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WEE WILLIE HAGGIS

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Full Name: Willie Haggis
Series Name: Wee Will Haggis, The Spy From Skye
Nationality: British
Organization: M.I.5 1/2
Occupation Agent

Creator: Leo Baxendale
Time Span: 1967 - 1967

ABOUT THE SERIES

Wee Willie Haggis is an agent with MI5 1/2.

Why the government agency is a "1/2" is not disclosed and is likely too secret for even the government to know. It is run by a bald, mustached pipe-smoker named Mr. Carr. What is implied is that Haggis is the man whose name comes immediately to mind to this director when a challenging mission comes in.

Haggis, known as 'The Spy From Skye', is very inch a Scotsman as would be appropriate being from that island off the West Coast of Scotland. Truth be told, though, since Haggis is a very, very short fellow, there are not that many inches involved. But he is definitely a Scot as shown by his strong accent and his constant wearing of a stylish tam to go along much loved kilt under a ubiquitous white trenchcoat.

Haggis the operative is a man who clearly enjoys his "gadgets". The first one we see is his "hover-haggis", a gyroscope-style flying balloon-ish contraption with a propeller on top, "just the job to beat the traffic problem". Another is the tam he loves which can, on the push of a button on his coat, instantly inflates lifting him a feet feet into the air, not to mention being a terrific cushion against blows to the head by a mace (yikes!). And there are the powerful magnets in the heels of his shoes which come in useful on occasion. He even has a "special Secret Service extendable tooth" (odd thing, that).

Haggis is a very fun and adventure loving fellow who is determined to accomplish whatever mission he is given but he also seems set on having a good time doing it. He really enjoys his job and seems to take delight in the nastier any trap laid for him his is.

Good Line:
- "Everyone knows the easiest way to find a needle is to sit on it."

COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND MANGA

Number of Stories:5
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1967

1 The Stolen Cleopatra Needle The Stolen Cleopatra Needle
Published by Odhams Press Ltd.
Contributors: Leo Baxendale (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1967

Printed in Pow! #1-6 (Jan 21, 1967 - Feb. 25, 1967) with 12 black & white pages.
Wee Willie is sent on a mission to find and bring back the Cleopatra Needle that has been stolen by a protection racket gang for sail to a Middle Eastern leader.
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2 Fiendish Laughing Gas Fiendish Laughing Gas
Published by Odhams Press Ltd.
Contributors: Leo Baxendale (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1967

Printed in Pow! #7-11 (Mar. 4, 1967 - Apr. 1, 1967) with 10 black & white pages.
Bluefinger has created laughing gas that will make people fat and Z-Car gives the mission to Wee Willie to stop the deployment of it.
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3 Tiny Nuclear Tomatoes Tiny Nuclear Tomatoes
Published by Odhams Press Ltd.
Contributors: Leo Baxendale (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1967

Printed in Pow! #12-16 (Apr. 8, 1967 - May 6, 1967) with 10 black & white pages.
Wee Willie is sent to stop Big Chief Redbonce from taking over the world with his very dangerous T.N.T. tomatoes.
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4 A Candy Wee Spy A Candy Wee Spy
Published by Odhams Press Ltd.
Contributors: Leo Baxendale (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1967

1st of 4 graphic adventures in Pow! Annual 1968 with 2 color pages.
Someone is putting top secret information in candy and Wee Willie Haggis is on the mission.
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5 The Pinched Pants Mission The Pinched Pants Mission
Published by Odhams Press Ltd.
Contributors: Leo Baxendale (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1967

2nd of 4 graphic adventures in Pow! Annual 1968 with 2 color pages.
Prince Charlie's pants have been taken and Wee Willie Haggis is the one sent on a mission to get them back.
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MY COMMENTS

I lived for three years in Scotland a decade after this series came out. I saw no sign of him whatsoever although I did see, and tried, haggis. Never again!

This is a silly series, obviously, poking fun at spy fiction in general while directing the stories to young kids. To my guess it would be very young because of how zany the tales were but still with stuff for older ones considering the gadgets this little fellow always was able to produce.

That is one very interesting little tam o'shanter he wears. I would use one of them!

GRADE

My Grade: C

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