Agent 327

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title Agent 327
Original title Agent 327
country Netherlands
author Martin Lodewijk
Illustrator Jan Kruis
Martin Lodewijk
publishing company Geïllustreerde Pers
magazine Eppo
First publication 1966 - ...
expenditure 20th

Agent 327 is a comic series by the Dutch draftsman Martin Lodewijk , published in Germany by Ehapa-Verlag , 2002-2003 by Carlsen Comics and currently under the Toonfish imprint by Splitter-Verlag . The main thrust of the series is a parody of James Bond.

The series initially played within the current Cold War present and the associated social environment. This changed during the long break between 1983 and 2000. Around 1989, the Dutch secret service was disbanded due to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the associated end of the East-West conflict Job as a chauffeur redeemed and the secret service active again with the tape "The Forgotten Bomb".


In the case of the characters in the series, the phenomenon occurs from time to time that the Ehapa and the Splitter translation use different names for some characters. This is then noted in the respective heading.

Agent 327, Otto Otto Eisenbrot (org. Hendrik IJzerbroot )
The main character of the series is the star of the Dutch secret service, Otto Otto (OO) Eisenbrot (from the left Hendrik IJzerbroot ), Agent 327. Eisenbrot is undoubtedly a very competent agent, if not him his own awkwardness would irregularly cause trouble. 327 always wears a gray suit and prefers a revolver as a service weapon.
The character was created when Martin Lodewijk was asked to parody the character of James Bond . In the beginning, Eisenbrot was portrayed as a burly agent before slowly assuming his familiar shape. Lodewijk pronounces the name as "Agent Three-Twenty-Seven".


Number 1 (Ehapa) / Boss (Splitter) (org. Boss )
He is the always desperate boss (he is more secret than everyone else) who took over the management of the secret service after his time as head of a resistance group in World War II . The boss often despairs because of the incompetence of his subordinates - especially because of Eisenbrot's antics. He strictly caps the budget, but treats himself to a salary that goes beyond good and bad.
First appearance in "Secret Files: A" (in the volume "The First Investigations" )

Bertram (org. Barend )
Bertram is still in training as agent trainee no. 654. His most striking feature is his long hair, which completely covers his face except for his nose. Despite his status at the bottom of the hierarchy, he always proves to be a good support for Eisenbrot.
First appearance in "Secret Files: L" (in the volume "The First Investigations" )

Miss Betsy (org. Juffrouw Betsy )
She is the chief secretary in the secret service and the direct line between number 1 and his employees. In addition to her positive attitude, she is also known for her sarcastic humor and relaxed morals.
First appearance in "Secret Files: A" (in the volume "The First Investigations" )

William (org. Willemse )
A retired seaman and the caretaker of the secret service headquarters. In addition to the usual tasks of a caretaker, he is also responsible for letting the disguised iron bread in after the secret password has been exchanged.
First appearance in "Secret Files: A" (in the volume "The First Investigations" )

Karl Sorglos (org. Carl Sorge )
As Agent 525, Sorglos is one of Eisenbrot's closest colleagues and, in addition to his technical ingenuity, is best known for his unbelievably sprawling women's stories, for which he needs an extra diary.
First appearance in "Der Fall Löwengrube"

Olga Lawina (org. The same)
Olga Lawina (the name of this character is a parody of the Dutch yodeler Olga Lowina ) is an agent for the Swiss secret service and later works on her own account. She eventually becomes a co-protagonist, who, despite sometimes divided loyalties, always takes the side of Eisenbrot in the end.
First appearance in "Secret Files: Sunday Child"


Boris Kloris (org. Also)
Eisenbrot's archenemy - a crook and spy whose bald head is completely faded. Whether it's gun smuggling, espionage, art theft or contract killing, Boris Kloris has a diverse field of activity. His sheer hatred of iron bread, which he has accumulated over time, is barely kept in check by his professionalism.
First appearance in "Secret Files: B" (in the volume "The First Investigations" )

