Support Role"

              They are a time warp back, yes you can nit pick (see above!) but they are part and parcel of how I got into my interest in all things aircraft related.
              You can teach monkies to fly better than that....

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              • pfP7063
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Feb 2008
                • 195

                #8
                Nice thread!

                I remember saving up my pocket money as kid in the 70's so that I could buy a few during the school holidays. Loved the artwork and stories then - still do!

                I still have all the old ones - plus a few 'new' ones besides. I've been collecting all those I can find with Whirlwinds in them. Here are a couple, including one from Commando.

                Enjoy!

                Paul

                PS Does anyone know of any others?
                Attached Files
                'Do Right Fear Naught'
                http://whirlwindfighterproject.webs.com/

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                • Frazer Nash
                  They hosed them out...
                  • Jul 2008
                  • 293

                  #9
                  I have to say my favourite was the Japanese ground troops' inevitable cry when they were being strafed......

                  "AIIEEE!! I DIE!"
                  "We've got the bleeding Groupie's hairpiece tangled in the undercart"

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                  • BSG-75
                    So say we all.....
                    • Aug 2007
                    • 2836

                    #10
                    Originally posted by pfP7063 View Post
                    Nice thread!


                    PS Does anyone know of any others?
                    My son has one of the earlier ones, "all guns blazing" it has a story "fire over england" about a Whirlwind squadron who face rocket firing U-boats that attack the chain home stations.

                    and when I say my son has it, its mine I just keep it in his room to keep Mrs BSG happy....
                    You can teach monkies to fly better than that....

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                    • pfP7063
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Feb 2008
                      • 195

                      #11
                      Thanks BSG, I managed to get a copy of this one back in Sep. from that well known auction site!
                      'Do Right Fear Naught'
                      http://whirlwindfighterproject.webs.com/

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                      • BSG-75
                        So say we all.....
                        • Aug 2007
                        • 2836

                        #12
                        Originally posted by pfP7063 View Post
                        Thanks BSG, I managed to get a copy of this one back in Sep. from that well known auction site!
                        nice artwork and quite accurate to in that one - some were daft to look at now, I have a vivid memory of a comic where a JU-52 was fitted with cannon from a crashed Stuka in Russia and used to whip around battlefields taking out the "Ivan" tanks. "Himmel, one more to us!"
                        You can teach monkies to fly better than that....

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                        • Loose-Head
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • May 2004
                          • 295

                          #13
                          Originally posted by pfP7063 View Post

                          PS Does anyone know of any others?
                          Battler Britton ( remember him anyone ) flew Whirlwinds in one of his stories. Had it as a kid, possibly still residing in my mothers attic !!!
                          Loose-Head

                          Heed doon, Airse up at the front o' a scrum !

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                          • OneEighthBit
                            With wings alone
                            • Mar 2008
                            • 728

                            #14
                            Wasn't there one about a Horsa as well?
                            "The best way to stop a crack in the fuselage spreading is to drill each end with a one eighth bit."
                            @HorsaJed | Jet Age Museum Horsa Cockpit Project

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                            • Dr Strangelove
                              Doktor Merkwrdigliebe
                              • May 2008
                              • 1384

                              #15
                              Oh gawd, looks like I've another item to add to "zee list" for Xmas

                              Used to get Air Ace, Battle & Commando books, & oddly enough I do remember one featuring a Horas glider, think an expedition into the loft is in order to see if I've still got any of these fine old books left.
                              Last edited by Dr Strangelove; 28th November 2008, 16:37.
                              Sometimes it's better to be a bumblebee than it is to be Professor Heinkel.

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                              • Sage the Owl
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Aug 2007
                                • 175

                                #16
                                The Whitley Commando cover was drawn by the great Ian Kennedy. He's now semi retired but still draws a number of the current Commando covers although not sadly any complete stories any longer.
                                I managed to pick up some of the Air Ace issues in nearly mint condition a couple of months ago & one of them was indeed a "Battler Britton" story where he flew Whirlwinds, in another it was Marauder's. I think he probably had more types in his log book than "Winkle" Brown.
                                I'm at work at the moment but when I get home I will "fish" out the aforementioned Air Ace & scan the cover.
                                Another great Commando Aviation artist is the Argentinian Jose Maria Jorge, on a par with Kennedy for detail & accuracy.
                                Last edited by Sage the Owl; 14th December 2009, 13:15.

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                                • QldSpitty
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Apr 2006
                                  • 2628

                                  #17
                                  There is an online comic setup from France (I think??)that has commando like stories in it...Will try find a link...
                                  Found it...
                                  http://simhq.com/forum/ubbthreads.ph...ml#Post2548913
                                  Last edited by QldSpitty; 28th November 2008, 22:45. Reason: Linkies...
                                  "If the C.O. ask's you to be Tail End Charlie...just shoot him!!!....A Piece of Cake.
                                  http://spitfirea58-27.blogspot.com.au/

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                                  • Bob
                                    Bob
                                    Aerophile
                                    • Jan 2000
                                    • 3662

                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by JDK
                                    A couple of the Commando artists were excellent
                                    One of my favourite artists was Ian Kennedy...


                                    Originally posted by Hornchurch
                                    This luckily survived in my Folks Garage, long after I'd left & married
                                    ...and I do believe this is one of his covers?.....

                                    EDIT
                                    D'Oh, missed Sage The Owl's post...

                                    I wish I could find a book with his artwork - I've been looking through all the 'omnibus' editions which seem to be littering my local Borders recently...
                                    Last edited by Bob; 29th November 2008, 01:16. Reason: Must read to end of thread. Must read to end of thread. Must read...
                                    Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...

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                                    • stangman
                                      Lost the plot
                                      • May 2006
                                      • 883

                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by OneEighthBit View Post
                                      Wasn't there one about a Horsa as well?
                                      This one maybe
                                      http://www.commandocomics.co.uk/2626.html
                                      "Everybody's doing it so why the hell should I ?" Black Sheep- Gin Wigmore

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                                      • OneEighthBit
                                        With wings alone
                                        • Mar 2008
                                        • 728

                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by stangman View Post
                                        No, it was definitely a Horsa I remember. Was draw from the aft/port side and I think a Stuka was attacking it in the picture.
                                        "The best way to stop a crack in the fuselage spreading is to drill each end with a one eighth bit."
                                        @HorsaJed | Jet Age Museum Horsa Cockpit Project

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