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THE TROUBLE WITH GIRLS

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Full Name: Lester Girls
Nationality: American
Organization: Unnamed Agency
Occupation Agent

Creator: Will Jacobs, Gerard Jones
Time Span: 1987 - 1993

ABOUT THE SERIES

Lester Girls is an adventurer.

He does not really want to be. He wants to be a normal guy, someone who wakes in the morning to enjoy a breakfast reading the paper, head to a boring everyday job in his middle-income car, maybe some friendly jawing at the water cooler, heading home to a simple dinner of meat and potatoes and then reading a good book in his armchair before retiring, planning to do it all over again the next day.

Unfortunately...as is put beautifully in The Comic Book Heroes, "A guy named Lester Girls, who just wants to live the quiet life with a mousy wife in a bungalow in a small town. But he's cursed to live the life of the American mass media dream - dames, action, Ferraris, caviar, 7.8 percent of the world's wealth". Wikipedia laments, "Lester can't go for a drive without terrorists launching missiles at him, or walk into one of his many mansions without a beautiful, talented, curvaceous woman reposing half-dressed on his bed. Wealth, adventure, sexual magnetism, dashing good looks, and the savoir faire of a Hollywood action hero are what he calls 'the curse of Girls'". What an unbearable shoulder load to carry!

Girls is shown to be a quite tall, brawny individual with short dark hair and frequently wearing glasses. He is ruggedly handsome and, as you gathered by the statements above, incredibly wealthy and constantly having to deal with the attentions of scores of scantily clad, if at all, women wanting to get to know him better.

By his own words in a 'Confidential' essay he would write, Girls "was born in Dullsville, USA, the quietest place in which you'd ever want to laze away your life". It was there that his father, the incredibly famous Chester Girls, moved to escape the kind of life that Lester Girls now has to deal with; this coming as a result of his father having "won World War II by accident". Lester Girls never knew his mother as he was left on Chester's doorstep with "an anonymous note saying we were his". The 'we' is referring to Lester and his twin brother, Cal - what happened to Cal is ... well, just never mind.

Girls has his best friend in fellow Dullsville alum, Apache Dick, a fellow with whom Girls once fought for hours until they decided they were just too evenly matched and decided to become best buds and later blood brothers. Apache is always there for Lester, helping him make use of the sports cars and sleek jets and millions of dollars and scads of amorous woman.

On the negative side of his life, Girls is constantly having to deal with Maxi Scoops, a "pesky reporter who'd do anything to get the exclusive" on Girls' life. She is described as a "swaggering, driven, chain-smoking creature". No matter where he goes, it seems that Scoops is able to track him down and annoy him with offers of anything and everything to get inside info on him.

And then there is the lascivious Lizard Lady who enjoys dressing in ultra-tight full-body fishnet and a nun's headpiece. She is frequently at odds with Girls while also captivated by him and it seems if she cannot have him, let the alligators have a go!

One final word - Girls is in this compendium because he is constantly being asked to help out on this matter or that by the CIA and that probably explains why the terrorists are always after him.

COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND MANGA

Number of Stories:43
First Appearance:1987
Last Appearance:1993

The lineage of this series is a wee bit confusing (not too much).

Malibu Comics released the first six issues of the adventures under its own (Malibu) imprint.

It continued the same line, starting with #7, under another of its imprints, Eternity Comics. That run, often referred to as Volume 1, ended with #14 plus one Annual.

A different comicbook publish, Comico, picked up the adventures the very next month after Eternity's run ended. That starts Volume 2 with issue #1. This short run ended with #4.

Malibu's Eternity Comics continued that same line starting with #5 and ran up to #23 before closing it down in 1991, adding a Christmas Special to the group at the end.

In 1993, Epic Comics ran a 4-issue miniseries entitled Night of the Lizard under its Heavy Hitters line.


1 Meeting Girls Meeting Girls
Published by Malibu Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Dave Garcia (inks), Diane Valenino (letterer)
Copyright: 1987

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 1 #1, August 1987.
"Reluctant adventurer Lester Girls just wants to lead a quiet life, but he keeps being attacked by multiple miscreants and propositioned by beautiful babes."

2 Girls at Play! Girls at Play!
Published by Malibu Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Dave Garcia (inks), Diane Valenino (letterer)
Copyright: 1987

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 1 #2, September 1987.
"Les just wants to spend a quiet day with his friends, the Fosters, but he is jealous of the normal life they lead and is embarrassed when a major league baseball scout wants to sign him up. Elsewhere, the Lizard Lady demands a certain real estate transaction and Apache Dick fights off the agents of the Sashimi Knife."

