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STAGG OF THE SECRET SERVICE

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Full Name: Jim Stagg
Nationality: British
Organization: British Secret Service
Occupation Agent

Creator: Unknown
Time Span: 1984 - 1984

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Jim Stagg is an agent with British Intelligence.
       His period of activity was during World War II with some events taking place in 1940 and others in 1941. His area of operations was behind the German lines though that did vary with the mission, be in in France, Holland, Italy, Poland, Yugoslavia, Greece, Russia, or deep inside Germany itself.
       His age is likely, by the looks of the man, in his late 20's or early 30's. He is moderately good looking and in very good physical condition to pull off some of the things he does but overall he is average in appearance which is extremely valuable to him as he takes on various personas like a poor farmer or a tradesman or even a German officer. Languages have to be one of his greatest skills for he can talk like a native in numerous European tongues, giving him expert cover when he goes into one of his disguises.
       He has a nemesis in a Gestapo officer named Major Kroger, or perhaps it is more accurate to say that he is the thorn in Kroger's side. Nearly all of the ten adventures we have of his show him going up against Kroger or having Kroger show up at the end surmise who the [expletive] Englishman likely was. This is impressive because it is said that Kroger is Gestapo's top interrogator so if Stagg had him as a personal adversary, Stagg must have been doing a lot of harm to the Germans.
       We know nothing about Stagg beyond the fact that he is hailed as Britain's most daring secret agent. Certainly by the looks of his actions, he is one of the most intrepid and considering all the places he pops up, one of its best traveled. And he has friends or acquaintances in many different areas. At one point he bragged, "I have contacts everywhere ... even in Gestapo Headquarters. I have to know everything I can, just to stay alive!"

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:10
First Appearance:1984
Last Appearance:1984

1 'Hand Over The Bicycle' 'Hand Over The Bicycle'
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 02/25/1984

From Spike #58 - 3 black&white pages - Stagg must get past a squad of Waffen S.S. to get hold of secret plans needed in London.

2 'Betrayal' 'Betrayal'
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 03/03/1984

From Spike #59 - 3 black&white pages - Stagg is betrayed by one of his own men.

3 'Saving the Gestapo' 'Saving the Gestapo'
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 03/10/1984

From Spike #60 - 3 black&white pages - Stagg saves the life of a Gestapo officer.

4 'Tank Commander' 'Tank Commander'
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 03/17/1984

From Spike #61 - 3 black&white pages - Stagg becomes a tank commander - in the German army.

5 'Trap For Stagg' 'Trap For Stagg'
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 03/24/1984

From Spike #62 - 3 black&white pages - Kroger sets a trap for Stagg.

6 'The Old Trick' 'The Old Trick'
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 03/31/1984

From Spike #63 - 3 black&white pages - Stagg uses a centuries-old trick to fool the Germans.

7 'Find the Tank' 'Find the Tank'
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 04/07/1984

From Spike #64 - 3 black&white pages -Stagg looks for an old English tank behind enemy lines.

8 'Traitor!' 'Traitor!'
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 04/14/1984

From Spike #65 - 3 black&white pages - Stagg is accused of being a traitor.

9 'Death Squads' 'Death Squads'
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 04/21/1984

From Spike #66 - 3 black&white pages - Stagg faces the terror of the S.S. Death Squads.

10 'The Top-Secret Plane' 'The Top-Secret Plane'
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 04/28/1984

From Spike #67 - 3 black&white pages - Stagg flies into disaster when he steals a top-secret German plane.

MY COMMENTS

       As a commando, Jim Stagg is an impressive fellow taking on so much all by himself or pulling in local talent to carry off some amazing feats. Impressive also is the way that the writer, as yet unknown, was able to tell some darn entertaining and rather complex plots all within three pages of artwork. Not many words are wasted but there are still enough to get a feel for the area and the problems Stagg has to face.
       At the end of the last adventure, rather than give a clue was to what was coming next week, the story panel simply stated "The End", showing that the escapades of Stagg of the Secret Service were indeed ending. He was not seen again.

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