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SIMPLE SPYMAN

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

Creator: Bill Ritchie
Time Span: 1975 - 1976

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:87
First Appearance:1975
Last Appearance:1976

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. Simple Spyman 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. Simple Spyman's in a fix - in the choc bar mix! He 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. Simple Spyman 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. Simple Spyman 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. Simple Spyman 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. Simple Spyman 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. Simple 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. Simple Spyman 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 him 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. Simple Spyman 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. Simple Spyman 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.Simple Spyman 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. Simple Spyman 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 Simple Spyman 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. Simple Spyman 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 Simple Spyman 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. Simple Spyman 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.

19 What's In The Case What's In The Case
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/24/1975

From Cracker No. 19 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is asked by the Boss to take Mini-Spy with him. But all Mini-Spy can think about is the case and what might be within.

20 Messages From Spyman Messages From Spyman
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/31/1975

From Cracker No. 20 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is asked by his Boss to send messages on how his mission is going. Yet none get through but the last.

21 Damper In Hamper Damper In Hamper
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 06/07/1975

From Cracker No. 21 with 1 black & white page. Mini-Spy can't find Simple Spyman, so he looks for him in hampers and when he finds him it's not him at all, but a dummy.

22 Snake In Hand Snake In Hand
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 06/14/1975

From Cracker No. 22 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman's rival named Fritz is in town. So, he decides to spy on him.

23 Spy In The Sky Spy In The Sky
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 06/21/1975

From Cracker No. 23 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman gets a mission up in the air and hopes he'll learn to fly. But not the way he does.

24 On Holiday On Holiday
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 06/28/1975

From Cracker No. 24 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman goes on holiday at the seaside for a week.

25 Just Who's The Enemy? Just Who's The Enemy?
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/05/1975

From Cracker No. 25 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is sent to watch enemy agents, but Mini-Spy tags along and is more of an enemy himself. Yes, a real pain!

26 Strange Soup Mix Strange Soup Mix
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/12/1975

From Cracker No. 26 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman has a mission to find out what's in Binn's Tomato Soup, but ends up going to Mac's Paint next door.

27 Learning Kung-Fu Learning Kung-Fu
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/19/1975

From Cracker No. 27 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman goes to young Foo to take a class in self defense.

28 Hot-House Jungle Hot-House Jungle
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/26/1975

From Cracker No. 28 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is sent to find out why Old Bert Greenfinger's plants grow better than anyone else.

29 Camera Shy Camera Shy
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/02/1975

From Cracker No. 29 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is sent to spy on Big Al's Studio, but he's a little camera shy.

30 Spying at the Ritz Spying at the Ritz
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/09/1975

From Cracker No. 30 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is sent to the Ritz to find out about all the strange characters there and wins a prize.

31 Spy On The Champ Spy On The Champ
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/16/1975

From Cracker No. 31 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is sent to spy on the boxing champ Ray Cooper and ends up getting a left and a right.

32 Black Pudding Mix Black Pudding Mix
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/23/1975

From Cracker No. 32 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman must find out what is in Black Pudding made at the Sausage & Pudding Factory. Will he become part of it?

33 Funny Money Funny Money
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/30/1975

From Cracker No. 33 (aka Summer Holiday Issue) with 1 black & white page. The Boss sends Simple Spyman on a mission to Ajax Printing to see if they are printing money. Are they or aren't they?

34 Follow The Thread Follow The Thread
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 09/06/1975

From Cracker No. 34 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman decides to follow Boriski the spy by putting a reel of thread in his pocket.

35 Night Fright Night Fright
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 09/13/1975

From Cracker No. 35 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman and Mini-Spy go on a mission at night and one gets a fright.

36 Angry Spyman Angry Spyman
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 09/20/1975

From Cracker No. 36 with 1 black & white page. Mini-Spy clears up Spyman's office and makes him mad, because the dust from his desk were micro-dots.

37 The Monster Spy! The Monster Spy!
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 09/27/1975

From Cracker No. 37 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is sent to Scotland to see if the Loch Ness Monster exists or not.

38 See Spy At Sea See Spy At Sea
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 10/04/1975

From Cracker No. 38 with 1 black & white page. The Boss sends Simple Spyman to find the location of the millions of gallons of oil that have been found by D.P. Oil Company in the North Sea.

39 On His Tail On His Tail
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 10/11/1975

From Cracker No. 39 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman thinks he is being tail by a foreign spy. But is the man following a spy or not?

40 Is The Castle Haunted? Is The Castle Haunted?
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 10/18/1975

From Cracker No. 40 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman must check-out a castle to see if it is haunted. Will he think it is?

41 Animal Tracks Animal Tracks
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 10/25/1975

From Cracker No. 41 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman studies a book and then tries finding animal tracks. But what are the tracks he don't know?

