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GOLGO 13

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Full Name: Duke Togo
Codename: Golgo 13
Nationality: Japanese
Organization: None
Occupation Freelance Agent

Creator: Takao Saito
Time Span: 1973 - 2009

ABOUT THE SERIES

Duke Togo, Golgo 13, is a freelance agent.

Technically he is and has been for quite a long time an assassin. He kills people for money. He does not do the various things that one might connect with an agent like gather intelligence, steal vital technology, sabotage ongoing projects or facilities, or suborn others to do the same.

However, I have marked him as a freelance operative because far more often than might seem likely for someone who illegally kills people for profit, he does so at the request of governments which, for the purposes of this compendium, qualifies him - hence 'agent'. He alone decides which contract he will take from whichever government might approach him, and those government departments might be the CIA or MI6 or Mossad or a dozen other alphabet-inclined agencies - hence 'freelance'.

The name listed above might be real or it could be fake, we are never ever told for certain but since it is used repeatedly throughout the many adventures that exist of him, it is as real as it needs to be. The Golgo 13 is a codename routinely given by him to avoid the use of the name.

I have listed Japanese as his nationality though even there disagreement exists. MI6 believes it. The CIA has him down as of 'Japanese descent' only. The KGB believes him Japanese-German. Other groups put him as Japanese-American. Obviously from his physical appearance he is decidedly Japanese but with his uncanny skill with languages, placing his origins any closer is impossible.

He is 6' tall (182 cm) or close enough. He weighs just over 175 lbs. (80 kg). He had black eyes and sports closely cut black hair with long, wide sideburns. If he allowed himself to show emotions, which he almost never does, he might be considered handsome by most but instead he is attractive to many woman largely due to his intensity and aloofness.

To conduct his trade, Golgo 13 is apt to use an M16 or similar model but any rifle would be lethal in his hands. For a handgun he goes most often with the simpler, trustier .38 but again he can use with superb ability anything at hand. And with his hands he is devastating as well. If the contract requires, he is efficient with explosives as well. By and large, though, what makes him so deadly is the rifle and his skill at killing from impressive distances.

Golgo 13 has his own set of codes he lives by. He will take a contract on either men or women but he will only take a contract from one client at a time. Even when several parties might want him to kill a person, he accepts payment from only one of them. He does not care for ambiguity or anonymity from his clients - if a prospective hirer will not meet him in person and be able to explain clearly why the target is do die, Togo will usually decline. Once he takes a contract, he sees it through. He insists on payment up front and should a client renege, that would not go unpunished. In fact, any betrayal of him will result in the death by his hands of the traitor - no easy way out.

Togo has no personal life per se. He has been known to favor remote mountain regions for long periods of solitude but otherwise he has no permanent place to retreat to when the job is finished. He is said to own numerous houses and apartments around the world but these are just places, not home.

He has no lasting relationship with anyone. He is extremely fond of women and 'visits' them frequently but he has no one particular person to spend time with. He has no known offspring though considering the number of 'visits' we are talking about, there could be a good number who might call him father, if they ever had a chance to meet him, which they would not because once he leaves, he does not look or go back.

MOVIES

Number of Movies:4
First Appearance:1973
Last Appearance:1983

       There have been 4 movies about Golgo 13 as of this typing.
       The first two were live action while the last two were anime.

1 Golgo 13 Golgo 13
Director: Jun'ya Sato
Writers: Takao Saito, K. Motomitsu
Actors: Ken Takakura as Duke Togo, Pouri Baneai as Catherine Morton
Released: 1973

The target for Golgo 13 is Max Boa, the leader of a world-wide crime organization deeply involved in drugs, arms, and human trafficking. To kill him, Duke Togo has to travel to the Middle East.

2 Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon
Director: Yukio Noda
Writers: Takeshi Matsumoto, Nobauka Nakajima
Actors: Sonny Chiba as Duke Togo, Callan Leung as Dirk Chang Smith
Released: 1977

"Master assassin Duke Togo—codenamed "Golgo 13"—is hired by an American crime syndicate to kill Chou Lei Fang, a powerful member of the syndicate's Hong Kong branch who has been selling their drugs through his own channels. At the same time, he has to keep an eye out on Smith, a hard-boiled Hong Kong detective who is hell-bent on taking down Chou and his drug-manufacturing organization."

3 Golgo 13: The Professional Golgo 13: The Professional
Director: Osamu Dezaki
Writer: Shukei Nagasaka
Actors: Tetsuro Sagawa as Duke Togo (Japanese), Gregory Snegoff as Duke Togo (English)
Released: 1983

"Golgo 13 is hired to assassinate Robert Dawson, the son of oil baron Leonard Dawson and the heir of Dawson Enterprises, and succeeds. Later, after accomplishing a hit on a powerful crime boss in Sicily named Dr. Z, Golgo is suddenly attacked by the U.S. Military and CIA. His local contact, a clockmaker, is also murdered by a genetically enhanced supersoldier named Snake. Aided by the Pentagon, the FBI, and the CIA, Dawson has become determined to kill Golgo and avenge his son's death."

4 Golgo 13: Queen Bee Golgo 13: Queen Bee
Director: Osamu Dezaki
Writer: Shukei Nagasaka
Actors: Tetsuro Sagawa as Duke Togo (Japanese), Gregory Snegoff as Duke Togo (English)
Released: 1983

"Master assassin Golgo 13 is hired by the advisor of presidential candidate Robert Hardy to assassinate "Queen Bee," the beautiful and deadly leader of a South American guerilla army. Golgo, however, finds this job too easy and digs further information to find out the true connection between Hardy and Queen Bee."

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:50
First Appearance:2008
Last Appearance:2009
Network:Syndicated

REGULAR CAST
Hiroshi TachiDuke Toto (Japanese) [ 1 ]
David WaldDuke Toto (English) [ 1 ]
1 At Pin-Hole!
Episode S1-1, first aired 04/11/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Duke Togo, aka Golgo 13, gets out of jail with assistance from the FBI and the CIA in Texas. Jake Quade, a gangster turned CIA informant, hijacked a domestic flight after killing a sky marshal and stealing his side arm with the threat of blowing it up and killing the passengers held as his hostages with smuggled C-4 explosives. Golgo 13 snipes him in the aircraft's cockpit from a long distance in a nearby airfield after getting a highly modified .308 Winchester bolt-action sniper rifle from an underground firearms maker.