Wu Manchu (org. The same)
Related to Fu Manchu, she wants to gain great power just like him. In return, all means are right for her and she goes further than most other enemies of Eisenbrot would. The character originally appeared first in the series "Johnny Goodbye", also drawn by Lodewijk.
First appearance in "Secret Files: Evil Tongue - In the Clutches of Wu Manchu"

Dr. Maybe (org. As well)
Another long-term enemy of Eisenbrot and brother of Dr. Yes and Dr. No. Dr. Maybe (a complete parody of Dr. No ) uses his enormous resources and technical lead to give his organization more power. Unlike other enemies, however, he does not necessarily want to kill Eisenbrot, but rather harness it for his own purposes. His loyal chambermaid Fi-Doh helps him with this.
First appearance in "Secret Files: I" (in the volume "The First Investigations" )

Dr. Papa (org. As well)
He is the dictator of the Caribbean state Kwaiti (a parody of the real dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier) with his terrorist group Bonbonkaputts. Eisenbrot incurs the wrath of the dictator by intercepting a delivery of weapons intended for him. Later pushed out of office, he seeks revenge.
First appearance in "Secret Files: Under Water" (In the volume "Secret Files: Hexenring" )

Kornelius Kosten (Ehapa) / Paul Pinke (Splitter) (org. Paul Poendrop )
A filthy rich entrepreneur whose wealth has convinced him that the laws do not apply to him. At first he is indifferent to Eisenbrot, but several defeats caused by Eisenbort ensure that he turns his anger towards Eisenbrot in a frustrated manner.
First appearance in "Secret Files: Night Watch"

Colonel Kettenmolch (Ehapa) / Colonel Bauer (Splitter) (org. Kolonel Bauer )
A former officer of the Third Reich, who was in Soviet captivity for a long time after the war. He knows many secrets from the days of the war, which put him in conflict with Eisenbrot when he tries to rescue them. Often plays someone who has fallen out of time so that they will be underestimated.
First appearance in "Der Fall Löwengrube"

Running gags

The series has a lot of running gags that keep popping up. Some are listed below.

Eisenbrot disguises
Eisenbrot must always come to work in disguise, even if the disguise is more conspicuous than if he had simply driven up normally. Either the disguise for iron bread is uncomfortable - for example when iron bread has to wear a burqa - or something goes unexpectedly wrong - for example when iron bread, disguised as a police officer in full riot gear, gets into a demonstration. Eisenbrot then always complains about what a secret agent has to do these days to get to work undetected.

Secret equipment
The secret equipment of the Dutch secret service is basically ill with the budget capped by number 1 and, much to Eisenbrot's displeasure, usually fails at the worst possible moment. Fully functional equipment is also being developed, but it is unusable for other reasons - such as the secret dentition, for which you first have to have all natural teeth removed.

The Dutch state secrets
The Dutch state secrets are surprisingly popular. Number 1 is therefore concerned with finding a safe place to keep Dutch state secrets. However, every attempt to transfer this from a simple filing cabinet to a supposedly better place generally ends in a minor disaster.

Viktor Baarn
The person of Viktor Baarn is a constant mystery and his true identity is a closely guarded secret (an obvious reference to a real Dutch politician) which appears in Dutch state secrets. Even when Baarn is exposed as a member of Wu Manchu's cult, it cannot do him any political harm.

The song "Always think of your mother with love"
This fictional song (original "Denk toch altijd met liefd 'aan je moeder") by Gerda and Herman Timmerhout - a parody of the singing duo Gert und, popular in the Netherlands in the 1960s Hermien Timmerman - is perceived as the peak of bad taste, but appears very often and on a wide variety of occasions. Many characters are gripped by sheer horror or blind rage when they are exposed to the song, which they perceive as inhuman torture.


In the Netherlands, the series has been released since 1966, although there was a long hiatus between 1983 and 2001. There are currently 20 albums available there, volume 21 is finished but not yet published, and there is also the “Dossier Minimum Bug” (1999), a small-format 16-page booklet with a magnifying glass. This booklet made it into the Guinness Book of Records in 2000 , but does not belong in the official comic series.

