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U.N.D.E.R.S.E.A. AGENT

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Full Name: Davey Jones
Series Name: U.N.D.E.R.S.E.A. Agent
Nationality: American
Organization: U.N.D.E.R.S.E.A.
Occupation Agent

Creator: Samm Schwartz , Ray Bailey
Time Span: 1966 - 1967

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Davey Jones is an agent with U.N.D.E.R.S.E.A.
       That mouthful of an acronym stands for "United Nations Department of Experiment and Research Systems Established at Atlantis" and is an international peace-keeping and exploratory department tasked with all things happening under the ocean surface. It is the brain child of its founder and director, Professor Weston. While it is obviously a highly secret organization since an experience officer like Jones had never heard of it before, it is extremely well-funded as shown by the immense facility it uses at the sea's floor and the tremendous amount of cool toys its people get to play with.
       Weston is a hoot, being a constant pipe-smoking old scientist with a bald head except for wild wing-like tufts on the sides, heavy bushy white eyebrows and a beard and mustache to rival St. Nick. He is an undeniable genius and constantly at work with new inventions that seem to be just finished the moment they are needed.
       The Atlantis part of the long name of the organization comes from the fact that the base which Weston created lies quite near the underwater excavation site of the original sunken island of that name.
       Jones is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He is a highly skilled fighter pilot which will come in quite handy with all the vehicles he is asked to man or pilot or drive or steer. He is also a trained scuba diver. When shown in a skin-tight wet suit or when topless, it is obvious that the man is in the peak of condition and he becomes even more determined to stay there as the series progresses.
       Jones is a rather tall individual, likely 6'2" or thereabouts. He has a full head of wavy black hair with tuft always falling across his brow. And that is about all that can be said of Jones because there is so very little told of his life before or outside of his becoming an agent.
       In the course of his missions for U.N.D.E.R.S.E.A., Jones will have an accident where he found himself between an giant electric eel and a nuclear generator. Though injured, he did come away from it with some strange energy powers he can use when his normal physical prowess proved lacking. Often, though, his powers help but he still needs his tenacity and his intellect to pull off a success.
       Working with him from the first day he arrives at Atlantis is a young man named 'Skooby' Doolittle. He is an orphan found on a deserted island by Weston and given a position doing odd jobs on the base. He latches onto Jones and the two become good friends with Jones taking on the big brother role like he owned it. Skooby provides the requisite actions of a sidekick including making mistakes but showing a good heart. He also saves the day a time or two.
       There is also the beautiful Renata Del Mar, daughter of another maritime scientist and a recruit as an agent in the first recorded adventure. She is there for a short while but then disappears, sadly.
       From the adventures that Jones has, it is obvious the ocean has spawned a lot of mad scientists, several of whom are from the Far East, and all of them wanted to rule the world. They don't make it.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:26
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1967

       1964 saw the arrival on television of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and in the world of entertainment where James Bond was a huge hit, Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin were wildly welcomed. At the same time, Marvel Comics has reinvigorated the superhero genre a couple of years before with The Fantastic Four, Spiderman, and many others. That made the rest of the publishing world take notice.
       The next year, 1965, a small but ambitious Tower Comics, a subsidiary of paperback publisher, Tower Publications, released its premium title. T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents gave the comicbook readers a combination of both spy and supers with a small team of superpowered individuals. Dynamo, NoMan, and Menthor were the initial agents.
       It was successful enough in the first year that the powers that be, namely Wally Wood, decided to add another title to the mix. Since T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents kind of had the surface world covered, it was decided to go underwater and thus U.N.D.E.R.S.E.A. Agent was born. That title would only last 6 issues, each one containing several adventures. An apparent leftover story was used as a filler in a T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents issue afterwards.


1 Sink The Carrier Gettysburg Sink The Carrier Gettysburg
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: D.J. Arneson (writer), Ray Bailey (artist), Vic Gorelick (colors)
Copyright: 01/1966

From Undersea Agent #1 - 14 pages - A dozen military vessels of the West have gone missing. The latest is the USS Gettysburg, an aircraft carrier from which a radio message indicated a poisonous gas had killed the crew. Lt. Jones is seconded to U.N.D.E.R.S.E.A. to investigate.

2 Undersea Agent Meets Dr. Fang! Undersea Agent Meets Dr. Fang!
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: D.J. Arneson (writer), Ray Bailey (artist), Vic Gorelick (colors)
Copyright: 01/1966

From Undersea Agent #1 - 14 pages - Equipped with his underwater vessel, the Sea Saucer, Davey Jones and his new sidekick, Skooby, head to the Pacific in search of Lemuria and its ruler, Dr. Fang. They meet.

