Red Ensign has a convoluted past. Before Scott Chantler established the character in the True Patriot books in 2013 & 2014, Mark Shainblum was advertising in Orion 1-2, 1982, that Discovery Publications would be bringing out a character with the same name and fighting in the same time period World War Two. Meanwhile in the same magazine Ian Carr was giving sketches of alternate costume designs.
Scott’s version is the most original in costume design. In these stories we see the Red Ensign as a grandfather, telling stories about his adventures as a young man even as his grandchildren do not realize that he was the Red Ensign. Was the first story “Whatever Happened To Red Ensign?” a tribute to the efforts of Second World War veterans now increasingly forgotten?
PERIODICAL TEXT & GRAPHIC:
Orion, 1-2, 1982: “the Red Ensign coming soon From Discovery Publications”: 54.
Orion, 1-2, 1982: “Sketchbook: Ian Carr’s Alternate Version of the Red Ensign”: 62.
BOOK GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:
True Patriot: All New Canadian Comic Book Adventures. Ed., J. Torres. True Patriot Comics, 2013: “Whatever Happened to the Red Ensign.” Car., Scott Chantler: 9-16.
True Patriot: Heroes Of The Great White North. Ed., J. Torres. True Patriot Comics, 2014: “Red Ensign in ‘The Knight of Normandy’.” Car., Scott Chantler: 31-38.
Advertisement. Orion, 1-2, 1982: 54.
”Red Ensign.” Car., Ian Carr. ,Orion, 1-2, 1982: 62
“Red Ensign.” Car, Scott Chantler. True Patriot: Heroes Of The Great White North. 37.