Determined to create an identity for himself separate from his father who was the legendary "Glowworm" -- a mole for the Soviet Union in the 1960s and '70s -- Rob has made a name for himself as a rising stars at Justice International (JI).
Rob Hanes represents the new breed of investigator at Justice International (JI). Often at odds with the agency's "old guard" of detectives who are veterans of the Cold War, Rob has put a youthful, human face on the agency by ensuring it advances justice and human rights, rather then the simple needs of the corporate elite that the agency has traditionally served over the years.
While Rob can be hot-headed and impatient of JI's corporate bureaucracy, he has been effective in changing JI's image. Though his ideals and sense of fair play sometimes take precedence over the goals of his clients and JI, he is extremely successful in completing his assignments.
Although Rob travels around the world on assignment and has a reputation for attracting beautiful women, he is far from being the stereotypical suave and debonair secret agent. His temper and impulsiveness often leads him to worse trouble, but he can always find his way out of a scrape.
Based in the agency's New York branch, Rob's clients have included the CIA, the United Nations, and the European Union, as well as private companies like CompuFirm and Drakorp.
General Amra leads the armed forces in the tiny Middle East nation of Koman. A strong authoritarian figure, he considers the country's rebel forces, which controls much of the nation's outlying areas, a threat to stability and his own power. As such, he is rumored to be working to take control of the government through either constitutional means or under the guise of a state of emergency. (See Adventure Strip Digest #1.)
Insisting that he is descended from royalty, the self-titled "Prince Bolkan" is a megalomanical former shoe salesman who has used extreme nationalism and instability in his Central European home country for personal and political gain.
He is now a powerful warlord who controls a small state and heads his own paramilitary army called "The White Tigers." His men are paid through plunder, with Bolkan getting a small "tribute" of their ill-gotten gains.
Playing the part of a modern-day Prince, Bolkan has a predilection for wearing Royalist uniforms.
Clemson is a renegade CIA agent who now works as a mercenary and hired gun -- most prominently as international crimelord Nicolai Korda's senior lieutenant. He is distinguished by shock-white hair broken by a dramatic streak of black. (See Adventure Strip Digest #3 and 4)
A French intelligence officer who has been reassigned to the larger European Community. Though she has partnered with Rob in the past, she considers him a rival since their two nations are economic rivals. (See Adventure Strip Digest #2)
Jarret Cox is one of Rob's CIA handlers and still a Cold War soldier at heart. His patriotic zealousness is only balanced by his respect for his more moderate partner, Dennis Winger.
Perpetually wearing his trademark mirrored aviator sunglasses, Cox makes little effort to hide his dislike for Rob and the legacy of Rob's traitor father.
The son of an estranged and disinherited member of the Drake family (the owners and founders of Drakorp Oil), Anthony Cromwell has only recently emerged to claim a stake in the family business.
Extremely narcissistic and self-centered, he nevertheless harbors a deep resentment towards the Drake family.
He is married to Caroline Wilde.
Originally founded in the early 20th century as a mining company in Southeast Asia and the Far East, Drakorp has grown into one of the world's predominant oil companies and multinational conglomerates.
In recent years, the company has experienced an internal power struggle as family members fight for control of the company and the family fortune. (See Adventure Strip Digest #1.)
Director of Justice International, New York Branch (JI New York), and one of Rob's most important supporters at the agency.
Girard was one of the original members of Justice International when it was founded in the early 1960s. He is the senior director of JI and oversees the agency's flagship New York Branch.
Patrick Hanes was a highly respected State Department official where he received many highly visible overseas assignments, including posts in Vietnam, Africa and South America. After marrying into the famous McCay family, Hanes seemed set until allegations surfaced that he was the notorious "Glowworm," a high-level Soviet mole. Before he could be taken into custody, Hanes disappeared, leaving his wife and young son behind.
One of the few female agents at Justice International, Audrey suffers from an unrequited love for Rob, who is oblivious of her feelings.
