FREEWHEELERS:THE LOOK-IN STRIPS CHRONOLOGY

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FREEWHEELERS:THE LOOK-IN STRIPS CHRONOLOGY

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STORY 1
"THE HONEST SPY"
ARTISTS:JOHN BADIA AND VINCENT ALCAZCU
WRITER:ALAN FENNELL
ISSUES 1-7 (1971)

Trying to locate the route used by foreign agents to take spies out of Britain,MI6 arrange for convicted traitor John Strathmore to escape from prison.
Strathmore is helped by the foreign agents and leaves a trail that Major Graham and the Freewheelers follow to a disused tin mine in Cornwall.

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STORY 2
"THE MOUNTAIN SECRET"
ISSUES 8-15 (1971)
ARTIST:BRIAN LEWIS
WRITER:ALAN FENNEL

Led by Carlos Frangier, rebels have taken control of a small oil sheikdom.
Major Graham is strangely worried about the switch of power and asks the freewheelers to pose as tourists and get information.
They find that Sheik Kalif has stood down because Frangier is holding his daughter captive.
There is a secret behind the British involvement.

WOW!!! What a MASSIVE IMPROVEMENT this strip is on the previous strip!!!
I have no idea whether it captured the characters of the show better as have never seen the tv show but as a comic strip it's miles ahead of the first story. Genuinely enthralling, page turning stuff.
A really great strip, drawn by the legendary Brian Lewis of Tiger,Buster,Eagle,2000AD,Countdown ETC... fame.
One curiosity: Part 4,page 2,panel 4 depicts Sue in bra and knickers after swimming and seems to suggest stockings!
Obviously the artist would argue that this was shadowing but in reality is an amusing adult input that he deliberately placed for laughs!
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STORY 3
"Flight Into Danger"
ISSUES 16-19 (1971)
ARTIST:MIKE NOBLE
WRITER:ALAN FENNEL

The Freewheelers and Major Tom Graham are travelling to America where the major has to identify a spy,who is believed to have had plastic surgery,Ivan Nietsen.
They discover that there is a traitor in their organization.
The jet liner is hi-jacked and everything is against them.

An absolutely brilliant 4 parter,told bizzarely in a mixed format.
Each part starts with and ends with a line of comic strip panels.
In between is text.

Now,I don't know the reason for the change,it's possible that art was delayed,that Look-in was trying a new format or even that the editor of the magazine was testing public reaction to a written Freewheelers story,Alan did go on to write two Freewheelers paperbacks.
Either way:Excellent.

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STORY 4
"The Haunted Castle"
Issues 20-26 (1971)
ARTIST - John Badia
WRITER - Alan Fennel

Robert Dray,a secret service agent,escapes to England with vital film of names of the entire enemy spy system.
Met by The Freewheelers in a ruined castle,Dray is weak and helpless after his exploits.
Mike and Max go to the local village to try to contact Major Graham.
The foreign agents locate Sue and Dray.

This is the last story of the first run of The Freewheelers strips.
They would return in issue 50 (1971).

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