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A Fan's Guide to Spy Series!

Information on 834 series covering 5881 books!
As well as 207 movies, 1400 television episodes, and 1018 other things.

What's New
The last ten major changes to the site.
  • 05/01/2016 - On this May Day, raining where I am so I get to stay indoors and read, I bring you a six short adventure comic series about Armstrong of the Army, published by D.C. comics in the days leading up to and into American involvement in WWII.

  • 04/30/2016 - As we close out April, I bring you to a three-book series about an antiquities expert. Ayesha Ryder is a woman who has seen a lot, done a lot, survived a lot. She does not seek the kinds of excitement and adventure that life throws at her but she does not seem to duck, either.

  • 04/05/2016 - What a fantastic series I have to add to the compendium tonight. The same man who gave us the very, very good Harry Tate books has given us a new character that is totally different and even better. I cannot say enough good about Marc Portman. Do yourself a favor and check him out.

  • 03/12/2016 - I know you should not judge a book by its cover but the three covers for this latest addition to the compendium really make me want to read the books. Or at least look at them. A lot! Please welcome Evie Evans.

  • 03/05/2016 - The beautiful Chinese agent Li Mei joins the compendium today. She is quite an interesting character and her books are really unique so check her out.

  • 02/20/2016 - Back to the world of prose and a heckuva fun series with currently 8 books on the shelves and more, I hope, to come. I liked Jesse McDermitt and I hope you do, too. Please welcome this former jar-head to the compendium.

  • 02/19/2016 - Another denizen of the Comic Universe joins the compendium today. Sarge Steel is a private eye turned secret agent with one pretty obvious physical trait - he has a steel left hand. And he knows how to use it!

  • 02/15/2016 - After some time of not adding a non-comicbook character to the compendium, I give you a two-book series about a guy who is not really liked by anyone, myself included. Please say hello to Nick McQueen.

  • 02/14/2016 - I have been busy reading non-spy books and keeping up with the latest from established series. I also have been having a blast searching out and finding a ton of comicbook spy series from the 30s on to today. A short series with two juvenile books and a handful of comics is the International Spy featuring Doctor Doom [not Victor Von Doom of Fantastic Four fame]. Since he is in the Public Domain, I have included the adventures of his I have.

  • 01/21/2016 - A good decade before the previous inductee was working, Sandra of the Secret Service, aka Sandra McLane, was a woman pulled into the cloak and dagger work by accident who found she really loved it. Please welcome this comic book heroine from 1935!

More What's New!


     Say the word SPY to most people and they will respond with James Bond, with good reason as he is the best known of all fictional spies. With 20+ blockbuster movies over the last 40+ years, along with the standard movie hype, virtually the entire world knows about 007 and his License To Kill.

     Of course, James Bond is by no means the only spy in the world of fiction, just the best known. Who are the rest? Who has his or her own license to kill, thrill, or chill. How do these agents stack up against each other? Who would you want beside you in a car chase, in a knife fight, in a dark alley, or beneath the covers?

     This site is dedicated to the many, many men and women who, at least in fiction, have defended our freedoms against all forms of enemies, foreign and domestic. Well, granted a few of them were just in it for the money and many were only after the excitement, and sex played a huge role in the motivation of more than a few. But still, their actions helped not only preserve our way of life (on paper) but also brought us, the readers, many hours of escapism and vicarious pleasure.

     So, who are these people that I have slaved so diligently to present to you? They are the men and women of spy-fi about whom there is a series. Single-book characters need not apply. There has to be at least two books. Two's the minimum but the more the merrier.

     Moreover, I have limited the collection to those series who have operated at least some since the end of the Second World War, known in my own head as the "Bond-period". I know there are many good series that went on before but so far I have only collected the post-WWII series. Also, I have kept the series confined to the English language. If it wasn't put into English so I can read it, I haven't worried about it.

     Each spy has his or her own page. Click on the "Characters" button to go to a listing page. Click on the letter the character's last name starts with (or a more common moniker like "Death Merchant" if appropriate). That will take one step further into the labrynth. Finally, select the character's name from the list and, voila!

     Have fun!!

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