DENIS McLOUGHLIN

COMMANDO ARTIST

 (POCKET HOMEPAGE) 

 

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Denis McLoughlin

Story Artist

for

Commando Comics

1982 - 2002

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Updated: April 14th 2014

I was first introduced to Denis's excellent artwork when I was presented, for my birthday,

a Buffalo Bill Wild West Annual 1950 (illustrated top left) and I particularly remember the

vivid colour illustrations contained within the annual.

 

Denis began working for Commando in 1982 with his first issue 1623 "FIGHT BACK" in July,

he produced over 170 original titles with his last original title 3567 “NO PLACE TO HIDE!”

printed October 2002.

Since that date, all the issues are re-issues of earlier Commando’s.

Denis McLoughlin, Born in Bolton, Lancashire, England April 15th 1918 – Died April 22nd 2002. Aged 84.

It always seemed strange to me, that Denis, (remembering his colour illustrations for the Buffalo Bill Annual’s),

never did any of the covers for Commando.

So all the covers illustrated below are by other artists.

Vic

April 23rd 2002

 

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1623

FIGHT BACK!

JULY 1982

Cover Artist: Baraldi

1688

ISLAND OF MYSTERY

MARCH 1983

Cover Artist: Jeff Bevan

1710

OBEY ORDERS!

JUNE 1983

Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy

1718

THE CONQUERORS

JULY 1983

Cover Artist: Jeff Bevan

Private Colin Shelley's nerve had gone. He'd left his fellow soldiers in the lurch and earned himself the brand of a coward. Since then he'd been written off as worthless, and that's how he felt.

But then came his chance to fight back and regain his self-respect. Colin was determined that this time he would not be found wanting …

The clinging mud of the swamp had claimed two victims already, and now Stan Cooper was going to become its third, for his only hope of rescue looked slim. After all, he couldn't expect help from the man watching him from the swamp's edge - he was a Japanese officer, and Japan and Britain were engaged in a fight to the death.

Paddy O'Grady was a bit of a wild type. Went his own way, didn't like sticking to the book of rules. He was a terrific fighter pilot, of course, and everybody knew it. But he needed discipline.

So who was going to make him obey orders? It was up to Pete Davidson, but it wasn't going to be easy. Pete owed a lot to the crazy Irishman. On one occasion Paddy had even saved his life!

For months a single German cruiser had been wreaking havoc amongst British merchant ships in the South Atlantic. Now at last it had been located by a cruiser of the Royal Navy, and as the two evenly-matched vessels clashed, their big guns booming out, each crew hoped for victory.

But for two sailors on the British ship this was to be the beginning rather than the end of a strange and dangerous adventure … and it would be on land, not at sea!

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1909

INTO BANDIT COUNTRY

JULY 1985

Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy

1966

RUN FOR IT!

FEBRUARY 1986

Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy

2022

GHOST OF EVIL

SEPTEMBER 1986

Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy

2030

TOP-SECRET BASE

OCTOBER 1986

Cover Artist: J. Bevan

He had worked with the partisan freedom-fighters before, but this was something different. Most of the men he had known were now dead and this new lot were more bandits than partisans, led by a murdering madman.

As he fell from the Dakota into the Italian night he knew he would be in more danger from his allies than from his enemies.

Ace Kelly had no intention of getting involved in someone else's war. When the Japanese forces invading Papua New Guinea damaged his plane he had no alternative but to make for the nearest city.

The jungle had dangers enough, but his task was made more difficult by a group of refugee boys and an Australian army officer tagging along. And the Japs were after them all…

Flying Officer Roger Rendell had been behaving very strangely. He would go into a rage, risk lives of his friends, stare wildly from the cockpit of his Lancaster as if seeing the war-torn sky for the first time.

You might think there was the ghost of someone else in him, looking out through his eyes. And indeed there was - the ghost of a friend.

On a sailing holiday before the war Lieutenant Dave Leward and his friend decided to pay a visit to Heartbreak Island. Barren and windswept, it was normally uninhabited, but to their surprise they met someone there - a German professor by the name of Fritz Gunther.

Three years later Dave and Fritz were to meet once more on the island. This time, though, things were different. They both had one aim - to destroy the … TOP-SECRET BASE.

