Having successfully published his previous historical comic, Raid On The Forth, in 2019 via his Maximized Comics imprint, writer and artist Colin Maxwell has returned to the subject of World War Two in the Firth of Forth with Flight Of The Eagle.
This 40 page, A5 sized, black and white comic tells the true story of how the Polish submarine O.R.P. Orzel refused to surrender to the Nazi invaders at the beginning of the war, fled first across the Baltic Sea, and then finally managed to join the Royal Navy’s 2nd Submarine Flotilla based at Rosyth on the Forth near the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.
As well as illustrating the tale, the book includes textual background information on the submarine (the name of which translates from Polish as “Eagle” hence the comic’s title) and its crew.
Perhaps the most striking part of the book is its explosive cover. As this book follows on the World War Two theme from Raid on the Forth, which had a full colour painted wraparound cover by one of the new breed of Commando cover artists, Graeme Neil Reid, Colin was able to persuade the longest serving Commando cover artist and British comics legend, Ian Kennedy, to contribute a painted cover to this one, which shows the submarine submerged and under attack by Kreigsmarine warships with depth charges exploding around it.
The Kickstarter to publish Flight Of The Eagle has its end date due on Sunday 3rd May 2020 but has proved so popular that it has already passed the 100% funded mark, meaning that that the book will indeed go ahead and the book has even reached its two stretch goals of postcards of the cover and a pair of beer mats for its print backers.
A selection of pledge tiers are still available mixing PDF and hard copy versions of the book, as well as similar versions of Raid On The Forth for those that missed Colin’s previous book.
UPDATE 3 May 2020: Flight Of The Eagle smashed its £200 Kickstarter target and raised £1124 from 154 backers.
• There are more details of Flight Of The Eagle at its Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maximized/flight-of-the-eagle-the-true-ww2-story-of-the-orzel
• Other titles by Colin Maxwell can be purchased from the Maximized Comics website: http://www.maximized.co.uk/index.html
• The launch of the Raid On The Forth comic is featured on downthetubes here: https://downthetubes.net/?p=109770