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DAVE CURTIS

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Full Name: Dave Curtis
Nationality: British
Organization: British Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Unknown
Time Span: 1967 - 1971

ABOUT THE SERIES

Dave Curtis is an agent with British Intelligence.

The time period for his operations is the mid-60s, well and truly in the heat of the Cold War and the competition for influence over nations all around the globe. For example, we have adventures with Curtis in the Middle East with a particularly costly mission in Yemen, an interesting case where Curtis is called out of a mission in Madrid to head to Jamaica and some spooky interaction with voodoo, and we have him in West Berlin heading east into the Iron Curtain controlled part of the separated city.

In all those missions Curtis works for a section of the U.K. intelligence community that is not readily known to most citizens; its headquarters is disguised as a small printing company. We find during out brief period following his activities that he has apparently several different handlers controlling his assignments or perhaps simply a case of one man's departure followed by another's arrival. Whichever it is, it seems that management has issues with Curtis considering the way they talk to and treat him. This is odd because in the adventures recorded about him, he has been resourceful in his actions and successful in his results.

In what would seem keeping with the sartorial style of the day, Curtis is invariably seen dressed in coat and tie with starched white shirt. He is a good-looking man with fairly short, black hair. In the first couple of adventures that I have seen, he has a black patch over his left eye, obviously an unfortunate souvenir of a previous mission. In a later one, he is without the patch so would say to me that either this mission took place before the optic orb was lost or he replaced it with a glass one - both speculation on my part.

COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND MANGA

Number of Stories:4
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1971

1 The Ace Of Death The Ace Of Death
Published by Brugueditor Ltd.
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1967

Printed in Espionage #1, a comics picture library.
"The ace of spades! Throughout history, it has made the superstitious tremble as a portent of doom, a symbol of death. But for Secret Agent Dave Curtis, it meant far more. It meant a madman seeking power in the dust-blown port of Aden ... with fear as his weapon, and the devil as his backer!"
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2 The Devil's Daughter The Devil's Daughter
Published by Brugueditor Ltd.
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1967

Printed in Espionage #3, a comics picture library.
"For many hundreds of years, the West Indian island of Haiti has been associated with the dark and evil rituals of Voodoo. Recently, men say, it had been stamped out - but British Secret Service Agent Dave Curtis was to learn differently, when he arrived in neighboring Jamaica on a terror-filled quest to find a woman called ... the Devil's daughter."
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3 Curse Of The Samurai Curse Of The Samurai
Published by Brugueditor Ltd.
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1967

Printed in Espionage #20, a comics picture library.
[plot unknown]

4 Mission Survival Mission Survival
Published by Brugueditor Ltd.
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1971

Printed in Pocket Detective Library #2, a comics picture library.
"Behind the Wall, East Germany was a hot-bed of espionage. Here, where East met West, trained agents battled one another for vital information. Theirs was a deadly game played against a background of suspicion and brutality. Theirs was a professional sport involving life and the ever-constant threat of execution. And, always, their mission was - survival!"
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MY COMMENTS

These are rather extensive adventures which is a positive thing to say for them. Though there are, as was routine for British comic book makers who published 'picture library' adventures, they were 64 pages of two large panels each. The writer(s) were very good at moving the story along swiftly so that a lot could be told in those 128 cells.

The artwork is all black and white which I personally enjoy but most of those I have found available are simplistic in their style and presentation. Certainly it did its job but there was not much more to be said about it.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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