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: May 19th 2016

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

771 GIANT KILLER

2 THEY CALED HIM COWARD

779 BORN BRAVE

3 A GUY NEEDS GUTS

783 LONE EAGLE

4 MERCY FOR NONE

791 HURRICANE ACE

5 HELLFIRE LANDING

795 ZERO! ZERO!

6 THEY CAME BY NIGHT

803 THE WHITE FEATHER

7 THE SHIP THEY COULDN’T SINK

805 SEA FURY

8 RED RUNS THE RIVER

807 JAP HUNT

9 JUNGLE FURY

808 HAUNTED SKIES

10 HUN BAIT

811 TAIL-END CHARLIE

11 CLOSER THAN BROTHERS

815 CALL HIM HERO

12 THE DESPERATE DAYS

819 FLYING FOOLS

13 DEATH IN THE SUN

823 HAMMER OF THE JAPS

14 FLY FAST, SHOOT FAST

827 DESERT FIGHTER

15 JAP KILLER

831 THE FOUR SCARS

16 KNIFE FOR A NAZI

839 THE SILVER SPITFIRE

18 LONE HERO

855 FLOATING FORTRESS

19 THE DEATH DEALERS

859 CODEWORD TORCH

20 DARE DEVIL D.F.C.

867 THE LOST ARMY

22 COLD STEEL

875 ROGUE PILOT

23 HILL 13

876 THE MAN WHO NEARLY MISSED THE WAR

24 GUN FURY

883 DEATH FLIES FAST

25 TAKE NO PRISONERS

887 INTERNATIONAL SQUADRON

28 MASSACRE IN THE SUN

891 HONG KONG HOOKY

29 SKY ACE

899 KING OF THE SPITS

30 ISLAND OF GHOSTS

903 THE GOLDEN GUN

32 GLIDER PILOT

911 FLYING FLEA

34 DEATH MISSION

927 LOW LEVEL LANC

35 NIGHT RAIDER

935 STRINGBAG ACE

38 DUEL IN THE DESERT

939 FLYING PHANTOM

39 DIGGERS DIE HARD

943 MOSQUITO ACE

41 BREAKOUT

947 KELLY’S ARMY

42 SECRET WEAPON

951 THE STOLEN LANC

44 KILLER SHIP

955 AND ONE WAS TRAITOR

45 FOG OF DOOM

967 CLASH OF EAGLES

46 PHANTOM FIGHTERS

971 BLACK SQUADRON

47 DUEL IN THE SKY

975 JET MENACE

49 BLOOD VALLEY

979 WALRUS PATROL

50 CLASH OF STEEL

983 MOSQUITO STRIKE

52 THE TIGER IS LOOSE

991 FIGHTER BLITZ

53 SEEK AND DESTROY

1003 NIGHT ACE (+ INTERIOR STORY ART)

54 BEACH HEAD

1007 GLORY HUNTER

57 TARGET FOR TONIGHT

1011 NIGHT INTRUDER

58 TATTOOED HERO

1023 PHANTOM FORCE

63 AMBUSH

1027 ROCKET BLITZ

150 OPERATION TINFISH

1031 YELLOW HERO

151 NIGHT STRIKE

1035 BATTLE CRAZY (+ INTERIOR STORY ART)

153 GIANT KILLER

1043 HUMAN TORPEDO

154 BURMA JOHNNY

1051 THE LONER

155 JUNGLE SNIPER

1063 BOSS OF THE SKY

156 BROTHERS AT WAR

1067 HOODOO MISSION

157 THE DESPERATE HOURS

1075 TROUBLE SQUADRON

160 HUNT THE TRAITOR

1119 SKY TRAP

161 BORN BRAVE

1179 TANK TAMER

162 LONE EAGLE

1239 THE GUN

164 TANK BUSTER

1355 MIGHTY MIKE

166 HURRICANE ACE

