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ADAM LEBEC

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Full Name: Adam LeBec
Nationality: British
Organization: S.A.T.A.N.
Occupation Agent

Creator: Unknown
Time Span: 1966 - 1976

ABOUT THE SERIES

Adam LeBec is an agent with S.A.T.A.N.

That statement is certainly eye-catching.

It is also misleading as this organization has nothing to do with the Lord of the Underworld or Great Tempter. It is an acronym standing for Spies Anonymous To All Nations. This means that it is an independent intelligence agency and an impressively extensive one at that: "No government knows their identities. No outsider can penetrate their ranks. And yet their organization encircles the globe in a vast network of secret cells".

One of those locations is, understandably, London, England. In that regional headquarters, the head of that cell is Roland Campbell. He had several operatives from which to choose when a mission comes up but his top two are Mike Kincaid and Adam LeBec. Both men are described as "dedicated" and "fearless".

LeBec's name might lead you to believe he is French but listening to him would quickly change your mind. In the first recorded adventure we have LeBec telling Campbell that the two men were "raring to go". In the second mission we know about, he refers to a missing woman he is asked to locate as "some hare-brained society dame". Considering that manner of speech, the question is not really whether he is French instead of British but rather is he in fact a transplanted American?

This question of nationality is also compounded because this tall, athletic mad with jet black hair also routinely sports a thin, trimmed black beard much in the style favored by beatniks.

LeBec is clearly happy with his line of work as well as his employer and seems very content to be partnered with his pal, Kincaid. The year after the first two adventures, though, we have him on a mission by himself and he may or may not still be with S.A.T.A.N. - that matter is unclear.

COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND MANGA

Number of Stories:4
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1976

In 1966 at the height of the new 60s spy craze, publisher Famepress came out with a short (16-issue) series of espionage adventures told in graphic style (comicbooks). Each tale took 64 pages of 2 large panels each to present. The series was about an independent spy agency with the unusual name of S.A.T.A.N., or Spies Anonymous To All Nations.

Most of the adventures dealt with operatives who were featured in that particular story and then never heard from again. At least two had repeat performances, Mike Kincaid and Adam LeBec.

These two agents were teamed together for the first two missions and then each had a third case on their own.

In the case of LeBec, that third mission was in a different publication which likely was owned by the same company (the look and feel is just too similar) but I could be wrong.

Note: many years after these adventures were published, another imprint came out, Sabre Library, released an adventure (#4 below) which again combined Kincaid and LeBec. It likely was a reprint from an earlier time I have so far missed but it could have been a never-before-published adventure.


1 Cold, The Kiss of Fear Cold, The Kiss of Fear
Published by Famepress
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in S.A.T.A.N. #1,  01/1966.
In Lisbon several outbreaks of typhoid in small villages, resulting in numerous deaths, have been accompanied by reports of someone digging up the graves afterwards. S.A.T.A.N. representative in Portugal, Sebastian Lopes, is certain this "smacks of political intrigue" and he asks for help from England who sends Mike Kincaid and Adam LeBec.

2 Midnight Is For Murder Midnight Is For Murder
Published by Famepress
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in S.A.T.A.N. #3,  02/1966.
The disappearance of a young socialite is suspected by S.A.T.A.N. of being connected to a plan by Albania to get back into the good graces of the Soviet Union. Mike Kincaid and Adam LeBec are sent to investigate because the young woman is the fiancée to one of Britain's top nuclear scientists.

3 Stool-Pigeons Don't Sing Stool-Pigeons Don't Sing
Published by Brugeditor Ltd.
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1967

Published in Espionage #7,  1967.
[plot unknown]

4 Don't Fool With Death! Don't Fool With Death!
Published by Sabre
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1976

Published in Sabre Library - Thrilling Stories In Pictures #118, May 1976.
[plot unknown]

MY COMMENTS

We readers are not given much of a chance to learn too much about Adam LeBec so deciding whether I like him or not is not possible. I have gotten hold of only the first two adventures and each of them have just 128 panels a piece with a lot of those going to story set-up and the requisite action scenes.

But I do enjoy the stories so for that reason, I have decided that I like LeBec, even if he does look like a hep, cool cat more often found in a smoky cellar coffee shop reciting bad poetry about how depressed he is. Instead of that, LeBec is out in the field fighting lots of really bad guys and obviously making them all quite depressed.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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