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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:35 pm

I rather liked it-I do like the fact that Commando now quite frequently allows characters to reappear once in awhile. The other new offering, 'Blood Money' (#4387) isn't half bad, either...

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Re: Commando!!

Post by felneymike on Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:51 pm

Keith Page was working on another story where a young Ferret meets characters from Oliver Twist! But I don't know what became of it. I doubt it was going to appear in Commando though.

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Mon May 30, 2011 8:46 pm

Congratulations are due to Calum and his team-on Friday 27th May, the votes were counted for the Eagle Awards, and Commando won Favourite British Black & White Comic! Well done, guys-here's to another fifty years!

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Re: Commando!!

Post by MLP* on Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:37 pm

Picked up issue #4404, the official "50th anniversary" issue.

Wonder how many other British comics on the market today will be able to celebrate a milestone like that !

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:41 pm

Since Beano and Dandy have passed it already and I doubt any other title will reach even half that, I'm not holding my breath...

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Re: Commando!!

Post by MLP* on Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:44 pm

Interesting that the cover says "War Stories In Pictures" again.
I guess this is a one off for the anniversary. Smile

tony ingram wrote:Since Beano and Dandy have passed it already and I doubt any other title will reach even half that, I'm not holding my breath...

2000ad is over thirty years. I think Viz can't be far off either.

I think digital distribution will ultimately kill off the "hardcopy" comic though and stop either reaching the 50th milestone, as a physical comic anyway.

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:46 pm

MLP* wrote:Interesting that the cover says "War Stories In Pictures" again.
I guess this is a one off for the anniversary. Smile

tony ingram wrote:Since Beano and Dandy have passed it already and I doubt any other title will reach even half that, I'm not holding my breath...

2000ad is over thirty years. I think Viz can't be far off either.

I think digital distribution will ultimately kill off the "hardcopy" comic though and stop either reaching the 50th milestone, as a physical comic anyway.
OK, OK, so is Doctor Who Magazine-I was exagerrating for dramatic effect. but can you see them reaching fifty?

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Re: Commando!!

Post by MLP* on Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:51 pm

tony ingram wrote:
MLP* wrote:Interesting that the cover says "War Stories In Pictures" again.
I guess this is a one off for the anniversary. Smile

tony ingram wrote:Since Beano and Dandy have passed it already and I doubt any other title will reach even half that, I'm not holding my breath...

2000ad is over thirty years. I think Viz can't be far off either.

I think digital distribution will ultimately kill off the "hardcopy" comic though and stop either reaching the 50th milestone, as a physical comic anyway.
OK, OK, so is Doctor Who Magazine-I was exagerrating for dramatic effect. but can you see them reaching fifty?

Maybe they'll go down the American route of getting within spitting distance of a major milestone before deciding to start again from issue # 1. Cool

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:52 pm

Don't. Even.Joke. About it.

Damn you, Dan Didio... Evil or Very Mad

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Re: Commando!!

Post by MLP* on Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:55 pm

tony ingram wrote:Don't. Even.Joke. About it.

Damn you, Dan Didio... Evil or Very Mad

And Uncanny X-Men are at it too. Madness. Shocked

I'm stroking my 2000ad prog 1739 for reassurance. Cool

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:59 pm

I have no idea what goes through the heads of the marketing guys these days. Though at least with Uncanny, it's a safe bet Marvel will revert to the original numbering at the next big milestone issue...

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Re: Commando!!

Post by MLP* on Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:02 pm

Picked up # 4419.

The museum tie-in is a fun bit of cross promotion. Smile

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:06 pm

Issues #4435-4438 are now available. but perhaps rather more significantly, so is the much anticipated Commando 50 Years:a Home for Heroes book by George Low, definitely one for the Brit comics enthusiasts Christmas wish list at a more than reasonable £19.99...

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Re: Commando!!

