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JANE BOND (1967)

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Full Name: Jane Bond
Nationality: British
Organization: Worldpol
Occupation Agent

Creator: Mike Hubbard
Time Span: 1967 - 2022

ABOUT THE SERIES

Jane Bond is an agent with Worldpol.

The World Police Force is an international crime fighting organization with headquarters in several major cities such as London. It seems more active than Interpol, apparently having arrest authority and using it to go after big-ticket threats to law and order. The sort of opponents that Worldpol takes on is several notches above the run-of-the-mill robber or swindler most of us hear about. High level art theft, multi-million dollar gold heists, would be dictators ready to snatch a country. These are Worldpol's objectives.

One of Worldpol's best agents is the very young and seemingly innocent Jane Bond. In her early 20s with shoulder-length blonde hair and often sporting an astonished expression, she does not seem like the sort who would be much help to Colonel Merrill, her stern by caring middle-to-late aged boss at Worldpol. Nevertheless by the time we first meet her, she has already established herself in the role of operative for the organization.

This is shown in our introduction to her: "Meet Jane Bond, secret agent. As cool as an early morning rose and as deadly as nightshade. Born in the United States, educated in Italy, dressed by Zior of Paris - and hated by every crook in the world."

Regarding Ms. Bond's qualifications despite her youth and her demeanor, as well as her habit of using the expression "my gosh" quite often, she is a very accomplished stunt driver, taking part in numerous car chases and even faking her own death on at least one occasion during a high-speed car chase. She can fly an impressive variety of aircraft including a sleek and expensive luxury jet. With those two in mind, it is not hard to believe she can also drive various watercraft with ease.

When she goes up against the nasty and powerful folks that she does, especially Leopold, her arch-nemesis, she goes equipped with more than her own talents and training. She carries a lipstick which also works as a radio to keep in touch with her boss. She has tricky gadgets disguised as pieces of jewelry. She even at one time has a small parachute that also functions as a handbag.

BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:2022
Last Appearance:2022

1 The Best Of Jane Bond The Best Of Jane Bond
Written by David A. Roach
Copyright: 2022

Beautifully laid out book containing the history of the comic book series, its creator/artist, and five of those fantastic stories including the first one and the last two. [I heartily recommend it!]
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COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND MANGA

Number of Stories:21
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1970

The magazine Tina was a combination of short stories, articles, and graphic adventures, all geared towards the female tweens and teens of Britain. Created by Fleetway Publications, a well established publishing house with numerous other titles already out, under the IPC imprint, the inaugural issue was February 25, 1967. The publication would be relatively short-lived, though, before it was merged with another existing title in September of that year.

The absorbing entity was Pricess magazine which had been going since January of 1960 and had reached issue #399 before the merger. The new magazine would be titled Princess Tina and would last for several more years. [Actually, the lineage could be expanded on with the various name changes over the years but, ah, no.]

With this first issue and lasting through the merger and continuing until 1970 was Jane Bond - Secret Agent. There would be numerous adventures of the young operative, most told two pages at a time in each issue. Some of the stories were short ditties taking only five of the weekly publications while others went a bit longer, some lasting several months.

According to David A. Roach, the man who recently produced the terrific The Best of Jane Bond in 2022, there were "sixteen stories of varying lengths in the first 158 issues of Tina and its later reincarnation as Princess Tina".

Add to those an additional few for other non-regular issues. [Note: I found Jane Bond stories in a Princess Gift Book For Girls and in Princess Tina Annuals for 1969 and 1971 but no story for her in 1970. I have not gotten hold of Tina Annual 1968 but I cannot imagine it not having a story. Mr. Roach says there is another adventure in the Princess Tina Summer Extra 1969 but I have not found a copy yet for it either.] Since there is no real continuity issues involved, I have listed the non-regular weekly runs at the end.

Oh, by the way, the titles for these adventures listed is mine since there were none in the original magazines.


1 'Jane and the Kidnapped Scientist' 'Jane and the Kidnapped Scientist'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Mike Hubbard (artist)
Copyright: 1967

Printed in Tina #1 - #13, Feb. 2, 1967 - May 20, 1967, 2 pages each issue except the initial one which had 3.
John Simm, the Western World's greatest scientist, has been working with the friednly government of Barabia in the Middle East. Now he has gone missing and with him, the secret formula for a new explosive he was working on. Jane Bond is sent to locate both.

