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JOHN HAVOC

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Full Name: John Havoc
Series Name: The John Havoc Dossier
Nationality: Britsh
Organization: Department Q
Occupation Agent

Creator: Unknown
Time Span: 1974 - 1976

ABOUT THE SERIES

       John Havoc is an agent with Department Q.
       That governmental entity is part of the British Intelligence community and a very effective but decidedly not very nice one. When we first get a glimpse of this organization, it is trying its best to hide a mistake made by one of its agents which resulted in a wrecked airplane and numerous fatalities. It was covering up its culpability by throwing all the blame on the pilot and not the real cause, namely mistakenly firing his handgun several times in a pressurized cabin.
       The pilot of that doomed aircraft was Havoc and until the lead started to fly in the cabin while he was in the cockpit unaware of the looming gun battle, he was an aviator in very high regard chosen as the man to fly the new Anglo-German supersonic passenger plane. He was known as a steady hand at the controls though one not prone to putting up with bureaucracy, so much so that he ruffled a lot of management feathers. That was likely why, when he was the only survivor, the fine fellows in Department Q figured no one would be too unhappy if he took the fall. They did offer him a check. He tore it up.
       It was at that point he decided to snoop into what really happened and got involved in a whole new world. It was also when Department Q, an organization which seems to get nastier and meaner as time goes along, kept coming to Havoc with more threats and more promises to help him recover his good name and get his pilot license back. Does Havoc believe them? Not for a moment. Does he really have much of a choice? Not a bit.
       For all the adventures we have of Havoc, and there are quite a few to entertain us, he will be constantly struggling to get a decent life back but each time he takes a step forward, Department Q is there with another need for someone of his skills and tenacity and if pulling him into their project messes up his plans, too bad.
       The head of Department Q, a particularly odius fat man with a very wicked imagination and even more diabolical sense of humor, seems to take extreme delight in derailing Havoc at each turn. Even worse, he gets the credit when Havoc, despite everything thrown against him, pulls off the impossible.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:42
First Appearance:1974
Last Appearance:1976

       The International Publishing Corporation, or IPC, has been one of Britain's leading magazine and digest publishers since the early 60s. [It has recently changed hands and names and is now Time Inc. UK, or TI Media.]
       Among its many, many titles over these 50+ years, it had, for it, a relatively short run of 40 issues in a title Top Secret Picture Library which ran twice a month from July 1974. There were also two Holiday Specials (1975 and 1976). These were in digest format and had a color cover with black and white pages.
       The majority of the issues dealt with John Havoc (36 of the 42). For some reason towards the end of the run, a new character, Jayson Wilde, was introduced and starred in place of Havoc but it was Havoc most of the time and it was Havoc who closed out the series.


Note 1: Each adventure is 64 pages of largely 2 big panels per page. That is a bit much to present here. I have given the first three pages of each adventure to give a taste.
Note 2: The incredible British Comics is a fantastic source for these and a whole lot more!


1 Wings Of Death Wings Of Death
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 07/1974

From Top Secret Picture Library #1 - [plot unknown]

2 Operation Scorpion Operation Scorpion
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 07/1974

From Top Secret Picture Library #2 - Mercenaries in the hire of a man who wants to take over a small oil-rich Arab nation have purchased three jet fighters from a company in England. Department Q, wanting the existing leadership in that nation to continue, force John Havoc into being one of the pilots of those planes to destroy the plot from the inside.

3 Takeover Takeover
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 08/1974

From Top Secret Picture Library #3 - A man with the nickname of Director Zero, indicating how much of a heart the man had, is using terrorism to drive stock prices for companies way down to swoop in and take over. Department Q knows they have to stop him and they force John Havoc into doing the job.

4 The 50th Kill The 50th Kill
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 08/1974

From Top Secret Picture Library #4 - During WWII, British ace fighter pilot Ned Cuttle shot down a German Heinkel. It was foggy so no one really knew where the downed plane landed. Twenty years later, agents from both the West and East want to find it and will do anything to get there first. John Havoc is coerced into helping Cuttle 'remember'.

5 Reign Of Terror Reign Of Terror
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 09/1974

From Top Secret Picture Library #5 - A British scientist had developed a gas which could attack disease. It was stolen by another inventor who added something that turned it into a major explosive. He is using that invisible weapon to extort a huge ransom or he will blow up Monte Carlo. Department Q forces John Havoc to go undercover to stop him.

6 Menace Mountain Menace Mountain
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 09/1974

From Top Secret Picture Library #6 - Getting a chance to fly again, even as the second chair, is enough to tempt John Havoc even if it is transporting highly dangerous material but of course Department Q is really setting him up as a decoy, or a patsy.