3 The Escape From Lemuria The Escape From Lemuria
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: D.J. Arneson (writer), Ray Bailey (artist), Vic Gorelick (colors)
Copyright: 01/1966

From Undersea Agent #1 - 16 pages - Davey Jones, Skooby, and Renata manage to steal a submarine to escape from Lemuria, not knowing that Dr. Fang has planted a bomb to blow them up in the Straits of Magellan.

4 The Adventures of Skooby Doolittle The Adventures of Skooby Doolittle
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: D.J. Arneson (writer), Ray Bailey (artist), Vic Gorelick (colors)
Copyright: 01/1966

From Undersea Agent #1 - 9 pages - When his request to go into training to be an agent is denied, Skooby goes off on his own to study and learns of a Lemurian infiltrator. Davey Jones shows up to help save the day.

5 Return of Dr. Fang Return of Dr. Fang
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: D.J. Arneson (writer), Ray Bailey (artist), Vic Gorelick (colors)
Copyright: 04/1966

From Undersea Agent #2 - 11 pages - Reports come in that Dr. Fang's Lemuria base has exploded but before celebrations can start, Davey Jones and friends head to the surface to learn giant octopi under Fang's control are destroying ships.

6 The Secret of the Flying Saucers The Secret of the Flying Saucers
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: D.J. Arneson (writer), Ray Bailey (artist), Vic Gorelick (colors)
Copyright: 04/1966

From Undersea Agent #2 - 11 pages - Investigating flying saucers who also operate under the sea surface, Davey Jones and Skooby are captured by aliens from another galaxy.

7 Double Jeopardy Double Jeopardy
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: D.J. Arneson (writer), Ray Bailey (artist), Vic Gorelick (colors)
Copyright: 04/1966

From Undersea Agent #2 - 11 pages - An ancient group dedicated to world domination, T.H.E.M. (The Hosts of Evil Motives), has attacked a ship carrying American politicians headed to Atlantis. The attackers impersonate the pols to infiltrate the secret base.

8 The Richest Man in the World The Richest Man in the World
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Vic Gorelick (colors), Ray Bailey (artist), D.J. Arneson (writer)
Copyright: 04/1966

From Undersea Agent #2 - 11 pages - Self proclaimed King Midas, a fat monocled man with gawdy taste in clothing, is out to scrub every undersea treasure ship for all the gold and trinkets to fund his plan for world domination. Renata is taken prisoner and in rescuing her, Davey Jones gains some super powers.

9 Buried Beneath the Sea Buried Beneath the Sea
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Vic Gorelick (colors), Ray Bailey (artist), D.J. Arneson (writer)
Copyright: 04/1966

From Undersea Agent #2 - 10 pages - Bored and foolish, Skooby goes for an underwater dive and gets chased by a giant grouper. Things get worse and it falls on Renata and Davey Jones to find him and for Jones to use his new powers to save him.

10 To Save A King To Save A King
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Steve Skeates (writer), Ray Bailey (artist)
Copyright: 06/1966

From Undersea Agent #3 - 14 pages - Undersea creatures are suddenly becoming violent and attacking without warning. Davey Jones heads to the region of most incidents to investigate. A Dr. Fang alumnus named Tyro is behind it.

11 At The Mercy of Doctor Mayhem At The Mercy of Doctor Mayhem
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Ray Bailey (artist), Steve Skeates (writer)
Copyright: 06/1966

From Undersea Agent #3 - 14 pages - Davey Jones is on vacation out dancing with a date when they are interrupted by Skooby with an important message. Just then two men who were ready to shoot a beam at Jones hit the young man by mistake and he fades away. The men do the same but not before Jones recognizes them as minions of Doctor Mayhem and heads to his island to investigate.

12 The Panther Whales The Panther Whales
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Mike Sekowsky (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks)
Copyright: 06/1966

From Undersea Agent #3 - 10 pages - A herd of panther whales, a "Miocene bred species" likely disturbed by nuclear tests underwater has begun attacking visitors to their area and it is up to Davey Jones to stop them.

13 The Will Warp The Will Warp
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Gil Kane (artist), Steve Skeates (writer)
Copyright: 06/1966

From Undersea Agent #3 - 10 pages - The diabolical Dr. Malevolent has devised an underwater "Will Warp Ray" which forces the victim to do the opposite of what had been intended. He is going to use it to "shape the minds of our enemies and make them do our bidding".

14 True or False True or False
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Steve Skeates (writer), John Giunta (artist)
Copyright: 06/1966

From Undersea Agent #3 - 7 pages - Davey Jones watches as an intruder is detected approaching his underwater base. All data from the monitors indicate it is he that is coming in. It is an android made to be an exact duplicate, part of an android army from an unknown enemy.

15 'Dolph Saves The Day' 'Dolph Saves The Day'
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Ray Bailey (artist), Don Segall (writer)
Copyright: 08/1966

From Undersea Agent #4 - 14 pages - One of the crew of an outpost of the Atlantis base is really a Red Chinese agent who is shutting down defenses to let an enemy sub in to cause harm. Skooby is the one to discover the duplicity and decides to stop it, with the help of a trained dolphin.

