SIMPLE SPYMAN

 
Full Name: Spyman
Series Name: Simple Spyman
Codename: SS
Nationality: British
Organization: Unknown
Occupation Agent

Creator: Bill Ritchie
Time Span: 1975 - 1975
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Simple Spyman is an agent with British Intelligence.
       Well, we assume it is British because it is presented in a British comedy comic book magazine. The Intelligence part is only because he is names "Spyman". Considering the daffy things he gets involved in and the goofy things he does, it is hard to say if there is any intelligence involved.
       Still, Agent "SS" is there, week after week, to follow the instructions of his rotund, soup-strainer mustached, cigar-chomping, bow-tie wearing boss who, though he sends SS on a lot of varied missions, never seems to get dismayed at the end results.
       In the first recorded adventure of Simple Spyman (we learn no more about his name), we are greeted with "Meet the guy who's the world's worst spy!" That could say it all but, of course, I'll say more.
       Like the less-than-genius Simple Simon who was undoubtedly the foil for the play on words name of this 'agent', SS is a man who does not realize how ridiculous he is or how foolish his plans are. As his namesake in the nursery rhyme 'went a-fishing for to catch a whale', SS is constantly trying to get do something in the silliest of ways and failing OR he is succeeding but with hilarious outcomes.
       And it all starts with his incredibly outfit of super over-sized hat, all dark apparel, and a beard that cannot be believed even when seen.
       But for all the zaniness that abounds in these spoof tales, he does kinda grow on you. [I'll skip the comparison of 'like a fungus' but you'll think it, nevertheless.]

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:18
First Appearance:1975
Last Appearance:1975

1 Can't Swim Can't Swim
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 01/18/1975

From Cracker No. 1 with 1 black & white page. SS is ordered to swim to James Blonde's underwater cube and attached a listening devise. But he can't swim!

2 The Choc Bar Mix The Choc Bar Mix
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 01/25/1975

From Cracker No. 2 with 1 black & white page. Spyman's in a fix - in the choc bar mix! SS must find out how Chunchi Choc Bars are made.

3 On The Run On The Run
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/01/1975

From Cracker No. 3 with 1 black & white page. SS isn't given a mission, but told he needs to watch out for Big Mack. Is the man he can't shake him? Read and find out.

4 Lurking Around Lurking Around
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/08/1975

From Cracker No. 4 with 1 black & white page. SS is given the mission to spy on a football (soccer) team called The Rovers. But when found he gets the boot.

5 Cunning Disguises Cunning Disguises
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/15/1975

From Cracker No. 5 with 1 black & white page. SS is sent to school to learn about disguises. Yet, he's bad at the disguise game.

6 Laughs & Photographs Laughs & Photographs
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/22/1975

From Cracker No. 6 with 1 black & white page. SS is sent to get photos of Fairy Sleet's new washing powder. Can he do it without a mistake? Find Out Mate!

7 Day of Rest Day of Rest
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 03/01/1975

From Cracker No. 7 with 1 black & white page. Spyman gets a day off, but can't stay in his chair. He must find out what is happening in the area. That's a bad idea for sure!

8 Magical Tricks Magical Tricks
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 03/08/1975

From Cracker No. 8 with 1 black & white page. SS is given the mission to go to the Magician's Club to find out if Willi The Wizard is a fake. Just what will happen to Spyman this time?

9 Big Job Big Job
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 03/15/1975

From Cracker No. 9 with 1 black & white page. SS is to get a big job from Boss. But he has ideas of what it could be. Of course he is wrong and has to follow an onion seller.

10 Whiter Than Anything Whiter Than Anything
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 03/22/1975

From Cracker No. 10 with 1 black & white page. SS is given the mission to find out about Sudso's new soap-powder. He discover that it washes whiter than anything else.

11 Spy on Red Flash Spy on Red Flash
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 03/29/1975

From Cracker No. 11 with 1 black & white page. SS is told to go to the race-course and spy on a horse called Red Flash. He must record the plans of the jockey and owner. But, tapes Red Flash eating.

12 Spyman in France Spyman in France
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 04/05/1975

From Cracker No. 12 with 1 black & white page. SS has a mission in Paris to spy on the new Spring fashions. Will be bring home the goods?

13 Spying On A Band Spying On A Band
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 04/12/1975

From Cracker No. 13 with 1 black & white page. The mission for SS is to spy on the Glue Factory Brass Band. What a Wheeze and Sneeze for laughs.

14 Up The Pole Up The Pole
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 04/19/1975

From Cracker No. 14 with 1 black & white page. SS has a secret mission to find out what some guy is saying on his phone. But he taps the wrong lines and then something else happens.

15 The Wax Policeman The Wax Policeman
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 04/26/1975

From Cracker No. 15 with 1 black & white page. The Boss sends SS to Madam Toosud's Waxworks to discover how dummies are made. There he runs into a wax copper and ends up jumping into the wax himself.

16 Movie Star? Movie Star?
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/03/1975

From Cracker No. 16 with 1 black & white page. SS is given the assignment to play a Spy in the new James Blond movie, but after reading the script ops out of the gig.

17 A Chance A Chance
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/10/1975

From Cracker No. 17 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman must spy on Big Ivor's, but he wants to sing and dance. Then when caught spying he's told to talk and he just sings and dances.

18 Paper Lunch Paper Lunch
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/17/1975

From Cracker No. 18 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is given a number of items that he is to memorize and destroy. He eats them of course.

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