They were Fleet Air Arm pilots on a carrier, Mike Scott, "Frenchy" Lafarge and the giant Red Knight. In the air they made a great team, but then their carrier was damaged, and they were forced to land with empty tanks on a desert island!
Mike wanted to organise the warlike natives into a private army to fight the Japanese occupying the island.
Big Red flexed his powerful hands and wanted to carry on his own personal feud against the enemy.
Poor Frenchy didn't know who to follow. While they argued and the baffled natives watched - the Japanese were closing in…
Going purely by Ken Barr's wonderfully dynamic cover, you would imagine that you're in for an air-sea extravaganza - and that's certainly true of the first 10 pages or so, which are packed with some astonishing aerial action.
Soon afterwards, however, the story changes gears and becomes instead a taut tale of jungle guerrilla warfare and survival - one that still packs a real punch, half a century after it was first published.
Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor
Note: Originally published as Commando No 172 (July 1965) and was re-issued as No 855 (July 1974).