42 Spying On The Boss Spying On The Boss
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 11/01/1975

From Cracker No. 42 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman peeks through the door of the office of his boss to see what he does all day.

43 Spy Aids Spy Aids
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 11/08/1975

From Cracker No. 43 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is asked by his boss to try out some new items the lads in the lab came up with.

44 Never Escape! Never Escape!
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 11/15/1975

From Cracker No. 44 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman tries to get away from someone selling raffle tickets for the Spy Club.

45 Tick, Tick! Tick, Tick!
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 11/22/1975

From Cracker No. 45 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman thinks he has found a bomb on the Boss' desk. So he gets rid of it. But was it really a bomb or something else?

46 Spy Car With Tricks Spy Car With Tricks
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 11/29/1975

From Cracker No. 46 with 1 black & white page. The car owned by Simple Spyman is given a few tricks. What will he think of them?

47 What's In Spyman's Case What's In Spyman's Case
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 12/06/1975

From Cracker No. 47 with 1 black & white page. Mini-Spy wants to know what is in the case that Simple Spyman has.

48 Read and Destroy! Read and Destroy!
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 12/13/1975

From Cracker No. 48 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is sent to get a message from an informer but has to eat it, then to get the info to the Boss he get an X-ray.

49 Bit Of Shoplifting Bit Of Shoplifting
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 12/20/1975

From Cracker No. 49 (aka The Christmas Cracker with 1 black & white page. The Boss sends Simple Spyman to Brown's to catch shoplifters. Will Something be pinched?

50 Santa's Xmas Sock! Santa's Xmas Sock!
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 12/27/1975

From Cracker No. 50 (aka A Welly Merry Christmas with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman put out a few traps to catch Santa and ends up getting a "SOCK" from Santa in his Christmas sock.

51 Agent M Is Too Fat! Agent M Is Too Fat!
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 01/03/1976

From Cracker No. 51 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman has to help Agent M stick to his new diet. Can he do it or will he get fat as well?

52 Spying Or Flying Spying Or Flying
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 01/10/1976

From Cracker No. 52 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman must get the secret plans back that Mad Mike has taken. Will he err or take flight?

53 Mission Suiting Up Mission Suiting Up
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 01/17/1976

From Cracker No. 53 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman believes he must have a special suit for the mission his Boss needs him to do.

54 Country Trip Country Trip
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 01/24/1976

From Cracker No. 54 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman gets a day off from a trip to the county. But who or what is spying on him?

55 Library Undercover Library Undercover
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 01/31/1976

From Cracker No. 55 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman tries to return a book to the library that over due 2 weeks. He does not want to pay a fine.

56 Torture Test Torture Test
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/07/1976

From Cracker No. 56 with 1 black & white page. The Boss wants Simple Spyman to take a test with an enemy agent to see if he will talk.

57 One Of Those Days! One Of Those Days!
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/14/1976

From Cracker No. 57 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman hasn't slept all night so his day isn't going to be great until he learns he's getting an undercover job.

58 The New Spy Hat The New Spy Hat
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 02/21/1976

From Cracker No. 58 with 1 black & white page. The Boss and Simple Spyman see what a new spy hat can do. But there is a problem with it. Guess what it is?

59 Tear The Place Apart! Tear The Place Apart!
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/28/1976

From Cracker No. 59 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman and Mini-Spy are sent to find top secret paper of the enemy. Will they find them?

60 Nothing To Say! Nothing To Say!
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 03/06/1976

From Cracker No. 60 with 1 black & white page. The Boss gets a new agent that's a parrot trained not to give information to anyone. Simple Spyman thinks it funny!

61 Up The Chimney Up The Chimney
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 03/13/1976

From Cracker No. 61 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman wants to find secrets a Bad Borris's place and has to hide. Where will he choose?

62 Horsing Around Horsing Around
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 03/20/1976

From Cracker No. 62 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman's Boss wants him to get a new outfit so he goes to a costume shop.

63 No Luck No Luck
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 03/27/1976

From Cracker No. 63 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is sent to watch out for Lefty Malone, but he never sees him. Yet Lefty is out to get him!

64 The Chinese Package The Chinese Package
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 04/03/1976

From Cracker No. 64 with 1 black & white page. The Boss sends Simple Spyman after a package to make sure their HQ isn't known.

65 Memorize and Burn! Memorize and Burn!
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 04/10/1976

From Cracker No. 65 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman must memorize and burn his instructions before he goes to take the enemy's microfilm. But when there he can't remember what he was to get.

66 Hope For Spy Car Hope For Spy Car
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 04/17/1976

From Cracker No. 66 with 1 black & white page. The Boss give Simple Spyman a mobile patrol mission and he hopes that he gets to use a spy car. But he gets a bike instead.