2 'Jane and the Enemy Agents' 'Jane and the Enemy Agents'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Mike Hubbard (artist)
Copyright: 1967

Printed in Tina #14 - #30, May 27, 1967 - September 16, 1967, 2 pages each issue.
A team of foreign agents have been stealing vital American Intelligence documents. It is the job of Jane Bond to find out who they are, how they do it, and how they transfer the intel.

3 'Jane and the Shadow' 'Jane and the Shadow'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Mike Hubbard (artist)
Copyright: 1967

Printed in Princess Tina #31 - #37, September 23, 1967 - November 4, 1967, 2 pages each issue.
Some the authorities is calling The Shadow is stealing gargoyles off historical buildings all over Europe. Worldpol is convinced this is not just a series of pranks and Jane Bond is assigned to learn the truth.

4 'Jane and the Curious Quartet' 'Jane and the Curious Quartet'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Mike Hubbard (artist)
Copyright: 1967

Printed in Princess Tina #38 - #47, November 11, 1967 - January 13, 1968, 2 pages each issue.
Three prominent politicians have gone missing in different parts of Europe and the common factor is they each went to attend a concert given by a quartet.

5 'Jane and the Perilous Potion' 'Jane and the Perilous Potion'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Mike Hubbard (artist)
Copyright: 1968

Printed in Princess Tina #48 - #59, January 20, 1968 - April 6, 1968, 2 pages each issue.
A powerful gangster wanting to become even richer has kidnapped a scientist who has created a liquid extremely hazardous to a nation's crops. He wants to extort fortunes from different countries under the threat of releasing it on their fields.

6 'Jane and the Hidden Artwork' 'Jane and the Hidden Artwork'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Mike Hubbard (artist)
Copyright: 1968

Printed in Princess Tina #60 - #70, April 13, 1968 - June 22, 1968, 2 pages each issue.
During the Second World War, artwork from a French museum was hidden to keep it from the Nazis. Now a ruthless collector will do anything to get hold of it. Jane Bond's job is to stop him.

7 'Jane and the Man of La Mancha' 'Jane and the Man of La Mancha'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Mike Hubbard (artist)
Copyright: 1968

Printed in Princess Tina #71 - #82, June 29, 1968 - September 14, 1968, 2 pages each issue.
Across the hills of Spain ride two men who resemble the famous Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. While the locals feel they are harmless, Jane Bond is certain something sinister is involved with the two and is determined to discover what.

8 'Jane and the Circus' 'Jane and the Circus'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Mike Hubbard
Copyright: 1968

Printed in Princess Tina #83 - #88, September 21, 1968 - October 26, 1968, 2 pages each issue.
A dangerous enemy spy named Konrad was caught the previous night but then escaped. Worldpol thinks a traveling circus might be involved and Jane Bond is assigned the task of going undercover with the troupe.

9 'Jane and the Suspicious Movie Set' 'Jane and the Suspicious Movie Set'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Mike Hubbard (artist)
Copyright: 1968

Printed in Princess Tina #89 - #97, November 2, 1968 - December 28, 1968, 2 pages each issue.
Jane Bond is certain that there is something very suspicious about the goings-on with a remote set of a movie being filmed at a castle. When she reports her worries to the Colonel, he insists she stick around until she learns what it is.

10 'Jane and Mr. Cactus' 'Jane and Mr. Cactus'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Mike Hubbard (artist)
Copyright: 1969

Printed in Princess Tina #98 - #106, January 4, 1969 - March 1, 1969, 2 pages each issue.
Jane Bond is certain that Horatio Cactus, owner of a high-class tailors, has pulled off a big diamond robbery. As she investigates him, though, a rival gang kidnap him to get their hands on the ice. Now she must free him to free them.

11 'Jane and the Blackmailed Photos' 'Jane and the Blackmailed Photos'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Mike Hubbard (artist)
Copyright: 1969

Printed in Princess Tina #107 - #115, March 8, 1969 - April 3, 1969, 2 pages each issue.
Some photographs, taken by a crook named Charles Zaldi, seem to prove that Jane Bond has turned traitor to the Worldpol and joined Zaldi's own criminal organization. Hoping to catch Zaldi red-handed, Jane get her Chief's permission to link up with the crook.

12 'Jane and the Trouble on the Road' 'Jane and the Trouble on the Road'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Mike Hubbard (artist)
Copyright: 1969

Printed in Princess Tina #116 - #124, May 10, 1969 - July 5, 1969, 2 pages each issue.
Running late for an important Worldpol meeting, Jane Bond has some car issues which are of a suspicious nature. The more she looks into it, the worse the situation becomes.

