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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Indiana Jones: A Piece of the Action Indiana Jones
"A Piece of the Action"
Comic strip
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles #1
Welsh Publishing Group
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Penciller: Adam Hughes
Inker: Karl Story
Colorist: Sean Tierney
1992

On a steamer to Europe with Remy, Indy encounters a German spy.

 

Read the story summary at the Indiana Jones Wiki

 

Notes from the Indiana Jones chronology

 

This story of Teen Indy takes place a couple weeks after "Spring Break Adventure", while Indy and Remy are on a steamer bound for London so they can enlist in the war.

 

Didja Know?

 

This 2-page comic strip story appeared in the first-and-only issue of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles magazine. It does not have a title itself other than the setting of "Mid-Atlantic, April 1916". I gave it the title "A Piece of the Action" based on circumstances Indy uses in the story.

 

Notes from The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones

 

The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones is a 2008 publication that purports to be Indy's journal as seen throughout The Young Indiana Chronicles and the big screen Indiana Jones movies. The publication is also annotated with notes from a functionary of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation, the successor agency of the Soviet Union's KGB. The FSB relieved Indy of his journal in 1957 during the events of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The notations imply the journal was released to other governments by the FSB in the early 21st Century. However, some bookend segments of The Young Indiana Chronicles depict Old Indy still in possession of the journal in 1992. The discrepancy has never been resolved. 

 

The journal as published skips over this episode in Indy's life.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this story

 

Mexican steamer crew

Indiana Jones

Remy Baudouin

female German spy

Ambassador Heinrich von Eckardt (mentioned only) 

 

Didja Notice?

 

As the story begins, Indy and Remy are on a steamer from Veracruz to London to enlist in the European war. However, this story creates a few minor glitches in the transition to the next Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV episode in the chronology,

"The Easter Rebellion". Here, Indy and Remy have seemingly booked passage on a fairly small steamer to London, but in "The Easter Rebellion", they arrive in Queenstown, Ireland on a large cruise ship, having stowed away, but gotten caught and having to work cleaning the engine room for their passage. Our current story seems to forget that Indy and Remy had to arrive in Queenstown first (and participate in the Easter Rebellion there), before heading to London (where they enlist at a Belgian recruitment center).

 

On page 1, panel 2, Indy appears to be holding and gazing at the jackal standard he recovered from Demetrios in "Spring Break Adventure", so he hasn't turned it over to anyone yet.

 

At the end of the story, Indy reflects that this was not the last time Germany tried to start a war between Mexico and the United States. The brief summary he gives of the February 1917 incident involving the German ambassador to Mexico is a true bit of history. The ambassador was Heinrich von Eckardt (1861-1944).

 

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