Once the world's premiere assassin, whose calling card was to become a close friend of his target before killing them at his leisure.
Unfortunately, Jacoby made the mistake of falling in love with
one of his targets, Tiffany Lance, who Rob was protecting at the
time -- and while Rob had nothing to do with this lapse, Jacoby
blames Rob for the troubles which followed and forced him to lose
his reputation. (See the Rob Hanes Archives.)
Justice International is a worldwide investigations and security agency which was founded in 1954 by Major Medill Anderson, a former U.S. army intelligence officer who helped establish the OSS during World War II. (After the war, the OSS evolved into the Central Intelligence Agency.)
Although the name at its founding was more public relations than reality, Justice International (or JI) quickly earned a reputation for providing discreet and sophisticated security and private investigation services, primarily to large businesses in need of troubleshooting. Many of the original founding agents at JI served under Anderson during World War II and the initial days of the Cold War. Anderson's many prominent contacts in both government and the private sector as a high ranking military intelligence officer provided many of the contacts he needed to make the agency successful during its early days.
By the mid-1960s, fueled by its many large commercial accounts, JI truly became international, opening its first overseas office in London and Frankfurt. In addition, due to Anderson's extensive contacts in the government, JI quietly began contracting some of its agents out to U.S. intelligence services. JI's growing international network of offices, initially staffed and run by senior agents from the New York office, made the company particularly effective at this kind of work. While this created some problems for the agency in the early 1970s when anti-Americanism sentiment in Europe, Asia and South America ran high (resulting in some closed offices), JI, for the most part, continued to experience exponential growth.
As JI grew, Anderson remained President and CEO, and also retained the title of Director of JI New York, the founding branch office. While other branch offices slowly became more independent from the hub office and developed their own character, JI New York always reflected Anderson's rigid, autocratic style.
In 1978, Anderson passed away. Although his son, Medill Anderson II, assumed the title of President and CEO, he had no interest in the actual operations of the agency since he was primarily a business executive with no practical experience in private investigations, security or intelligence work. As a result, JI New York, steeped in the personality of the elder Anderson, suddenly found itself rudderless.
After several unsuccessful appointments, Gabriel Evans Girard, an African-American and protogé ofAnderson who had served with him in the military, was named to the post of Director and assumed the day-to-day operations of JI's largest and original branch.
Under Girard's leadership, JI has become more publicly accountable and distanced itself from the close relationship the agency use to enjoy with the Federal government; although the U.S. government still uses JI's agents as "freelancers," the agency hasbegun to diversitfy its services as well as its work force.
To change its image, JI has begun offering a wider range of services and conducting more traditional private investigtions for smaller, private clients. The company has also expanded its security operations, by providing state-of-the-art security services for commercial organizations and consumers. It has even begun licensing its name for use on a wide range of security and surveillance products. Plans are also underway to offer a "JI Security Force" (i.e., security guards).
Although JI New York remains the financial center of the company (and its "flagship" office), each branch today operates independently of the others. Currently, branch offices exist in New York City, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Frankfurt. Each branch office is headed by a Director. Many regional offices also exist throughout the world, headed by Office Managers, which are often small storefront operations consisting of only a few staff persons overseen by a branch office. JI itself is managed by Medill Anderson II and a governing Board of Directors.
JI was recently purchased by Drakorp Oil , an international corporation.
A tiny Middle Eastern nation by the Persian Gulf. Like many of her neighbors, Koman has fallen prey to civil strife. Once led by a monarchy which reportedly shared bloodlines with some of Europe's royal houses, it became a military dictatorship in the 1950s. Today, it remains a "democracy" only in name: although it retains a President and Parliament, they are actually puppets of the army's top generals (see General Amra), originally placed in power by the U.S. during the height of the Cold War.
