KEN BARR

COMMANDO COVER TITLES 

 (POCKET HOMEPAGE) 

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Ken Barr

Cover Artist

for

Commando Comics

1961 -

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18

LONE HERO

February 1962

TWO KEN BARR COVERS

497

SKY BANDITS

September 1970

 

Updated: April 13th 2014

Ken Barr created the first 14 Commando covers including the very first Commando ‘Walk or Die’ June 1961, this I felt, set the standard for the cover layout to the present day, his last original cover was 3047 ‘Evil Ace’ May 1997.

Ken now resides in America but I have left his leaving date blank, as he may return again and do some more covers.

Vic

September 2003

A SMALL SELECTION OF KEN BARR COVERS

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547

THE IRON MAN

May 1971

699

COLONEL SCARFACE

December 1972

763

THE DESPERATE HOURS

August 1973

3047

EVIL ACE

May 1997

Six words – just six small words were all it took to turn a tough, loyal tank crew into a bunch of snarling, suspicious enemies. And those were the words Jack Baker, tank commander, heard from Military Intelligence only minutes before they left on a dangerous operation.

“There is a traitor among you…”

All occupied France went in fear and trembling of him – ruthless S.S. Colonel Ludwig Bauer – a monster in the guise of a man.

But one day Bauer went too far with a young Commando lieutenant, Rick Mathews. And Rick stayed in France to teach Colonel Scarface, step by bloodstained step, what it was to be afraid…

“Old soldiers never die,” was just another saying to Corporal Bill Curtis and Private Jack Hunt, until that night they landed on an island to sabotage the huge guns threatening the allied invasion forces.

Then strange things began to happen. It all started when they met up with an officer of Napoleon’s army – a man who by rights should have been dead for over a hundred years, but still helped them to fight the Nazis.

Possibly one of the best Lancaster pilots in Bomber Command, Squadron Leader Digby Smythe did not suffer fools gladly. He didn’t think much either of what he saw as the reckless, rasher pilots of Fighter Command.

Pilot Officer Bill Banks was typical of this description as far as Smythe was concerned – and not without some truth. But high in the hostile skies, the crews of the Lancasters had to depend on their fighter escorts at times – especially when a cruel, ruthless Nazi ace was adding to his score by picking on limping stragglers…