2 Room No. 909
Episode S1-2, first aired 04/18/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Golgo 13 is hired by a representative of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an assignment when he was told to target a mafia financier in New York. Despite getting into trouble when his used .30-06 Springfield cartridge fell down from his apartment balcony due to the appearance of a stray cat, Togo covers his tracks when a detective of the NYPD starts to hound him over his stay in New York City.

3 The Masterpiece Assault Rifle
Episode S1-3, first aired 04/25/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

What began as a simple mission to stir up trouble for racers driving Japanese-made vehicles in a rally race turns into a match of sniping when Golgo 13 is targeted by the Savine brothers, ex-French Foreign Legion soldiers turned mercenaries armed with modified XM29 OICW and FN F2000 bullpup assault rifles while being aided by customized digital scopes made by a European arms dealer named Kaizer in order to market them to numerous military forces from around the globe.

4 Pretty Woman
Episode S1-4, first aired 05/02/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Linda, the wife of a mafia leader in New York City, hires Golgo 13 for the purpose of assassinating her husband so as to start another life all over again in Florida after being disgruntled over her current life. Things gets complicated when the mafia boss kills one of his henchmen after being accused of trying to be in an affair with Linda, resulting in a small gang war fight before Golgo 13 was able to get rid of his targets and unfortunately Linda when she decides to kill him after ignoring her personal requests.

5 The Superstar's Joint Appearance
Episode S1-5, first aired 05/09/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Bob Stinger, vice-president of Conan Associates, hires an ex-Polish Olympic athlete and soldier named Ledell Nikolavitch to assassinate the company's president and current leader Ted Conan in order to take over the entire company despite what Ted had done to help Bob escape from his past problems after he ran into some money trouble. However, Ted is wise to Bob's game and decides to hire Golgo 13 secretly to assassinate both Bob and Ledell for good.

6 An Offering to God
Episode S1-6, first aired 05/15/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Golgo 13 is hired out by a mobster to go to Massachusetts and assassinate an anti-crime analyst during the state's presidential elections. When Golgo 13 is arrested by FBI agents for assaulting an agent after his work was done, he is grilled regarding the murder and the PPS-made revolver that he used until a lawyer named Mr. Barton begins to question the loopholes in the FBI's accusations against Duke.

7 Sharp Shoot on the G String
Episode S1-7, first aired 05/23/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Golgo 13 is secretly hired by Thomas Simpson, a famed violinist from the London Symphony Orchestra to sabotage a charity concert led by his replacement Sergei Kerensky by shooting the G-string from his violin after his own concert was botched up when a G-string from his own violin had been broken off before the public. Golgo completes his job, despite Sergei's remedy to his problem of a lost G-String by improvising another string instead.

8 Action in 4/24
Episode S1-8, first aired 05/30/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Golgo 13 is hired by a mafia boss to kill another heavy-handed mafia boss. The targeted boss learns of Golgo's attempt to have him assassinated and installs bulletproof glass and sends emissaries to analyze Golgo's handgun response time in order to figure out countermeasures against the mercenary assassin. Golgo 13 must now find a way to defeat the bulletproof glass and overcome research of his own abilities while avoiding three assassins sent to kill him.

9 Sleep Inside the Cage
Episode S1-9, first aired 06/06/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Golgo 13 is arrested and sent to Pandora Island Prison, an isolated prison somewhere near the Alaska mainland to rescue a prisoner named Patrick Zalas despite being under the thumb of a sadistic and corrupt warden named Kickers. During Golgo's stay in the prison, he begins to secretly work out a plan to have him and Patrick out of the island for good. But after the two escape from the island prison, Golgo executes him under orders of Patrick's bosses.

10 The Target Has Returned
Episode S1-10, first aired 06/13/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Golgo 13 assassinates a drug lord in a guerrilla-style ambush after he attacks and wipes out his FBI and NYPD escorts before heading to Hong Kong to do another job when he finds out that his employer wanted him to kill a lookalike of his boss instead. Golgo then proceeds to kill the lookalike after he proceeds to gun down his henchmen.

11 Dead Angle
Episode S1-11, first aired 06/20/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Golgo 13 is hired to assassinate the Jordanian emissary to the United States, while the emissary transfers from a plane to his helicopter. However, a young, hot-shot mercenary sniper named Katz Double is hired by the American State Department to take Golgo out before he accomplishes this. By leaving two disassembled rifles in fake sniping points, Duke is able to fool the inexperienced gunman. Golgo then uses an M-16 to take out both his new rival and the helicopter.

12 Touch Down
Episode S1-12, first aired 06/27/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

In Baltimore, Maryland, a rising American football star named Lionel Blue was assassinated by Golgo 13 by using his M-16 in a hidden rangefinger after being hired by a disgruntled football player via football gambler. An old-fashioned detective and the Baltimore police try to pin the evidence on him, the difference by the use of technology before Golgo 13 destroys the CSI Department's computer equipment with assistance from Dave McCartney despite being in a hospital under pretense of a potential cholera infection.

13 Cross Angle
Episode S1-13, first aired 07/04/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Victor Lance, a paparazzo photographer, decides to take a photo of Golgo 13 before he retires for good in order to prove to his boss that he's still one of the best paparazzo in the media business after exposing public figures to the public by secretly photographing them. Unfortunately, Golgo 13 takes out Lance's camera for good with the help of reflected sunlight on his camera before Golgo takes out his main target in Britain. As Victor leaves the building he tried to photograph Golgo at, both men spot one another from across the street. Victor states Golgo is a monster as the screen then fades to black and a gunshot is heard.

14 Deadly Shadow of the Setting Sun
Episode S1-14, first aired 07/11/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

The American government hires Golgo 13 to eliminate a Syndicate-established hideout where poisons from various animals are weaponized by the CIA for various black ops operations. However, another assassin named AX-3 is also hired out by the American government to do the same thing Golgo was supposed to do. AX-3 is eventually killed in a shootout between the two assassins when his handler informs him of his orders to eliminate Golgo 13.

