DC marks 50-year milestone for Commando

War comic celebrates 50th anniversary of first publication on June 27th 1961.
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DC Thomson is marking the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Commando magazine, with a host of activities and new initiatives planned.

The magazine was first published on June 27th 1961. It now publishes two stories every fortnight - two new and two re-issued classics.

As well as the traditional print format, Commando expanded into a variety of digital formats and digital subscription earlier this year, plus an app for iPhone and iPad.

The summer sees the launch of a special CD with EMI Music - Commando War Themes. In addition, a 50th anniversary book will be published in hardback by Carlton Books in October. Commando 50 Years: A Home for Heroes will include a foreword written by Top Gear presenter, James May.

The Commando website is also stocking a selection of cover posters (in A1 size) for the an introductory price of £19.99.

September will also see a new collaboration, with the launch of the Draw Your Weapons exhibition, celebrating the artwork from the comics, at the National Army Museum in London. The exhibition opens on September 1st.

"As someone who read Commando in the 60s and 70s, worked on the title as a junior member of staff in the 80s and 90s, and became editor in the 2000s, sitting in the hot seat for the 50th birthday is a great honour," said Commando's editor, Calum Laird.


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