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The Seekers is a British comic strip drawn by John M. Burns, written by Les Lilley, succeeded by Phillip Douglas and Dick O'Neil. The strip ran from 1966 to 1971 in The Daily Sketch.


The main characters, Susanne Dove and Jacob Benedick, are two preferred secret agents employed by Una Frost, director of "The Seekers", an elite agency of missing persons retrieval. Their investigations frequently lead to adventures connected to the sex industry, exploiting the attractiveness of both detectives, and usually leading to the downfall of sexual predators and oppressors.[1]

Publication history

The Seekers began publication on May 2, 1966 in The Daily Sketch.[1][2] The concept of the strip bears some resemblance to another strip Burns later drew for a brief period, Modesty Blaise, although the female characters were consistently drawn in an enticing manner, indicating Burns' evident intent to challenge the limits of the daily British newspaper strip conventions of the times.[1] The initial writer Les Lilley was succeeded by Phillip Douglas starting with episode 14, The Missing Golfers, occasionally aided by Dick O'Neil, who wrote one story, The Curse of the One-Eyed Sailor.

The strip ended on May 10, 1971, abandoned due to its lack of lasting success.[1] It enjoyed some popularity in Italy where it was known as I Segugi, and the Scandinavian countries, serialised as Spårhundarna in Sweden and Sporhundene in Norway and Denmark.

Story list

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Title Author
1 The Boneyard Club Les Lilley
2 The Missing Groom Les Lilley
3 Red Elibank Les Lilley
4 The Bookman Vanishes Les Lilley
5 The Collection Les Lilley
6 The Irish Caper Les Lilley
7 Title missing Les Lilley
8 John Silver Les Lilley
9 The Highest Bidder Les Lilley
10   The Missing Star Les Lilley
11 Lost Monastery Les Lilley
12 The Off-Beat Case Les Lilley
13 Art Theft Les Lilley
14 The Missing Golfers Phillip Douglas  
15 A Matter of Life and Death Phillip Douglas
16 Where’s Una? Phillip Douglas
17 The Man Who Died Twice Phillip Douglas
18 The Boy With the Golden Boots Phillip Douglas
19 Hoop of Fire Phillip Douglas
20 The Day the Birds Dropped Dead Phillip Douglas
21 The Curse of the One-Eyed Sailor   Dick O'Neil
22 Title missing Phillip Douglas
23 Wheels of Fate Phillip Douglas
24 The Tracy Madison Affair Phillip Douglas
25 Goddess of the Seven Moons Phillip Douglas
26 Legs on Broadway Phillip Douglas
27 Dead Girls Tell Phillip Douglas


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Filippini, Henri (1997) (in French). Encyclopédie de la bande dessinée érotique. La Musardine. pp. 73. ISBN 2-84271-082-7. 
  2. Lambiek Comiclopedia. "John M. Burns". 

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