15 Eva, Heading for the Sea
Episode S1-15, first aired 07/18/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Golgo 13 is hired by the New York Mafia to assassinate an international assassin. She turns out to be Eva Kruger, a woman Golgo had met on a cruise ship when an unknown terrorist had planted a bomb on it. The two parted ways after he defused it to save the passengers despite being told by the ship's crew to evacuate with the rest of the passengers. But even though Eva decides to retire as an assassin and be a civilian, Golgo had successfully assassinated her from a distance on another boat.

16 The Saint with the Stench of Death
Episode S1-16, first aired 07/25/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Fueled by the murder of his fiancé by the new underground cult the NYPD had been investigating, a NYPD Officer hires Golgo 13 to assassinate the cult's masked leader, Michael. However, the cult's members, fearless of death, go to any lengths to protect its leader, a self-proclaimed saint. As Golgo 13 infiltrated the cult, he is quickly recognized as a threat and ordered to be killed. Though, he thwarted their plans and escaped while being pursued by the cult's extremist followers.

17 Afterglow
Episode S1-17, first aired 08/01/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

On a routine assassination job in Hawaii, Golgo 13 spots an old FBI detective named Leon Goldman, who had tried to charge him with a previous assassination in San Francisco. At the scene of the current assassination, Goldman automatically knew that Golgo 13 was the sniper, but kept quiet because he did not wish to deal with such a trivial case any longer and tries to convince Golgo 13 to leave. At the end of episode Golgo 13 kills Leon himself.

18 Alphonse Louis Steinbeck III
Episode S1-18, first aired 08/08/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Golgo 13 is hired by a MI5 operative, who had been able to infiltrate covertly the security detail of Louis Steinbeck III, an aristocratic man supposedly of French royal descent under orders from the British government. Golgo is hired to assassinate Steinbeck III as he is the leader of a secret rogue intelligence organization that sells out all types of classified information to various countries called MC-130. However, the MI5 operative/Steinbeck III bodyguard learns that Golgo did not target Steinbeck III but instead, went for the butler as he was the real leader of MC-130 when the hit was in operation.

19 The Glass Fortress
Episode S1-19, first aired 08/15/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Golgo is deployed on a covert mission in England to locate and kill a reclusive millionaire named Vargas Walton who has been "keeping" women as his guests in his estate located at an artificial island, ready to have healthy organs from them to be harvested and kept ready for donors while using the funds from organ donations to finance several terrorist groups. The millionaire is protected by high-tech bulletproof glass, making an assassination attempt from the sea or air nearly impossible coupled with an ex-expert Olympic shooter named J.J. as the head of his bodyguard detail.

20 Melancholy Summer
Episode S1-20, first aired 08/22/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Golgo is sent to Malta on a secret mission on an assignment from the British government after a Foreign and Commonwealth Office employee named Arnold Glaston went rogue and was said to have sold national secrets to Russian companies, forcing him to escape overseas by marrying a girl named Stella in Malta. The mercenary follows Stella everyday to determine Arnold's location despite being told that he had escaped to America. Even with persistence from MI:6, Golgo was able to determine that Arnold had planned to return to Malta, which enabled the assassin to complete his mission with success.

21 Garimpeiro
Episode S1-21, first aired 08/29/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Golgo is hired by a man from the rural part of Brazil, seeking revenge on a man named Falcon a leader of the Garimpeiro and his minions for the death of his family and the Brazilian Military Police for letting it slide. He performs this task by hijacking a plane and asking three million in ransom to lure the Garimpiero and the police into chasing him by jumping down to the amazon.

22 Indian Summer
Episode S1-22, first aired 09/05/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

A small family-run motel hears news of a casino robbery when Golgo turns up to stay. Hank, the son of the family returns home with another man having executed the robbery. The blind mother is suspicious of Hank and is unnerved by Golgo, but the assassin leaves before anything happens. Confronting Hank, the mother accidentally shoots Hank and the accomplice escapes to deliver the money to his boss, without realizing that Golgo has been hired by the mob to kill those responsible for robbing their casino.

23 Jetstream
Episode S1-23, first aired 09/12/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

The plane that Golgo travels on has been hijacked by terrorists demanding money after it lands in Britain's Heathrow Airport with the sky marshal taken out, who intend to escape with it before blowing it up. Looking at the passenger list, the head of SIS decided to hire Golgo and gave him an encrypted message to him to take out the hijackers. Golgo talks to the head of Scotland Yard after the incident was over.

24 Santa Ana
Episode S1-24, first aired 09/19/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Brigitta, a female assassin is hired to kill Golgo 13, but she knows she is no match for him. As a means to even out the contest she meets with him and gives him the job of taking out a mafia boss who is using a meat factory as a front. While Duke is preparing for the job she informs the boss of Golgo 13 who promptly sends over his band of goons to kill him. However he escapes and leads the goons straight to the meat factory and lures them out of their cars where the sirocco wind is blowing the sand from the desert restricting their visibility, where he picks them off. Brigitta planned this as a way to put Duke at a disadvantage so that his eyesight would be impaired when it came to the duel. Donning a pair of goggles she sets out to finish off Golgo but she underestimates just how well-prepared he is.

25 Florida Chase
Episode S1-25, first aired 09/26/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

The aide to the US Foreign Secretary hires Golgo to kill Jose Campos, an immigrant drug distributor who is in custody, but is still organizing the smuggling of drugs into Florida. Meanwhile a new type of armored van is stolen and used in springing Campos from a prison bus. In order for the US to save face and with the authorities unable to stop the armored van, the aide requires that Golgo completes the job before Campos makes it to Mexico. Duke acquires the schematics to the van and a specialized gun with armor-piercing bullets and masquerades as a SWAT team member at a roadblock and successfully shoots Campos through the van's weak point.

26 Cold-hearted Catherine
Episode S1-26, first aired 10/03/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

MI5 hire Golgo to assassinate Pamela, a woman from a radical PIRA faction against the end of the armed campaign. Catherine, a friend of Pamela's and was once an infamous cold-hearted terrorist who once hired Golgo 13, now follows the pacifist ideals following the death of her son. When Pamela kills a friend of Catherine's she also hires Golgo 13 to assassinate Pamela to prevent more widespread bloodshed but she has no means to pay for his service. He still accepts but, due to Pamela's paranoia, will have to snipe her blind as she will be behind a blackout curtain. Catherine will lure Pamela to a specified spot and give Golgo a signal to shoot. During the meeting an argument breaks out and Pamela shoots Catherine. Acting blindly Golgo calculates Pamela's position from the bullet hole in the window and successfully snipes her.