In response, rebel and terrorist factions in opposition to the military rule of the country emerged during the 1970s, funded primarily by the Soviet Union. While extremist terrorist elements formed part of this faction, the group was primarily non-ideological and consisted of a wide coalition of groups, including a wide array of religious and ethnic groups.
By the late 1980s, the U.S. grew disenchanted with the military generals that ruled the country with an iron fist: now that the generals could no longer offer the kind of stability in the region that the U.S. preferred, it began secret talks with the rebel faction, often in competition with the Soviets, while still maintaining its military and economic support of the official Koman government. The collapse of the Soviet Union eventually allowed the U.S. to being trying to bring democracy back to the country.
Koman's rich history reaches back to Medieval times. Although always a major trading outpost, it was not until the tiny country became strategically important to both the Crusaders and the Muslims that it began to flourish. The remains of many Crusader castles and outposts still scatter the landscape.
While always independent, the country maintains strong ties with the West and for awhile served as a model of financial success, stability and religious and ethnic integration. During the 1960s, its seaport capital, Akhban, was a well-known vacation spot for the wealthy and famous. As a major trading post between East and West, the country is a diverse polyglot of languages and ethnicities that is surprisingly tolerant of religious preference and national heritage.
In recent years, the rebel faction has gained wider support
in the world community, while the government has weakened, making
the country ripe for civil war. As a result, many businesses have
left the country and the tourist industry has significantly declined.
Though information is only now emerging about this little-known figure, Korda is suspected to lead a particularly brutal crime organization based in Eastern Europe which is slowly extending its reach into the West like the Russian gangs, Chinese Triad and Japanese Yakuza who have slowly emerged on the international crime scene.
While the details of his origins have yet to be corroborated, reports suggest that he began his career as the head of a minor crime syndicate in one of the former Soviet Bloc countries; his activities, as well as those of his rivals, however, were always kept in check by the strict rule of the Communist government. The end of the Cold War, however, led to the proliferation and growth of these crime syndicates and Korda's was reportedly among the most ruthless in its pursuit of terriitory. Korda particularly profited from the local ethnic wars which raged througout the region, selling all sides food, medical supplies, fuel, and weapons of destruction. He also began expanding his control of the local black markets in these areas.
Continuing his consolidation of power, he has reportedly established ties with terrorists, mercenaries, former Communist spies, and various rogue nations to extend his territory, and to fund his thirst for power, influence and expansion.
Korda is Rob's greatest and most dangerous arch foe -- a ruthless and mysterious crime syndicate boss from Eastern Europe who is slowly extending his reach into the West. His "army" of lieutenants are a diverse and unsavory crowd, and include mercenaries and renegade spies, as well as former Eastern European intelligence and military officers displaced by the end of the Cold War.
His reach is long but Rob has slowly become a constant thorn
in his side, thwarting him at every turn. As a result, Rob has
become an expert on Korda's secret criminal empire -- and a special
target for Korda.
A Hong Kong drug lord. The son of a gun-runner who supplied both the Japanese and the Chinese during World War II, Jimmy represents a new breed of ruthless crime lord coming out of Eastern Asia.
Kwan was killed during an incident involving Rob Hanes, but
his body was never recovered. (See Adventure Strip Digest
Tiffany is a journalist for Find magazine,
a newsweekly like Time and Newsweek.
Arrogant and not suffering fools gladly, she maintains a competitive,
non-romantic relationship with Rob. Tiffany and Rob often bump
into each other at the most unexpected times and places. Rob saved
Tiffany's life when she was targeted by an international assassin
codenamed Jacoby. (See the Rob Hanes
Thurmond McCay is the current patriarch of the powerful McCay family, a prominent American family dynasty, which has produced several generations of American statesmen and industrialists, including lawyers, bankers, businessmen, legislators, and ambassadors.
