19 December 2013

AWESOME! A Commando comic treasure trove!

The file links on this page are dead and I'm unaware of any other hosting sites where Commando is currently being shared. I'll update the blog if and when when I do come across any live links. In the meantime, check out the comments section below for some torrent links.


I recently stumbled upon this online archive of Commando comics that has a good range of comics from early issues to recent ones. They're all in either CBZ or CBR format that will work with any comic reading app or software on your devices (I use Sumatra on my PC and Comicat on my Android tablet).
NOTE: The Mega page that lists the comic files doesn't appear to load when using a mobile browser (it suggests that you install an app), so you need to view the desktop site in your mobile browser or use a computer. Otherwise all works fine.
I loved these comics as a lad and still love them now, a few years on. In fact, I've bought a few compilation editions in recent years and have really enjoyed a stroll along memory lane with good yarns about courage and valor in the line of duty. We can be with a Hurricane pilot during the Battle Of Britain, Royal Marine commandos sneaking into a Norwegian fjord to sabotage a battleship or with a long-range desert patrol in North Africa causing havoc for the Nazis.

In the early years, all of Commando stories were devoted to the Second World War but in more recent decades, the comic has extended its range to a variety of conflicts including the First World War, the Cold War, Spanish Civil War, the Falklands, Korea, Vietnam and some Ancient & Medieval conflicts. There was even a science fiction themed Issue 2774 - Space Watch. I'm really keen to read that one!



Read below for a further description (from Wikipedia) of this excellent comic series:
Commando For Action and Adventure, formerly known as Commando War Stories in Pictures, and colloquially known as Commando Comics, are a series of British comic books that primarily draw their themes and backdrops from the various incidents of the World Wars I and II. The comic, still in print today, is noted for its distinctive 7 × 5½ inch, 68 page format that became a standard for these kinds of stories. It has remained more popular than many other British war comics, and some would say British comics in general, despite its simplistic stories and simply sketched black and white artwork, with only the covers in colour.
The stories contain certain characteristic motifs; to mention a few - courage, cowardice, patriotism, dying for the sake of one's country, noble actions, and making a cup of refreshing tea while in the face of danger, enmity turning into friendship when the going gets tough, and so on. Apart from portraying these universal qualities, Commando Comics also show soldiers in national stereotypes, glorifying Allied soldiers, but showing soldiers as a mixture of good and evil. There was usually no continuity between books; each book was a complete story with start and finish, though recently series (2 or 3 stories) of books following the same character have been published.

22 comments:

  1. Awesome! Do you know of any other online repositories?

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  2. I don't know of any others with as many comics in one place as this one. Commando are quite hard to find. There's a guy on Kickass torrents sharing quite a few but I'm pretty sure these are regularly added to our repository.

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  3. It's funny, there's a copyright line at the bottom of your site pages so you obviously want to protect your intellectual property but your quite happy to suggest ripping off someone else's. If everyone did that no comics creators would earn a living and there would be no comics. Just sayin'

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  4. Yeah that's a fair point you make. That copyright was put there by default by the template and there's not a single thing on this site currently that I would consider my "intellectual property". I'll see if I can remove the copyright message. I simply link to things that I see around the web and share them here for my friends to do with as they wish. Nobody has to download anything. Cheers for your comment.

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  5. link down... any other place to find the collection?

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  6. I see the link is down as you say. Check out this Kickass Torrents link:

    https://kickass.so/user/GrahamM/uploads/

    Looks like a large collection of torrents with recent as well as older issues.

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  7. Just found out about this forum that looks like it's got many Commando comics as well as heaps of other stuff too.

    http://m.kaskus.co.id/forum/122/western-comic

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  8. Great thank you! Loved Commando for a while.

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    1. Thanks Tom. GrahamM is still seeding comics on Kickass from time to time which I collect. Hope you're still enjoying Commando. I recently purchased another omnibus edition to add to my collection. Sometimes there's nothing like a good Commando yarn to relax with.

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  9. I used to read them as a kid. Long ago they lost all appeal to me - jingoistic immature crap for immature people. Then I heard that they're now getting a bit better, but I couldn't find any way of confirming that.

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    1. I'm 44 and I still read the odd one every now and then, which I still enjoy. I am actually rather immature in many ways (just ask my family) and this no doubt helps. They are definitely targeted at a young(ish) and predominately male audience. But that's totally cool. Cheers for the comment!

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    2. We are about the same age, then.

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    3. Every link on this post is dead.Can you please repost Commando for me?

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    4. Yeah I know that the links have gone. Even the KAT torrenting option is currently unavailable due to the closure of said torrent site. Have you checked out the other link on the comment above? I am still on the lookout to restore these links and I'll certainly update the post when I get some new information. Check back periodically. Cheers.

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  10. I tried all the links before leaving a comment.I had over 100 issues before the feds kicked in my door and took my comps.I had posted them all on torrents sites.They were all downloaded thousands of times and no one seeded.Weird how the internet is full of takers but no one ever gives.BTW linking the publisher's page to a list of places to download their stuff for free is the same as killing a person and then calling the cops and telling them.When you own a website you can see every link that someone has clicked to get there.Fuck, you can even do that with blogger.

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    1. Ok, so all the links are dead and I can't find anywhere else on the net where Commando comics are currently available for free, all I'm saying is that I'll post a link if I discover anywhere else. This blog post is not and not intended to be "a list of places to download their stuff for free". It was only ever a link to a group of files on Mega that were once available.

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  11. There is a Mega torrent on Commandos. It is currently available at iptorrents.com. If anyone has access to that site then it is readily available. 600+ Commando comics. The genius behind this is someone named Zinc.

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  12. Thanks Tirtha for the info. Have a great day.

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  13. I tried the piratebay link...it is too slow to complete the download. However, I tried the iptorrent link and it worked. I have the comics. DO let me know how I can help to let you guys have it?

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    1. Tirtha do you still have access to the collection?

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  14. Can anybody post fresh links to the collection?

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  15. Try oldcomicsworld.blogspot just about an 100-120 books amazing collection
    Also try freemags.cc.

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