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MIKE STONE

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Full Name: Mike Stone
Codename: Lone Wolf
Nationality: British
Organization: British Military Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Unknown
Time Span: 1963 - 1964

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Mike Stone is an agent with British Intelligence.
       It is likely, since his actions take place during WWII, it is with Military Intelligence but since I know virtually nothing about this individual, that is speculation.
       Interestingly, approximately five years before we are old of these two adventures of Mike Stone, one of which dealt with a "Secret Enemy" and the other with very large mechanized fighting machines apparently dubbed "Sand Spiders", there was released in another publication owned by the same company two tales nearly back-to-back about an agent codenamed Spy 13 who had to tussle first with a "Secret Enemy" and then with "Sand Spiders". Since I do not know anything about those either, I cannot say for sure whether they each had to go up against similar or the same adversaries and if they did, did one not get the job done well enough?
       All conjecture, of course.
       The only information we really have so far is Mike Stone is a Secret Agent and he is blond. Well, he is right-handed, too.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:2
First Appearance:1963
Last Appearance:1964

       In 1963, Fleetway Publications unveiled a new title line, Valiant Picture Library(VPL), building off the name of another recently started line, Valiant, and a line existing for several years, Thriller Picture Library (TPL). Like that one, it would have one story per issue but would vary from issue to issue what topic and character would be presented.
       I mention this because the two adventures of Mike Storm - Secret Agent would have connection to TPL in two ways. Not only would it appear in a magazine with a similar concept and a similar name, it would involve two stories which, going by the names, are rewrites of two stories in the other. In TPL there was a recurring operative named Spy 13 who had as his first challenge a "Secret Enemy" and who, two adventures later, went up against "Sand Spiders". Mike Storm did the same thing except he faced the Spiders one issue earlier.


1 Mike Stone and the Secret Enemy Mike Stone and the Secret Enemy
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.

Copyright: 09/1963

From Valiant Picture Library #7 - [plot unknown]

2 Mike Stone and the Sand Spiders Mike Stone and the Sand Spiders
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.

Copyright: 01/1964

From Valiant Picture Library #15 - [plot unknown]

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