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Full Name: Jackson Delaware McBane
Nationality: American
Organization: NYPD / MIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: John Wagner, John Cooper, Gerry Finley-Day
Time Span: 1975 - 1985

ABOUT THE SERIES

       'One-Eyed' Jack McBane is an agent with the MIA.
       That acronym stands for the Military Intelligence Agency, apparently a rather large and impressive member of the American Intelligence Community.
       In the stat sheet above, it is also listed his affiliation with the New York Police Department. In fact, in the large number of adventures we have of McBane, he is a police detective far more than he is a federal government operative. Indeed, his movement from the streets of the Big Apple to a wider patch comes at the end of the impressive amount of recorded adventures we have of him.
       
       We learn in a brief flashback during the telling of his first recorded assignment with the MIA that McBane had a lieutenant "commanding a crack platoon of U.S. Marines" during the Vietnam War, circa 1972. In a skirmish McBane had suffered a leg injury and should have been left for dead but his sergeant had carried him to safety. Now that NCO is a full bird colonel running a special task force in need of someone of McBane's skills.
       "A commie-backed organization has formed an army of revolutionaries, underground fanatics determined to overthrow the American government by military means," he tells McBane. 
     That group is the Army of Revolutionaries, also known as the A.O.R., and it is determined to bring down the legitimate government through any means necessary. To finance its activities it is willing to break any law and commit any crime no matter how many innocents might suffer or die as a result.
     To take on the fight against such a radical, extremist organization willing to do anything and hurt anyone to achieve its goals, the M.I.A. leadership knew it needed someone every bit as ruthless as the opposition and it knew it found that in McBane.


     The reason it knew McBane was the man for the job was how he had operated for some time in his previous occupation, that of a New York City Police Department detective. McBane had been a very 'demonstrative' type of investigator for some time but he ratcheted his act up quite a bit towards the end of his time with that organization, starting with the incident that gave him his nickname.
     Trying to give a perp a bit of a break and getting shot in the face, losing an eye in the process, is definitely one reason to take a harder stance on crime.


     Though McBane's membership in this compendium derives from his membership with the M.I.A., the adventures we have of his time with the NYPD are just as important to follow to understand the character. All his recorded adventures as both an NYPD detective and an M.I.A. agent are listed below.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:57
First Appearance:1975
Last Appearance:1979

       In 1975, long running weekly entertainment magazine Valiant, once a major jewel in IPC Media's crown, was suffering with content that the owners felt were stale and uninteresting to its intended target audience. They brought in a man named John Wagner to turn things around. While Wagner had previously been the editor of a girl's comic, they and he felt he had new enough ideas to revitalize the title.
       One of the several characters he introduced once he took the reins was One-Eyed Jack, modeled after the very popular Clint Eastwood movie, Dirty Harry, though transplanting him from the West Coast to the East and the tough streets of New York City.
       Wagner wanted to give the character something else to make the character a bit more unique so he had in the very first appearance get shot in the face and to lose an eye. From that moment on, Jack McBane had to wear a black patch over his left eye and he was immediately dubbed One-Eyed Jack, after the playing card.
       Wagner would stick with the magazine for nearly a year, writing every adventure of the character, but eventually the magazine would still be closed down, merged into the pages of a sister publication, Battle Picture Weekly. Wagner would leave the organization to move on other places, namely the tremendously popular 2000 AD, and play a role in the creation of the now legendary Judge Dredd.


       With the transfer to the combined title, the writing duties for the still popular One-Eyed Jack fell to the more than capable hands of Gerry Finley-Day who had eight months earlier given the British reading population the over-the-top terrific stories of Dredger, a shoot-first and -best secret agent Dredger for Action
     While the character would retain every bit of his kick-butt attitude towards his opponents under the new control of Finley-Day, his employment would change. At the end of Wagner's term of service, he had McBane become extremely angry with his bosses and quit the police force. Once Finley-Day took control, McBane was hired by federal government agency, M.I.A., all on the condition that McBane could do things his own way.