Following is a list of titles attributed to Ken Barr with reprints in yellow

1 WALK OR DIE

703 ZERO BASHER

2 THEY CALED HIM COWARD

707 BLACK ACE

3 A GUY NEEDS GUTS

715 TRAIL OF A HERO

4 MERCY FOR NONE

719 KILLER CREW

5 HELLFIRE LANDING

723 BLOOD BEACH

6 THEY CAME BY NIGHT

727 DEAD OF NIGHT

7 THE SHIP THEY COULDN’T SINK

731 DESERT HERO

8 RED RUNS THE RIVER

735 GREEN FOR DANGER

9 JUNGLE FURY

739 NIGHT STRIKE

10 HUN BAIT

751 BURMA JOHNNY

11 CLOSER THAN BROTHERS

755 JUNGLE SNIPER

12 THE DESPERATE DAYS

759 BROTHERS AT WAR

13 DEATH IN THE SUN

763 THE DESPERATE HOURS

14 FLY FAST, SHOOT FAST

767 SKY TIGER

15 JAP KILLER

771 GIANT KILLER

16 KNIFE FOR A NAZI

779 BORN BRAVE

18 LONE HERO

783 LONE EAGLE

19 THE DEATH DEALERS

791 HURRICANE ACE

20 DARE DEVIL D.F.C.

795 ZERO! ZERO!

22 COLD STEEL

803 THE WHITE FEATHER

23 HILL 13

805 SEA FURY

24 GUN FURY

807 JAP HUNT

25 TAKE NO PRISONERS

808 HAUNTED SKIES

28 MASSACRE IN THE SUN

811 TAIL-END CHARLIE

29 SKY ACE

815 CALL HIM HERO

30 ISLAND OF GHOSTS

819 FLYING FOOLS

32 GLIDER PILOT

823 HAMMER OF THE JAPS

34 DEATH MISSION

827 DESERT FIGHTER

35 NIGHT RAIDER

831 THE FOUR SCARS

38 DUEL IN THE DESERT

839 THE SILVER SPITFIRE

39 DIGGERS DIE HARD

855 FLOATING FORTRESS

41 BREAKOUT

859 CODEWORD TORCH

42 SECRET WEAPON

867 THE LOST ARMY

44 KILLER SHIP

875 ROGUE PILOT

45 FOG OF DOOM

876 THE MAN WHO NEARLY MISSED THE WAR

46 PHANTOM FIGHTERS

883 DEATH FLIES FAST

47 DUEL IN THE SKY

887 INTERNATIONAL SQUADRON

49 BLOOD VALLEY

891 HONG KONG HOOKY

50 CLASH OF STEEL

899 KING OF THE SPITS

52 THE TIGER IS LOOSE

903 THE GOLDEN GUN

53 SEEK AND DESTROY

911 FLYING FLEA

54 BEACH HEAD

927 LOW LEVEL LANC

57 TARGET FOR TONIGHT

935 STRINGBAG ACE

58 TATTOOED HERO

939 FLYING PHANTOM

63 AMBUSH

943 MOSQUITO ACE

150 OPERATION TINFISH

947 KELLY’S ARMY

151 NIGHT STRIKE

951 THE STOLEN LANC

153 GIANT KILLER

955 AND ONE WAS TRAITOR

154 BURMA JOHNNY

967 CLASH OF EAGLES

155 JUNGLE SNIPER

971 BLACK SQUADRON

156 BROTHERS AT WAR

975 JET MENACE

157 THE DESPERATE HOURS

979 WALRUS PATROL

160 HUNT THE TRAITOR

983 MOSQUITO STRIKE

161 BORN BRAVE

991 FIGHTER BLITZ

162 LONE EAGLE

1003 NIGHT ACE (+ INTERIOR STORY ART)

164 TANK BUSTER

1007 GLORY HUNTER

166 HURRICANE ACE

1011 NIGHT INTRUDER

168 SEA FURY

1023 PHANTOM FORCE

170 ZERO! ZERO!

1027 ROCKET BLITZ

172 FLOATING FORTRESS

1031 YELLOW HERO

174 TAILEND CHARLIE

1035 BATTLE CRAZY (+ INTERIOR STORY ART)

176 LOST PATROL

1043 HUMAN TORPEDO

177 THE FIGHTING McTAGGART

1051 THE LONER

178 HAMMER OF THE JAPS

1063 BOSS OF THE SKY

179 THE SCARLET SERGEANT

1067 HOODOO MISSION

180 FLYING FOOLS

1075 TROUBLE SQUADRON

182 ACHTUNG SUBMARINE

1119 SKY TRAP

184 DEATH FLIES FAST

1179 TANK TAMER

185 THE FOUR SCARS

1239 THE GUN

186 CALL HIM HERO

1355 MIGHTY MIKE

188 NIGHT PROWL

2083 HAUNTED SKIES

189 DESERT FIGHTER

2523 WALK OR DIE

190 THEY CALL HIM YELLOW

2531 THEY CALLED HIM COWARD

199 THE SILVER SPITFIRE

2539 A GUY NEEDS GUTS

216 INTERNATIONAL SQUADRON

2547 MERCY FOR NONE           

219 ROGUE PILOT

2555 HELLFIRE LANDING

220 CODEWORD TORCH

2563 THEY CAME BY NIGHT

222 THE LOST ARMY

2571 THE SHIP THEY COULDN’T SINK