27 Fearless
Episode S1-27, first aired 10/11/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

An ex-KGB agent who has a grudge against Golgo tries to kill him with his army of soldiers - people who have survived near-death accidents and have been drugged and trained to be fearless. Golgo defeats the fearless army and then goes after the former agent.

28 Love Moans on an Arctic Night
Episode S1-28, first aired 10/18/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

A woman, whose husband cheated on her, feels she wants to die to escape the pain he caused. By chance she shares a taxi to the airport with Golgo 13 and also the seat next to his. When the plane is forced to perform a belly landing Golgo reveals to her that she does actually want to live and enjoy life. At their destination, having made love at night, she follows him to his job. Golgo can't allow a witness to the job and so kills her.

29 Casting
Episode S1-29, first aired 10/25/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

A movie director is hired to film Golgo 13 in action in a bid to expose him to the public and thus end his career. He uses an unknown actress whose life story is similar to the scripted events as a way of appearing genuine to hire the hitman. During the job, Duke notices an inconsistency and realizes what is happening and he sets about cleaning up the mess.

30 Love is a Knife
Episode S1-30, first aired 11/01/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

A former circus knife-thrower, who can only get well-paid jobs by posing as the real Golgo 13, decides that he should be his own man by killing the real Golgo 13 in order to prove he is the best. He tracks down a target and plans to kill Duke during a job but ultimately ends up biting off more than he can chew.

31 ANGRY WAVES
Episode S1-31, first aired 11/08/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

A gang of thugs hijack an oil tanker and are prepared to kill the crew who are taken hostage. Among the hijackers is an expert marksman and in hurricane conditions the authorities are not confident that the local coastguard marksmen have the ability to take out the hijackers. With the tanker about to leave US waters, where their jurisdiction ends and the hostages will no longer be needed, they hire Golgo 13 to take clean house.

32 Murderous Crosspoints
Episode S1-32, first aired 11/15/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Jonathan Earp, a company executive hires Golgo to assassinate one of the owners of the company. The plan is already laid out with no witnesses or physical evidence, all Duke has to do is pull the trigger, while Earp controls the plane. However a disgruntled employee has switched Earp's lucky bowling ball with a bomb and Earp takes his lucky charm everywhere he goes. The assassination goes off without a hitch but the remaining owner has already worked out what Earp will do and fires him. With Golgo leaving the employee celebrates when the bomb detonates killing Earp and the other owner. Having nearly been blown up Golgo murders the employee.

33 Wine of Renown
Episode S1-33, first aired 11/22/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Albert is from a proud family of French wine producers but his wines are being bought up by Yanagida, a Japanese man who cannot distinguish between vintages. After an auction where Albert fraudulently sells a 1900 vintage in place of an 1800 vintage, Yanagida hosts a party to show off the wines with several noteworthy sommeliers, who will be able to taste the fraudulent wine, attending. Desperate to retain his pride and not be exposed as a fraud, Albert hires Golgo 13 to shoot the bottle of fake wine during the uncorking. However at the party Yanagida invites Albert, as guest of honor, to perform the uncorking.

34 The Night of the Murder Play
Episode S1-34, first aired 11/29/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

A real-estate businessman, Johnson, discovers that a bet he lost years ago to Crump, another real-estate business man, was rigged and resulted in Crump becoming very rich and powerful. In a bid to exact revenge he hires Golgo 13 to kill Crump, who has a love of the theater, but not anyone else. As Crump is constantly surrounded by bodyguards, Duke has to use a specially made disposable gun and time the shooting with the sound effects of the play and hide the gun before anybody notices.

35 The Law of Pedigree
Episode S1-35, first aired 12/05/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

The chairman of the Jockey Club hires Golgo 13 to kill a racehorse that is fraudulently labeled a thoroughbred. Shamed by his fraud he had tried to get his niece, Celia, to kill the animal. However as she had raised it and the horse is winning race after race she becomes fiercely protective. Sensing that she will try to put her own life on the line to protect the horse, he decides to tell her that he employed Golgo 13 to kill it, in the knowledge that the assassin would come after him. After failing to persuade Duke to stop, Celia tries to snipe Golgo before he can kill the horse, but his skill easily outmatches hers. Once the horse is dead and knowing that his job was revealed he goes after the chairman.

36 Expired Fineries
Episode S1-36, first aired 12/12/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Golgo is hired to kill a man named Berne Shulze, a wealthy and influential businessman who has disappeared following accusations of swindling. The moment he accepts the job, the client is suddenly shot dead, but as he had accepted he continues. Schulze being a rich man is thought to have had plastic surgery to change his appearance, but his mistress is prominent in the Monte Carlo casino scene. Leaving the casino Duke notices the mistress accompanied by another woman and while following them home, he is ambushed but kills his attackers. Approaching the house he deduces that the other woman is actually Berne Schulze in disguise and at a rally event successfully shoots his target.

37 Christmas 24 Hours
Episode S1-37, first aired 12/19/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Golgo 13 arrives at a hotel for Christmas but immediately falls under the suspicion of Dahl, the hotel detective that has heard about a recent spate of local crimes. When a known pickpocket tries his luck on Golgo he is caught and handed over to Dahl to deal with him. The pickpocket informs Dahl that he felt a gun on Golgo and so she decides to pay him a visit. She realizes that Golgo is not responsible for any of the local crimes but knows he's a professional there to do a job. Meanwhile Tommy Nabarro, a syndicate underboss, is bailed. A policeman informs Dahl that Nabarro is staying in her hotel but he is to be assassinated as he knows about various crimes committed as well as a link between the syndicate and a senator. As Nabarro leaves the hotel on Christmas day Golgo causes him to turn around before sniping him from his room, so it appears that the shooter was at street level. Golgo checks out the hotel and walks past Dahl who is grateful that Nabarro was killed outside the hotel.

