Commando For Action and Adventure, formerly known as Commando War Stories in Pictures, and colloquially known as Commando Comics, are a series of British comic books that primarily draw their themes and backdrops from the various incidents of the World Wars I and II. The comic, still in print today, was an Alternate Company Equivalent to the earlier Battle Picture Library and War Picture Library series, which have since been discontinued. The comic is noted for its distinctive 7 × 5½ inch, 68 page format that became a standard for these kinds of stories.The general tone is more The Guns of Navarone than Saving Private Ryan; the horrors of war are still there, but they don't overpower the stories. Over the years, the "Boy's Own Adventures" attitude has been toned down a bit, but it's still a mostly optimistic view of war, viewing it more as a necessary evil than a fun time for the boys.
Keep Circulating the Tapes: Averted... kind of. Not only has D.C. Thomson & Co. started putting out oversized trade paperbacks of some of classic stories, but every month they usually have at least four stories that are reprints of stories that are at least a few decades old.
The Neidermeyer: Officers who aren't well liked by the enlisted men often show up. If they're seen from the perspective of the troops, they're usually of the aforementioned General Failure type, but when they're an important character themselves, their story is typically about them winning the respect of their troops. A relatively popular example is to team up a unit of rough and ready ANZACs with a by-the-book Englishman.
It's not too uncommon to have a Sergeant Rock mistaken for a Neidermeyer.
Recurring Character: Usually averted, owing to the fact that that there's too many to keep track of. However, Commando has been sneaking in a few recurring characters over the years, mostly by writers who are so established within the company that they can more or less get away with it.
Survivors Guilt: Is a common trope, particularly in, but not limited to stories involving aerial combat. Commonly a bomber pilot loses half or his entire crew, or a fighter pilot loses his favourite wingman or the whole wing. It usually makes them become the heroic version of The Atoner, Death Seeker, or Not Afraid to Die, or any combination thereof. Often it is revealed however, that not everyone died as they believed, or that they are somehow convinced it was not their fault (often by the other survivor), and almost always they get over it at the end of the story.
Those Wacky Nazis: Given this comic's long life, every example given on this trope's page has come up at least once.
Though it's far from unusual to see at least some Nazis depicted as honest, dutiful and brave, albeit on the wrong side.
Interestingly, although not too surprisingly, The Holocaust has only been mentioned in a few issues.
The most recently-set issues were about a cell of Western Terrorists taking over an oil rig in 1990 and 2008's #4123: Nightmare Holiday; set in the same year, it deals with a Japanese civilian fleeing North Korean troops after 30 years of imprisonment.
There's another contender - #4404, Misfit Squad, a story that partly takes place in 2011.
The earlier Commando -stories also had stories set in space and computer simulations. Complete with the 50's-60's nowadays wacky take on space and computer technology.
Worthy Opponent: A frequent trope, usually a patriotic officer or soldier who disdains Nazis.