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HOOKS DEVLIN

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Full Name: Armitage X. “Hooks” Devlin
Nationality: American
Organization: X Bureau
Occupation Agent

Creator: Rafael Astarita
Time Span: 1942 - 1950

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Armitage X. 'Hooks' Devlin is a private investigator.
       When we first meet him, he is locking the door on his office in San Fransisco with the thoughts "and so Armitage X. Devlin, private investigator, goes out of biz ... for the duration". He is obviously anxious for his new life because he is dressed in his Marine Corps officer uniform even though he tells a friend on the city police force that he does not report to San Diego for duty for a month.
       Devlin wants to join the fight as a normal Marine but life, and his investigative abilities, will constantly stop that from happening. He is just too good at being a private detective to let such talent go to waste and when there are all sorts of spies and saboteurs and criminals operating during wartime, someone has to catch them. Devlin is one of those catchers.
       Eventually he will be moved to Marine Intelligence HQ (thought they were part of Naval Intelligence but not here) but even then he hoped he would be sent overseas to get into combat but always something happens that urgently needs someone with his skills to suss it all out and there go his chances of seeing "normal" duty. One thing Devlin never quite realized in all his frustration about not seeing "action" is that each case he handles for the government invariably involves people knocking his out, throwing a knife at him, or shooting at him. Toss in bombs and car crashes and femme fatales and Devlin will see far more "action" than many regular Marines.
       When the War finally comes to an end, Devlin receives his discharge and returns to his old office and picks up his life as a private eye. The kind of cases he handles stays similar to those he took care of while in the service. At his side during this transition is the lovely and interesting Peaches, as devoted to him as always and just as certain to be unhappy about the many beautiful but invariably deadly ladies he encounters.
       To Peaches when she tells him about his assignment to find her kidnapped father, "Let's whirl, squirrel". He has a number of different terms of "?endearment?" he uses for her from time to time but his most commonly used is "birdbrain". Oddly enough, for a woman who at times demonstrates how ditsy she can be, she does have a pretty good brain on her shoulder and it seems she is well off thanks to her father and she even saves his bacon a time or three so why she doesn't brain him is not known and hard to believe. This is especially puzzling because he promises on more than one occasion to stop calling her that and yet ...

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:50
First Appearance:1942
Last Appearance:1950

1 'Find The Missing Tootlys' 'Find The Missing Tootlys'
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/1942

From Fight Comics #20 - Hooks Devlin is closing shop to join the Marines to fight Nazis when a woman named Peaches Tootlys gets her uncle, an Admiral, to countermand the orders so Hooks Devlin can look for her missing inventor father.

2 'The Torch Singer' 'The Torch Singer'
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 10/1942

From Fight Comics #21 - On his last night before active duty, Hooks Devlin joins Peaches at a benefit ball at the British embassy. A British secret agent is murdered by Voltz The Viper and Devlin is assigned by the Chief of Naval Intelligence to handle the case.

3 'The Missing Czech' 'The Missing Czech'
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 12/1942

From Fight Comics #22 - While Hooks Devlin is assigned to find a missing Czech Resistance leader who has been kidnapped, Peaches visits a museum where the curator and two guards have been murdered, supposedly as part of a mummy curse.

4 'The Jap Tea Garden on Elm Street' 'The Jap Tea Garden on Elm Street'
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 01/1943

From Fight Comics #23 - A representative from a peace-seeking Japanese coalition is kidnapped and Hooks Devlin is assigned to find him.

5 'Hymn 42' 'Hymn 42'
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/1943

From Fight Comics #24 - A batch of Nazi literature is flooding the city and Hooks Devlin is picked to find out who is printing it

6 Story 06 Story 06
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 04/1943

From Fight Comics #25 - [plot unknown]

7 Story 07 Story 07
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 06/1943

From Fight Comics #26 - [plot unknown]

8 Story 08 Story 08
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/1943

From Fight Comics #27 - [plot unknown]

9 'Thought My Lungs Would Burst' 'Thought My Lungs Would Burst'
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 10/1943

From Fight Comics #28 - Peaches insists that she and Hooks Devlin go visit a numerologist she knows but first he gets snatched by the brother of a saboteur he caught years before, a man who wants revenge by killing Devlin.

