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K27 OF THE SECRET SERVICE

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Full Name: Unknown
Codename: K27
Nationality: British
Organization: British Secret Service
Occupation Agent

Creator: Carl Lyon
Time Span: 1940 - 1945

ABOUT THE SERIES

K27 is an agent with the British Secret Service.

What his real name is remains a mystery here and likely was so to anyone reading these adventures when they were first recorded throughout the length of the Second World War.

Not only do we not know his proper name, we are not certain of how to print his codename. We see it as "K27" in several spots, what looks like "K 27" once or twice, and as "K.27" on a few occasions.

In fact, we know very little about this man; where he comes from or how long has he been with the Intelligence outfit. As was not unusual for adventures of espionage agents recounted in the comicbooks of that era, we have no clue whether he was married or engaged or whether he was dedicated to doing his job, putting aside any personal attachments until the War was over.

He is shown to be a man with a strong, pronounced chin and a slightly hooked nose. In the couple occasions where we see him without his fedora, he has slicked back hair (one time it was jet black and one time it looked almost blond but that might have been a trick of the light).

K27's job with the Secret Service is that, obviously, of operative but in the limited evidence we have been able to uncover, one adventure has him in the role of a spy-hunter, seeking out a Nazi agent who has infiltrated England and was preparing a secret spy ring inside the country. On another occasion, though, he is deep inside Germany on a harrowing mission and striving to find a way out of that country. This tells us that his job is wherever he is needed regardless of it being defensive or offensive.

On at least two occasions we find K27 working closely with another operative. In one we are specifically told it is his assistant, Lieutenant Barlou, and it is likely still Barlou in the other.

COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND MANGA

Number of Stories:14
First Appearance:1940
Last Appearance:1945

Note: those titles in quotes are our names, not actual story titles.


1 'Interrogating The Nazi Prisoner' 'Interrogating The Nazi Prisoner'
Published by Frank Johnson Publications
Contributors: Carl Lyon (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1940

Printed in the Frank Johnson one-shot Star Comics, July 1940.
[plot unknown]

2 'Hands Up, Kraut!' 'Hands Up, Kraut!'
Published by Frank Johnson Publications
Contributors: Carl Lyon (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1940

Printed in the Frank Johnson one-shot Super Comics, August 1940.
[plot unknown]

3 K27 And The Spy Ring K27 And The Spy Ring
Published by Frank Johnson Publications
Contributors: Carl Lyon (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1940

Printed in the Frank Johnson one-shot Bullet Comics, November 1940.
[plot unknown]

4 K27 For Adventure K27 For Adventure
Published by Frank Johnson Publications
Contributors: Carl Lyon (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1940

Printed in the Frank Johnson one-shot Monster Comics, December 1940.
[plot unknown]

5 'The Waterwheel Trap' 'The Waterwheel Trap'
Published by Frank Johnson Publications
Contributors: Carl Lyon (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1941

Printed in the Frank Johnson one-shot Winner Comics, August 1941.
[plot unknown]

6 The Extensive Spy Ring The Extensive Spy Ring
Published by Frank Johnson Publications
Contributors: Carl Lyon (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1941

Printed in the Frank Johnson one-shot Crash! Comics, October 1941.
[plot unknown]
Click here to read the story.

7 The Wanted Plans The Wanted Plans
Published by Frank Johnson Publications
Contributors: Carl Lyon (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1942

Printed in the Frank Johnson one-shot Riot Comics, 1942. with 5 black and white pages
K27 is sent into Germany to get the blueprints of plans that are wanted in the UK by those in command.
Click here to read the story.

8 The Stolen German Plane The Stolen German Plane
Published by Frank Johnson Publications
Contributors: Carl Lyon (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1943

Printed in the Frank Johnson one-shot Slick Comics, 1943. with 5 black and white pages
K27 and a British pilot steal a German plane so they can get out of the region occupied by Nazis and take the stolen plans back to England.
Click here to read the story.

9 The Captured Spy The Captured Spy
Published by Frank Johnson Publications
Contributors: Carl Lyon (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1943

Printed in the Frank Johnson one-shot Stunning Comics, 1943.
[plot unknown]

10 K27 For Thrills K27 For Thrills
Published by Frank Johnson Publications
Contributors: Carl Lyon (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1944

Printed in the Frank Johnson one-shot Danger Comics, 1944.
[plot unknown]

11 [Unknown Title] - Adventure #11 [Unknown Title] - Adventure #11
Published by Frank Johnson Publications
Contributors: Carl Lyon (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1943

Printed in the Frank Johnson one-shot Zip Comics, 1943.
[plot unknown]

12 An Important Mission An Important Mission
Published by Frank Johnson Publications
Contributors: Carl Lyon (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1945

Printed in the Frank Johnson one-shot New Winner Comics, 1945.
K27 leaves a train traveling through Germany so he isn't caught by the Germans. He must finish his mission.
Click here to read the story.

13 [Unknown Title] - Adventure #13 [Unknown Title] - Adventure #13
Published by Frank Johnson Publications
Contributors: Carl Lyon (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1945

Printed in the Frank Johnson one-shot New Crash Comics, 1945.
[plot unknown]

14 [Unknown Title] - Adventure #14 [Unknown Title] - Adventure #14
Published by Frank Johnson Publications
Contributors: Carl Lyon (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1945

Printed in the Frank Johnson one-shot New Super Comics, 1945.
[plot unknown]

MY COMMENTS

Getting my hands on enough of these tales to actually have a right to expound on My Comments has proven tricky. Bits and pieces is all I have been able to find. And mighty few of those.

So I really have no right to put into works my opinion. Which, obviously, I am about to do. My Opinion? Sorry, don't have one. Way too little of the actual stories around to get one let along give one.

Which is why I am hoping either someone else who knows better than I will furnish some opinions of their own OR send me copies of the actual magazine. I am not expecting the former and the latter ... well, same!

GRADE

My Grade: C+

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