67 Snap Shots Snap Shots
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 04/24/1976

From Cracker No. 67 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is send to the enemy's HQ to get photos but ends up getting other kinds of snaps.

68 I Spy I Spy
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/01/1976

From Cracker No. 68 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is called to the home of the Boss for a special assignment.

69 The Fake Witness The Fake Witness
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/08/1976

From Cracker No. 69 with 1 black & white page. The Boss wants Simple Spyman to find out some of the recipes at a eatery and he ends up playing a waitress.

70 The Wrong Kind Of Tan The Wrong Kind Of Tan
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/15/1976

From Cracker No. 70 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is given a day off to enjoy the summer sun, but he is nabbed by enemy spy who put him under a lamp want him to talk.

71 Real Odd Code Real Odd Code
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/22/1976

From Cracker No. 71 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman tries to break a code but it makes no sense. So he decides to take a look for himself on who he thinks is a spy.

72 Hollow Spy Equipment Hollow Spy Equipment
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/29/1976

From Cracker No. 72 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman shows Mini-Spy what he calls equipment for spies and all the items are hollow, even his pie for lunch.

73 X-ray Specs X-ray Specs
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 06/05/1976

From Cracker No. 73 with 1 black & white page. The Boss gives Simple Spyman some special glasses to try out.

74 New Spy Boots New Spy Boots
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 06/12/1976

From Cracker No. 74 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman must try out some new type of boots that were made by the Professor.

75 Spy Toughness Test Spy Toughness Test
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 06/19/1976

From Cracker No. 75 with 1 black & white page. The Boss needs Simple Spyman to take a test to make sure he wont crack. Will the office tea be his undoing?

76 Flying Spy Car! Flying Spy Car!
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 06/26/1976

From Cracker No. 76 with 1 black & white page. The Boss finally wants to let Simple Spyman have a spy car and this one can fly. But Simple Spyman can't drive!

77 Messages For Spyman! Messages For Spyman!
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/03/1976

From Cracker No. 77 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman gets a number of message to work on but misses the one left by Mini-Spy about lunch.

78 Agent X Agent X
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/10/1976

From Cracker No. 78 with 1 black & white page. The Boss wants Simple Spyman to test the new agent which happens to be a mechanical man (aka robot).

79 Meeting With Agent W Meeting With Agent W
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/17/1976

From Cracker No. 79 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is to meet with Agent W by boat. So who would have thought it would be in a kids pool.

80 Safety Messages Safety Messages
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/24/1976

From Cracker No. 80 with 1 black & white page. The Boss tries out some new messages that he claims are safe. Yet they make Simple Spyman mad.

81 Spy Skates Spy Skates
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/31/1976

From Cracker No. 81 with 1 black & white page. The Boss wants Simple Spyman to try some new spy skates out. But Simple Spyman can't skate!

82 The New Spy Pen The New Spy Pen
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/07/1976

From Cracker No. 82 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is shown a new pen by the Boos for his next mission that he puts in the trash because it won't write.

83 Bugged By Bugs Bugged By Bugs
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/14/1976

From Cracker No. 83 with 1 black & white page. The Boss has a new mission for Simple Spyman, but he finds that the office of his boss is bugged in more ways than one.

84 The New Spy Case The New Spy Case
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/21/1976

From Cracker No. 84 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman and Mini-Spy are shown a new case to use as spies. Yet they can't lift it because it's too full.

85 Message From Q Message From Q
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 08/28/1976

From Cracker No. 85 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman has a mission to get a micro-dot from Agent Q, but he cleans up the park and put the trash in the bin with the micro-dot.

86 The Hitch To Each Twitch The Hitch To Each Twitch
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 09/04/1976

From Cracker No. 86 with 1 black & white page. Simple Spyman is to contact Agent X but all his tries are only seen by the auctioneer, so he has a bill for six thousand pounds.

87 Robot Decoy Robot Decoy
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Bill Ritchie (writer and artist)
Copyright: 09/11/1976

From Cracker No. 87 with 1 black & white page. The Professor make a robot decoy of Simple Spyman and the Boss ends up being the guy it's tested on.

MY COMMENTS

       I'd like to pretend that I pondered long and somberly about whether to add such a silly series as Simple Spyman to the compendium but ... ah, nope! I was shown it by a frequent contributor and immediately grinned and said, 'Oh yeah!'. No particular reason other than it was so ridiculous I could not resist.
       The character is utterly stupid and the plots, if you can call them that, are ridiculous. There is no plot to speak of. No development worth noting (except for the introduction of Mini-Spy decades before Dr. Evil's Mini-Me). The main protagonist's outfit is crazy to a fault.
       But to get a minor chuckle now and then is good. Simple Spyman, if taken in very small doses, is almost kinda sorta fun-ish.

GRADE

My Grade: C-

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