2083 HAUNTED SKIES

168 SEA FURY

2523 WALK OR DIE

170 ZERO! ZERO!

2531 THEY CALLED HIM COWARD

172 FLOATING FORTRESS

2539 A GUY NEEDS GUTS

174 TAILEND CHARLIE

2547 MERCY FOR NONE           

176 LOST PATROL

2555 HELLFIRE LANDING

177 THE FIGHTING McTAGGART

2563 THEY CAME BY NIGHT

178 HAMMER OF THE JAPS

2571 THE SHIP THEY COULDN’T SINK

179 THE SCARLET SERGEANT

2579 RED RUNS THE RIVER

180 FLYING FOOLS

2587 JUNGLE FURY

182 ACHTUNG SUBMARINE

2595 HUN BAIT

184 DEATH FLIES FAST

2977 THE HAUNTED HALIFAX (+ INTERIOR STORY ART)

185 THE FOUR SCARS

3005 KILLER IN THE CLOUDS (+ INTERIOR STORY ART)

186 CALL HIM HERO

3047 EVIL ACE (+ INTERIOR STORY ART)

188 NIGHT PROWL

4138 BLOOD RED BATTLE

189 DESERT FIGHTER

4325 MUSTANG ACE

190 THEY CALL HIM YELLOW

4357 THE DESPERATE DAYS

199 THE SILVER SPITFIRE

4365 CLOSER THAN BROTHERS

216 INTERNATIONAL SQUADRON

4368 MIGHTY MIKE

219 ROGUE PILOT

4373 HUN BAIT

220 CODEWORD TORCH

4381 JUNGLE FURY

222 THE LOST ARMY

4383 INTERNATIONAL SQUADRON

224 BORN TO FLY

4389 RED RUNS THE RIVER

235 FLYING FLEA

4399 THE SHIP THEY COULDN’T SINK

238 KING OF THE SPITS           

4407 THEY CAME BY NIGHT

245 HONG KONG HOOKY

4414 WALRUS PATROL

249 THE GOLDEN GUN

4415 HELLFIRE LANDING

255 HOODOO SHIP

4416 DARE-DEVIL D.F.C.

260 ATLANTIC KILLER

4423 MERCY FOR NONE

262 DEATH OF A U-BOAT

4429 BOSS OF THE SKY

263 LOW LEVEL LANC

4430 MAD SCHULTZ

265 STRINGBAG ACE

4437 A GUY NEEDS GUTS

266 FLYING PHANTOM

4445 THEY CALLED HIM COWARD

269 MOSQUITO ACE

4448 THE FOUR SCARS

271 THE STOLEN LANC

4453 WALK – OR DIE!

272 KELLY’S ARMY

4455 VALLEY OF SECRET WEAPONS

274 CLASH OF EAGLES

4456 JUMP – OR DIE

276 AND ONE WAS A TRAITOR

4469 DEATH MISSION

278 DEATH OF A GIANT

4473 KILLER SHIP

281 BLACK SQUADRON

4477 LONE HERO

284 WALRUS PATROL

4481 HILL 13

287 JET MENACE

4485 THE DEATH DEALERS

289 ONE THEY COULDN’T CATCH

4489 GUN FURY

290 MOSQUITO STRIKE

4493 GLIDER PILOT

293 FIGHTER BLITZ

4497 BREAK-OUT!

294 WAR OF THE GIANTS

4501 NIGHT RAIDER

296 HURRICANE

4505 DIGGERS DIE HARD

297 RED FOR GO

4509 COLD STEEL

304 NIGHT ACE (+ INTERIOR STORY ART)

4513 KNIFE FOR A NAZI

305 BOGUS YANKS

4517 DUEL IN THE DESERT

307 NIGHT INTRUDER

4521 DEATH IN THE SUN

309 GLORY HUNTER

4525 ISLAND OF GHOSTS

312 ROCKET BLITZ

4529 TAKE NO PRISONERS!

314 PHANTOM FORCE