The numbering of the volumes was changed in 2001. The volumes previously published by Oberon Verlag were not in chronological order. With the exception of one story in an anthology, the new order adheres to the correct chronology in which the stories were created.


The Ehapa-Verlag published a total of 9 volumes from 1983 to 1987, the 9th album not bearing this number, but appeared as volume 3 of the Ehapa series Lila Gorilla Comics . This volume contains, among other things, a parody of Theo against the rest of the world . The order was based on the order in the Netherlands at that time and is therefore not structured chronologically. The short stories were left out and, as no more new material came from the Netherlands, the series was finally discontinued.

In 2002/03 Carlsen released three more albums, then the series was discontinued again, although additional material was still available. After that, nothing happened for a long time.

The Splitter-Verlag finally took on the series. The missing albums will be released from 2016. In addition, the old albums are also being reissued and the numbering has been changed so that it now corresponds to the chronological numbering from the Netherlands.


In the overview of the albums, the order in which the stories were originally published applies. The order of the albums in the Netherlands was originally different until it was changed to the chronologically correct order below. This order was also adopted by Splitter-Verlag and the gaps are being filled in gradually.

No. Original title and publication German title and publication Special features and comments
1 Dossier Dozijn min Een, 1980 The first investigation (Splitter, 2018) The volume contains eleven short stories from the early days of the series. These are the secret files A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and L, which appeared in 1966–1967.
2 Dossier Dozijn min Twee, 1981 A ball for two! (Splitter, 2018) Contains ten short stories from the early days of the series. These are the secret files K-1, K-2, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S and T, which were published 1967–1972. The German title of the album is a parody of the series Ein Fall für Zwei .
3 Stemkwadrater dossier, 1970 Secret files: Voice break (Ehapa vol. 4, 1984)
Operation voice break (Splitter, 2019)
First full-length story and an explicit parody of the films Dr No and You Only Live Twice . The circumnavigator Pieter Vandewrack is a caricature of the British circumnavigator Francis Chichester .
4th Leeuwenkuil dossier, 1973 Secret files: Kettenmolch (Ehapa vol. 5, 1984)
Der Fall Löwengrube (Splitter, 2020)
This volume is a fundamental parody of all agent films in the Cold War and the related plot elements, such as: B. the escape from divided Berlin. In the Ehapa version, a swastika was censored when looking back.
5 Dossier Heksenkring & Dossier Onderwater, 1977 Secret files: Hexenring (Ehapa Vol. 1, 1983)
Mission Hexenring (Splitter, 2021)
The volume also contains the story “Secret Files: Under Water”. The Ehapa translation does not reveal that the Carlos Primero is the same aircraft carrier that drowned at the end of Operation Broken Voice, as it was called "First Strike" in the previous volume.
6th Zondagskind dossier, 1978 Secret files: Sunday Child (Ehapa Vol. 2, 1983) Villain Dr. Papa is a caricature by Jean-Claude Duvalier , the then dictator of Haiti. The band heavily parodies elements from the films Fireball , Live and Let Die and Jaws .
7th Zevenslaper dossier, 1978 Secret files: dormouse (Ehapa vol. 3, 1984) This volume is a parody of Erich von Däniken and his ideas about extraterrestrials in early human times. Däniken himself is parodied as Erik van Tischücken , who constantly praises his books (“Wheelbarrows”, “The Wheelbarrows of the Gods” and “Wheelbarrows Full of Gold”)
8th Night watch dossier, 1980 Secret files: Night Watch (Ehapa Vol. 6, 1984) As a special feature it should be noted that in the original version of the story (also in the Ehapa version) the night watch was drawn normally. In all new editions, however, a photo of the original painting is inserted. Martin Lodewijk parodies himself with the painter Jan Tromp.
