Gerry Ransom is a sculptor.
That is definitely an interesting occupation to have and qualify for a position in a compendium of spy series but Ransom manages to do it. This feat is even harder since for the most part, Ransom is more of a con artist than an actual artist. Now he does make sculptures so in that regard he is on the level but a good number of people tend to accurately describe his work as "minimalist art", a polite way of saying there is very little to it.
Case in point, at the beginning of one of the recorded adventures, he is trying to work out the mechanism for a contracted piece of sculpture which would be man-sized exclamation mark. His problem was finding a way of suspending the long stroke above the dot. And for this he was going to be paid 5-6 figures. For the mid to late 60's, that is impressive money.
When he is not creating art which may or may not really be art, Ransom is a lover of women. He is a very good looking man with a very glib tongue and great confidence and being a major player in the art scene in New York as well as other jet-setting cities around the world, he gets lots and lots of opportunities to "mingle" with the fairer sex. Being a good con man, he never passes up an opportunity.
Which is how he invariably gets mixed up with spies and world figures and would-be world conquerors or destroyers. Somehow, Ransom has, for all his luck in his artistic world, some pretty amazingly bad luck when it comes to being in the wrong place at the very wrong times and the next thing he realizes, to stay alive yet another day, he has to stop this person's mad scheme or that person's insane plot or so on.
That fact that he succeeds is very impressive, to say the least.