38 A Girl Named Sara
Episode S1-38, first aired 12/26/2008
Director: unk
Writer: unk

A boy, Patric, picks a man's pocket on the Paris metro and drops off the wallet in his accomplice Sara's hands in front of Golgo 13. Minutes later the man whose pocket was picked, Henri Bazaine, is found dead. Later, just before Patric meets up with Sara he notices a man who he suspects is a detective and so he slips away unnoticed. The man follows Sara and it turns out he is an assassin who killed Bazaine and knows that Sara saw him sitting next to Bazaine. Suddenly Golgo shows up and saves Sara and beats up the assassin. Patric is found by the assassin and is beaten into revealing Sara's location as the wallet contained a memo. Having located Sara, he chases after her but once again she is saved by Golgo. The assassin contacts his client, Carnac, but Golgo kills the assassin having let Carnac know where Sara will be. Golgo takes Sara to a hotel and Carnac appears, and Golgo kills him. Carnac had belonged to a group of biologists working on a project and had stolen the funds for his own purposes. Bazaine was to deliver the memo containing the key to the project that could turn it into a contagion but as he was unable to he was killed. Golgo had been hired by the biologists to ensure Carnac failed.

39 The Best Day of Ash's Life
Episode S1-39, first aired 01/09/2009
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Golgo 13 is hired to kill Hewitt, the number 2 in a crime syndicate. The head of the syndicate died in an accident and all signs point to Hewitt being responsible. The previous number 1 had placed a large amount of gold bullion in a bank vault and Hewitt becoming paranoid will only be vulnerable on the ceremony day when he visits the vault in the morning. However the location of the bank plus the small army of goons as security make the shot impossible. Opposite lives a struggling artist named Ash who is behind in his rent payments and is the only one in the apartment block. One day Golgo 13 shows up at his door and buys Ash's entire art works making him a rich man. Ash pays off his rent and flies off to Florida to start a new life. Meanwhile Golgo buys the apartment block in cash from the landlord. As Hewitt gets out of the car towards the bank, the client's henchman demolishes the apartment and Golgo 13 from the building behind snipes Hewitt before the dust cloud obstructs his and the goons view. Meanwhile Ash is enjoying his new life in Florida grateful to the man that gave him the means to live this new lifestyle.

40 The Brutes' Banquet
Episode S1-40, first aired 01/16/2009
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Two millionaires who bet on human bloodsports hire a top assassin, Spartacus, to duel with Golgo 13 under the guise of protecting themselves from him. They have the Colosseum rigged with cameras and microphones in order to watch. Golgo 13 emerges from the duel the winner and reveals to Spartacus the recording equipment. Angry that he was used, he hires Golgo 13 to kill the millionaires right before he dies. The millionaires use their influence to fly to South Africa to a safe place while being guarded by the Sicilian mafia and theirs being the first plane out of Rome. However they are shot dead upon arrival from another plane on the tarmac that had overtaken them from Rome while they had refueled in Nairobi.

41 Night Fog in Petticoat Lane
Episode S1-41, first aired 01/23/2009
Director: unk
Writer: unk

In the aftermath of the murder of a Russian diplomat and his mistress, a woman walks into bar in a rough area where Golgo 13 is visiting. When he leaves she runs after him and asks him to buy her. Suddenly some men try to kill them but Golgo dispatches them. They go back to a hotel and have sex and again more men try to kill them. A chase ensues and they escape to the sewers where she reveals that she is a CIA assassin behind the diplomat's death and that the men are chasing her and that she managed to hire Golgo 13 for free. After killing all the chasing men she pulls a gun on Golgo but he is quicker and kills her first.

42 On Large Mouth Lake
Episode S1-42, first aired 01/30/2009
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Duke kills two moose with one shot while hunting in Canada with a custom powerful rifle and is arrested by two park rangers for going over the allowed quota. While in custody at the ranger station some thugs try to kill him but he shoots them first and escapes kidnapping the female thug. It is revealed that the CIA have hired Duke to kill McCord a double agent before he can defect and the woman he kidnapped works for McCord. Golgo burns her clothes so she cannot escape the log cabin as she would freeze to death outside and gives a local girl an expensive coat to look after her. The woman promptly knocks the girl out and escapes, stealing her clothes, and meets up with McCord to take him to a helicopter to escape. As they travel on a snowmobile she realizes too late that the escape was too easy and that against the white backdrop, the red coat she stole sticks out and that Golgo 13 has a rifle powerful enough to shoot through multiple targets. Using the red coat as a target, Golgo kills both the woman and McCord.

43 The Lost Assignment
Episode S1-43, first aired 02/06/2009
Director: unk
Writer: unk

A group of terrorists, whose aim is to kill the king, try to prevent their leader from being assassinated by Golgo 13 by blowing him up. However he escapes but crashes his car. Krista, a woman at the crash scene, takes him back to her place as he refused to go to hospital and realizes that he is a criminal. Golgo is left with amnesia but his instincts saves them from death on more than one occasion and as he slowly regains his memory they make their way to a small village in the country where the king is due to visit soon. As the king arrives Golgo shoots in the air to alert security to his presence as he tries to pressurize himself to remember the target. He remembers that a priest hired him to kill the terrorist leader, Father Vernon, who is also a priest due to lok after the king on his visit. He takes aim and kills Father Vernon but Krista witnessed the job. Before Golgo can kill her, she is shot by a terrorist thug as Golgo dodges out the way and shoot the terrorist. The security forces only find Krista's body as they reach the shooting point.

44 Rockford's Ambition
Episode S1-44, first aired 02/13/2009
Director: unk
Writer: unk

David Rockford, the most powerful and influential man in the world, attempts to hire Golgo 13 on a permanent basis but is refused. Using his vast wealth and connections he has Golgo's secret bank accounts and cards frozen. Golgo finds out about a man named Jiang-Sun Huang, the leader of a group of Chinese expats in Taiwan who have an extensive intelligence network who can find Rockford. Huang hires Golgo 13 to kill Rockford as the expats are being squeezed by Rockford for their resources. Rockford flees to his villa in Switzerland and calls the U.S. president. In return for ensuring his rigged re-election the president calls Golgo 13 and warns him to leave Switzerland or face every law enforcement agency in the world. Golgo shoots Rockford from a boat outside the Swiss border.

