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Full Name: Dan Wilson
Nationality: British
Organization: British Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Unknown
Time Span: 1973 - 1973

ABOUT THE SERIES

Dan Wilson is an agent with British Intelligence.

The year is 1942. The Second World War is well underway. In England, British Intelligence has discovered a German agent secreted at Lynchester School, a prep school somewhere in the east of England. Learning that the enemy operative, named Wilhelm Miers, was set to meet with another agent to receive some classified documents, it is decided to ask fellow student Dan Wilson, who happens to have a passing resemblance of the captured spy, to take his place for that transfer.

What sounded like a simple, short impersonation turned pear-shaped quickly when British soldiers, not in on the plan, get curious about the late night rendezvous and a chase ensues. A stray bullet grazes young Wilson and he soon loses consciousness. The enemy agent he was meeting carries him to a nearby plane he planned to use to return to Germany. Now there is an extra passenger and before he knows it, Wilson is landing in Germany.

Three items will work together to change Wilson's frightening prospects of long imprisonment as a British spy. 

The first is that Wilson had lived for many years in Berlin before the War. His father had been a prominent British foreign correspondent assigned to that capital and young Wilson went with him. As a result, Wilson not only speaks German as a native, he knows and understands Berlin quite well.

The second is that being 17 years old and already nearly fully grown, albeit in a tall, spindly manner, mistaking him for a German undercover operative a couple years older is not a stretch, especially since young Wilson looks like a blond Aryan.

The third and last is that the current head of the German Espionage Organization, to which the faux returned agent is assigned, has never met Wilson before so believes the young man standing before him is the real deal. 

So it is that for a short time, Dan Wilson, formerly a soon-to-graduate student, is now an undercover operative inside enemy lines.

COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND MANGA

Number of Stories:8
First Appearance:1973
Last Appearance:1973

       This series' short run of adventures were published in consecutive issues of The Victor , a long-running British weekly magazine aimed at boys and young men. The eight tales ran from #635 to #642 in Spring/Early Summer of 1973.


Note: none of the stories had any title given them so I came up with my own.

1 'The Danger of Impersonating A Spy' 'The Danger of Impersonating A Spy'
Published by DC Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1973

Published in The Victor #635, Apr. 21, 1973 - 3 pages.
A young German spy, undercover at a prep school in England, is about to meet up with another agent to receive classified information. British Intelligence arrests the young man and then asks Dan Wilson, who looks similar to the spy, to take his place. Trouble causes the deception to go awry and Wilson ends up in Berlin in the captured spy's identity.

2 'The Danger of Impersonating A Downed Pilot' 'The Danger of Impersonating A Downed Pilot'
Published by DC Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1973

Published in The Victor #636, Apr. 28, 1973 - 3 pages.
Downed British pilots are being smuggled out of Germany by an underground railroad system. Dan Wilson's "boss" at the GEO wants him to take the role of one such pilot to discover how the system works.

3 'The Danger of Impersonating A Radio Announcer' 'The Danger of Impersonating A Radio Announcer'
Published by DC Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1973

Published in The Victor #637, May 05, 1973 - 3 pages.
Wilhelm Miers, aka Dan Wilson, is sent by the GEO to Mittelberg Castle to assist in making propaganda tapes with a Dutch traitor. Along the way via train, Wilson learns of another train carrying a large number of new, more powerful tanks heading to North Africa. Wilson is determined to get the news to England.

4 'The Danger of Impersonating an Interpreter' 'The Danger of Impersonating an Interpreter'
Published by DC Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1973

Published in The Victor #638, May 12, 1973 - 3 pages.
Wilhelm Miers/Dan Wilson is sent to Schummhausen School just outside Berlin to give a speech about how decadent England is. When an American bombing run on a nearby munitions factor results in one bomber crashing on the schoolgrounds, Wilson is asked to act as interpreter. He learns the plane has top secret equipment that cannot be allowed to fall into German hands.

5 'The Danger of Impersonating a Baron's Grand-Nephew' 'The Danger of Impersonating a Baron's Grand-Nephew'
Published by DC Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1973

Published in The Victor #639, May 19, 1973 - 3 pages.
Wilhelm Miers/Dan Wilson is being taken by his German boss, Colonel Stabe, to visit Miers' grand-uncle, Baron von Feldstein. Wilson is stunned that evening to learn of a surprise visit by Marshal Goering, along with a secret cargo.

6 'The Danger of Impersonating A Speaker At A Submarine Base' 'The Danger of Impersonating A Speaker At A Submarine Base'
Published by DC Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1973

Published in The Victor #640, May 26, 1973 - 3 pages.
Wilhelm Miers/Dan Wilson is sent on a speaking tour around Germany. One stop is a German naval base on the River Elbe where Wilson learns of a method of sneaking vital material via ship to Germany. Now Wilson must find a way to get British Intelligence know about it.

7 'The Danger of Impersonating a Witness' 'The Danger of Impersonating a Witness'
Published by DC Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1973

Published in The Victor #641, June 02, 1973 - 3 pages.
Ordered to accompany a German General to Paris, Wilhelm Miers/Dan Wilson is present when a stop in a town after an attack by an Allied fighter results in the General ordering a group of civilians to be executed in retaliation for local Resistance activity. Wilson is determined to find a way to save them.

8 'The Danger of Impersonating a Hero to the Fuehrer' 'The Danger of Impersonating a Hero to the Fuehrer'
Published by DC Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1973

Published in The Victor #642, June 09, 1973 - 3 pages.
Colonel Strobe is taking Wilhelm Miers/Dan Wilson to the Fuehrer's Headquarters to receive an Iron Cross for his work. Unfortunately, an agent names Hans Muller, with whom Miers has worked while undercover in England, will be attending. Wilson is certain he will be exposed as a fraud.

MY COMMENTS

This was a fun, quick, no frills series that was oddly, to me, both totally unlikely and somewhat plausible. I mean, the idea of a young man impersonating an trained operative is silly - except for the fact that no one knew the real one so, why not?

With just three pages per adventure, there was no time to dig deeper into the thoughts of the character but then again it is unlikely the reading audience really worried about motivation and deep background.

I did like the way that the character found to get back home; sent off as a hero to be received as one - by the other side.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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