When it comes to living and fighting in the desert, the Apache have no equal, and Juan Running Deer was a true Apache.
His eagerness to be a warrior like his ancestors led him to North Africa with the British Army in 1942.
Soon the battle-ground echoed his tribe's ancient war cry, "Da'itsaah!" - "Unto Death!"
When Commando fan John Warburton nominated this book for a fresh viewing, I don't think he realised how unusual it was. The artist responsible for the inside work, Jim Watson, only drew half-a-dozen issues for us - no surprise, really, as he was much in demand for the likes of Warlord and Battle. He does bring an individual style to the art, but it's still very much in the Commando style…and very good.
Author Ken Gentry hailed from South Africa and loved his desert war stories, but there he has excelled himself for invention, bring a Native American thousands of miles to join the action.
The cover is from the inimitable Ian Kennedy - one of his earliest efforts for Commando - and is accomplished as the ones he does today.
With all that going on, little wonder it's such a good story.
Calum Laird, Commando Editor
Note: Originally published as Commando No 912 (June 1975) and re-issued as No 2235 (December 1988).