45 1 Second out of 36,000 Seconds
Episode S1-45, first aired 02/20/2009
Director: unk
Writer: unk

A man hires Golgo 13 to kill Carronte, a terrorist in a maximum security prison, to avenge the death of his family in a random act of terrorism. However Carronte's cell is behind a revolving door and sliding door and only has a small aperture window. Golgo 13 has to maintain his posture for ten hours in order to make the shot. Knowing this is impossible he contacts a man who was involved in an athletic doping scandal who can make a drug to relax his muscles. Golgo manages to shoot the target but his muscles are in a bad shape and requires professional massage to recover. The chemist had offered to do this but took Golgo's vital statistics to an FSB contact who would give him a huge reward for killing Golgo 13. As Golgo can hardly move he moves to kill him but does not anticipate how well prepared the professional is.

46 End of the Century Hollywood
Episode S1-46, first aired 02/27/2009
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Loi, an Asian film producer is looking to shoot on location in America but the actors and producers are continually being assassinated. In order to protect the star of his movie, Lee, and secure the future of the Hong Kong film industry, he hires Golgo 13 to kill those responsible for the attempts on Lee's life, however he does not know who is behind the attacks. An American company is behind the attacks using the DIA to try to kill Lee out of fear that the Hong Kong film industry will bankrupt them and erode into the American film industry, reducing the American influence around the world. Golgo moves Loi and Lee to a Chinese secret armored building and when DIA elite troops attack, he has planned its defense and is able to kill most of the troops and determine who is responsible. Some make it to where Loi and Lee are and fatally shoot Loi. Golgo shoot the halogen gas fire system releasing the gas into the airtight room. Shooting the window with a grenade the air pressure difference sucks out the remaining troops. Golgo finishes the assignment by killing the one responsible for the assassinations.

47 The Unceasing Night
Episode S1-47, first aired 03/06/2009
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Mayor Bardot's wife, Danielle, recognizes Duke Togo at a party at a hotel from a previous sexual encounter. Bardot hires some thugs to persuade him to leave town but they are easily overpowered and are forced to lead Duke to Bardot. There he recognizes Danielle as a former prostitute who had killed her pimp that same night she met Golgo. Fearful that Golgo was responsible for threatening to blackmail Bardot about Danielle's past he tried to get Golgo to leave but, just as he had done before, Golgo warned them to never bother him. However Danielle had also hired an assassin to kill Golgo for the blackmail but now realises that he was not responsible and tries to persuade the assassin to abort but due to pride he continues. Golgo shoots the assassin during a car chase causing Danielle to die in the ensuing crash.

48 Black People's Ebony Eyes
Episode S1-48, first aired 03/13/2009
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Mafia boss, Thomas Grebbick has annoyed his superiors who send their three hitmen to kill him. To protect himself he sends his own, Ron, who kills them. In retaliation the bosses hire Golgo 13 to kill Grebbick. While Golgo evades Grebbick's goons, Ron's girlfriend recognises Golgo as her child's father from a previous sexual encounter. She begs him to just take a glance at their child. Grebbick arranges to meet Golgo to persuade him to switch sides or the child will be killed. Instead Golgo completes his contract and shoots Grebbick and Ron accidentally shoots his girlfriend while trying to kill Golgo. All the goons are killed leaving only Golgo and the child. After glancing at the child Golgo leaves.

49 Armoured Suit SDR2
Episode S1-49, first aired 03/20/2009
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Following a successful assassination, Golgo's escape plane crash lands on an island where the American military are testing the new SDR2 armoured suit against captured terrorists. The inexperienced pilot is ordered to kill Golgo as he is a witness to the new technology. As the pilot becomes increasingly unstable after being outsmarted several times Golgo is finally able to destroy the SDR2 with a well-placed shot. The American officer has Golgo brought in where he demands his services as an advisor. Not wanting to comply Golgo kills the officer and the guards.

50 The Arms of the Angel, The Arms of the Devil
Episode S1-50, first aired 03/27/2009
Director: unk
Writer: unk

Albert Stantz, a governor election candidate, hires Golgo 13 to assassinate Wassant, a philanthropist dedicated to transforming orphans into valuable members of society. They both shared a history belonging to an anarchist street gang and Wassant is now trying to atone for his past. However Duke is involved in a car accident where his dominant right arm is severely injured and next to useless. He finds Dr. Cutter, a surgeon with amazing dexterity and skill to heal his arm. Overhearing a telephone conversation between Cutter and another orphan, he learns that Cutter is one of Wassant's orphans and deduces that Stantz had mentioned Golgo 13, breaking Duke's terms of agreement. After successfully shooting Wassant and leaving the weapon at the scene he shoots Stantz, again leaving the weapon at the scene. The M16 used to kill Wassant was modified to be shot left-handed while the other M16 was unmodified. Cutter theorises that Duke had used his left hand as an obligation to him for healing his arm. The series ends with Duke leaving for the airport.

COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND MANGA

Number of Stories:20
First Appearance:1986
Last Appearance:2008

       According to Wikipedia, it was in the January 1969 issue of the Japanese periodical Big Comic, released in that country in October of 1968, that the first Golgo 13 adventure was presented. After a few years of adventures the stories (or 'chapters') were repackaged into tankobon format with each volume containing several of the previously released adventures.
       The titles of the Japanese stories are:
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1 Into The Wolves' Lair Into The Wolves' Lair
Published by Lead Publishing
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1986

1st of 2 adventures in Golgo 13 Graphic Novel Series #1.
Golgo 13 is hired by Mossad to break into a maximum security Nazi compound, find a hostage held there, and get that person out alive. It also contains a shorter story taking place in Afghanistan where he is being sought by the entire army.

2 The Fall of the Fourth Reich The Fall of the Fourth Reich
Published by Lead Publishing
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1986

2nd of 2 adventures in Golgo 13 Graphic Novel Series #1. Originally was story #183
[plot unknown]

3 Galinpero Galinpero
Published by Lead Publishing
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1986

1st of 2 adventures in Golgo 13 Graphic Novel Series #2.
Golgo 13 has the assignment to avenge the death of a man's family. The killers are the Galinperos, a bloody gang of diamond mine overseers who terrorize a multitude of small Brazilian town.

4 110 Degree Angle 110 Degree Angle
Published by Lead Publishing
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1986

2nd of 2 adventures in Golgo 13 Graphic Novel Series #2. Originally was story #194
Golgo 13 is hired by an advisor to the Saudi king whose niece was killed. The man wants the one responsible killed in revenge.