Note: All those stories listed below that has McBane working as a detective are marked with a '[COP]' and those with him working as an MIA operative are marked with '[SPY]'.

1 So What's It To Be? So What's It To Be?
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1975

Printed in Valiant, December 20, 1975 with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] Jack McBane is a New York City cop that gets shot and loses an eye. Then revenge makes him seek his own justice.
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2 The Sniper The Sniper
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1975

Printed in Valiant, December 27, 1975 with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] McBane is given the case to find a sniper name Vosper and when he does he gives him McBane's Justice.
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3 Cop Killer Cop Killer
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant, January 3, 1976 with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] Happy Charlie was a cheap hood until he killed a cop. Now McBane and Novak are after him for murder.
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4 A One-Eyed Jack - That Means Bad Luck! A One-Eyed Jack - That Means Bad Luck!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant, January 10, 1976 with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] Four heist men rob a bank and two are shot by cops. The other two take a girl hostage and get away. Will McBane and Novak be able to find them and save the girl?
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5 Frame Up Frame Up
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant, January 17-31, 1976 with 9 black & white pages.
[COP] A mob boss named Alfonse Parisi has Jack McBane framed for the murder of his own informant. But, because McBane won't stand for this the mafia puts out a hit on him. Will he find the person that did the killing for the mob or be a marked man for life?
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6 Night of the Muggers Night of the Muggers
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant, February 7, 1976 with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] An old man is beat up and he is just one of five victims. McBane goes after the gang responsible without any evidence. Justice is served in the end.
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7 The Hi-Jack! The Hi-Jack!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant, February 14, 1976 with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] Men have hi-jacked an airplane at Kennedy Airport and demand five million dollars, plus travel to the Middle-East or they'll kill passengers. McBane has the demands met so he can go after these men on the plane. Will he be able to eliminate them and save the people onboard the plane?
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8 Diamonds Are A Hood's Best Friend Diamonds Are A Hood's Best Friend
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant, February 21, 1976 with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] McBane takes the place of a man that is a diamond mule hoping to get the other bad guys. Jack McBane axes a good plan!
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9 One-Eyed Jack Goes To Jail One-Eyed Jack Goes To Jail
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant, February 28, 1976 with 4 black & white pages. Reprinted in the Eagle Annual 1985.
[COP] McBane is sent to prison for taking a bribe. But is this just a setup to find the other crooks of the bullion job.
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10 The Chinatown Bombing The Chinatown Bombing
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant, March 6, 1976 with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] Tongs bomb Jack's favourite Chinese restaurant.  So he and Novak go after those responsible.
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11 The Jigsaw Killer The Jigsaw Killer
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant, March 13-20, 1976 with 6 black & white pages. Reprinted in Vulcan, Dec 9-16 1978, in issues #79-#80 of the 2nd Eagle series, Sept. 24-Oct. 1, 1983, then in a graphic novel called One-Eyed Jack in 2017.
[COP] Someone is killing people in New York City. McBane is on the case and finds puzzle pieces. Will he solve the murders and catch the killer?
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12 Killer's Target! Killer's Target!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant, March 27-April 3, 1976 with 6 black & white pages.
[COP] McBane has become a target for someone out to kill him. How many other cops will die before McBane gets the guy?