Post by MLP* on Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:54 pm

tony ingram wrote:Issues #4435-4438 are now available. but perhaps rather more significantly, so is the much anticipated Commando 50 Years:a Home for Heroes book by George Low, definitely one for the Brit comics enthusiasts Christmas wish list at a more than reasonable £19.99...

Saw it in Waterstones the other day and yeah it does look very nice indeed. Smile

And a second Victor "best off" out now as well. Smile

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:09 am

It's about time some of that material was seen again, too!

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Re: Commando!!

Post by MLP* on Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:14 am

Picked up # 4453 today.

A reprint of issue # 1 so I couldn't resist. Smile

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:32 am

MLP* wrote:Picked up # 4453 today.

A reprint of issue # 1 so I couldn't resist. Smile
I order mine through my newsagent, but the latest batch hasn't turned up yet...

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:19 am

Commando #4463-4468 are on sale from today. Editor Calum Laird notes that the cover to #4464 is actually by Janek Matysiak, not by Ian Kennedy as stated in the credits grenade!

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Re: Commando!!

Post by MLP* on Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:31 pm

Last one I picked up was # 4460 WARRIORS!
Haven't got round to reading it yet but was intrigued by the cover. Cool

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Re: Commando!!

Post by MLP* on Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:15 pm

Picked up #4470.

Is it my imagination or have they published the Christmas issue a month late ? Neutral

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Re: Commando!!

Post by MLP* on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:24 pm

Rebranded !

http://downthetubescomics.blogspot.com/2012/02/commando-re-branded-into-collections.html

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:20 am

That seems an unusual move. I wonder what prompted it? Commando doesn't usually go in for marketing exercises like this, and I understood their sales were quite strong...

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Re: Commando!!

Post by MLP* on Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:12 am

tony ingram wrote:That seems an unusual move. I wonder what prompted it? Commando doesn't usually go in for marketing exercises like this, and I understood their sales were quite strong...

Seems needlessly confusing to me. Maybe they think it will make people buy more issues ?

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:19 am

I think most people bought all eight regardless, to be honest. All this does is draw attention to the reprints, which I would think might have the opposite effect!

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:23 am

Issues #4491-4495 went on sale on the 26th, and Commando has had something of an upgrade with thicker, whiter paper on the story pages and a more rigid cover. Editor Calum Laird says he feels the increased weight and durability better suits a product of Commando's quality, and I have to say, I agree.

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Re: Commando!!

Post by MLP* on Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:32 am

tony ingram wrote:Issues #4491-4495 went on sale on the 26th, and Commando has had something of an upgrade with thicker, whiter paper on the story pages and a more rigid cover. Editor Calum Laird says he feels the increased weight and durability better suits a product of Commando's quality, and I have to say, I agree.

I will have to pop to Smiths at lunchtime and have a look. Very Happy

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Re: Commando!!

Post by ramonschenk on Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:55 pm

Anyone have any favorite Commando stories they'd like to let us know about?

I myself can't think of a favourite, but always enjoy the WWI stories best, followed by the American Civil War entries.

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:29 pm

They do tend to rather blur into one, after awhile, though there are a few I keep set aside to reread-mostly the ones featuring recurring characters, which is something they seem to be doing more often these days.

Incidentally, four new issues (4615-4618) are out on Thursday.

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Re: Commando!!

Post by ramonschenk on Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:49 pm

This week I bought the latest batch of Commandos (#4623-4626) and I noticed two things. One, the price has gone up to 2 pounds. And two, the new feature of a gatefold back cover that reprints the "virgin" front cover art (so without the title, trade dress et al).

Anyone notice when this started?

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:14 pm

It's a nrew innovation, only started a month or two ago, I believe. I think it makes it quite a nice package.

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Re: Commando!!

Post by ramonschenk on Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:48 am

Any chance you (or someone else) could pinpoint the exact transition, Tony?

Inquisitive minds want to know! Smile

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Re: Commando!!

Post by ramonschenk on Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:50 am

I myself am not convinced. Although some art is nice to see "naked" (without the title, price and such), it also points out that not all of the art is as good as it used to be...

