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Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: September 2003
Series: Frontline
Issue Number: 14

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The captured Chuckles is given to Tyler Wingfield by the Baroness & Zandar in return Wingfield's debts with Cobra are cleared. In Paris, Wingfield, with Chuckles aboard, holds a plane ransom and demands 25 million and his mother Sheri Wingfield brought to him and then he will release Chuckles. Once Sheri and the money are brought to him by Flint and his team of Joes, the exchange happens and the plane takes off. On the airplane, Sheri shoots her son, and they jump out of the plane with a parachute together.

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Notes of Interest

See Marvel issue #4 for more history on the Wingfield family.

Major Players

The Joes: Chuckles, Crosshair, Dial-Tone, Flint, Jinx, Scarlett, Shockwave

Special Joe Appearances: Duke, Hawk

Cobra: Baroness, Cobra Commander, Destro, Tomax, Xamot, Zartan, Zandar

The Enemy: Tyler Wingfield, Sheri Wingfield

Additional Characters: Vance Wingfield (in flashback), Jessie (Chuckles' girlfriend), News Anchor Tom Shear, New Reporter Megan Mace

Creative Team

Writer: Brandon Jerwa,
Pencils: Eddy Barrows,
Inks: Cory Hamscher,
Colors: Lynx Studios,
Letters: Dreamer Design,
Graphic Design: Mike Norton,

Cover: Francis Manapul, Cory Hamscher & Steve Co

Full Details

On a secluded beach, sometime in the past, Chuckles tells his girlfriend Jessie that he's got a new job. The only thing is, the job's going to mean a lot of time away from home, and if anything happens, she'll never know the truth. He says he can't ask her to wait for him, but she says she will, for as long as it takes. He promises to come home to her safely.

In the present Chuckles awakens in the back of a van, at the mercy of the Baroness, Zandar, and Tyler Wingfield. It seems it was Wingfield who tipped Cobra off to Chuckles' double-agent status last issue, in order to clear his name with Cobra for double crossing them earlier. He also offers them a generous "finder's fee" for delivering Chuckles to him. Of course, he reminds them, that earlier double cross was what helped reveal Chuckles in the first place. Chuckles is loaded onto an airplane and knocked unconscious.

Soon, on board another plane, Flint takes a call from General Hawk. Seems things have hit the fan in a big way - Wingfield has hijacked a plane, landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, and he's got hostages -and he wants to talk to Flint.

The Joes arrive on the scene in Paris and Wingfield emerges from his hijacked plane, with Chuckles and the plane's co-pilot as hostages. He tells Flint his demands - $25 million in American bearer bonds, and Shary Wingfield - his mother. If his demands are met in three hours, everyone goes free. If not, people die.

Flint tries to play hardball and tells him they'll consider his demands if he lets one of the hostages go. Wingfield proves to Flint that he's not missing around by executing the co-pilot.

They move back inside the plane and Wingfield, frustrated, tosses his phone to the floor. Chuckles aggravates a guard just enough for the guard to shove him to the ground - right next to the discarded phone.

Flint gets on the horn to Hawk, who tells him they've heard from the White House - the money will be paid, and a team of Joes is en route to pick up Shary Wingfield.

Shary is living in the French countryside, under the watch of the CIA. Jinx meets with her to explain Tyler's demands, expecting Shary to tell her to go to hell - but Shary agrees to do it.

At Cobra headquarters, Cobra Commander and his senior staff watch the news as the events unfold in Paris. The Commander applauds Wingfield's ambition, saying he might be useful to Cobra. The Baroness and the Crimson Twins disagree, saying he's too ambitious - leading the Commander to speculate that they're not concerned for the good of Cobra, but rather, that his ambitions might conflict with their own. Destro enters the room with a smirk and tells them the finder's fee Wingfield delivered earlier is all counterfeit.

On the hijacked plane, Chuckles picks up the discarded phone and activates it. Flint can now hear everything that's going on, and Chuckles manages to get Wingfield to spill his story of how he grew up in a military school, fled when his father was killed, and organized street gangs and later crime syndicates in Europe. Chuckles asks how Wingfield discovered he was a spy and he said it was easy - undercover agents live by the clock, so all he had to do was look for the Cobra with the most reliable schedule.

Suddenly, the phone behind Chuckles' back beeps - the battery is low. Enraged, Wingfield swears to kill Chuckles, and moves his deadline up to 30 minutes from now. Shary and the money arrive just in time, and Shary manages to pocket a pistol before she heads off for a reunion with her son.

True to his word, Tyler lets Chuckles and the plane's pilot go when Shary arrives. However, he turns to shoot Chuckles in the back for his earlier transgressions - but Crosshair saves him by shooting Wingfield's gun out of his hand. Tyler orders the plane to take off.

On board, he and his mother have a discussion. He tells her to look at all he's accomplished, imagining how proud his father would be. Shary tells him his father probably would be proud - but she is not. She pulls the pistol from her purse and guns him down. She then grabs hold of him, opens the cabin door, and jumps. She pulls his ripcord and floats to safety as French fighters destroy the plane.

Two weeks later, Hawk meets up with Chuckles, telling him he has another assignment if he wants it - and Chuckles says he does, he just has to keep his promise to Jessie first.

Summary by: Josh Kern