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13 The Loan Shark The Loan Shark
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, April 10, 1976 with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] A friend and former cop of Jack McBane has taken money from a loan shark. Now McBane needs to help his friend with the man.
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14 Towering Inferno Towering Inferno
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, April 17, 1976 with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] A businessman is burning his own building for the money. McBane is out to stop and catch him if possible.
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15 Sudden Death On The QE2 Sudden Death On The QE2
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, April 24, 1976 with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] A known crock who talked in Europe has returned on the ship called the QE2, but  is shot before the ship docks. McBane decides to find out who it was that had the man killed in his own way even if it isn't by the book.
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16 The Purple Mob The Purple Mob
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, May 1, 1976 with 4 black & white pages.
[COP] Jake Purple wants all the buildings on Vine Street for his new club and is trying to run the businesses out with his mob. McBane has decided to take things into his own hands and help the shop owners his way.
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17 The Bazooka Gang The Bazooka Gang
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, May 8, 1976 with 4 black & white pages. Reprinted in the Eagle Annual 1985.
[COP] Thugs are robbing armored trunks with land mines and a bazooka. One-Eyed Jack is on the case and will get them for sure.
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18 Gun Battle on 52nd Street! Gun Battle on 52nd Street!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, May 15, 1976 with 4 black & white pages
[COP] McBane and Novak take on the Plummer brothers on 52nd Street. Who will be the winner of the gun fight? McBane will of Course!
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19 Terror Of The Mad Bomber Terror Of The Mad Bomber
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, May 22, 1976 with 3 black & white pages
[COP] Some nutcase is setting off bombs in the city of New York and will continue if not given one million dollars. McBane is out to get the man.
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20 The Rookie Cops In Hell's Kitchen The Rookie Cops In Hell's Kitchen
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, May 29, 1976 with 4 black & white pages
[COP] A new rookie cop is killed in a bad part of New York. But McBane believes that another one should be given a change to continue the walking beat that the other had anyway. Will the help of McBane get the second rookie cop to tough it out? Find Out!
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21 Dockland Clean-Up Dockland Clean-Up
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, June 5, 1976 with 3 black & white pages
[COP] McBane is sent to the dockyards of New York to get rid of the mob that is trying to take over the union of the workers.
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22 Fighting For The Mafia! Fighting For The Mafia!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, June 12, 1976 with 4 black & white pages
[COP] After the daughter of a crime boss is kidnapped and two cops killed, McBane is called on for help. Can he save the girl and make it pay?
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23 Honest John's Phoney Detours Honest John's Phoney Detours
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, June 19, 1976 with 4 black & white pages
[COP] Honest John wants all the trucking business, so he is trying to scare and terrorize the competitor with his own hijack unit. McBane and Novak are on the case to put a stop to his plan, thus possibly putting him to rest.
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24 The Assassin Who Missed The Assassin Who Missed
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, June 26, 1976 with 3 black & white pages
[COP] Jack McBane is assigned to watch over Senator Faith at a political rally. Yet an assassin strikes, but misses the senator and shoots a woman. But was she the target after all and will McBane find the one responsible?
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25 Miniature Rifle Ranger Miniature Rifle Ranger
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant, Summer Special 1976, with 6 possible black & white pages
[COP] [plot unknown]


