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STARR FLAGG

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Full Name: Starr Flagg
Series Name: Undercover Girl
Nationality: American
Organization: Central Intelligence Bureau
Occupation Agent

Creator: Gardner Fox
Time Span: 1947 - 2015

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Starr Flagg is an agent with the Central Intelligence Bureau.
       In her first recorded adventure she states that she is with American Intelligence and does not specify the exact department but by the second adventure she gives the name of the group for whom she works. It could mean that this name was meant to indicate a different agency from the nascent CIA which got its official start in 1947, the same year as the adventure, or it could mean that she did work for the CIA but the name was in flux.
       Whatever the case, she is an agent and has been one for some time. This is shown by the fact that she is very much trusted by her bosses and capable enough to be sent out on missions alone, usually with never so much as a handler to assist.
       Flagg's missions are varied as are the locales. She is obviously at home in all manners of spots be they urban settings or in the various wildernesses. She is comfortable taking on bad guys in an evening dress and heels or in jeans and boots - it matters little as she is capable of hitting and kicking and taking names no matter the garb.
       As her cover for her travels all over the world, Starr Flagg maintains a second job as a star roving reporter for The Herald though which city that paper calls home is not mentioned. It is apparently famous enough that no one ever asks 'which Herald?' and good guys and bad alike open their doors when she knocks.
       Starr Flagg is a very attractive and athletic woman either in her late 20s or early 30s. She is single and totally unattached and not adverse to being in the company of equally good looking men. She is by no means dimwitted and though she will find herself in a tight spot on more than one occasion and a couple of times being very lucky to survive the trouble, she becomes imperiled through no false step of her own and she gets out of most because she can definitely handle herself.

BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2015

1 Star Flagg - Undercover Girl Complete! Star Flagg - Undercover Girl Complete!
Written by Matthew H. Gore
Copyright: 2015

All of the graphic adventures and the single short story have been compiled into one large paperback format put out by Boardman Books edited by Matthew H. Gore.
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:1947
Last Appearance:1947

       Though Starr Flagg is a comicbook character and thus would normally have her exploits depicted visually, the Manhunt Comics in which her adventures were shown also had each issue a short story by the author of most, if not all, of the stories being drawn. These two-page prose adventure were often divided with the opening page at the front of the magazine and the closing page at the end.
       Many of the dozen stories were about characters not regularly featured but each of the regulars such as Fallon of the F.B.I. and Kirk of Scotland Yard had one or two. Starr Flagg had just one.


1 Dinner Date With Death Dinner Date With Death
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1947

From Manhunt #2 - To learn more about the plans of a genius scientist, Starr Flagg goes into an interview in her guise as a reported but learns the good (and mad) doctor wants her dead. Luckily, Fallon of the F.B.I. is there to help her bring the nut case down.
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COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:13
First Appearance:1947
Last Appearance:1954

       A true genius and innovator of the comicbook industry, Vincent Sullivan, started his own magazine company in 1943. Prior to that, he had been an artist and editor in the business for several years. It was he who bought from Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster the character they were shopping, known to the world since 1938 as Superman. He was the artist who drew the cover of the first Detective Comics, the book in which a few issues later Batman would make his appearance. Sullivan was also, according to Wikipedia, the man who decided to buck the entrenched "standard" in the field and came out with a comic book series with just one character instead of an anthology of several different people in individual adventures.
       Sullivan was not totally against the idea of comics with multiple storylines in them, though. He just knew some mags needed more than one character and some could make it on his or her own. After he had left Superman/Batman headquarters (National Allied Publications, soon to be DC Comics, he worked for the McNaught Newspaper Syndicate as publisher for their new comic line. That lasted just a couple of years before he got restless and started his own line. The Magazine Enterprises (ME) he founded would last 15 years.
       One of the monthly magazines ME published was Manhunt an anthology book which had the same characters showing up in individual stories each month, each one a specialist in his or her own way at hunting down naughty men and women. In Manhunt the recurring hunters were:
Starr Flagg, aka Undercover Girl, an agent with the Central Intelligence Bureau,
Jim Fallon of the F.B.I., a G-Man with an impressive record,
Ronald Kirk of Scotland Yard, an inspector with that British law enforcement bureau,
Jeffrey Fox, aka The Red Fox, a sergeant with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police,
and
Jet Black, Space Ace, who with his sidekick Jak Tal is a member in the future of the Space Patrol.

       Flagg, Fallon, and Kirk would be in each issue. The Red Fox would miss one or two. Space Ace would be dropped after 7 of the 13 issues and be replaced with Trail Colt, U.S. Marshal in the Wild West. Each of these stories were on equal standing with the others with no particular order being maintained and no one person monopolizing the covers.
       Each of the characters had his own artist maintained through the runs (as best as I can determined). The writer for each is not known but the chance remains that the versatile and prolific author Gardner Fox was behind all of them. Certainly Fox wrote all the Starr Flagg stories as well as the short prose stories that each issue had.

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MY COMMENTS

       A very capable and adventurous character is Starr Flagg. Having enjoyed her one dozen plus one missions, I would have liked more and definitely wished Gardner Fox has penned more short stories about her. We know so little about her but what we see is fun.
       Around the same time that Flagg was operating, there were a few other female character leads in comic books who were not costumed super heroes, a couple quite interesting and self-sufficient. They were reporters or police detectives, though, leaving Ms. Flagg as the sole espionage agent.
       The writer and artist, Fox and Whitney, must have had fun with this series as they were not shackled to any particular locale or opponent. Enemy agents, mad scientists, crazed leaders, homicidal femme fatale, and a gorilla. A pretty good spread!

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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