As America wound down from World War II and geared up for the Cold War, spy and espionage novels became the rage. Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, "Casino Royale," debuted in 1953, and comics were not immune from the trend in literature toward sexy, sophisticated spy stories. American Comics Group's short-lived title "Spy and Counterspy" comes as advertised: "spin-tingling adventures and gripping romances of America's unsung heroes!"
The first story introduces us to Jonathan Kent, an American counterspy with a hell of a first assignment: investigate the disappearance of a member of the Atomic Board and recover pans for an atomic bomb detonator! "Operation China," beautifully illustrated by John Belfi, Americans must help rescue a Chinese nationalist leader from communist kidnapping. The issue even included a story based on the real-life World War I German spy Mata Hari!
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