TEX is back once more with the comic book info that you adore! Let's take a look at another first from those happening, far-out 60s!
It's my copy of "John Force - Magic Agent" #1, published by American Comics Group (ACG), in 1962!! This comic features the first appearance of John Force, a communist-smashing agent of the American Security Group!
As an American agent during WWII, John Force was captured in Transylvania and put on trial for being an enemy agent. He was sentenced to death, but the spirit of the occultist, Cagliostro (in whose castle the trial took place, and where Force and the other captives were being held after being sentenced to die), and his companions, Merlin, Harry Houdini and Nostradamus, took pity on him, and decided to help him escape his captors and fight the bloody plans of the Nazis. Cagliostro bestowed upon Force the power of hypnosis; Houdini bestowed upon him the power of extra-sensory perception (ESP); Merlin gave him the power of illusion; and Nostradamus gave him the power of telepathy - all of these powers were activated by touching the columns on a magic medallion entrusted to him - the Golden Medallion that he now must guard with the greatest of care!
Armed with his wits, his fists and his magical Golden Medallion, John Force battled the Nazis during WWII, and in 1962, he is the top operative of The American Security Group, President Kennedy's super-secret agency that handles emergencies of national proportions, ready to quietly do the dirty on the bad guys wherever and whenever America needed it done.
ON TO THE FUN FACTS!
FUN FACT 1: John Force was created by Richard E. Hughes (writer) and Paul Reinman (artist).
FUN FACT 2: Hughes also created popular Golden Age superheroes, The Fighting Yank and The Black Terror.
FUN FACT 3: Hughes didn't really like superheroes, even though he'd created some very cool ones, but with the re-emergence of the popularity of superheroes in the Silver Age, ACG wanted to get in on the act. John Force satisfied both ACG and Hughes - Force was a bit of a superhero without tights and a cape - more of a magical super-spy, really.
FUN FACT 4: You might look at John Force and think that he looks a lot like Nick Fury. NOPE. What you should do is look at Nick Fury and think that he looks a lot like John Force; John Force - Magic Agent first appeared in January of 1962, more than a year prior to Fury's first appearance in May of 1963.
FUN FACT 5: John Force wears an trench-coat and an eye-patch, both of which signal his being a spy to the readers of the 1960s, as you can see from Nick Fury's re-emergence in 1965 wearing an eye-patch (initially SGT Fury didn't wear an eye-patch, but when he became Agent Fury the eye-patch showed right up).
FUN FACT 6: President John F. Kennedy makes an appearance in this issue. Cool.
FUN FACT 7: "John Force - Magic Agent" was canceled with issue #3, but due to fan demand, he returned for more adventures in "Unknown Worlds," another AGC publication.
ACG published some cool, offbeat characters - if you hang around here, you'll surely see more of them. John Force surely wasn't the most offbeat, but he was, in my opinion, all kinds of crazy cool. I'd love to see him make a comeback - imagine how cool this movie could be!
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