5 Ice Lake Hit Ice Lake Hit
Published by Lead Publishing
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1986

1st of 2 adventures in Golgo 13 Graphic Novel Series #3.
Using his Duke Togo alias, Golgo 13 is in Canada 'hunting moose'. After getting in trouble with the local authorities for killing two with the same bullet, Golgo 13 eventually tracks down his real target - a CIA agent gone bad and Golgo 13 is working for the US government on this one.

6 Machine Cowboy Machine Cowboy
Published by Lead Publishing
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1986

2nd of 2 adventures in Golgo 13 Graphic Novel Series #3. Originally was story #196
A female rancher is more than a little upset that someone is rustling her horses and the authorities cannot be bothered to investigate.

7 The Ivory Connection The Ivory Connection
Published by Lead Publishing
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1988

1st of 2 adventures in Golgo 13 Graphic Novel Series #4. Originally was story #140
Golgo 13 ...

8 Scandal! The Unpaid Reward Scandal! The Unpaid Reward
Published by Lead Publishing

Copyright: 1988

2nd of 2 adventures in Golgo 13 Graphic Novel Series #4. Originally was story #104
To make sure that one of his biggest contributors wins a defense contract, a West German political leader hires Golgo 13 to eliminate his political rival.

9 The Impossible Hit The Impossible Hit
Published by Lead Publishing
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1989

Single adventure in Lead Publishing's second Golgo 13 Graphic Novel Series #1.
When a homicide detective investigating the murder of a prominent man in the city comes upon a spent cartridge, he calculates the trajectory and that takes him to the hotel where Duke Togo, Golgo 13, is staying.

10 Hopper The Border Hopper The Border
Published by Lead Publishing
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1989

Single adventure in Lead Publishing's second Golgo 13 Graphic Novel Series #2.
Golgo 13's target is a mystery through most of this adventure which concerns a Russian hitman who has just fulfilled his contract in the snowy mountain region of this tale. The man comes across an eloping couple, fleeing the woman's rich and possessive father. Then there are two gangsters who just happen upon the cabin they are all taking refuge in. The title refers to the helicopter pilot hired to help transport the couple.

11 The Professional The Professional
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1989

A 3-issue telling of the adventure. Originally was story Special #51.
Golgo 13 is contracted to kill the son of Robert Dawson, an American oil baron and industrialist who is gaining immense political power. Dawson then goes on a full-scale hunt and kill campaign to eliminate Golgo 13.

12 Supergun Supergun
Published by Viz Media

Copyright: 2006

1st of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #1, Jan. 2006. Originally was story #364, The Gun at Am Shara.
Iraq is creating a gigantic new cannon capable of reaching great distances. It is hidden in the side of a dam. Golgo 13's job is to take it out.

13 Hit And Run Hit And Run
Published by Viz Media

Copyright: 2006

2nd of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #1, Jan. 2006. Originally was story #144.
"1979: On the streets of San Francisco, a hit-and-run accident intersects with a mob boss's terror that he is Gogol 13's next target."

14 Hydra Hydra
Published by Viz Media

Copyright: 2006

1st of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #2, Apr. 2006. Originally was story #88.
"1974, the snakes of the Corsican mafia writhe from Mexico to Marseilles as G13 takes a trip into a psychedelic triple-cross where the corpse on the floor won't be just an acid casualty!"

15 The Deaths of June 3rd The Deaths of June 3rd
Published by Viz Media

Copyright: 2006

2nd of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #2, Apr. 2006. Originally was story #290.
"1989: Tiananmen Square. In a matter of hours, the People's Liberation Army will massacre the students of the Chinese democracy movement. But one person will die first, as Golgo 13 walks through the chanting crowds. Who is he here to kill--and why?"

16 Power To The People Power To The People
Published by Viz Media

Copyright: 2006

1st of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #3, Jun. 2006. Originally was story #333.
"1994: Nelson Mandela, after 27 years in prison, has just become president of South Africa. But with deadly enemies both white and black, Mandela turns for help to the man he once served time with--Golgo 13!"

17 A Fierce Southern Current A Fierce Southern Current
Published by Viz Media

Copyright: 2006

2nd of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #3, Jun. 2006.. Originally was Special Edition Story #39
"1994: Golgo arrives in the Spratly Islands--a few bits of coral in the South China Sea, sitting on oil reserves larger than Kuwait's. Six nations claim them--but it's Golgo 13 who will close the deal!"

18 The Orbital Hit The Orbital Hit
Published by Viz Media

Copyright: 2006

1st of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #4, Aug. 2006. Originally was story #137
"1975: The Apollo-Soyuz mission is about to launch--the first-ever space rendezvous between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. But this gesture of peace could trigger a war instead, unless Golgo turns astronaut...to carry out a sniping job 140 miles up"

19 English Rose English Rose
Published by Viz Media

Copyright: 2006

2nd of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #4, Aug. 2006. Originally was story #369.
"1997: As Princess Diana's car drives into a Paris tunnel, Golgo follows, ready to fulfill a contract worth 1.5 million pounds--only to find there are two assassins riding that fateful night!"

20 Wiseguy Wiseguy
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2006

1st of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #5, Oct. 2006. Originally was story #301
"1991: Every September the Feast of the Martyrdom of San Gennaro fills the streets of Little Italy. But this year more than sacred blood will flow when Golgo is asked by an elderly don to settle a vendetta!"

21 Germany Is One Germany Is One
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2006

2nd of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #5, Oct. 2006. Originally was story #288
" 1989: On the eve of the Berlin Wall's collapse, a roll of the die may determine the future of Europe in a bizarre board game in which Golgo gets the final toss!"

22 One Minute Past Midnight One Minute Past Midnight
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2006

1st of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #6, Dec. 2006. Originally was story #377.
"1998: Security on death row has never been tighter, as ex-CIA agent Henry Mitchell prepares for his fate. But if a lethal injection awaits him, why is Golgo needed to execute the sentence?"

23 Zdrowas Maryjo Zdrowas Maryjo
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2006

2nd of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #6, Dec. 2006. Originally was story #179.
"1981: Pope John Paul II survives an attempt on his life--or does he? To uncover the conspiracy that lies behind the missing pontiff, Golgo 13 will need two million dollars, a rifle, a revolver...and a priest's robe!"