13 'Jane and the Stolen Tritonium' 'Jane and the Stolen Tritonium'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Mike Hubbard (artist)
Copyright: 1969

Printed in Princess Tina #125 - #131, July 12, 1969 - August 23, 1969, 2 pages each issue.
Wanting very much to go on vacation, Jane Bond is instead ordered to look into the theft of a radioactive substance called tritonium. She must find out who took it and stop them from using it to kill millions.

14 'Jane and the Army of Pretty Girls' 'Jane and the Army of Pretty Girls'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Mike Hubbard (artist)
Copyright: 1969

Printed in Princess Tina #132 - #145, August 30, 1969 - November 29, 1969, 2 pages each issue.
To find out who was organization, and for what reason, an army of pretty girls in the remote upper reaches of the Amazon River, Worldpol agent Jane Bond heads to that region. She will discover that high-powered hypnotism is a play, but for what end?

15 'Jane and the Trouble in the Arctic' 'Jane and the Trouble in the Arctic'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Mike Hubbard (artist)
Copyright: 1969

Printed in Princess Tina #146 - #153, December 6, 1969 - January 24, 1970, 2 pages each issue.
A nefarious group hidden somewhere in the frozen region of the Alaskan Arctic is blackmailing numerous countries with threats of melting the polar icecap. Jane Bond is sent to the frigid area to track them down and stop them.

16 'Jane and the Snatched Heiress' 'Jane and the Snatched Heiress'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Mike Hubbard (artist)
Copyright: 1970

Printed in Princess Tina #154 - #158, January 31, 1970 - February 28, 1970, 2 pages each issue.
Finally given the vacation she has been craving for some time now, Jane Bond is annoyed to find she is being spied upon by two different men, both on the payroll of the world's richest man. He is interested in hiring Jane to help protect his grown daughter from being kidnapped but before anyone can do anything, she is snatched.

17 'Jane and the [Unknown]' 'Jane and the [Unknown]'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1969

Printed in Tina Annual 1968.
[plot unknown]

18 'Jane and the [Unknown]' 'Jane and the [Unknown]'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1969

Printed in Princess Tina Summer Extra Annual 1969.
[plot unknown]

19 'Jane and the Saving of Colonel Merrill' 'Jane and the Saving of Colonel Merrill'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1969

Printed in Princess Gift Book For Girls 1969 - 4 pages
Colonel Merrill is in Greece planning to attend a conference in Instanbul when he learns that a group has hired a hitman to take out the leader. Jane Bond must speedily head there to act as bodyguard.

20 'Jane and the Bottle of Orangeade' 'Jane and the Bottle of Orangeade'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1969

Printed in Princess Tina Annual 1969 - 6 pages.
Orangeade is the clue to Senor Dominigo's plan to blow up an underground atomic bomb stockpile, destroying an entire country.

21 'Jane and the Friendly Attack Animals' 'Jane and the Friendly Attack Animals'
Published by Fleetway Publications Ltd.
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1969

Printed in Princess Tina Annual 1971 - 6 pages.
Colonel Merrill is up in arms because someone has been able to infiltrate the top secret facility at Horley Down and steal vital defense documents. The person or persons have been able to tranquilize the ferocious guard dogs and make them quite tame.

MY COMMENTS

My gosh! I looked and looked and looked and came up with nowhere near what I had hoped to find of Tina and Princess Tina magazines online or for a reasonable expense so my understanding of Jane Bond, Secret Agent, comes from a good number of individual pages. That was enough to let me know I would gladly pay good money, if I had it, for more stories. They are cute and fun and, more importantly, great artwork. Mike Hubbard, the artist, was terrific.

That is what I said back in August of 2019 when I added this page to the compendium. Just recently, to my personal delight but my wallet's anguish, The Best of Jane Bond was released and I snatched it up the day I learned about it. It is awesome! It has a nice amount of cool data about the history of the character and the strips themselves. It had five of the stories beautifully laid out, which I loved reading. It also had the number of stories and the start and stop time of the series.

From that I was able to scour those many individual pages I mentioned and make heads or tails of them enough to come up with what I believe are pretty accurate synopses and metadata for all of them. I may be wrong on a few here and there but ... thanks a ton, Mr. Roach, for doing this book!!

Now, on to my comments on the series itself.

To think that the man went from drawing Jane, a very risque comicstrip lasting several years, to creating and drawing Jane Bond - Secret Agent, a clean-cut young chaste woman. Had to have been quite a change.

The stories are young adult material but still sophisticated enough to be appealing. None of the adventures talk down to anyone and I would happily compare them to any of the Man From Uncle graphic adventures.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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