7 Hunt The Devil Hunt The Devil
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 10/1974

From Top Secret Picture Library #7 - [plot unknown]

8 The Golden Crusader The Golden Crusader
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 10/1974

From Top Secret Picture Library #8 - [plot unknown]

9 The Death Rehearsal The Death Rehearsal
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 11/1974

From Top Secret Picture Library #9 - [plot unknown]

10 Blood On His Hands Blood On His Hands
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 11/1974

From Top Secret Picture Library #10 - [plot unknown]

11 Living Target Living Target
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 12/1974

From Top Secret Picture Library #11 - [plot unknown]

12 Tightrope Tightrope
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 12/1974

From Top Secret Picture Library #12 - [plot unknown]

13 Artist In Crime Artist In Crime
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 01/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #13 - [plot unknown]

14 Dark Mountain Dark Mountain
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 01/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #14 - [plot unknown]

15 The Deadly Deep The Deadly Deep
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 02/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #15 - [plot unknown]

16 Frame-Up Frame-Up
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 02/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #16 - [plot unknown]

17 Blood Sport Blood Sport
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 03/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #17 - [plot unknown]

18 The Wild Ones The Wild Ones
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 03/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #18 - [plot unknown]

19 Hunted! Hunted!
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 04/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #19 - [plot unknown]

20 Dead On Time Dead On Time
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 04/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #20 - [plot unknown]

21 The Last Frontier The Last Frontier
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 05/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #21 - [plot unknown]

22 See Naples And Die! See Naples And Die!
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 05/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #22 - [plot unknown]

23 One Second To Doom One Second To Doom
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 06/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #23 - [plot unknown]

24 Danger Road Danger Road
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 06/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #24 - [plot unknown]

25 Point Of No Return Point Of No Return
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 08/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #27 - [plot unknown]

26 Iron Hand Iron Hand
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 08/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #28 - [plot unknown]

27 The Hit Man The Hit Man
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 10/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #31 - [plot unknown]

28 Too Many Crooks Too Many Crooks
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 10/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #32 - [plot unknown]

29 Follow The Leader Follow The Leader
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 11/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #33 - [plot unknown]

30 File X File X
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 11/1975

From Top Secret Picture Library #34 - [plot unknown]

31 Poison Pen Poison Pen
Published by Bell Features

Copyright: 12/1975

1st of 3 adventures from Top Secret Picture Library Holiday Special 1975 - [plot unknown]

32 The Big Fix The Big Fix
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 12/1975

2nd of 3 adventures from Top Secret Picture Library Holiday Special 1975 - [plot unknown]

33 One False Step One False Step
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 12/1975

3rd of 3 adventures from Top Secret Picture Library Holiday Special 1975 - [plot unknown]

34 The Viking Hoard The Viking Hoard
Published by Bell Features

Copyright: 01/1976

From Top Secret Picture Library #35 - [plot unknown]

35 Shadow Of Fear Shadow Of Fear
Published by Bell Features

Copyright: 01/1976

From Top Secret Picture Library #36 - [plot unknown]

36 Assassin Assassin
Published by Bell Features

Copyright: 02/1976

From Top Secret Picture Library #37 - [plot unknown]

37 High Risk High Risk
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 03/1976

From Top Secret Picture Library #38 - [plot unknown]

38 Too Hot To Handle Too Hot To Handle
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 04/1976

From Top Secret Picture Library #39 - [plot unknown]

39 Target - Q Target - Q
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 05/1976

From Top Secret Picture Library #40 - [plot unknown]

40 John Havoc of Department Q John Havoc of Department Q
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 1976

1st of 3 adventures from Top Secret Picture Library Holiday Special 1976 - [plot unknown]

41 Shoot To Kill Shoot To Kill
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 1976

2nd of 3 adventures from Top Secret Picture Library Holiday Special 1976 - [plot unknown]

42 Traders In Death Traders In Death
Published by IPC Magazine

Copyright: 1976

3rd of 3 adventures from Top Secret Picture Library Holiday Special 1976 - [plot unknown]

MY COMMENTS

       The stories of John Havoc are a delight to read and are far more entertaining than most graphic adventures that came before.
       First, the artwork is really top-notch. Most of the pages are limited to two large panels which gives the artist room to work. Being in black and white, shading is vital to bring off the correct atmosphere and it is done very well.
       Second, the stories are 64 pages long which gives the writer a chance to set up the scenario, find a way for Department Q to inviegle Havoc into the mess, give Havoc the opportunity to grasp what is going on, and then conclude each assignment with intelligence.
       Havoc has one major flaw and that he is a good guy. He wants to do good. He wants to live a decent life. He is a perfect sap for a rotten fiend like the Director.
       When I read a story, knowing it will not end well for Havoc but still hoping for the best, I know the author/artist has done their jobs well.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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