JOHNNY NERO

 
Full Name: Johnny Nero
Nationality: British
Organization: MI-5
Occupation Agent

Creator: Unknown
Time Span: 1967 - 1968
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Johnny Nero is an agent with MI-5.
       Former agent is the way we should put it because when we first meet him, he has long since resigned from the department and now lives a life of luxury. Inheriting a fortune and then turning it into an even bigger one will allow a person to do that and Nero, not being an idiot, did so right away. Unfortunately for him but very lucky for his old boss, not to mention the fate of the Free World on occasion, Nero is first and foremost a man of action and while lying on the beach basking in the hot sun can be appealing, it is nothing as compared to putting his life in danger and testing his skills against dangerous adversaries.
       Nero is likely in his late 30s or early 40s, the depictions tend to shift a bit on that matter. How many years he spent in MI-5 is not known but it had to have been more than a handful considering the way that his former boss, Colonel Jason, thinks of him first when a mission comes up. Also pointing the age meter up a few notches is the fact that he has been in the business world long enough to have become bored with the lack of physical action as well as confident enough to know he can take the occasional side job without his "day job" suffering.
       When not jet-setting around the globe for fun or on one of Jason's nearly suicidal missions, Nero likes to relax at his posh Kensington Garden abode - known in the parlance of the day as his "groovy pad". He has the services of his highly talented and quite appealing business secretary, Jenny Bird. This young but skilled woman, likely in her early to mid 20s, is impulsive and often reckless when it comes to her own safety because she is constantly forcing herself into the missions from which Nero tries very much to keep her safe. He is good at many things but stopping her is not one.
       As we first see him in action, he has the use of a fair number of handy little gadgets provided by MI-5 experts like a belt buckle that can be used as a lock-pick and a "needle-like spike" in the toe of his shoe, activated by the tap on his heel. His pipe is not used for smoking but for a communication device back to headquarters. His hairbrush has a recording/transmitting device in the base.
       While the hair styles and the clothing show the activity as taking place in the mid 70s, the plots and the adversaries are as topical now as they were then.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:13
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1968

1 Meet Johnny Nero Meet Johnny Nero
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Paulo Montecchi (artist)
Copyright: 01/1967

From Secret Agent Series #1 - A scientist has found a way to change the world's climates but his invention is stolen by a shadowy figure and the inventor is killed. Colonel Jackson persuades Johnny Nero to go back into the action to retrieve it.

2 The Devil's Secret The Devil's Secret
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Paulo Montecchi (artist)
Copyright: 02/1967

From Secret Agent Series #3 - A natural-gas scientist involved in oil rig operation in the Baltic Sea backed by an international coalition has gone missing. He is suspected of being housed on an island owned by a former Nazi named Kruger, a man very much wanting to bring back the Reich. Johnny Nero is asked to act as an escaped killer to infiltrate the man's lair.

3 Assassins Anonymous Assassins Anonymous
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Paulo Montecchi (artist)
Copyright: 03/1967

From Secret Agent Series #5 - A mysterious assassin is killing people who fought in the Resistance against the Nazis. When a noted British diplomat, one who once espoused pro-fascist beliefs but then turned, goes missing in the Med, Johnny Nero, nearby on his yacht, is asked to look into things.

4 Trail of Terror Trail of Terror
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Paulo Montecchi (artist)
Copyright: 04/1967

From Secret Agent Series #7 - A series of shocking and deadly acts of terror in the Middle East have left evidence of British involvement, bringing anger towards the UK. A dying MI-5 agent sends word of an even bigger strike soon to happen, brought about by the Dragon. Johnny Nero is asked to head there to find who is behind it and stop them.

5 The Murder Corporation The Murder Corporation
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Paulo Montecchi (artist)
Copyright: 05/1967

From Secret Agent Series #9 - A group of arms merchants from around the globe are increasing business tremendously by supplying both sides of small conflicts around the world with just enough munitions to continue their fights but not enough to end them. Johnny Nero is tasked with stopping them.

6 The Vanishing Astronaut The Vanishing Astronaut
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Paulo Montecchi (artist)
Copyright: 06/1967

From Secret Agent Series #12 - [plot unknown]

7 The Master Minds The Master Minds
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Paulo Montecchi (artist)
Copyright: 07/1967

From Secret Agent Series #13 - [plot unknown]

8 The Double Agent The Double Agent
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Paulo Montecchi (artist)
Copyright: 08/1967

From Secret Agent Series #15 - [plot unknown]

9 Traitor's Trail Traitor's Trail
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Paulo Montecchi (artist)
Copyright: 09/1967

From Secret Agent Series #17 - [plot unknown]

10 The Evil Shadow The Evil Shadow
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Paulo Montecchi (artist)
Copyright: 10/1967

From Secret Agent Series #19 - [plot unknown]

11 The Mind Machine The Mind Machine
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Paulo Montecchi (artist)
Copyright: 11/1967

From Secret Agent Series #21 - [plot unknown]

12 Trouble In Turkey Trouble In Turkey
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Paulo Montecchi (artist)
Copyright: 12/1967

From Secret Agent Series #23 - [plot unknown]

13 Shadows of the Samurai Shadows of the Samurai
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Paulo Montecchi (artist)
Copyright: 01/1968

From Secret Agent Series #25 - [plot unknown]

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