DOUG GRANT

 
Full Name: Doug Grant
Nationality: American
Organization: U.S. Counter-Espionage
Occupation Agent

Creator: Robert Bernstein
Time Span: 1950 - 1953
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Doug Grant is an agent with U.S. Counter-Espionage.
       The term Secret Service is mentioned but the group for which Grant works is not affiliated with the Treasury Department; rather it is largely an unnamed member of the intelligence community dedicated to fighting spies. Considering the places that Grant goes on his missions, its reach is global and its mandate anything related to combating Communist agents.
       As the opening line in the first recorded adventure has Grant telling the readers, "A secret agent is not some mythical being born on the comic page and raised to glory on the silver screen! He's real ... real as the dangers our country faces today! You life and mine! Your country and mine! The democratic institutions we all love so dearly ... these are the stakes involved! And they're the highest ... they're worth dying for! And some men are dying for them this very minute ... in that little known firing line of our peace offensive ... the counter espionage service!"
       Grant has definitely been in the spy business for quite some time for on a mission he comes across, unhappily so, a femme fatale named Myra against whom he competed in "Spain, 1942! And before that, Vichy, France. Italy. Germany. Japan. Shanghai. Portugal." Even if we go on the assumption that the Spain of 1942 was one of Grant's first missions, and there is no evidence for that, he has been in the counter-espionage business for nearly a decade. And successfully so, given that when handed a difficult assignment, Grant's boss, nicknamed "B.B.", explains, "You brought it on yourself with that last job of yours! Spiriting Major Thomas right out from under the noses of the Czech secret police! And, of course, you speak every Slav language."
       Grant is a fairly tall, athletic dark haired man who, as appropriate for that era, routinely dresses in a suit and tie (even when parachuting). He is decidedly good looking and not adverse to the company of the fairer sex nor are they lacking in interest in him. He does have a fun pick-up line when he offers a lady at a bar a drink and adds, "Say 'Yes' or 'No'. It doesn't matter. I just want to hear what an angel sounds like."

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:39
First Appearance:1950
Last Appearance:1953

       Before Marvel Comics became known as that, it was Atlas Comics. (It was Timely Comics before that, of course.) For the most part the Golden Age of Superheroes was gone and comicbooks looked for other type of stories to entertain the readers. Comedy was king. Romance was big. War stories were big. Science Fiction was growing. And spies were fighting Communists all over the planet.
       Spy Cases was one of the anthology imprints that told the daring tales of the constant fight to keep the Reds from conquering the world. Doug Grant was a repeating character in the magazine and, oddly, he seemed the only repeater. Every other agent was a one-shot deal.
       The first six issues had one Doug Grant adventure. #7 - #12 had two stores each. From #13 to the last issue, #19, there were 3 tales each. This means that though the magazine lasted only 19 issues, there were a whole lot of Doug Grant tales.
       The numbering scheme is an interesting one because it runs 26-19.
       As was quite common back then, for mailing purposes, companies would stop one title and start up another in its place, keeping the numbering intact.
       In this case, the magazine started back in 1943 as Kid Komics detailing adventures of the sidekicks of the Human Torch and Captain America. It lasted 10 issues. Then it became for a single issue Kid Movie Komics. #12-#20 saw it as Rusty, America's Funniest Family. Then it turned into the comedic The Kellys for #23-#25.
       At that point it became Spy Cases and went #26-#28. From then on, though, the numbering switched to be consecutive from the first Spy Case, in other words, #4 through the last #19. Hence the oddly 26-19.

1 Smashing the Iron Curtain! Smashing the Iron Curtain!
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Al Hartley (artist)
Copyright: 09/1950

Found in Spy Cases #26 (#1) - aka The Robart Report - 8 pages - Doug Grant takes the role of a Russian correspondent as he parachutes into Bulgaria to help free an American diplomat arrested for spying.

2 Red Shadow Over South America Red Shadow Over South America
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Al Hartley (artist), Robert Bernstein (writer)
Copyright: 12/1950

Found in Spy Cases #27 (#2) - 7 pages - In an unnamed South American nation, arms shipments meant for the government are being hijacked by rebels backed by the Soviet Union. Doug Grant is sent there to stop the thefts.

3 Sabotage! Sabotage!
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Al Hartley (artist), Robert Bernstein (writer)
Copyright: 02/1951

Found in Spy Cases #28 (#3) - 7 pages - Three agents have died trying to learn about the Red sabotage ring working at the premiere US tank factory. Doug Grant is the next one to try.

4 The Secret Invasion The Secret Invasion
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Al Hartley (artist)
Copyright: 04/1951

Found in Spy Cases #4 - 6 pages - A seal hunting ship in the North Atlantic is really a Red spy vessel studying the defense layout in preparation for an invasion. Doug Grant is put onboard as a crew member to learn the truth.

5 The Vengeance of Comrade De Casto! The Vengeance of Comrade De Casto!
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Al Hartley (artist)
Copyright: 06/1951

Found in Spy Cases #5 - 7 pages - A series of assassinations in Puerto Rico have people in authority stumped. Why these people and why now? That is what Doug Grant is sent to learn.

6 The Traitor Without a Face The Traitor Without a Face
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Al Hartley (artist), Robert Bernstein (writer)
Copyright: 08/1951

Found in Spy Cases #6 - 7 pages - One of the most anti-Red senators in Washington has suddenly switched gears and began promoting following their demands. It is the job of Doug Grant to learn why he made such a radical switch.

