Sergeant Luck of the Legion: The Whispering Shadow

WhisperingShadowA quick post today and in keeping with the season of Halloween here is a short mystery featuring Sergeant Luck of the French Foreign Legion.  This one appeared in the UK comic Eagle (Annual #7) published in 1958.

Luck of the Legion and the Whispering Shadow


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2 Responses to Sergeant Luck of the Legion: The Whispering Shadow

  1. Eugene Olivier says:

    Perhaps Geoffrey Bond was running out of ideas when he wrote “Whispering Shadow” in 1958. It has precious little to do with the Legion and could just as easily have been Burrough’s “Tarzan And The Whispering Shadow.” Mind you, there is not much scope for variety in Legion literature. By 1958 it had all been done before. Nevertheless, thanks for the entertainment, Jack. I also delved into your LEGION COMICS website. Interesting story in the Adventure comic about the diamond thieves. Satisfying ending. They got their just deserts (and you can take it both ways!) Drawings somewhat primitive, and where did the BLUE kepis come from? Keep them coming, Jack. Mon Legionnaire is fantastic. So are your cross-references. I live again.


    • Jack Wagner says:

      Thanks again Eugene for the words of encouragement. You are right on this piece–little Legion flavor. I have two more (Luck of the Legion) in a similar vein that I think I’ll post closer to Halloween. I enjoy Foreign Legion fiction mainly for a couple of themes, that if the author presents them well, can make for a great read.

      – Redemption. A man’s desire to “erase” his past and start all over (with the FFL as the means).
      – Atonement. Related to redemption but tied to reforming ones self through the brutality of Legion discipline and the test of combat. A cleansing process of self discovery so to speak.
      – Characterization. The endless plot leads presented by the legionnaires hidden background and nationalities coupled with the traditional combat fiction character types (wiseguy, grizzled old-timer, drinker, womanizer, poet, gambler, etc.) helps create characters you really care for. Georges Surdez is really good at developing his characters.
      – Against All Odds. The French Foreign Legion always was a dependable if not considerably effective fighting force since it’s inception. You know when the action starts that they are going to kick ass no matter what the odds. (One of the reasons I really don’t enjoy some of J. D. Newsom’s FFL stories is that for some reason he likes to (fictionally) wipe out whole Legion companies and sometimes battalions. This goes against what I know of the historical FFL and what I want in my Legion fiction).


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