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"Commando": The Dirty Dozen: The Best 12 "Commando" Books of All Time [Paperback]

George Low
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7 Nov 2005
'Achtung!', 'Gott in Himmel!', 'Donner und Blitzen!' For the generations of men whose obsession with military history was triggered by reading war comics in their youth, here at last, is Commando's ultimate collection of Second World War stories. The Dirty Dozen showcases the best of the best - and 25 per cent bigger than the originals, so old guys can read the strips without their glasses! Chosen by current Editor George Low, the brilliantly drawn stories in this classic collection range from backs-to-the-wall heroics at Dunkirk and Battle of Britain dogfights, through desert warfare in North Africa and daring commando raids behind enemy lines, to tough battles across Europe from D-Day to VE Day. For everyone whose comic-book battle lust has ever been stirred by Nazi cries of 'Die! Englischer schweinhund', The Dirty Dozen will transport them right back into fictional combat situations they'd forgotten were so much fun. Aaarrghh!

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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd; First Edition edition (7 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844423077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844423071
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George Low started working on Commando comic books in 1964, three years after their launch. He is the current Editor of Commando, only the third incumbent in Commando's history.

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 26 Dec 2005
If, like me, you are in any way interested in reliving your chidhood, then this book will bring back a lot of memories! I was brought up on these comics and now have a considerable collection. This book has an intro from the current editor and then some superb stories, all of which capture the stiff upper lip attitude of the comics. There is a small input on the covers but no more unfortunately.
Most of the stories number pre 600. The art work is superb and if you arelucky enough to pick up copies of Achtung Commando, then your reference material is complete!
If you don't already own the comics conatained in ther book, then this is an essential purchase.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pocket Battle Strips 15 May 2007
I discovered a friend had never heard of, let alone read a Commando book as a child. I was amazed and dismayed. What, I wondered, had the poor chap done to be so deprived? I shudder think what dialogue he made up for his Action Men without access to this rich source material.

Anyway, a brilliant idea to publish this collection - let's have more.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still good after all these years 28 Feb 2007
I have to wonder how many of these they sell to people who aren't men over 40 but it's a fantastic trip back to the comics which were essential reading and playground swap material in the late 1960's and early 1970's.

I was caned for reading this at the back of Double Latin - and still think that I make the right choice while the teacher was a Squarehead spy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
My parents bought me this book some years ago, I remember smiling when I got it at Christmas, coz I'd never fully engaged with these graphic novels as a child.

As an adult, it was more the good old-fashioned nostalgia value of honest-to-goodness, cheap black and white comic strip heroics. The artwork for me shows a magnificent effort on the part of the artists. The stories are also quite tightly written too. This is sheerest high adventure and well recommended. (though perhaps a tiny bit naughty for being so non-pc hehehe).

Previously, I've only dipped in here and there, but... am I the only suffering from the loss of pages 705-720?

The book I have looks intact. These are not ripped out pages, this is how the book was sold. These pages are simply not included. Does this demonstrate a serious problem with the publisher? Ultimately, what happens at the end of Man of Iron? What about the start of Glider Ace? These are burning issues!
(I'll chase that problem up elsewhere, so in the spirit of all serials, this is a matter... TO BE CONTINUED...)

Despite these problems, I'd still say this is a 10 star production.

PS: Remember to buy a small torch for whoever you're buying this for. This book should only be read in bed (preferably under the covers) by torchlight. Then you can drift off to sleep and dream about wonderful tales of daring-do.

Pip-pip, Tally-ho! and Chocks away, Ginger!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Commando 31 Dec 2011
By bam
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I bought this as part of my son's Christmas present. He could not put it down on Christmas day. His wife and sons were not so pleased. Mum knows best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotton Childhood! 4 Sep 2009
Back in the mid '70's, I used to have a paper-round. The two best days, were payday and the day that the new commando books came out. I would get my newsagent to order them for me and he would take the cost of them out of my wages. I would read and re-read them over and over again, before storing them away in my room. Reading these books again reminded me of those happy childhood days. Great stuff - thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Fun 18 May 2013
The stories brought back all the fun and enjoyment of reading Commando comics and are representative of the range of stories they gave you. Buy this and the other Compilation "True Brit" then you can save about 20 pounds and you can get them now instead of waiting for the new proposed compilations Commando are proposing to sell in four different titles for 9.99 each and they are not released yet. The new titles are "The Deadly seas", "Commando Marching to Glory", "Heroes Fly High" and "Rampaging Raiders". Much better value to buy these loder titles and get them now than wait. If you already have these older titles then you have all the stories being rereleased again by Commando. Pity they do not take the opportunity to release different titles to those they have already put into compilations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 July 2014
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Brought back memorys as a kid
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Commando comic books
I have always loved these stories ever since I was a kid.. good to see they are still going strong
Published 7 months ago by M N Haskell
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!
Published 7 months ago by David Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouragement to read
This was for my 11 year old grandson who is reluctant to read. He loves these commando stories in cartoon form and takes this book to bed to read, so would recommend this.
Published 12 months ago by elibee
5.0 out of 5 stars Share this amongst you, Squareheads!
Outstanding - loved it. Well worth the buy just to spend a few minutes going back to those halcyon days of one's boyhood.
Published 16 months ago by Adder
5.0 out of 5 stars Is the 12 better.
Is the 12 better comic books, unfortunaly none with the commandos!?
you get navy, air, army, intelegence in this one big book, maybe too big.
Published 17 months ago by Nuno
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I bought this as a present for my husband. He loves it and it brought back a lot of good memories when he bought it as a child.
Published 18 months ago by Julie Whitby
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal gift
Great present for the 40 something male who remembers reading Commando comics as a kid. It brought back a lot of memories.
Published 18 months ago by Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DIRTY DOZEN
I am in the middle of this one and so far it is just pure magic i cant wait till the end.
Published 18 months ago by Robert Rae Hughes
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