G-2 OF THE ARMY INTELLIGENCE

 
Full Name: Don Leash
Codename: G-2
Nationality: American
Organization: U.S. Army
Occupation Agent

Creator: Unknown
Time Span: 1942 - 1945
ABOUT THE SERIES

       G-2 of the Army Intelligence is an agent with the U.S. Army Intelligence.
       Bit of a "duh" there, I know.
       When we first meet Don Leash, the man who calls himself G-2, which is also the designation for the military intelligence staff in any unit in the U.S. Army, he is a very eager but obviously still quite young captain stationed at the Intelligence headquarters.
       Two statements made by him when pushing for an important assignment seem quite contradictory but interesting.        The first is made when he barges into the office of the unit commander and offers his services saying "I have a right to ask for that assignment. I've never failed you!" That implies he has been on missions before and successfully completed them. When his bosses agree to his working the case, however, Leash responds with "Thank you, sir. This is the chance I've been waiting for!" which certainly sounds like he is just getting started.
       That very important first mission shows Leash coming up immediately with a plan to draw out an enemy submarine, which works, getting a bomber to assist dropping bombs on it, which works, and then parachuting out for really not logical reason at all. From that point on the mission gets a tad illogical. But it does show young Leash to be an enterprising, daring, and eventually successful spy-buster.
       And then, halfway through the mission, the world of Don Leash changes dramatically and quite strangely. Without any preamble or warning, he peels off his army uniform to reveal his skin-tight superhero garb beneath, complete with a chest emblem of a red circle and the yellow lettering of G2 in the center. The outfit looks like a one-piece blue body suit connected to red swim trunks and including a face mask covering the back and top of his head. Around his waist is a black belt with a yellow buckle and hanging from the belt on the right side is a holster for his automatic pistol.
       No mention is made as to why Leash is now operating as a costumed spy hunter but whenever he encounters someone, they seem to know about G-2 and do not act the least surprised. As the rest of the twenty adventures take place, it is reasonable for him to become better known but having him be almost legendary from Case #1 is a tad off considering that he is supposedly so new.
       We learn nothing else about Leash except he is all work and no play.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Issues:20
First Appearance:1942
Last Appearance:1945

1 Mystery of the Atlantic Mystery of the Atlantic
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Ken Battefield (pens and inks)
Copyright: 12/1942

From National Comics #27 - 10 pages - Case #1 - Someone is tipping off German U-boats off the coast of America about ship movements. Army Intelligence decides to investigate and young Captain Leash is keen for the assignment.

2 Bombers Over New York Bombers Over New York
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 01/1943

From National Comics #28 - 10 pages - Case #2 - Captain Leash learns from another spy that the infamous Dr. Agony, with whom Leash has obviously tangled before, is back and is going to use a U-boat to launch bombers to attack New York. As G-2 he aims to stop them.

3 The Murder Gun The Murder Gun
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 02/1943

From National Comics #29 - 9 pages - Case #3 - A pistol tells its history from the time it is created (by a blacksmith?). This includes the time a spy kills an American officer to take his identity to scuttle several US submarines from the inside. G-2 is on the case.

4 The Case of Cantow Poppy The Case of Cantow Poppy
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 03/1943

From National Comics #30 - 9 pages - Case #4 - The Chinese are determined to wipe out all Japanese in their country. Don Leash, G-2, is sent to help in the intelligence department. He is told there that a "clever" woman named Cantow Poppy is a secret agent to be confronted. Things are not what they seem.

5 The Mystery of the Baskerville Twins The Mystery of the Baskerville Twins
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 04/1943

From National Comics #31 - 9 pages - Case #5 - The Baskerville Brothers had run a successful circus but they augmented their income with bank heists and other forms of larceny. When one of the brothers decides to steal military secrets and sell them to the Nazis, the other objects. A tip to Don Leash brings G-2 into action.