3 The Incredible Flying Girls The Incredible Flying Girls
Published by Malibu Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Dave Garcia (inks), Diane Valenino (letterer)
Copyright: 1987

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 1 #3, October 1987.
"Lester wants a completely ordinary occupation and he thinks he's found his dream job: a fitting room supervisor in a department store, but his journey to the job interview is delayed by missile attacks and a bus hijacking. Then, when he finally arrives for the interview he is offered the position of president of the department store chain."

4 Girls Becomes a Man! Girls Becomes a Man!
Published by Malibu Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Dave Garcia (inks), Diane Valenino (letterer)
Copyright: 1987

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 1 #4, November 1987.
"Maxi Scoops trails Lester to Hoolihan's Bar, where she prods him to tell her more about his fantastic background and his desire for a more average life. Meanwhile, Apache resorts to fornication and murder to get himself to San Francisco (though things are not entirely what they seem)."

5 Girls Talk Girls Talk
Published by Malibu Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Dave Garcia (inks), Diane Valenino (letterer)
Copyright: 1987

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 1 #5, December 1987.
"Suffering from amnesia, Lester is manipulated by the Lizard Lady, who disguises herself as his perfect woman and tries to keep him satisfied in the suburban life he desires. However, he regains his memory and confronts her with her deception, just as Apache Dick crashes through the window."

6 A Girls' Best Friend A Girls' Best Friend
Published by Malibu Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils & inks), Diane Valenino (letterer)
Copyright: 1988

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 1 #6, January 1988.
"Our heroes reminisce about some of their past adventures while searching for Bud Rose, but the assassins of the Sashimi Blade are standing in their way."

7 Boys and Girls Together Boys and Girls Together
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils & inks), Diane Valenino (letterer)
Copyright: 1988

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 1 #7, February 1988.
"Lester and Apache Dick travel to the Yucatan in search of Bud Rose, but Jerry and Willy have stowed away in their plane, which slows things down considerably."

8 Sacrificial Girls! Sacrificial Girls!
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils & inks), Diane Valenino (letterer)
Copyright: 1988

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 1 #8, March 1988.
"The Yucatan adventure continues as Lester is hailed as a god by a lost Mayan civilization. He and his crew have to save Maxi Scoops (who followed them) from becoming a human sacrifice."

9 Girls of Darkness Girls of Darkness
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils & inks), Diane Valenino (letterer)
Copyright: 1988

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 1 #9, April 1988.
"Will Lester and Apache, not to mention Maxi Scoops and the wily Foster boys, locate the mysterious Bud Rose at last?"

10 Oriental Girls Oriental Girls
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils & inks), Diane Valenino (letterer)
Copyright: 1988

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 1 #10, May 1988.
[plot unknown]

11 There's No Substitute For A. Dick There's No Substitute For A. Dick
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils & inks), Diane Valenino (letterer)
Copyright: 1988

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 1 #11, June 1988.
[plot unknown]

12 Girls at Home Girls at Home
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils & inks), Clem Robins (letterer)
Copyright: 1988

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 1 #12, August 1988.
[plot unknown]

13 Look Homeward, Girls! Look Homeward, Girls!
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils & inks), Clem Robins (letterer)
Copyright: 1988

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 1 #13, November 1988.
[plot unknown]

14 Remembrance of Girls Past Remembrance of Girls Past
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils & inks), Clem Robins (letterer)
Copyright: 1989

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 1 #14, January 1989.
[plot unknown]

15 Girls in Outer Space! Girls in Outer Space!
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils & inks), Clem Robins (letterer)
Copyright: 1989

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 1 #Annual 01, August 1988.
[plot unknown]

16 Glamour Girls Glamour Girls
Published by Comico Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils & inks), Bob Pinaha (letterer), Matt Webb (colorer)
Copyright: 1989

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #1, February 1989.
[plot unknown]

17 Girls, The Movie Girls, The Movie
Published by Comico Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils & inks), Bob Pinaha (letterer), Matt Webb (colorer)
Copyright: 1989

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #2, March 1989.
[plot unknown]

18 Girls in Love Girls in Love
Published by Comico Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Chuck Austen (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer), Matt Webb (colorer)
Copyright: 1989

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #3, April 1989.
[plot unknown]

19 And For Girls Too A Bell Shall Toll And For Girls Too A Bell Shall Toll
Published by Comico Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Chuck Austen (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer), Matt Webb (colorer)
Copyright: 1989

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #4, May 1989.
[plot unknown]

20 Come Back, Little Girls Come Back, Little Girls
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Chuck Austen (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer), Steve Mattsson (colorer)
Copyright: 1989

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #5, July 1989.
[plot unknown]

21 The Girls Next Door The Girls Next Door
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Chuck Austen (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer), Steve Mattsson (colorer)
Copyright: 1989

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #6, August 1989.
[plot unknown]