24 Eye Of God Eye Of God
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2007

1st of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #7, Jan. 2007. Originally was story #319.
"1993: When a spy satellite records a clandestine desert rendezvous, the true meaning of which could shift the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, who can be trusted to see the details: the satellite's designer or Golgo 13?"

25 Far From An Era Far From An Era
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2007

2nd of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #7, Jan. 2007. Originally was from story #126.
"1977, a wealthy, respectable, middle-aged California millionaire can't live with the fact that his beautiful young bride is a fugitive student radical, and someone must die for his discontent!"

26 Gravestone In Sicily Gravestone In Sicily
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2007

1st of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #8, Apr. 2007. Originally was story #139.
"1982: Golgo 13 never misses...until now! A beautiful KGB agent guards his target--yet her secret is not of the heart, but in the mind."

27 Telepath Telepath
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2007

2nd of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #8, Apr. 2007. Originally was story #184.
"1978, a young priest finds he cannot forgive a killer when the victim is his own family. Hiring Golgo won't be enough, though--the man of the cloth must assist the assassin in a bizarre scheme to get Golgo's rifle past the watchful eyes of mobsters who trust neither of them!"

28 Headhunter Headhunter
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2007

1st of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #9, Jun. 2007. Originally was story #204.
"1983, New York: When an investigator looking into a shady corporate acquisition is run down, his grandfather hires Golgo--but the old man is no armchair spectator to revenge!"

29 Accidental Accidental
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2007

2nd of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #9, Jun. 2007. Originally was story #61.
"1972. Golgo has just broken two of his own rules. He's seeing a client again because of the other broken rule: he failed to carry out the job!"

30 Wasteland Wasteland
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2007

1st of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #10, Aug. 2007. Originally was story #213.
"1984: A year before Chernobyl, Golgo 13 is hired straight from a mission of death to carry out a mission of mercy: prevent the meltdown of a reactor that could render Los Angeles uninhabitable for 25,000 years!"

31 Route 85 Route 85
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2007

2nd of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #10, Aug. 2007. Originally was story #249.
"1987: A lonely road in Nevada is the site of a surprising duel involving Golgo 13."

32 The Wrong Man The Wrong Man
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2007

1st of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #11, Oct. 2007. Originally was story #360.
"It's known that Golgo 13 will kill anyone who tries to impersonate him. But if you're merely mistaken for him by a Chicago crime boss, can you possibly escape alive?"

33 Okinawa Syndrome Okinawa Syndrome
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2007

2nd of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #11, Oct. 2007. Originally was story #350.
"1996: Okinawa, Japan's smallest prefecture, holds 75 percent of the U.S. military presence in Japan. When a Self-Defense Force officer is murdered by his associates, Golgo steps into the ominous discontent behind one of Japan's greatest controversies!"

34 Shadow Of Death Shadow Of Death
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2007

1st of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #12, Dec. 2007. Originally was story #105.
"1976: When congressional hearings expose a CIA chemical warfare program, Golgo is tasked to destroy the evidence on a hellish Pacific island--where he faces a showdown with one of the few men he could call an equal!"

35 The Dark-Skinned Sniper The Dark-Skinned Sniper
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2007

2nd of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #12, Dec. 2007. Originally was story #83.
"1974, the Deep South gets a visit from Golgo 13 when Black Power activists hire him for a job in Mississippi that reveals him to be one bad brother!"

36 Flagburner Flagburner
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2008

1st of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #13, Feb. 2008.
"The 2000 U.S. presidential election comes down to a handful of recounted ballots in Florida. But the decisive vote will be cast by a bullet from Golgo 13!"

37 The Serizawa Family Murders The Serizawa Family Murders
Published by Viz Media
Contributors: Taiko Saito (writer and artist)
Copyright: 2008

2nd of 2 adventures in the Viz Signature series of Golgo 13 #13, Feb. 2008. Originally was story #100.
"1946: Amidst so many dead in the postwar ruins of Japan, the brutal murder of five members of the same family still has the power to shock--and even more so 29 years later, when the unsolved crime may point to the origins of Duke Togo!"

GAMES

Number of Games:2
First Appearance:1988
Last Appearance:1990

1 Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode
Video Game
Vic Tokai
Copyright: 1988

Golgo 13's mission is to kill the leader of the Drek group. According to Wikipedia: "The story begins when a helicopter transporting a vial of a deadly bacillus known as "Cassandra G" is destroyed near the Statue of Liberty, but the vial is nowhere to be found in the wreckage. Golgo 13 is blamed for the destruction and possible theft as a bullet of an M-16 was discovered in the wreckage, which he is known for being partial to. However, those in FIXER refuse to place blame on Golgo 13, and task him with hunting down the real assassin. On the way, Golgo 13 must pass through several areas, including East Berlin, Athens, Rio de Janeiro, and Alexander Island, which is located off the coast of Antarctica."

2 The Mafat Conspiracy The Mafat Conspiracy
Video Game
Vic Tokai
Copyright: 1990

Created for the Nintendo Entertainment System video game console. According to Wikipedia: "A weapons satellite has been snatched out of orbit, and the world is facing nuclear destruction. Behind this act is a group of terrorists known as the Mafat Conspiracy. The terrorists plan to extort the U.S. and Soviet governments by threatening to make their satellites fall from space. The Mafat are demanding that the Soviets turn over their research on electromagnetic waves, and the American government to give them the Los Angeles, a ship that is equipped with nuclear warheads. The CIA and KGB are blaming each other, and Golgo 13's mission is to eliminate the leader of the Mafat Revolutionary Group, destroy the Satellite Capture System, and rescue Dr. Barrows. The doctor was kidnapped from his lab in England many years ago and taken to Paris, where he remains in confinement."

MY COMMENTS

For reasons I would be hard to explain, I held off on adding this series to the compendium. It is baffling in a way because from the moment that I bought, years ago, the first English version of a manga about him, I was hooked.

I loved the character, hard and emotionless though he usually is. I adored the artwork which is gorgeous and richly detained without being overblown. And I loved the wide variety of plotlines, which considering how many adventures he has had over the impressive number of decades is stunning.

So why the long delay to add him here? No idea! But he is here now and rightly so.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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