6 The Mystery of the Japanese Derelict The Mystery of the Japanese Derelict
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 05/1943

From National Comics #32 - 9 pages - Case #6 - A Japanese submarine sinks the cargo ship Don Leash is returning to the States on. He is adrift but comes upon a deserted enemy destroyer and finds that secret agent Cantow Poppy is the only living passenger. Things heat up afterwards.

7 The Return of Mata Hari The Return of Mata Hari
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 07/1943

From National Comics #33 - 10 pages - Case #7 - An enemy agent bearing an amazing resemblance to Mata Hari plagues G-2 and when he tries several times to nab her, she vanishes in a puff of smoke.

8 Death in a Crowded Room Death in a Crowded Room
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 08/1943

From National Comics #34 - 10 pages - Case #8 - Congressional committee members are being shepherded to a hotel in the nation's capital where Nazi spies are eliminating them.

9 Case of the Missing Spies Case of the Missing Spies
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 09/1943

From National Comics #35 - 9 pages - Case #9 - A rescued American pilot, recently escaped from a Japanese POW camp, is really a spy sent by the enemy to raid G-2's files.

10 'Case No. 10' (no name) 'Case No. 10' (no name)
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 10/1943

From National Comics #36 - 9 pages - Case #10 - Fraulein Thura is the new spy chief of the enemy ring whose orders are to head to Washington DC to settle scores with G-2.

12 The Story of Private Graham The Story of Private Graham
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 01/1944

From National Comics #38 - 7 pages - Case #12 - Even as a patrol heads to scout a gap tanks will use in an assault, the soldier running point encounters Japanese soldiers laying mines. Luckily, G-2 has already parachuted into the area and together they have a go at the enemy.

13 The Voice of Destruction The Voice of Destruction
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 02/1944

From National Comics #39 - 7 pages - Case #13 - G-2 relates how one innocent comment can reveal important information to the enemy. In this case, it does help him track down a Nazi cell where the female leader is going to blow up a troop ship.

14 The Blackout Looters The Blackout Looters
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 03/1944

From National Comics #40 - 7 pages - Case #14 -

15 The Loyal Defense Worker The Loyal Defense Worker
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 04/1944

From National Comics #41 - 7 pages - Case #15 -

16 The Lady Wang The Lady Wang
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 05/1944

From National Comics #42 - 7 pages - Case #16 -

17 Guns And Glamor Guns And Glamor
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 08/1944

From National Comics #43 - 7 pages - Case #17 -

18 The Case of the Rescued Captive The Case of the Rescued Captive
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 10/1944

From National Comics #44 - 7 pages - Case #18 -

19 The Agents of Despair The Agents of Despair
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 12/1944

From National Comics #45 - 7 pages - Case #19 -

20 The Vase of Kwan-Yin The Vase of Kwan-Yin
Published by Quality Comics
Contributors: Rubimor (pens and inks)
Copyright: 02/1945

From National Comics #46 - 7 pages - Case #20 -

MY COMMENTS

       In my imagination, I see a writer/artist coming up with a new character, one who could fight the new enemies of America and dwell in the gray world of the Intelligence operative. He picked a young, ambitious army officer as the protagonist and goes to town with it. It is accepted and he sets out to pen the adventure. Then the editor muses for a moment and tells the creator, "You know what would be better?" Next thing you see, the spy hunter is draped from head to foot (literally) in a skin-tight blue outfit complete with head covering and a bright, gaudy emblem across his chest.
       Of course, I just picked the editor as the culprit. It could have been the writer who decided to spiff up the hero. Don't know. Whoever it was, wrong! Let's take what promised to be a mediocre concept and turn it silly. Silliest to me was his always having his costume on under his uniform. Sweat much? And was the pistol in the holster under the uniform as well because it sure isn't over it. Yeah, I know. I am overthinking this.
       Now the stories were pretty good ones, all told. And the author was given enough pages to actually develop the plot sufficiently to make sense, leaving out the costumed spy hunter concept.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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