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BACK FROM BEYOND

AUGUST 1987

Cover Artist: Longaron

2216

NAZI HUNT

SEPTEMBER 1988

Cover Artist: Jeff Bevan

2249

FROZEN WITH FEAR

JANUARY 1989

Cover Artist: Ron Brown

2357

FIGHTING INVENTOR

MARCH 1990

Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy

As if from nowhere, four battle-hardened German soldiers suddenly appeared during the harsh fighting in Italy. Their unit, according to reports, had been wiped out to a man in Russia, and yet here were four mysterious survivors.

Who were these soldiers? What did they want? And why had they come to Italy?

With the liberation of Europe under way, time was running out for the Third Reich. Hitler's top brass knew it too, many of them scampering away like rats from a sinking ship, looting art treasures from the occupied territories to finance a whole new life after the war.

But Lieutenant Sam Castle was determined that one particular Nazi wasn't going to get away. The hunt was on…

Brave and strong, Matt Durant was one of the most feared forwards in Canada's ice hockey leagues. Quick to enlist even before war broke out, he soon showed the same toughness in the heat of battle.

Then, unaccountably, he turned coward in the face of the enemy. Neither he nor his mates could believe it, but somehow or other he was liable to stop in his tracks… FROZEN WITH FEAR.

The German reconnaissance pilot watched bewildered as the British troops below him broke open two wooden crates to assemble a most peculiar contraption with a large propeller on top.

Closer inspection revealed it to be a flying machine of quite devastating potential - as the spotter pilot found to his cost. And this was only one of the many remarkable inventions of Professor Theophilus Washburton, the FIGHTING INVENTOR.

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OUT-GUNNED!

JUNE 1990

Cover Artist: J.eff Bevan

2447

THE LOST BOMBER

FEBRUARY 1991

Cover Artist: Ron Brown

2487

SNATCH SQUAD

JULY 1991

Cover Artist: Ron Brown

2577

FOLLOW THE DRUM!

JUNE 1992

Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy

Tom Stewart was an R.A.F. fighter pilot, but in the chaos that followed the fall of Singapore, he found himself manning the guns on an obsolete old vessel left over from the First World War.

To make matters worse, the young airman's ship was grounded. And closing fast was the cruiser, Hiro, pride of the Japanese navy, her eight-inch guns blazing …

After a disastrous R.A.F. raid on a V-1 factory, the Luftwaffe investigators moved in and soon all the Lancaster bombers that the German anti-aircraft gunners and night-fighter crews had claimed to have shot down were accounted for. All, that is except for one.

Hauptmann Wilhelm Furth in charge of the investigation wasn't worried. After all, a 21-metre-long Lancaster bomber couldn't be hard to find … could it?

Meet Konrad Scheller of the Wehrmacht. A lot of folk were keen to have a chat with him … his own people, the British, the Russians. Make no mistake, he was in great demand.

So far he had fought a very tough war, and it looked as if it was going to get a whole lot tougher …

As the war in Germany flickered to an end, a special unit of British light infantry went on a rescue mission. But the V.I.P. they were after was a "Very Important Percussion" instrument - a drum!

Hawke's Drum to be exact, and why it was so important to the regiment and especially to Captain John Elkin is a thumping good story …

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STORM ISLAND

AUGUST 1998

Cover Artist: Mike White

3289

ICEBERG BATTERY

NOVEMBER 1999

Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy

3450

MAC’S LAW

JULY 2001

Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy

3567

NO PLACE TO HIDE

OCTOBER 2002

Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy

An American troopship—part of the 1898 invasion armada—lies wrecked on the shore of Spanish-held Cuba at the height of a tropical hurricane. The bedraggled survivors stagger ashore into a storm of deadly fire from a group of Spanish defenders.

Bullets cut down Americans who struggle to return fire through the lashing rain, able to aim accurately only when the lightning flashes. If they survive, they’ll know this place as – STORM ISLAND.

Ever since men had set sail into far northern waters, they had feared icebergs – massive frozen islands that could hole or crush any ship unlucky enough to get in the way.

And now there was another reason to be wary of one of these recently-formed monsters. Six heavy calibre guns were stuck on the top, making it a floating fortress…the newest fighting ship in the British Navy!

Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman Mike “Mac” Mackenzie will always get his man…even if it means tracking him across the battlefields of France in 1944.