9 De gesel van Rotterdam, 1981 Secret Files: Evil Tongue - In the Clutches of Wu Manchu (Ehapa Vol. 7, 1985) Wu Manchu explicitly mentions Johnny Goodbye , which is an allusion to the creation of the character in this comic series - she only later migrated to Agent 327. Allan Thompson and the Karaboudjan from Tintin have a brief guest appearance in the volume.
10 Three avonturen, 1982 Secret Files: Black Money (Ehapa - Lila Gorilla Comics 3, 1987) Contains the stories: "When two swap, the third is happy" ("Waar twee ruilen" 1972), "Neutralbombe" ("Rookbom" 1980) and "Alone against the rest of the world" ("De rest van de wereld min één" 1981). The latter story is a parody of the film Theo versus the rest of the world .
11 De ogen van Wu Manchu & De schorsing, 1983 Secret Files: Bow Rat - The Eyes of Wu Manchu (Ehapa Vol. 8, 1985) The volume also contains the story "Olga Lawina in continuous fire". In the last picture of the main story, Lambik from Suske and Wiske has a guest appearance, and the commissioner from the comic Nero also appears . Last volume in the original series before the temporary suspension.
12 De vergeten bom, 2001 The Forgotten Bomb (Carlsen Vol. 10, 2002) First volume of the restarted Agent 327 series (both in the Netherlands and in Germany). Carlsen takes care of the publication in Germany. The volume is a loose parody of Goldeneye , with post-Cold War intelligence.
13 Het pad van de schildpad & De zwarte doos, 2001 The Turtle's Trail (Carlsen Vol. 11, 2002) This volume also contains the story "The Black Box". This was drawn in 1986, but not published until 2001, and the insane Frenchman with explosives, who appears again and again in history, alludes to the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior in 1985.
14th Cacoine en commando's, 2001 Kakoin and Commands (Carlsen Vol. 12, 2003) Last volume published by Carlsen. This volume satirizes all films that take place in a forgotten world with dinosaurs, as well as many plot elements and character traits from the Rambo film series.
15th De golem van Antwerp, 2002 The Golem of Antwerp (Splitter, 2020) The album-length gag that iron bread is stuck in a gorilla costume is most likely an allusion to a longer gag in the movie The Soldiers of Fortune , where an opposing agent is locked in a gorilla costume.
16 De wet van alles, 2002 The Law of the Universe (Sliver, 2019) The dormouse reappears after 25 years. In this volume, Lodewijk uses most of the inserted photos. The partially strongly pixelated structures later in the tape can either be due to the technology from 2002 or are an artistic element.
17th Hotel New York, 2002 Hotel New York (Splitter, 2018) With Colonel Bauer and Wu Manchu, two figures reappear who have not been seen for decades - with Colonel Bauer 30 years! The tape satirizes the film plot that the Nazis had managed to build an atomic bomb.
18th Het oor Van Gogh, 2003 Van Gogh's Ear (Sliver, 2017) The volume contains several allusions to Tintin , Struppi appears as a spy dog ​​and later drawings by Hergé of a character are praised as artistically impressive.
19th De vlucht van vroeger, 2005 A letter from the past (Splitter, 2017) The album is a review of Eisenbrot's first real agent assignment in destroyed Berlin in 1948. Lodewijk uses a lot of photographs here and depicts historical places correctly, such as the above-ground ruins of the Führerbunker.
20th De Daddy Vinci Code, 2015 The Daddy Vinci Code (Sliver, 2016) The long wait of 10 years for this band can be explained by the fact that Lodewijk started several different albums and then discarded them, and work on the actual band also dragged itself through creative dry phases.

Complete chronological list

The following list gives all adventures, no matter if album or short story, in a complete list. Stories compiled in albums are broken down into their individual parts again, and the date of the first publication in the Netherlands refers to the really first magazine publication (there are differences). The number of pages is also given.