224 BORN TO FLY

2579 RED RUNS THE RIVER

235 FLYING FLEA

2587 JUNGLE FURY

238 KING OF THE SPITS           

2595 HUN BAIT

245 HONG KONG HOOKY

2977 THE HAUNTED HALIFAX (+ INTERIOR STORY ART)

249 THE GOLDEN GUN

3005 KILLER IN THE CLOUDS (+ INTERIOR STORY ART)

255 HOODOO SHIP

3047 EVIL ACE (+ INTERIOR STORY ART)

260 ATLANTIC KILLER

4138 BLOOD RED BATTLE

262 DEATH OF A U-BOAT

4325 MUSTANG ACE

263 LOW LEVEL LANC

4357 THE DESPERATE DAYS

265 STRINGBAG ACE

4365 CLOSER THAN BROTHERS

266 FLYING PHANTOM

4368 MIGHTY MIKE

269 MOSQUITO ACE

4373 HUN BAIT

271 THE STOLEN LANC

4381 JUNGLE FURY

272 KELLY’S ARMY

4383 INTERNATIONAL SQUADRON

274 CLASH OF EAGLES

4389 RED RUNS THE RIVER

276 AND ONE WAS A TRAITOR

4399 THE SHIP THEY COULDN’T SINK

278 DEATH OF A GIANT

4407 THEY CAME BY NIGHT

281 BLACK SQUADRON

4414 WALRUS PATROL

284 WALRUS PATROL

4415 HELLFIRE LANDING

287 JET MENACE

4416 DARE-DEVIL D.F.C.

289 ONE THEY COULDN’T CATCH

4423 MERCY FOR NONE

290 MOSQUITO STRIKE

4429 BOSS OF THE SKY

293 FIGHTER BLITZ

4430 MAD SCHULTZ

294 WAR OF THE GIANTS

4437 A GUY NEEDS GUTS

296 HURRICANE

4445 THEY CALLED HIM COWARD

297 RED FOR GO

4448 THE FOUR SCARS

304 NIGHT ACE (+ INTERIOR STORY ART)

4453 WALK – OR DIE!

305 BOGUS YANKS

4455 VALLEY OF SECRET WEAPONS

307 NIGHT INTRUDER

4456 JUMP – OR DIE

309 GLORY HUNTER

4469 DEATH MISSION

312 ROCKET BLITZ

4473 KILLER SHIP

314 PHANTOM FORCE

4477 LONE HERO

316 TERROR ISLAND

4481 HILL 13

317 GUNS OF GLORY

4485 THE DEATH DEALERS

319 YELLOW HERO

4489 GUN FURY

321 HUMAN TORPEDO

4493 GLIDER PILOT

328 ROGUE SQUAD

4497 BREAK-OUT!

330 BATTLE CRAZY (+ INTERIOR STORY ART)

4501 NIGHT RAIDER

336 THE LONER            

4505 DIGGERS DIE HARD

343 TROUBLE SQUADRON

4509 COLD STEEL

347 BOSS OF THE SKY

4513 KNIFE FOR A NAZI

350 HOODOO MISSION

4517 DUEL IN THE DESERT

358 MAN OF IRON

4521 DEATH IN THE SUN

366 SKY TRAP

4525 ISLAND OF GHOSTS

415 TANK TAMER

4529 TAKE NO PRISONERS!

419 THE GUN

4533 BLOOD VALLEY

471 MIGHTY MIKE

4537 FLY FAST SHOOT FIRST!

497 SKY BANDITS

4541 MASSACRE IN THE SUN

539 SNIPER’S ISLAND

4549 PHANTOM FIGHTERS

543 ZERO FEET

4553 SKY ACE

546 MUSTANG ACE

4557 FOG OF DOOM

547 THE IRON MAN

4561 DUEL IN THE SUN

551 JINX PILOT            

4565 SEEK AND DESTROY

555 SKY DROP

4569 BEACH-HEAD!

563 SOLO SMITH

4577 THE IRON MAN

567 FIGHTING GIANT

4593 MOUNTAIN GUN

571 FAST GUN

4597 FAST GUN

575 DICE WITH DEATH

4601 ROGUE BOMBER

583 MOUNTAIN GUN

4605 TARGET FOR TONIGHT

587 JUMP OR DIE

4617 FIGHTING GIANT

591 VALLEY OF SECRET WEAPONS

4620 TATTOOED HERO

595 SEND FOR SPITFIRES

4632 SEND FOR SPITFIRES

607 KILLER WITH WINGS

4636 AMBUSH!

615 BLOOD RED DAWN

4640 SKY DROP

619 DEATH DIVE

4652 THE TIGER IS LOOSE

623 SEA WOLF

4656 DICE WITH DEATH

627 DOG FIGHT

4660 TERROR PATROL

631 SUDDEN DEATH

4664 HOUNDS OF WAR

643 GHOST PILOT

4668 THE LOST SQUADRON

659 KILLER GUN

4676 DEATH DIVE

663 SCROUGE OF THE DESERT

4684 GREEN FOR DANGER

683 VULTURES OVER MALTA

4688 ZERO BASHER

691 GLIDER ACE

4696 SUDDEN DEATH!

695 THE LOST SQUADRON

 

699 COLONEL SCARFACE

 

© D. C. Thomson & Co Ltd

Vic Whittle 2007

 

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