He is determined to avenge the cold-blooded murder of his partner…and the culprit will soon learn there is no escaping Mac’s Law.

There was no hiding place for many of the Nazis wanted for crimes committed during the Second World War. A dedicated band of Allied soldiers were on their trail, and they would not give up until justice had been done.

For Sergeant John Brook and Corporal Ian Randall it was just another task to be tackled. Yet what they were about to find out was that the officer in charge had lost a brother to one of the thugs they sought…and he was more likely to shoot first and ask questions later.

Following is a list of titles attributed to Denis McLoughlin with reprints in yellow.

1623 FIGHT BACK!

2942 SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE

1638 TIME-BOMB

2948 ISLAND OF MYSTERY (Re-issue of 1688)

1656 GUNS ALONG THE RIVER

2960 BORN TO BATTLE

1671 ON THE TRAIL OF THE TREASURE

2971 FIND THE RAIDERS (Re-issue of 1680)

1680 FIND THE RAIDERS

2982 SENTENCE OF DEATH

1688 ISLAND OF MYSTERY

2994 FIGHTING MOUNTIE

1704 THE DIE-HARDS

2995 IN ENEMY UNIFORM (Re-issue of 1768)

1710 OBEY ORDERS!

3004 BOSS OF THE ISLANDS (Re-issue of 1785)

1718 THE CONQUERORS

3012 FOR FREEDOM (Re-issue of 1766)

1727 A MAN AFRAID

3015 RUNAWAY REBEL

1741 THE HAWK AND THE DOVE

3034 THE THIEF TAKER

1744 TANK KILLER

3043 WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES (Re-issue of 1830)

1758 FIND THEM, SINK THEM!

3048 LONE VOLUNTEER

1766 FOR FREEDOM

3073 ESKIMO SCOUTS

1768 IN ENEMY UNIFORM

3082 VICTORY AND VENGEANCE

1775 A WHOLE LOT OF TROUBLE

3091 BOMBER CREW (Re-issue of 1837)

1785 BOSS OF THE ISLANDS

3096 TOUGH JUSTICE

1797 BAND OF WARRIORS

3108 DELAYED ACTION (Re-issue of 1854)

1805 RAIDER ON THE PROWL

3114 BEN'S BATTLE

1813 THE SECRET BASE

3127 TRACKS OF TERROR

1818 THE GOOD SOLDIER

3131 RIVER OF BLOOD (Re-issue of 1871)

1830 WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES!

3145 BLAZING FRONTIER

1837 BOMBER CREW

3151 RENEGADE KNIGHTS

1846 ISLAND OF HEROES

3163 INTO BANDIT COUNTRY (Re-issue of 1909)

1854 DELAYED ACTION

3167 STORM ISLAND

1862 ICE-COLD COURAGE

3171 ATLANTIC HURRICANE (Re-issue of 1886)

1871 RIVER OF BLOOD

3180 SERGEANTS DON’T RUN (Re-issue of 1894)

1886 ATLANTIC HURRICANE

3186 DUEL WITH THE DEVIL

1894 SERGEANTS DON'T RUN

3189 MUTINY

1902 NORTHERN PATROL

3194 FEAR ON THE FRONTIER

1909 INTO BANDIT COUNTRY

3196 NORTHERN PATROL (Re-issue of 1902)

1917 ROAR OF THE TEMPEST

3213 ARMY OF THE SHADOWS

1927 THE FLYING BATTLESHIPS

3225 FIGHTING TRAWLER

1934 THE FLYING COFFIN

3228 WANTED DEAD AND ALIVE (Re-issue of 1945)

1938 STAND BY…FIRE!

3234 TERROR TACTICS

1945 WANTED, DEAD AND ALIVE