Besides, I really liked the one-page fact files they often ran.

And I liked the 1.50 price better! Hey, don't blame me, I'm Dutch! Very Happy

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:32 am

It seems the changes took effect on the 6th June. As for the price increase, something tells me it would have risen anyway and the cosmetic changes are by way of compensation...

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Re: Commando!!

Post by ramonschenk on Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:44 am

That seems likely, yes. Thanks for the date, Tony!

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:22 pm

Issues 4779-4782 are on sale from 29th January.

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Re: Commando!!

Post by ramonschenk on Wed Jan 28, 2015 6:21 pm

tony ingram wrote:Issues 4779-4782 are on sale from 29th January.

Reliable as ever!

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Wed Jan 28, 2015 6:24 pm

ramonschenk wrote:
tony ingram wrote:Issues 4779-4782 are on sale from 29th January.

Reliable as ever!
Good grief, it's Ramonschenk! How the devil are you? Very Happy

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Re: Commando!!

Post by ramonschenk on Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:04 pm

Still collecting, researching and indexing, Tony! I even manage to read some comics every once in a while! Wink

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:09 pm

ramonschenk wrote:Still collecting, researching and indexing, Tony! I even manage to read some comics every once in a while! Wink
What are you trying to track down these days?

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Re: Commando!!

Post by ramonschenk on Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:19 pm

Loads! Dutch comics, Charlton, all sorts of British publishers and their publications, UK publishers active in the Commonwealth countries, etc.etc.etc.

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Post by tony ingram on Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:25 pm

ramonschenk wrote:Loads! Dutch comics, Charlton, all sorts of British publishers and their publications, UK publishers active in the Commonwealth countries, etc.etc.etc.
Charlton? What era? I've been getting into the 70s horror titles, lately!

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Re: Commando!!

Post by ramonschenk on Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:51 pm

Yeah, got all those. Looking into the fifties at the moment. Especially the stories that were bought from defunct other companies, such as Toby, Fawcett and so on.

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:52 pm

ramonschenk wrote:Yeah, got all those. Looking into the fifties at the moment. Especially the stories that were bought from defunct other companies, such as Toby, Fawcett and so on.
Interesting. You must have quite a collection...

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Re: Commando!!

Post by ramonschenk on Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:54 pm

Yeah, can't complain! Smile

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Re: Commando!!

Post by ramonschenk on Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:51 am

Found out this weekend that the WH Smith on Newcastle's high street is now no longer stocking Commando. Now how am I going to get my six-weekly fix? All the other newsagents in Newcastle I spoke about it don't have the title either.... Sad

Hope this is not the beginning of the end.

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Re: Commando!!

Post by Lucy McGough on Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:52 am

Can you take out a subscription — maybe over the internet?

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Post by ramonschenk on Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:54 am

I could, but that is very expensive. The cost per issue would rise above 3 quid, I think.

And besides, I kind of liked the four issues every 6 six I was in Britain. Don't really want four every fortnight...

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Re: Commando!!

Post by ramonschenk on Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:55 am

And I certainly don't want to subscribe to the digital edition. That always feels like paying for air!

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Re: Commando!!

Post by tony ingram on Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:32 am

I agree with that last part. I take it Smith's won't order it for you?

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Re: Commando!!

Post by paw broon on Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:22 pm

There is now nowhere in Falkirk to buy Commando. WHS closed and none of the newsagents stock the title. So from the outskirts of Stirling to Edinburgh, you can't find Commando. Although today I found the current issues in McColls in the St. James Centre. The WHS in Waverley station doesn't stock them, or Tales From The Tardis for that matter.
However, I enjoy and collect digital editions and I think Commando is available via Comixology. Digital doesn't change what's in the comic, the reader just loses the tactile bit- and smell bit if it's an oldie.
As a convert to digital comics, I am a bit evangelical so you might want to read my opinions with care.

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