Originally Published: Real Clue Comics #6 (August 1947)
Publisher: Hillman Periodicals
Writer/Artist: Joe Simon & Jack Kirby
Notes: No Bond connection aside from the curiously coincidental, but nonetheless a fun golden age crime adventure by the peerless duo of Joe Simon & Jack Kirby featuring the mystical adventurer Dumas Poe, aka Gunmaster, and his Maltese Falcon-esque quest for the mythic Golden Gun.
Together, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby drove the comic book medium into new heights and genres and there is nothing that the two of them didn’t do, either together or independently. For espionage fans, Simon & Kirby co-created Captain America, Boy Commandos, Fighting American, and spun many war and spy themed tales across all the genres they worked in from superhero to science fiction to even romance.
Jack Kirby also co-created Nick Fury and drew many of the early adventures of SHIELD. In the 70s, he was hired to adapt Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner into comic book form. Although the book was never published, a fantastic original art edition of Kirby’s work was released in 2018 by Titan Books, also featuring work by Mike Royer, Gil Kane, Steve Englehart, and Mike Allred.