7 Nightmare at Noon Nightmare at Noon
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Al Hartley (artist), Robert Bernstein (writer)
Copyright: 10/1951

Found in Spy Cases #7 - 7 pages - In England, a German scientist working on improved airplane engines is murdered. One of three men testing the man's work in Berlin is suspected of being a Red agent who ordered the killing and Doug Grant heads there with the slain man's daughter to learn who the culprit is.

8 Fjords of Fear Fjords of Fear
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), George Tuska (artist)
Copyright: 10/1951

Found in Spy Cases #7 - 6 pages - [plot unknown]

9 Menace in Malaya Menace in Malaya
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 12/1951

Found in Spy Cases #8 - 7 pages - [plot unknown]

10 Horror On Ice Horror On Ice
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 12/1951

Found in Spy Cases #8 - 6 pages - [plot unknown]

11 Undeclared War Undeclared War
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 02/1952

Found in Spy Cases #9 - 7 pages - [plot unknown]

12 Moon of Death Moon of Death
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 02/1952

Found in Spy Cases #9 - 6 pages - [plot unknown]

13 Fangs of the Tiger Fangs of the Tiger
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 04/1952

Found in Spy Cases #10 - 7 pages - [plot unknown]

14 Trail of Doom Trail of Doom
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 04/1952

Found in Spy Cases #10 - 6 pages - [plot unknown]

15 Scorched Earth! Scorched Earth!
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Bill Savage (artist), Robert Bernstein (writer)
Copyright: 06/1952

Found in Spy Cases #11 - 6 pages - A Korean War tale - [Note - Doug Grant is not specifically identified but all evidence points to him being the captain in the story.] American forces have to pull back and his platoon has been ordered to destroy all the supplies the retreating army cannot take, even as the enemy heads into town.

16 The Hidden Army The Hidden Army
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 06/1952

Found in Spy Cases #11 - 7 pages - Another Korean War tale - [Note: The badge emblem normally on the title panel is missing but the character is identified as Doug Grant.] Grant takes the guise of a corporal fleeing into the hands of the enemy to escape death. His plan was to provide disinformation about a planned attack. Being thrown into a prison camp, he decides to stop the executions being done there.

17 The Super Bomb The Super Bomb
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 08/1952

Found in Spy Cases #12 - 6 pages - Another Korean War tale. The Americans and the South Koreans were not working well together on the front lines and Doug Grant is sent to learn why. [Note: no idea where the title comes into things.]

18 Pincer Movement Pincer Movement
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Bill Savage (artist), Robert Bernstein (writer)
Copyright: 08/1952

Found in Spy Cases #12 - 7 pages - Another Korean War tale. Put in temporary charge of the Army company with the death of his C.O., Doug Grant must consider carefully whether to follow illogical but lawful orders from HQ or attack in a way that makes more sense.

19 The Kidnapping of General Syin! The Kidnapping of General Syin!
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 10/1952

Found in Spy Cases #13 - 7 pages - [plot unknown]

20 Revenge Revenge
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 10/1952

Found in Spy Cases #13 - 5 pages - [plot unknown]

21 Forest of Terror Forest of Terror
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 10/1952

Found in Spy Cases #13 - 6 pages - [plot unknown]

22 City of Corpses City of Corpses
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 12/1952

Found in Spy Cases #14 - 6 pages - [plot unknown]

23 Death Duel Death Duel
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 12/1952

Found in Spy Cases #14 - 5 pages - [plot unknown]

24 Timetable of Death Timetable of Death
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 12/1952

Found in Spy Cases #14 - 6 pages - [plot unknown]

25 The Red Terror The Red Terror
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 02/1953

Found in Spy Cases #15 - 7 pages - [plot unknown]

26 The Assassins The Assassins
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 02/1953

Found in Spy Cases #15 - 5 pages - [plot unknown]

27 The Phantom Reds The Phantom Reds
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 02/1953

Found in Spy Cases #15 - 6 pages - [plot unknown]

28 The Red Rocket The Red Rocket
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 04/1953

Found in Spy Cases #16 - 7 pages - [plot unknown]

29 Death of Smuggler Death of Smuggler
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 04/1953

Found in Spy Cases #16 - 6 pages - [plot unknown]

30 Hatred! Hatred!
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 04/1953

Found in Spy Cases #16 - 5 pages - [plot unknown]

31 The Countess Is A Commie The Countess Is A Commie
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 06/1953

Found in Spy Cases #17 - 7 pages - [plot unknown]

32 Trial For Treason Trial For Treason
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Bill Savage (artist), Robert Bernstein (writer)
Copyright: 06/1953

Found in Spy Cases #17 - 5 pages - [plot unknown]

33 Crash Landing Crash Landing
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Bill Savage (artist), Robert Bernstein (writer)
Copyright: 06/1953

Found in Spy Cases #17 - 6 pages - [plot unknown]

34 The Communist Zone The Communist Zone
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Bill Savage (artist), Robert Bernstein (writer)
Copyright: 08/1953

Found in Spy Cases #18 - 7 pages - [plot unknown]

35 Contact In Ankara Contact In Ankara
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 08/1953

Found in Spy Cases #18 - 5 pages - [plot unknown]

36 5 Seconds To Disaster! 5 Seconds To Disaster!
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 08/1953

Found in Spy Cases #18 - 5 pages - [plot unknown]

37 The Fugitive The Fugitive
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 10/1953

Found in Spy Cases #19 - 7 pages - [plot unknown]

38 The Man-Eaters! The Man-Eaters!
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 10/1953

Found in Spy Cases #19 - 5 pages - [plot unknown]

39 Iron Curtain Callers Iron Curtain Callers
Published by Atlas Comics
Contributors: Robert Bernstein (writer), Bill Savage (artist)
Copyright: 10/1953

Found in Spy Cases #19 - 6 pages - [plot unknown]

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