4533 BLOOD VALLEY

316 TERROR ISLAND

4537 FLY FAST SHOOT FIRST!

317 GUNS OF GLORY

4541 MASSACRE IN THE SUN

319 YELLOW HERO

4549 PHANTOM FIGHTERS

321 HUMAN TORPEDO

4553 SKY ACE

328 ROGUE SQUAD

4557 FOG OF DOOM

330 BATTLE CRAZY (+ INTERIOR STORY ART)

4561 DUEL IN THE SUN

336 THE LONER            

4565 SEEK AND DESTROY

343 TROUBLE SQUADRON

4569 BEACH-HEAD!

347 BOSS OF THE SKY

4577 THE IRON MAN

350 HOODOO MISSION

4593 MOUNTAIN GUN

358 MAN OF IRON

4597 FAST GUN

366 SKY TRAP

4601 ROGUE BOMBER

415 TANK TAMER

4605 TARGET FOR TONIGHT

419 THE GUN

4617 FIGHTING GIANT

471 MIGHTY MIKE

4620 TATTOOED HERO

497 SKY BANDITS

4632 SEND FOR SPITFIRES

539 SNIPER’S ISLAND

4636 AMBUSH!

543 ZERO FEET

4640 SKY DROP

546 MUSTANG ACE

4652 THE TIGER IS LOOSE

547 THE IRON MAN

4656 DICE WITH DEATH

551 JINX PILOT            

4660 TERROR PATROL

555 SKY DROP

4664 HOUNDS OF WAR

563 SOLO SMITH

4668 THE LOST SQUADRON

567 FIGHTING GIANT

4676 DEATH DIVE

571 FAST GUN

4684 GREEN FOR DANGER

575 DICE WITH DEATH

4688 ZERO BASHER

583 MOUNTAIN GUN

4696 SUDDEN DEATH!

587 JUMP OR DIE

4704 DESERT HERO

591 VALLEY OF SECRET WEAPONS

4708 KILLER GUN

595 SEND FOR SPITFIRES

4712 BLOOD BEACH

607 KILLER WITH WINGS

4720 BLOOD RED DAWN

615 BLOOD RED DAWN

4724 DOG FIGHT!

619 DEATH DIVE

4736 SEA WOLF

623 SEA WOLF

4740 PORTRAIT OF DEATH

627 DOG FIGHT

4744 SCOURGE OF THE DESERT

631 SUDDEN DEATH

4748 KILLER WITH WINGS

643 GHOST PILOT

4756 DEAD OF NIGHT

659 KILLER GUN

4760 VULTURES OVER MALTA

663 SCROUGE OF THE DESERT

4768 NIGHT FIGHTER

683 VULTURES OVER MALTA

4776 SEA FURY

691 GLIDER ACE

4784 BROTHERS AT WAR

695 THE LOST SQUADRON

4788 GIANT KILLER

699 COLONEL SCARFACE

4792 CALL HIM HERO

703 ZERO BASHER

4796 NIGHT STRIKE

707 BLACK ACE

4800 FLYING FOOLS

715 TRAIL OF A HERO

4812 SKY TIGER

719 KILLER CREW

4816 OPERATION TINFISH

723 BLOOD BEACH

4820 LOST PATROL

727 DEAD OF NIGHT

4824 THE DESPERATE HOURS

731 DESERT HERO

4836 ROCKET BLITZ

735 GREEN FOR DANGER

4852 SKY TRAP

739 NIGHT STRIKE

4868 FLOATING FORTRESS

751 BURMA JOHNNY

4876 NIGHT PROWL

755 JUNGLE SNIPER

4888 CODEWORD “TORCH”

759 BROTHERS AT WAR

4904 KING OF THE SPITS

763 THE DESPERATE HOURS

4912 ROGUE PILOT

767 SKY TIGER

 

© D. C. Thomson & Co Ltd

Vic Whittle 2007

 

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