26 The Motorcycle-Muggers The Motorcycle-Muggers
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, July 3, 1976 with 3 black & white pages
[COP] McBane and the new rookie Carter take on a gang of muggers that ride motorcycles.
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27 X Marks The Spot For Suicide X Marks The Spot For Suicide
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, July 10, 1976 with 3 black & white pages
[COP] A girl plans on jumping from a building, but it is just to keep everyone distracted while her boyfriend and others rob a jewelry store. McBane figures it out when he hears about the robbery and he and Novak go after the scumbags.
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28 Taxi To Terror Taxi To Terror
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, July 17, 1976 with 4 black & white pages
[COP] Drivers of yellow cabs are being robbed with the last one killed. McBane poses as a cab driver to get the guilty men.
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29 The Fight Fixers The Fight Fixers
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, July 24-31, 1976  with 6 black & white pages
[COP] Joey Jolson is a middleweight boxer that is told to lose a fight by three guys in masks who also smash up where he lives. Jolson is friends with McBane and Novak and goes to them for help. Will they be able to find out who hired the guys before Jolson has to fight?
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30 A Most Deadly Quarry A Most Deadly Quarry
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, August 7, 1976  with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] Jack McBane goes on a vacation to hunt jackrabbits in north New York, but ends up going after a banker robber instead.
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31 Fifty Thousand At Stake Fifty Thousand At Stake
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, August 14, 1976  with 4 black & white pages.
[COP] William Raft, a hoodlum, gets out of prison and still has fifty thousand dollars stashed somewhere. Others want this money! Jack Mcbane finds a way to get it first and take out the other scum.
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32 Hijacked By Cops? Hijacked By Cops?
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, August 21, 1976  with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] Stateside Security's vans are being robbed on the highway by men who look like cops and the drivers are being killed. McBane and Novak go undercover to find those who are guilty.
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33 The Hidden Assassin The Hidden Assassin
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, August 28, 1976  with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] Someone has hired an assassin to kill One-Eyed Jack and he does. But is McBane really dead or has he found a way to catch a smuggling ring?
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34 A Deathly Deal A Deathly Deal
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, September 4, 1976  with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] McBane uses a death row cop killer to catch the guy that hired him to rob O'Mally's Gem Store three times. Will this plan of One-Eyed Jack work?
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35 An Explosive Difference! An Explosive Difference!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, September 11, 1976  with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] Someone that McBane sent to jail for 10 years that got a week ago tries to kill him with a bomb that is delivered by a young boy. Can McBane and Novak find and get the guy with the help from the boy?
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36 The Acid Test! The Acid Test!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, September 18, 1976  with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] The actress of a Broadway musical is threatened and kidnapped by someone wanting fifty thousand dollars. McBane and Novak try to catch him, but he gets away. Will the ransom delivery give One-Eyed Jack a chance to save the actress from the hoodlum?
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37 The Beach Buggy Bandits The Beach Buggy Bandits
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, September 25, 1976  with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] A Wall Street bank is robbed by armed bandits in a beach buggy. Can McBane catch them and get the money back?
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38 Lights, Camera, Real Action! Lights, Camera, Real Action!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Wagner (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Valiant and Vulcan, October 2, 1976  with 3 black & white pages.
[COP] A movie is being made but McBane sees a pickpocket then a robbery at a bank with the film company's helicopter. Will he stop both?
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39 Rouge Cop Rouge Cop
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in 2 issues of Valiant, October 9-16, 1976  with 6 black & white pages.
[COP] McBane ends up killing a kid that is his nephew who was running with a gang. This makes him decide to quit the police force and go rogue. But he is looking for the man behind the gang of robbers.
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40 The Man Called One Eyed Jack The Man Called One Eyed Jack
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #86, October 23, 1976 with 3 black & white pages.
[SPY] A man who saved One-Eyed Jack's life in Vietnam, now a colonel with the MIA, asks him to join the organization. While McBane is hesitant, he agrees to visit the man's family in a countryside. Arriving, they find armed men and a horrid scene inside.
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41 No Rule-Book For McBane! No Rule-Book For McBane!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #87, October 30, 1976 with 3 black & white pages.
[SPY] Meeting the head of the MIA, General Mantis, One-Eyed Jack refuses actual membership in the organization but does fill the leader into his plans to go after the killers of his friend and his family. He tracks them to an airfield where he learns to his surprise they are active duty soldiers.
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42 McBane Hits New Mexico McBane Hits New Mexico
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #88-89, November 06 - 13, 1976 with 6 black & white pages.
[SPY] McBane and another agent are sent to New Mexico to destroy a secret training camp of the AOR, whose war games have become deadly.
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43 Assault On Fort Sabine! Assault On Fort Sabine!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #90-91, November 20 - 27, 1976 with 6.5 black & white pages.
[SPY] An agent who had infiltrated the A.O.R. is murdered shortly after arriving in New York, killed for being a rat. On his person is found a button which has microfilm of a single image - a picture of a train. McBane learns from his old sources that the number on the train belongs to a once-a-week shipment of gold by the US Treasury.
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44 The Death Contract The Death Contract
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #92, December 4, 1976 with 3 black & white pages.
[SPY] Tired of One-Eyed Jack McBane causing them trouble, the leadership at A.O.R. has pulled in one of their best assassins, the "human machine trained to kill" name Luke Savage to eliminate this new annoyance.
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45 The Secret Deadly War The Secret Deadly War
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #93-95, December 11 - 25, 1976 with 9 black & white pages.
[SPY] Jack McBane is nearby when an A.O.R. assassin guns down a US Senator. Feeling that this is an opportunity to find where the local division of that terrorist organization was hiding, he follows the man to a carnival.
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46 Hot Time! Hot Time!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1977

