Monday, 20 March 2017

COMMANDO #5000...


Images copyright D.C. THOMSON & Co., Ltd

This one's old news by now, but I bought COMMANDO #5000 from
WHS just a few days ago.  It was on the top shelf, and four different issues
occupied the same space (one in front of the other), as opposed to being on
display side-by-side so that customers could see there was more than one
single issue on offer.  Just as well I decided to take a closer look and check
through them.  Commando came out in 1961 and is still going strong, so
if you'd like a nice little collectors' item, check out your local WHS or
corner newsagent's and see if they've got any left.

FLEETWAY used to do their own version of Commando (can't recall
what title it went under), as well as westerns, spy stories and humour strips
in the same format (as did DCT).  I remember the sad day when the editor
of IPC's pocket libraries was told they were being discontinued and that he
was being made redundant.  I think his name may have been either ALAN
or BRIAN SMITH, but I'm not certain.  If anyone out there knows, can
you enlighten me please, so that I can give credit where it's due.

Anyway, just think - Commando has been published continuously
 since 1961, and that's a milestone surely worth celebrating.

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