16 To Save A Monster To Save A Monster
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Steve Skeates (writer), Gil Kane (artist)
Copyright: 08/1966

From Undersea Agent #4 - 13 pages - Skooby is sent by the Professor to get some sensitive chemicals from a lab but in doing so, he trips, knocks himself out, and gets himself doused in the liquids which immediately changes him into a confused sea monster.

17 The Haunted Shipwreck The Haunted Shipwreck
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Ray Bailey (artist), Don Segall (writer)
Copyright: 08/1966

From Undersea Agent #4 - 14 pages - Skooby and his dolphin friend come upon an intact sunken wreck but one with its indoor lights aglow. It is really just a doorway to a tunnel to the underground lair of General Zomba who has an army of "mindless one".

18 Bait-Can Caper Bait-Can Caper
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Steve Skeates (writer), Frank Bolle (artist)
Copyright: 08/1966

From Undersea Agent #4 - 10 pages - Davey Jones is using himself and Skooby as bait on a fishing trawler to attract a man calling himself the Pirate who has been working for T.H.E.M.

19 Born Is A Warrior Born Is A Warrior
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Gil Kane (artist), Gardner Fox (writer)
Copyright: 10/1966

From Undersea Agent #5 - 20 pages - Davey Jones and Skooby come across a giant squid attacking a young boy. That lad tells how his father has disappeared weeks before in a bathysphere. Searching for it, they come across giant metal robots up to no good.

20 Death Darts From The Ocean Floor Death Darts From The Ocean Floor
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Ray Bailey (artist), Don Segall (writer)
Copyright: 10/1966

From Undersea Agent #5 - 10 pages - Planes flying over an area of the ocean are blown out of the sky. Davey Jones and Skooby head there to learn why and to stop it.

21 Merman! Merman!
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Manny Stallman (artist)
Copyright: 10/1966

From Undersea Agent #5 - 10 pages - The Reds have claimed to have a base on Venus and now own the planet. A two-man team of Davey Jones and a specially configured volunteer turned into a superhuman merman head to that planet to check things out.

22 The Showdown On Venus The Showdown On Venus
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Manny Stallman (artist)
Copyright: 10/1966

From Undersea Agent #5 - 10 pages - Still out to stop the Reds from controlling Venus, Davey Jones and the Merman are surprisingly helped by native Venusians not too thrilled with the invaders either.

23 Doomsday in the Depths! Doomsday in the Depths!
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Gil Kane (artist), Gardner Fox (writer)
Copyright: 03/1967

From Undersea Agent #6 - 20 pages - Being the guinea pig for another experiment, this one to make his body able to deal with great depth pressure, Davey Jones ends up via an earthquake in a deeply underground civilization and meets a beautiful woman named Elysse.

24 The Sea Stalag The Sea Stalag
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Ray Bailey (artist)
Copyright: 03/1967

From Undersea Agent #6 - 10 pages - Davey Jones and Skooby thought they were exploring an untouched area of the sea floor when they were surprised and taken prisoners by a madman with a growth hormone that creates giant fish.

25 Lobster Island Lobster Island
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Ray Bailey (artist)
Copyright: 03/1967

From Undersea Agent #6 - 10 pages - This is a Merman adventure in which he is sent to a region where people have gone missing to find a scientific genius but recluse who is breeding giant lobsters who obey him. They do not get along when Merman is fed to them as lunch. Davey Jones has a very small role.

26 The Second Atlantis The Second Atlantis
Published by Tower Comics
Contributors: Steve Skeates (writer), Paul Reinman (artist)
Copyright: 06/1967

From T.H.U.N.D.E.R Agent #13 - 10 pages - The Mold-Master is the mysterious man who created an android replica of Davey Jones in an earlier adventure. He is back and recreating all the players in Atlantis, including the base itself. He takes Davey Jones and Skooby prisoner.

MY COMMENTS

       "Flyin' Flatfish!"
       "Sailin' Sailfish!"
       "Suffering Sea Horses!"
       "Leapin' Lampreys!"
       "Flyin' Fish"
       "Jugglin' Jellyfish!"
       "Holy Sufferin' Sunfish"

       Those are some of the expletives that either Jones or Skooby will spout when surprised, mostly by the latter. The last one listed shows what television Skooby was watching when off duty.

       Someone had to work really hard to come up with a meaning for U.N.D.E.R.S.E.A. Notice I did not imply they did a good job because this is horribly forced. I was, though, impressed with the name of one of the bad guys. T.H.E.M. Very paranoid. I liked it.

       I did not like this series, however. The stories were fun-ish but there was never a desire to learn what happened next. It is never a good sign when you are happy the story is over.

GRADE

My Grade: C+

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