Original title and publication German title and publication pages
Dossier A, 1966 Secret Files A (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier B, 1966 Secret Files B (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier C, 1966 Secret Files C (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier D, 1966 Secret Files D (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier E, 1966 Secret Files E (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier F, 1966 Secret Files F (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier G, 1966 Secret Files G (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier H, 1967 Secret files H (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier I, 1967 Secret Files I (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier J, 1967 Secret Files J (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier K-1, 1967 Secret files K-1 (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier K-2, 1967 Secret files K-2 (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier L, 1967 Secret Files L (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier M, 1967 Secret Files M (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier N, 1967 Secret files N (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Stemkwadrater dossier, 1968 Secret files: Voice break (Ehapa, 1984)
Operation voice break (Splitter, 2019)
Dossier O, 1968 Secret Files O (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier P, 1968 Secret files P (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier Q, 1968 Secret Files Q (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier R, 1968 Secret Files R (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Dossier S, 1969 Secret Files S (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Leeuwenkuil dossier, 1970 Secret Files: Chain Newt (Ehapa, 1984)
The Lion Pit Case (Splitter, 2020)
Dossier T, 1972 Secret Files T (Splitter, 2018) 4th
Waar twee ruilen, 1972 When two swap, the third is happy (Ehapa - Lila Gorilla Comics 3, 1987) 15th
Heksenkring dossier, 1975 Secret files: Hexenring (Ehapa, 1983)
Mission Hexenring (Splitter, 2021)
Onderwater dossier, 1976 Secret Files: Under Water (Ehapa, 1983)
Mission Under Water (Splitter, 2021)
Zondagskind dossier, 1977 Secret Files: Sunday Child (Ehapa, 1983) 44
Zevenslaper dossier, 1978 Secret Files: Dormouse (Ehapa, 1984) 46
Night watch dossier, 1979 Secret Files: Night Watch (Ehapa, 1984) 44
Rookbom, 1980 Neutral bomb (Ehapa - Lila Gorilla Comics 3, 1987) 10
De gesel van Rotterdam, 1981 Secret Files: Evil Tongue - In the Clutches of Wu Manchu (Ehapa, 1985) 44
De rest van de wereld min één, 1981 Alone Against the Rest of the World (Ehapa - Purple Gorilla Comics 3, 1987) 20th
De ogen van Wu Manchu, 1983 Secret Files: Bow Rat - The Eyes of Wu Manchu (Ehapa, 1985) 34
De schorsing, 1983 Olga Lawina in sustained fire (Ehapa, 1985) 10
De zwarte doos, 1986 The black box (Carlsen, 2002) 15th
De vergeten bom, 2000 The Forgotten Bomb (Carlsen, 2002) 45
Het pad van de schildpad, 2001 The Turtle's Trail (Carlsen, 2002) 30th
Cacoine en commando's, 2001 Kakoin and Commands (Carlsen, 2003) 46
De golem van Antwerp, 2002 The Golem of Antwerp (Splitter, 2020) 44
De wet van alles, 2002 The Law of the Universe (Sliver, 2019) 45
Hotel New York, 2002 Hotel New York (Splitter, 2018) 45
Het oor Van Gogh, 2003 Van Gogh's Ear (Sliver, 2017) 45
De vlucht van vroeger, 2004 A letter from the past (Splitter, 2017) 45
De Daddy Vinci code, 2015 The Daddy Vinci Code (Sliver, 2016) 44


The Dutch theatrical release of a computer animation film entitled "Dossier Manhattan" has been announced for 2017.

In May 2017, the Blender Foundation released a trailer for a planned computer animation film. The three-minute trailer is intended to look for investors for a feature-length film.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Met het Oog op Morgen 26-04-15 (Dutch, Met het Oog op Morgen ), broadcast on April 26, 2015, penultimate post.
  2. Strip Agent 327 krijgt animatiefilm (Dutch, article in Telegraaf )
  3. Agent 327: Operation Barbershop trailer
  4. Blender Foundation: Teaser for Agent 327: Operation Barbershop - ( s ) Blender Foundation.