Johann Gunther is a private investigator.
According to the blurb on most of his adventures, he is "a German immigrant, a West Point graduate, ex-U.S. Army officer and former Oklahoma lawman. At the turn of the 20th Century, he runs a problem-solving agency in Ft. Worth, Texas called Remedies, Inc. where if the fee is right, he works as a private detective, a gun fighter, bodyguard and all-around trouble-shooter for hire. He operates in a new world of changing politics, inventive science and exploding technology".
He was born in Baam, Germany. According to his old friend and former commander, Teddy Roosevelt, he "immigrated here from Germany as a young boy with his family. Married way too young. Suddenly, the boy had two children! As if he weren't barely a teenager himself. Living in the slums of Brooklyn. Bleak life! Bleak. Went out for cigarettes one afternoon and never once returned. Joined the Army!"
Further information from the Chief Executive added, "Mister Gunther was an Oklahoma lawman, a West Point grad, saw action in Africa and the South Pacific. And of course, volunteered with me in Cuba. I myself have used him a time or two for problems...I like to use him because he is not handicapped by the ... rules".
Standing tall and thin, Gunther sports a bushy head of cornsilk blond hair. He is ruggedly handsome and not adverse being told so by the female company that he always seems to attract. He loves to travel and adores adventure; combining the two he is willing to drop whatever he is doing and head somewhere new or different or dangerous. This is what would take him to Paris, Texas, to be a lawman for a while and then to join Roosevelt's Rough Riders. After a bit more wandering, he ended back in Texas, this time in Fort Worth and his new profession.
Gunther's best friend, partner in his Remedies, Inc. business, and faithful companion is Jefe Cocoy. Jefe has been Gunther's military aide-de-camp while Gunther was serving the U.S. Army in the Philippines. Gunther honestly says of Jefe, "I don't do much without him".