3244 STAND BY…FIRE (Re-issue of 1938)

1957 THE MISFITS

3250 REBEL RAIDERS

1966 RUN FOR IT!

3259 THE FLYING BATTLESHIPS (Re-issue of 1927)

1974 TREASURE OF THE CHATEAU

3264 A MATTER OF NERVE

1984 THE MAN WITH THE POWER

3282 DEADLY CONTACT

1989 SCHOOLBOY AT SEA

3289 ICEBERG BATTERY

1997 KNIGHTS OF THE DESERT SKY

3301 REBEL'S REVENGE

2007 COLIN'S LUCK

3312 LOYAL TO THE LEGION

2022 GHOST OF EVIL

3315 THE MAN WITH POWER (Re-issue of 1984)

2030 TOP-SECRET BASE

3319 LEGION GOLD

2034 COUNTER-ATTACK!

3334 THE CRAZY PROFESSOR

2040 SUB VERSUS SUB

3339 SCHOOLBOY AT SEA (Re-issue of 1989)

2047 LORD OF THE HEADHUNTERS

3350 O’LEARY’S REVENGE

2055 FIGHTING PARTNERS

3360 FRED'S DAY OUT

2064 A BUNCH OF BANDITS

3369 SHADOW FROM THE PAST

2069 HOMEWARD BOUND

3389 CANNON FODDER

2089 TOP-SECRET U-BOAT

3395 COLIN’S LUCK (Re-issue of 2007)

2094 MYSTERY WARRIOR

3402 CAMEL CAVALRY

2104 WAR IN THE SNOW

3412 SUB VERSUS SUB (Re-issue of 2040)

2109 BACK FROM BEYOND

3414 REGIMENTAL RUDDOCK

2118 SOLDIER OF THE EMPEROR

3420 FIGHTING PARTNERS (Re-issue of 2055)

2126 DESERT STRIKEFORCE

3425 PRESS-GANGED!

2130 SPECIAL MISSION

3432 TERROR OF THE TRACKS

2141 THE CHEF WHO WENT TO WAR

3436 HOMEWARD BOUND (Re-issue of 2069)

2149 VLR-VERY LONG RANGE

3444 TOP SECRET BASE (Re-issue of 2030)

2166 SOUND THE ALARM

3450 MAC’S LAW

2169 CARRIER SQUADRON

3451 LORD OF THE HEADHUNTERS (Re-issue of 2047)

2175 WARSHIP ON WHEELS

3461 THE FIGHTING THREE

2184 SEAPLANE TO THE RESCUE

3477 HERO HUNTER

2191 ONE GOOD TURN

3487 REBEL RAIDER!

2201 WHEN THE SHOOTING STARTS

3491 A BUNCH OF BANDITS (Re-issue of 2064)

2207 BABYFACE BAILEY

3501 RENEGADE RAIDERS

2216 NAZI HUNT

3512 ROGAN OF THE RIFLES

2226 WARNER'S WAR

3515 TOP SECRET U-BOAT (Re-issue of 2089)

2229 CALL TO BATTLE

3526 THE FIGHTING FURIES

2237 LOST AT SEA

3536 A SOLDIER’S LUCK

2249 FROZEN WITH FEAR

3552 FIGHT TO WIN!

2264 PHANTOM PANTHERS

3556 SOLDIER OF THE EMPEROR (Re-issue of 2118)

2269 BEWARE THE TRAITOR

3567 NO PLACE TO HIDE!

2280 ESCAPE FROM SINGAPORE

3571 DESERT STRIKE-FORCE (Re-issue of 2126)

2289 A LUCKY BREAK

3587 THE CHEF WHO WENT TO WAR (Re-issue of 2141)

2294 SEARCH AND RESCUE

3603 VLR – VERY LONG RANGE (Re-issue of 2149)

2305 NIGHTMARE FLIGHT

3619 CARRIER SQUADRON (Re-issue of 2169)

2313 OPERATION 'VIKING'

3636 WARSHIP ON WHEELS (Re-issue of 2176)

2327 DOOMED DESTROYER

3643 SEAPLANE TO THE RESCUE (Re-issue of 2184)

2346 CROSS OF FIRE

3667 WHEN THE SHOOTING STARTS (Re-issue of 2201)

2357 FIGHTING INVENTOR

3684 BABYFACE BAILEY (Re-issue of 2207)

2365 THE FOOTSLOGGERS

3716 NAZI HUNT (Re-issue of 2216)

2375 PAST CRIMES

3739 WARNER’S WAR (Re-issue of 2226)

2384 OUT-GUNNED

3764 FROZEN WITH FEAR (Re-issue of 2249)

