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RED FINNIGAN

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Full Name: Red Finnigan
Nationality: Australian
Organization: Australian Secret Service
Occupation Agent

Creator: Moira Bertram, Kathleen Bertram
Time Span: 1949 - 1949

ABOUT THE SERIES

Red Finnegan is an agent with the Australian Secret Service.

In fact, he is billed as being their very best operative. Exactly how long he has served in that organization is not known but he appears to be a man in his mid 30s so it would be safe to assume he has been with that Secret Service for at least a decade, especially since it would take a while to earn the plaudits he receives.

Finnegan is a very tall, impressively broad shouldered man. In one image he looks to have an impossibly narrow waist and slender legs but all the other pictures show the rest of him being just as sturdy and solid. While the limited number of images I have seen of him do not show what is beneath his shirt, it is a safe bet it is very muscular arms.

As is fitting for a man with the nickname of 'Red', Finnegan's bushy though not long hair is definitely red in color. His face is a strong one with bushy eyebrows and a wide, solid chin. He might be considered ruggedly handsome if he were to smile but his normal expression is a serious, likely suspicious one. Understandable since he tells us that "the life of a secret Service agent is a dangerous one - when peril is close he has to act fast".

Finnegan is often dressed in a coat and tie; often that coat is a darkish one, his shirts varying in color but he does show a preference for red. He is fond of decorated ties with one in particular having what looks like four-pip dominoes all over it. Whichever one he is wearing, and he has several of different colors, it often flaps to the side as though a strong wind was blowing it, even inside. Most of the images show him wearing a yellow-colored belt.

Though Finnegan is Australian, his turf for his missions is the Far East ranging it seems from Hong Kong north to Tokyo, Japan. One of the four recorded adventures takes him to Shanghai, China.

COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND MANGA

Number of Stories:4
First Appearance:1949
Last Appearance:1949

In the waning years of the 1940s the Australian comic book industry was undergoing a major downshift. To make use of their talents and to stay busy, sisters Moira and Kathleen created the secret agent Red Finnegan with Moira doing to writing and drawing and Kathleen handling the lettering. The series lasted just 4 issues.


1 Smuggled Arms Smuggled Arms
Published by M & K Bertram
Contributors: Moira Bertram (writer and artist), Kathleen Bertram (lettering)
Copyright: 1949

Printed in Red Finnegan No. 1 with 20 black & white pages.
Finnegan is assigned the mission of finding a gun-runner from Australia to Tokyo.
Click here to read the story.

2 Trapped By The Rebels Trapped By The Rebels
Published by M & K Bertram
Contributors: Moira Bertram (writer and artist), Kathleen Bertram (lettering)
Copyright: 1949

Printed in Red Finnegan No. 2 with 20 black & white pages.
Important files are stolen from the Australian Embassy in Shanghai and it is Finnegan that must retrieve them, but will he get trapped by bad guys.
Click here to read the story.

3 High Adventure High Adventure
Published by M & K Bertram
Contributors: Moira Bertram (writer and artist), Kathleen Bertram (lettering)
Copyright: 1949

Printed in Red Finnegan No. 3 with 20 black & white pages.
[plot unknown]

4 Thrillers Of the East Thrillers Of the East
Published by M & K Bertram
Contributors: Moira Bertram (writer and artist), Kathleen Bertram (lettering)
Copyright: 1949

Printed in Red Finnegan No. 4 with 20 black & white pages.
Finnegan is given the mission of finding in Hong Kong a fellow countryman, Nick Hefflin who has amnesia.
Click here to read the story.

MY COMMENTS

Okay, with such scant information about this series and precious little in the way of actual comic book pages from any of his quartet of adventures, it is hard to really judge him. So, naturally, that is what I will attempt.

The artwork is really fun in that it is well done but in a style that is almost but not quite characteristic - emphasizing proportions quite a bit though not totally out of reality. Finnegan's shoulders are incredibly wide and his waist impossibly narrow. Females have very enlarged breasts and wildly seductive looks. Other bad guys are made to look super sinister or slimy or just yucky.

Other than that, I would need to get my hands on copies. The grade is, therefore, preliminary.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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