Young Naval lieutenant Dan Blain teamed up with Kang Wu and his cut-throat pirates of the Java Seas to wage all-out war on the warships of Japan. When this pair of modern buccaneers got going, not a single Japanese sailor ashore or afloat could sleep soundly.
I can almost imagine the pitch for this back in 1966 - "Pirate Commandos"…that's definitely a winner…
Actually, I'm cheating a little (okay, a lot) - a glance at the trusty Commando records file told me that author Spence's original working title was indeed "Pirate Commandos".
However, I do think that the then-current editorial team made the right decision to go with the snappy, more foreboding "The Wreckers". It really seems to suit this tough, sea-faring tale and Scholler's menacing, murky cover illustration.
Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor
Note: Originally published as Commando No 212 (May 1966).