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #96-97, January 1-8, 1977 with 6 black & white pages.
[SPY] It is New Year's Eve and One-Eyed Jack is one of two MIA agents guarding the prototype of a high-altitude drone recon plane when an intruder with a flamethrower shows up and destroys the craft. Tracking the attacker back to L.A. they discover he was a small time hood but now was an action movie star.
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47 The Alaskan Connection The Alaskan Connection
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1977

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #98-99, January 15-22, 1977 with 6 black & white pages.
[SPY] While on stakeout to help guard a defecting Russian nuclear scientist with info on the A.O.R. in that country, One-Eyed Jack McBane and his colleague are unable to stop a violent snatching operation. Now McBane is determined to get the man back.
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48 The George Washington Attacks The George Washington Attacks
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1977

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #100-101, January 29-February 5, 1977 with 6 black & white pages. Reprinted in the 2nd series of Eagle, #124-#125, August 4-10, 1984.
[SPY] During a test run of a new nuclear aircraft carrier, the A.O.R. attacks the vessel using a plane packed with explosive as a missile crashing into the ship. One-Eyed Jack McBane is sent to investigate, a mission that will take him inland to Mount Rushmore.
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49 Highball Down! Highball Down!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1977

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #102, February 12, 1977 with 3 black & white pages.
[SPY] A satellite's payload capsule goes astray during reentry and crashes in the Everglades. One-Eyed Jack McBane is sent into the swamp to get it back but the A.O.R. is wanting it as well.
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50 Looking Death In The Face Looking Death In The Face
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1977

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #103-104, February 19-26, 1977 with 6 black & white pages.
[SPY] After an explosion in Central Park wiped out a visiting US Marine Corp band playing there, One-Eyed Jack McBane is certain that, despite a lack of evidence, the attack was just a dress rehearsal for a much bigger attack and is determined to find out when and where.
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51 The Billion Dollar Ransom The Billion Dollar Ransom
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1977

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #105-106, March 5-12, 1977 with 6 black & white pages.
[SPY] Six diplomats to the U.N. from different countries travel to Disneyland for an excursion when agents for A.O.R. take them hostage, demanding $1 billion in ransom. The M.I.A. dispatches One-Eyed Jack to get them free.
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52 The Trail of the AOR The Trail of the AOR
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1977

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #107-108, March 19-26, 1977 with 2 color pages and 4.5 black & white pages.
[SPY] Two A.O.R. men in a van in Manhattan spot One-Eyed Jack McBane in a car near them and get spooked, speeding away through a red light. Curious, McBane follows and a chase develops. When the truck crashes, a shipment of weapons are found. Now McBane is determined to track where they were headed.
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53 Saving General Mantis Saving General Mantis
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1977

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #109-110, April 2-9, 1977 with 6 black & white pages. Reprinted in Eagle and Scream #133-134 on Oct. 6-13, 1984. These issues are part of the 2nd Eagle series.
[SPY] En route an M.I.A. staff conference in Nashville, Jack McBane is driving his boss, General Mantis, when a kidnapping attempt is made. Barely escaping, the two run into a Civil War reenactment, all set up to complete the grab for Mantis.
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54 30 Seconds To Death! 30 Seconds To Death!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1977

