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Secret Agent X-9. Secret Agent X-9 was created by Dashiell Hammett (Nick and Nora Charles, Continental Op, Sam Spade) and Alex Raymond (Flash Gordon, Jungle Jim) and appeared in the comic strip “Secret Agent X-9" (1934-1996) and film serials in 1937 and 1945.
Secret Agent X-9, whose secret identity is later revealed to be Phil Corrigan, is an agent for a nameless government department. But unlike most comic strip and pulp secret agents, X-9's brief is domestic: he is to deal with crime, large and small, in high society or in the back alleys, in every city in America. X-9 does just that, taking care of criminals, racketeers, gunmen, and Gun Molls. He confronts conspiracies in the highest circles of society and Washington, air pirates, murderers, blackmailers, counterfeiters, and kidnapers. X-9 is tall, dark, and handsome, skilled with his fists and guns, and able to move among crooks and "high society swells" with equal ease. He lives in a ritzy apartment and has a Filipino valet. During the War he takes on German spies and saboteurs (he'd started busting German spy rings in 1938). He also duels with Yellow Perils like the Japanese Femme Fatale Nabura.
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