2398 DAYS OF FEAR

3772 PHANTOM PANTHERS (Re-issue of 2264)

2408 YANKEE DESTROYER

3780 BEWARE THE TRAITOR (Re-issue of 2269)

2421 FIELD GUNNER

3820 ESCAPE FROM SINGAPORE (Re-issue of 2280)

2433 DEATH ON THE WIND

3836 SEARCH AND RESCUE (Re-issue of 2294)

2447 THE LOST BOMBER

3878 SEARCH AND RESCUE (Re-issue of 2313)

2458 U-BOAT CHASE

3923 FIGHTING INVENTOR (Re-issue 2357)

2471 OUTCAST!

3932 CROSS OF FIRE (Re-issue of 2346)

2487 SNATCH SQUAD

4001 PAST CRIMES (Re-issue of 2375)

2498 THE WRONG WAR

4016 OUT-GUNNED! (Re-issue of 2384)

2506 GLIDE INTO DANGER

4040 DAYS OF FEAR (Re-issue of 2398)

2520 RUN THE GAUNTLET

4047 YANKEE DETROYER (Re-issue of 2408)

2529 TEETH OF THE DRAGON

4055 FIELD GUNNER (Re-issue of 3421)

2552 VAMPIRE HUNT

4080 THE LOST BOMBER (Re-issue of 2447)

2561 KILL THE FUHRER!

4101 U-BOAT CURSE (Re-issue of 2458)

2577 FOLLOW THE DRUM

4118 THE WRONG WAR (Re-issue of 2498)

2585 THE SHADOW WAR

4125 SNATCH SQUAD (Re-issue of 2487)

2601 LAST-DITCH DEFENDERS

4133 OUTCAST! (Re-issue of 2471)

2614 BAILEY'S RAIDERS

4143 TEETH OF THE DRAGON (Re-issue of 2529)

2633 SHOCK FORCE

4157 RUN THE GAUNTLET (Re-issue of 2520)

2640 GRENADE!

4174 BAILEY’S RAIDERS (Re-issue of 2614)

2655 ACTION TEAM

4207 TO LEAD THE WAY (Re-issue of 2765)

2671 WEREWOLF MISSION

4213 SHOCK FORCE (Re-issue of 2633)

2688 SHOCK FORCE U.K.!

4221 SHOCK FORCE U.K. (Re-issue of 2688)

2702 OPERATION MANHUNT

4229 SHOCK FORCE SHOWDOWN (Re-issue of 2728)

2710 DEADLY DOUBLE-CROSS

4237 OIL RIG RAIDERS (Re-issue of 2845)

2728 SHOCK FORCE SHOWDOWN

4246 LAST-DITCH DEFENDERS (Re-issue of 2601)

2736 STORM FORCE

4254 KILL THE FUHRER! (Re-issue of 2561)

2758 OPERATION ECLIPSE

4269 VAMPIRE HUNT (Re-issue of 2552)

2765 TO LEAD THE WAY

4272 THE SHADOW WAR (Re-issue of 2585)

2782 OPERATION NAVAJO

4295 DEATH RIDE (Re-issue of 2853)

2799 CLOSE ACTION

4320 THE FIGHTING BUCKET (Re-issue of 2882)

2814 DESTINATION SIBERIA

4333 DEADLY DOUBLE-CROSS (Re-issue of 2710)

2830 REBELLION!

4344 ACTION TEAM (Re-issue of 2655)

2845 OIL RIG RAIDERS

4440 VLR – VERY LONG RANGE (Re-issue of 2149/3603)

2853 DEATH RIDE

4486 WAR IN THE SNOW (Re-issue of 2104)

2876 OBEY ORDERS (Re-issue of 1710)

4554 THE CHEF WHO WENT TO WAR (Re-issue of 2141/3587)

2882 FIGHTING BUCKET

4566 WARNER’S WAR (Re-issue of 2226/3739)

2895 HOSTAGE HUNT

4590 WARSHIP ON WHEELS (Re-issue of 2176/3636)

2899 A MAN AFRAID (Re-issue of 1727)

4598 ONE GOOD TURN.. (Re-issue of 2191)

2912 GRUDGE TEAM

4682 ESCAPE FROM SINGAPORE (Re-issue of 2280/3820)

2916 THE CONQUERORS (Re-issue of 1718)

4486 BEWARE THE TRAITOR (Re-issue of 2269/3780)

2927 SECRET SABOTEUR

 

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