McCay's direct descendants are his daughter, Sharon McCay, who married Patrick Hanes in the 1960s, and his grandson, Rob Hanes, the only child of Patrick and Sharon McCay Hanes. After the disappearance of Patrick Hanes in the 1970s and the death of his daugther shortly thereafter, McCay became the legal guardian for his grandson, who he tried to groom as the heir to the family dynasty.
A longtime staff member of Justice International, Rob and Abner first meet when Rob is assigned to JI's Middle East regional office in Koman. The two are now steadfast and loyal friends; although a generation apart, Abner's easygoing nature is a marked contrast to Rob's impulsiveness and penchant for getting into trouble.
Abner is an old hand in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. After finishing college in the l950s, Abner worked for the U.S. State Department. On track to become a lifelong foreign service officer, he is stationed in Thailand in the early 1960s and assigned to Air America, a CIA-run airline supporting anti-Communist operations and covert military action from secret bases in Cambodia. While many of the mercenaries and soldiers-of-fortune hired by Air America come to despise and resent most of the CIA operations officers overseeing them, Abntr earns the friendship and respect of many of these men.
Increasingly disillusioned by his work and the Vietnam War, Abner resigns from State and becomes a teacher in the local area. His work includes helping to organize schools and facilitating the local work of the Peace Corps. Becoming a bit of a gypsy, his work soon takes him to diverse regions of the world, includng a brief stint at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, and a variety of other jobs in the Middle East. In the late 1970s, he joins Justice International and, after an assignment in the JI Branch Office in Frankfurt, is assigned to the two-man JI Regional Office in Koman. During this period, he suffers through a series of insufferable and incompetent regional directors before Rob is finally assigned to the area.
Abner has not been back in the U.S. since the 1970s. (See Adventure
Strip Digest #3 and the Rob Hanes Archives.)
The daughter of an exiled Middle East monarch, the Princess Chulaborn is a spoiled royal with little experience in the "real world." While projecting a cool exterior, she is in reality a very naive and insecure young woman who often finds herself being taken advantage of -- as a young jetsetter, she is popular fodder for supermarket tabloids. Rob first meets her while serving as a bodyguard for her. (See Adventure Strip Digest #1 for details.)
A hired thug whose sole existence seems to be to make Rob's
life miserable. Huge, lantern-jawed, and curly haired he often
pops up as the right-hand man for Rob's villain-of-the-moment,
usually with the instructions to beat the living tar out of Rob.
Rocco is always in a perpetual squint, wears leisure suits that
show off his barrel-chested (and hairy) chest, and NEVER speaks.
(See the Rob Hanes Archives for details.)
A physician/pediatrician from the former Soviet Union, she is a human rights activist who often insists in going into the world's most dangerous areas to provide humanitarian aid; like Rob, she has little tolerance for human suffering caused by political and nationalistic posturing. Often working under the auspices of the United Nations, she has been known to enter politically explosive regions on her own, often to the ire of local governments, politicos, and despots. While trying to combat Russian government corruption, she briefly led a bandit army under the alias, the Siberian Minx.
(See Adventure Strip Digest #2 and Rob Hanes JI #1.)
Caroline Cromwell (nee Wilde) is the heiress to the famous Wilde fortune.
Largely known in the tabloids for her erratic love life and antics in New York's celebrity club scene, Wilde was the target of a kidnapping attempt that failed largely due to the efforts of her bodyguard at the time, Rob Hanes of Justice International (see the Rob Hanes Archives).
Wilde squandered much of her fortune after the death of her
parents then quietly disappeared from public view and the gossip
pages. She has recently re-emerged as the wife of Anthony
Cromwell, a member of the Drake family, the founders of Drakorp
Oil. Wilde has reportedly reformed her "bad girl" image
and, by all accounts, been a model and faithful spouse. (See Rob
Hanes JI #1.)
A senior CIA official and handler for Rob, he is also partner to Jarret Cox. While much less dogmatic than Cox, he is often willing to cut Rob a lot of slack, primarily because he knows Rob is honest and dependable.