Tommy Malloy is a comedian.
He has been a professional entertainer specializing in comedy for a decade and is now beginning to reap the rewards for the hard work and perseverance he has shown.
"Tommy's comic skills were first honed on a much simpler stage ten years earlier, entertaining his fellow GI's in English dance halls during respites from the front-lines. Eventually, he got the opportunity to perform opening acts for more famous comedians visiting on U.S.O. tours, which gave him the connections he needed to help break into the business. After the war, he made his name performing stand-up in seedy clubs across America, eventually making his way to Hollywood, where he landed some small roles in big movies and big roles in small movies. It was more than enough to make a decent living, but not nearly enough to make him a household name. But now, a new level of stardom awaited him as he began a two-week run of headline shows in one of Paris's hottest clubs."
That is an opening explanation for Malloy's history and it says it quite well. It does not mention in that paragraph something else that is very important to understand when talking about the situations Malloy will face on occasion in the adventures we have of him. That added fact is that during World War II, Malloy was in a parachute regiment which meant that when it came time to fight the enemy, and he did so on several frightening situations, he started it off by leaping out of an airplane into very uncertain situations.
This undoubtedly nerve-wracking experience will prove very useful for both when he has to stand in front of an audience and try his best to make them laugh, as well as when he is thrown involuntarily in front of KGB agents who have come to believe that he is a part of their opposition and needs to be eliminated.
The adventures that Malloy gets involved in take place over different stages in his career and that period of time deals with the start of the Cold War, back before both sides come to an understanding as to when it is alright to use lethal force and when it is not.