22 Girls Out Of Joint Girls Out Of Joint
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Chuck Austen (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer), Steve Mattsson (colorer)
Copyright: 1989

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #7, September 1989.
[plot unknown]

23 Born To Be Girls Born To Be Girls
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Chuck Austen (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer)
Copyright: 1989

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #8, October 1989.
[plot unknown]

24 Two Goats For Sister Goats Two Goats For Sister Goats
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Marvin Petty Mann (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer)
Copyright: 1989

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #9, November 1989.
[plot unknown]

25 I'm Dreaming of a White Girls I'm Dreaming of a White Girls
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Marvin Petty Mann (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer)
Copyright: 1989

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #10, December 1989.
[plot unknown]

26 She Scoops To Conquer She Scoops To Conquer
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Marvin Petty Mann (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer)
Copyright: 1990

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #11, January 1990.
[plot unknown]

27 A New Girls A New Girls
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Marvin Petty Mann (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer)
Copyright: 1990

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #12, February 1990.
[plot unknown]

28 The Lost City Of Girls, Part 1 The Lost City Of Girls, Part 1
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Marvin Petty Mann (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer)
Copyright: 1990

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #13, March 1990.
[plot unknown]

29 The Lost City Of Girls, Part 2 The Lost City Of Girls, Part 2
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Marvin Petty Mann (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer)
Copyright: 1990

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #14, April 1990.
[plot unknown]

30 The Lost City Of Girls, Part 3 The Lost City Of Girls, Part 3
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Marvin Petty Mann (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer)
Copyright: 1990

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #15, May 1990.
[plot unknown]

31 The Lost City Of Girls, Part 4 The Lost City Of Girls, Part 4
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Marvin Petty Mann (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer)
Copyright: 1990

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #16, Jun 1990.
[plot unknown]

32 From Girls To Eternity From Girls To Eternity
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Marvin Petty Mann (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer)
Copyright: 1990

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #17, July 1990.
[plot unknown]

33 Mystery Girls Mystery Girls
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Marvin Petty Mann (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer)
Copyright: 1990

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #18, August 1990.
[plot unknown]

34 Comic Book Girls Comic Book Girls
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Marvin Petty Mann (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer)
Copyright: 1990

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #19, September 1990.
[plot unknown]

35 The Girls of Sunset Boulevard The Girls of Sunset Boulevard
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Marvin Petty Mann (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer)
Copyright: 1990

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #20, October 1990.
[plot unknown]

36 Super Girls Super Girls
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Marvin Petty Mann (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer)
Copyright: 1990

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #21, November 1990.
[plot unknown]

37 Close Encounters of the Girls Kind Close Encounters of the Girls Kind
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Jim Houghton (inks), Angela Bocage (letterer)
Copyright: 1990

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #22, December 1990.
[plot unknown]

38 Girls and Gals Together Girls and Gals Together
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Marvin Petty Mann (inks), Joseph Allen (letterer)
Copyright: 1991

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #23, January 1991.
[plot unknown]

39 The World of Girls The World of Girls
Published by Eternity Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (pencils), Marvin Petty Mann (inks), Joseph Allen (letterer)
Copyright: 1991

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 2 #Xmas, February 1991.
[plot unknown]

40 Night of the Lizard, Part 1 Night of the Lizard, Part 1
Published by Epic Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Bret Blevins (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), John Costanza (letterer), Steve Mattsson (colorer)
Copyright: 1993

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 3 #1, June 1993.
[plot unknown]

41 Night of the Lizard, Part 2 Night of the Lizard, Part 2
Published by Epic Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Bret Blevins (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), John Costanza (letterer), Steve Mattsson (colorer)
Copyright: 1993

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 3 #2, July 1993.
[plot unknown]

42 Night of the Lizard, Part 3 Night of the Lizard, Part 3
Published by Epic Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Bret Blevins (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), John Costanza (letterer), Steve Mattsson (colorer)
Copyright: 1993

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 3 #3, August 1993.
[plot unknown]

43 Night of the Lizard, Part 4 Night of the Lizard, Part 4
Published by Epic Comics
Contributors: Will Jacobs (writer), Gerard Jones (writer), Bret Blevins (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), John Costanza (letterer), Steve Mattsson (colorer)
Copyright: 1993

Published in The Trouble With Girls vol. 3 #4, September 1993.
[plot unknown]

MY COMMENTS

I firmly believe that if I had to deal with the sort of problems Lester Girls has to put up with - wealth in the gazillions and all the trappings it brings and dozens of sexy gorgeous women throwing themselves at him, well, I'd get tired of it, too. Well, it might take a decade or four. Of course, the constant attacks by terrorists would get old pretty fast.

This is a wonderfully silly, over-the-top send-up of the stereotypical action hero done to extremes and having a blast with it. I loved it. I read them all - in small doses - and was glad I did.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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