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NICK BAILEY

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Full Name: Nick Bailey
Nationality: British
Organization: British Secret Service
Occupation Agent

Creator: Unknown
Time Span: 1965 - 1966

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Nick Bailey is an agent with the British Secret Service.
       We do not know very much about this man except that he has been, by the way he is treated with respect and the way he deals with his immediate superior, an operative for quite some time and obviously has a considerable about of experience handling very tricky missions. The ease with which his boss hands to him a couple of dangerous but important assignments and the nonchalant way he accepts them and heads off with worry speak volumes.
       Bailey is, by the looks of him, in his late 30's or early 40's. He sports moderate-length black hair presented in a conservative style. He is always seen wearing a suit and tie, even out in the field, and those items are as plain vanilla as can be showing the man does not go for flashy at all. He is still quite memorable, however, due to the black patch he wears over his left eye [I have no idea yet how he came to need the item].
       It is said of Bailey as well as his colleagues, "The British Secret Service agent is a man of highly-trained ability. At all times he must be on the alert - to spot not only the unusual but the simple, everyday things of life, as well, for it can sometimes happen that in what appears to be a task of monotonous normality ... there lurks a pervading shadow of evil." That 'shadow of evil' extends to the things that Bailey has to do in his job. He is required to kill enemy soldiers up close with a knife and with no hesitation knowing that his own death would be certain if he made a mistake.
       Bailey may or may not hold the rank of Colonel in the British Army. He shows credentials pointing to that fact in at least one adventure and he certainly carries himself like a man expecting to be obeyed but being a good undercover operative, it may just be one of his many covers.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:14
First Appearance:1965
Last Appearance:1966

1 The Defector The Defector
Published by MV Features

Copyright: 06/1965

Found in Secret Service Picture Library #1 - [plot unknown]

2 Inferno Inferno
Published by MV Features

Copyright: 07/1965

Found in Secret Service Picture Library #4 - Heading to Adelaide, Australia, it is the mission of Nick Bailey to make sure a load of long-range weapons makes it there successfully

3 Shot In The Dark Shot In The Dark
Published by MV Features

Copyright: 08/1965

Found in Secret Service Picture Library #5 - [plot unknown]

4 Guilt Is My Shadow Guilt Is My Shadow
Published by MV Features

Copyright: 09/1965

Found in Secret Service Picture Library #7 - [plot unknown]

5 Shoot Me An Epitaph! Shoot Me An Epitaph!
Published by MV Features

Copyright: 10/1965

Found in Secret Service Picture Library #9 - In the empty lands of Saudi Arabia, Nick Bailey is up against a powerful tyrant who plans to become even more so.

6 The Razor's Edge The Razor's Edge
Published by MV Features

Copyright: 11/1965

Found in Secret Service Picture Library #11 - For his next mission, Nick Bailey must go up against a professor "with the mind of a genius and the soul of a devil". The locale is a chateau in France and a beautiful heiress is in peril.

7 Dead Men Don't Die Dead Men Don't Die
Published by MV Features

Copyright: 12/1965

Found in Secret Service Picture Library #13 - [plot unknown]

8 Wed Of the Black Spider Wed Of the Black Spider
Published by MV Features

Copyright: 01/1966

Found in Secret Service Picture Library #15 - [plot unknown]

9 Cast A Crooked Shadow Cast A Crooked Shadow
Published by MV Features

Copyright: 02/1966

Found in Secret Service Picture Library #17 - The man that Nick Bailey must go up against in this mission is known as Charak the Crooked One and his evil will bring Bailey down in agony at the smallest slip.

10 Prince Of Darkness Prince Of Darkness
Published by MV Features

Copyright: 03/1966

Found in Secret Service Picture Library #19 - In all the missions that Nick Bailey has had over the years, he has never met anyone as diabolically evil as the one he fights in this adventure ... the man he came to know as the Prince of Darkness!

11 Black, The Blood Of Evil Black, The Blood Of Evil
Published by MV Features

Copyright: 04/1966

Found in Secret Service Picture Library #21 - A fanatical scientist and pacifist wearing a bizarre mask is kidnapping and chemically brainwashing government powerline workers across the country. He will use them to strike a coordinated blow against the government to force peace. Nick Bailey must stop him.
Click here to read the story.

12 The Corpse That Laughed The Corpse That Laughed
Published by MV Features

Copyright: 05/1966

Found in Secret Service Picture Library #23 - Nick Bailey has been able to defeat every enemy he has faced - but now he has to go up again someone he cannot see.
Click here to read the story.

13 Death Wears A Thousand Faces Death Wears A Thousand Faces
Published by MV Features

Copyright: 06/1966

Found in Secret Service Picture Library #26 - [plot unknown]

14 Madame Guillotine Madame Guillotine
Published by MV Features

Copyright: 07/1966

Found in Secret Service Picture Library #27 - [plot unknown]

MY COMMENTS

       This spy series and its brother series from the same comicbook line, Nick Bailey, are pretty good groups of stories about intrepid heroes going it usually alone in faraway countries fighting very dangerous foes and eventually coming out on top. The plots are fine and the writing is quite good. It is just a shame that with 64 pages to fill, albeit with usually just two panels per page, a tiny bit of backstory on the character might have made them more enjoyable.
       It struck me as odd that they went to the trouble to make a series character that would be in a dozen adventures and not spent any time making us know him enough to want the next story.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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