Commando Cubs
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Real Name

Ace Browning/Pokey Jones/Horace Cosgrove II/Whizzer Malarkey/Spud O'Shea

First Appearance

Thrilling Comics #36 (July 1943)

Original Publisher


Created by

Richard Hughes and Bob Oksner


Commando Cubs were originally group of American kids who were originally sent to England as part of a study of "the effects of the old-world culture on kids of different backgrounds." But when the World War II reached the shores of the British Isles, the kids found themselves stranded.

In 1943, their guardian, a British professor who conducted the study, sent them to the countryside. There, they saw the British commandos training. Inspired by what they saw, the boys started training like commandos and bought themselves commando-style uniforms. And while they only meant it as a game, but, through a series of mix-ups, they found themselves dropped in the Nazi-occupied France. And although they made a few mistakes, they managed to stay alive and even score something of a victory. The experience was enough of a moral boost to inspire the boys to continue fighting the Nazis as Commando Cubs.

Commando Cubs were made up of Ace Browning, their outgoing leader, Spud O'Shea, his Irish-American second-in-command, Horace Cosgrove II, the resident smart kid, Whizzer Malarkey, the chubby smart-alec whose accent suggested working-class Brooklyn, and Pokey Jones, the token African-American kid (whose depiction was either cringe-worthy or surprisingly progressive depending on the artists and writers involved).

Golden Age Appearances

  • America's Best Comics #27-28
  • America's Biggest Comics Book #1
  • Thrilling Comics #36-52, 55-60, 63, 65


  • The Nedor comics were renewed by Popular Library, which was eventually bought out by Fawcett Books. When Fawcett went out of business, Popular Library was sold to Warner Bros. A number of different publishers, however, are currently/have been using these characters without any lawsuits from Warner Bros., so any action over them is (probably) unlikely. They are still, however, "use at your own risk" characters.

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