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DON GLORY

 
Full Name: Don Glory
Series Name: Champion of Democracy
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Other - Boxer

Creator: Lincoln Ross
Time Span: 1941 - 1943

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Don Glory is a professional boxer.
       He is very good at his trade, winning fight after fight and gathering a decent reputation and an impressive following. He might have stayed out of his future side business and just kept pounding opponents in the ring if it were not for his fiancée's demand that he stop the fighting.
       This is a vital part to the Glory saga and a rather ironic one.
       June Brent is the daughter of a very wealthy, indulgent and loving father. She is also very much in love with Glory and her father has no problem with the fact that his future son-in-law makes his living with his fists. Not so with Ms. Brent, however, and when we first meet both Glory and Brent, they had just broken up. Well, she broke up with him. He just got miffed and quite put out, both figurativly and literally.
       So, ticked that his gal no longer wants anything to do with him because he had promised to give up fighting and then gotten into the ring again anyways, Glory is wandering down a street feeling sorry for himself when he hears rowdiness from inside a storefront. Curiousity draws him in and he hears an orator calling for the small crowd to force the government to obey the demands of the Fatherland. Glory, already in a rotten mood, takes considerable exception and breaks up the rally with his usual weapons - his fists.
       That puts Glory in the mood to take his new activity on the road, fighting the enemies of his beloved country wherever he can find them, at home or abroad.
       No one has asked him to take on this task and it does not look like anyone is paying this red-headed pugilist to do this but he loves punching things and walloping denizens of dictatorships and would-be saboteurs and like seems like a great activity.
       Meanwhile, Ms. Brent quickly decides that she sees his point of view and realizes that Glory is better off with her in his corner than out by himself. Well, usually.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:19
First Appearance:1941
Last Appearance:1943

       One of the pioneers in the comic book industry was Quality Comics, a publishing company that got its start in 1937 and managed to last for nearly 20 years, impressive in an industry that saw many would-be's come and go. Quality would not only last for two decades, it would be bought by DC Comics and find several of its key characters adopted into that universe. Blackhawk, The Spirit, and Plastic-Man are three of the biggies but there were several others of note.
       One of its many lines was Hit Comics which was, like many of the others, an anthology. For 19 of the 65 issues that the line put out (#8-#26), one of its characters was Don Glory, Champion of Democracy.

Note: the numerous stories in the series had no title to them so I made up my own, putting them in quotes.
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MY COMMENTS

       I will admit that Don Glory is not your typical spy but then again looking at the wide variety of members of this compendium, the atypical are obviously welcome.
       Glory is a boxer who, when forced by his fiancée to give up his heavy-weight career, looks to enemy agents as a outlet for his pugilistic urges. Since nearly every person he goes up against is an enemy agent or working for one, that made him a prime candidate for membership.
       The action is fast, the stories are short, the traps often silly and the escapes unbelievable but through it all, Glory manages to right the wrongs and pow-zing-oof those fifth columnists and Bund members into submission.
       And despite his fighting in every single adventure, he still keeps the lovely June Brent as an intended.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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