10 Story 10 Story 10
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 12/1943

From Fight Comics #29 - [plot unknown]

11 Story 11 Story 11
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/1944

From Fight Comics #30 - [plot unknown]

12 Story 12 Story 12
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 04/1944

From Fight Comics #31 - [plot unknown]

13 Story 13 Story 13
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 06/1944

From Fight Comics #32 - [plot unknown]

14 Story 14 Story 14
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/1944

From Fight Comics #33 - [plot unknown]

15 Story 15 Story 15
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 10/1944

From Fight Comics #34 - [plot unknown]

16 Story 16 Story 16
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 12/1944

From Fight Comics #35 - [plot unknown]

17 Story 17 Story 17
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/1945

From Fight Comics #36 - [plot unknown]

18 Story 18 Story 18
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 04/1945

From Fight Comics #37 - [plot unknown]

19 Story 19 Story 19
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 06/1945

From Fight Comics #38 - [plot unknown]

20 Story 20 Story 20
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/1945

From Fight Comics #39 - [plot unknown]

21 Story 21 Story 21
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 10/1945

From Fight Comics #40 - [plot unknown]

22 Story 22 Story 22
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 12/1945

From Fight Comics #41 - [plot unknown]

23 Story 23 Story 23
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/1946

From Fight Comics #42 - [plot unknown]

24 Story 24 Story 24
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 04/1946

From Fight Comics #43 - [plot unknown]

25 Story 25 Story 25
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 06/1946

From Fight Comics #44 - [plot unknown]

26 Story 26 Story 26
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/1946

From Fight Comics #45 - [plot unknown]

27 Story 27 Story 27
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 10/1946

From Fight Comics #46 - [plot unknown]

28 Story 28 Story 28
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 12/1946

From Fight Comics #47 - [plot unknown]

29 Story 29 Story 29
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/1947

From Fight Comics #48 - [plot unknown]

30 Story 30 Story 30
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 04/1947

From Fight Comics #49 - [plot unknown]

31 Story 31 Story 31
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 06/1947

From Fight Comics #50 - [plot unknown]

32 Story 32 Story 32
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/1947

From Fight Comics #51 - [plot unknown]

33 Story 33 Story 33
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 10/1947

From Fight Comics #52 - [plot unknown]

34 'A Nice Red Hanky' 'A Nice Red Hanky'
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 12/1947

From Fight Comics #53 - The aging owner of a dude ranch hires Hooks Devlin and Peaches to learn what is killing the tourist trade at his facility. A greedy neighbor wants to drive the place out of business to buy the land extra cheap.
Reprinted in Knockout Adventures #1, 1954.

35 Story 35 Story 35
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/1948

From Fight Comics #54 - [plot unknown]

36 Story 36 Story 36
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 04/1948

From Fight Comics #55 - [plot unknown]

37 Story 37 Story 37
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 06/1948

From Fight Comics #56 - [plot unknown]

38 Story 38 Story 38
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/1948

From Fight Comics #57 - [plot unknown]

39 Story 39 Story 39
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 10/1948

From Fight Comics #58 - [plot unknown]

40 Story 40 Story 40
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 12/1948

From Fight Comics #59 - [plot unknown]

41 Story 41 Story 41
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/1949

From Fight Comics #60 - [plot unknown]

42 Story 42 Story 42
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 04/1949

From Fight Comics #61 - [plot unknown]

43 Story 43 Story 43
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 06/1949

From Fight Comics #62 - [plot unknown]

44 Story 44 Story 44
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/1949

From Fight Comics #63 - [plot unknown]

45 Story 45 Story 45
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 10/1949

From Fight Comics #64 - [plot unknown]

46 Story 46 Story 46
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 12/1949

From Fight Comics #65 - [plot unknown]

47 Story 47 Story 47
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 01/1950

From Fight Comics #66 - [plot unknown]

48 Story 48 Story 48
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 03/1950

From Fight Comics #67 - [plot unknown]

49 Story 49 Story 49
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/1950

From Fight Comics #68 - [plot unknown]

50 Story 50 Story 50
Published by Fiction House
Contributors: John Campbell (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/1950

From Fight Comics #69 - [plot unknown]

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