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #111-112, April 16-23, 1977 with 6 black & white pages. Reprinted in Eagle and Scream #135-136, October 20-27, 1984.
[SPY] The U.S. Navy has a research station in the Gulf of Mexico that is said to be of interest to the A.O.R., according to whispers the M.I.A. has picked up. It is enough to send One-Eyed Jack McBane to investigate. His timing is superbe.
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55 Stopping The Wasteland! Stopping The Wasteland!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1977

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #113, April 30, 1977 with 3.5 black & white pages.
[SPY] A team of A.O.R. soldiers invade an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and wipe out all the workers. It is to be the staging platform for missile launching to destroy two fully-loaded super-tankers, causing untold havoc to the region.
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56 The Prototype Weapon The Prototype Weapon
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1977

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #114-115, May 7-14, 1977 with 6 black & white pages.
[SPY] One-Eyed Jack McBane is on a fact-finding trip to an infantry depot in upstate New York where a powerful new assault rifle is being tested. The night of his visit, A.O.R. agents infiltrate the facility looking to steal the revolutionary weapon to use in an attack later from the Statue of Liberty.
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57 The Traitor and the Government The Traitor and the Government
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Gerry Finley-Day (writer), John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1977

Printed in Battle Picture Weekly & Valiant #116-117, May 21-28, 1977 with 6 black & white pages.
[SPY] Though the AOR has just struck four times in one day causing tremendous destruction, One-Eyed Jack McBane refuses the call from General Mantis, deciding instead to stay locked in the Records Section. Jack is certain that the answer to who the mole is inside M.I.A. lies there. Worried that McBane was on to him, the mole comes to him!
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58 Blazing Action Blazing Action
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1977

Printed in Valiant Summer Special, 1977 with 6 black & white pages. Reprinted in the Eagle Annual 1986.
[COP] Flashback story while Jack McBane was still with the NYPD. McBane and Novak are assigned to watch a key witness in a trial for a crime boss. But what unforeseen events will happen?
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59 Killer Snake Killer Snake
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1977

Printed in Valiant Annual, 1978 with 8 color pages.
[COP] Flashback story while Jack McBane was still with the NYPD.
[plot unknown]
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60 'Sub City Gator Hordes' 'Sub City Gator Hordes'
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1978

Printed in Valiant Holiday Special 1978 with 6 black & white pages.
[COP] Flashback story while Jack McBane was still with the NYPD.
[plot unknown]
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61 Sniper In The Stadium! Sniper In The Stadium!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Cooper (artist)
Copyright: 1979

Printed in Valiant Holiday Special 1979 with 6 black & white pages.
[COP] Flashback story while Jack McBane was still with the NYPD.
[plot unknown]
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GAMES

Number of Games:1
First Appearance:1985
Last Appearance:1985

1 Hide The Bug Puzzle Hide The Bug Puzzle
Surveillance
IPC Magazines
Copyright: 1985

Printed in Eagle Annual 1986 with 1 black & white page.
A game based on the series of One-Eyed Jack as a cop or spy. Deals with the planting of bugging devices. Test your knowledge?

MY COMMENTS

     This series started out as a British imaging of Dirty Harry transplanted to the Big Apple, with the main character, McBane, becoming even less concerned with the rights of the perps after one cost him his eye. I can 'see' how that would anger a guy.
     McBane's entry into this compendium comes much later, though, when he switches employers and goes to work for the spy organization MIA.
     That switch coincided with the transfer of writing duties from its creator to Gerry Finley-Day, a very accomplished spy comic writer who seven months before had come up with his own ultra-tough operative named Dredger.
     Interestingly, One-Eyed Jack the Cop came into existence three months before Dredger the Spy. All for the same publishing organization, naturally.
     I am impressed with how well these stories are presented and how entertaining they were. Had I known of them and lived in England at the time, I would have been at the newsstand every week to snatch up my copy of the latest adventure.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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