Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Private Eye, later Special Agent and finally Secret Agent, Sarge Steel first appeared in his own title, Sarge Steel #1, published by Charlton Comics. His title would last until #8, at which point, with issue #9, was retitled Secret Agent, and subsequently cancelled with #10. After that, his series continued in Judomaster #91-98 (the stories in Judomaster #91-96 fit in the year-long hiatus, between issues Secret Agent #9 & #10) He also appeared in short spots on self-defense, in Fightin' 5 #34 & 37 and in the Sentinels stories in Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt #57 & 58, as their CIA contact.

Sarge Steel was created by Pat Masulli, ironically, this is the only illustration I've seen he actually did of his character.
Sarge Steel's many arch enemies included tough characters like "The Lynx," "Ivan Crung," "Smiling Skull" (a freaky looking Nazi villain who fought Judomaster during World War II), Werner Von Wess and Mr. Ize.

Judomaster #97
"File 114 Case of the Widow's Revenge"
Sarge Steel is targeted by an unknown assailant. One looking for payback. But all is not what it appears. And sometimes, it's a rotten world! 
Written by Steve Skeates (Hawk and the Dove) with art by Dick Giordano (Batman). 
Letter's Page included one from comic book artist Duffy Vohland (Solomon Kane). 

Unfortunately, the Sarge Steel and Judomaster have yet to be reprinted. It would have been great to see the DC Action Hero Archives go on to reprint these (and Peacemaker) in their fine hardcover editions.

Saving the dame! Tough as nails! Business as usual!
One of my favorite illustrations of Sarge Steel by Dick Giordano.

Live Large My Friends!

Thank You!
This fine illustration was published in the Charlton Portfolio.
Final version of the illustration from above. Giordano really knew how to draw cars and guns!
Sarge Steel also landed at DC, but wasn't used much throughout the years.

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