Slippery Jim DiGriz was a Stainless Steel Rat in the wainscotting of the galaxy, a rogue who turned to crime as a deliberate act of rebellion against a regimented and deathly dull society where everyone knew their place and for most people that place was firmly under the boot of the authorities.
An accomplished thief, master of disguise and genius with gadgets, Jim was nevertheless eventually caught by the Special Corps and its manipulative leader, Inskipp — only to learn that both Inskipp and the Corps' top agents were all reformed criminals, the only ones smart enough to catch their own kind! Faced with a choice of joining the Corps as an agent and turning his talents to defending the galaxy from those more ruthless and less conscientious than himself or spending his life in jail, DiGriz chose the former option and quickly became one of the Corps' top agents, though he was never quite able to suppress his urge for a little occasional lawbreaking just to keep his hand in.
On one of his earliest missions, Jim met and fell for the psychotic Angelina, who he took it upon himself to reform and (after she had had extensive therapy to dampen her murderous urges) later married. The couple have twin sons, James and Bolivar, who share their parents' larcenous tendencies.
EquipmentWhatever he can build.
TransportationWhatever he can steal.
Prefers non-lethal weapons, but is a skilled marksman with most forms of weaponry.
- Jim DiGriz was originally created by novelist Harry Harrison. His adventures were adapted into comics form by Kelvin Gosnell and Carlos Ezquerra (artist Ezquerra based his depiction of Jim DiGriz on James Coburn).
- Three of Harrison's novels were adapted in 2000 AD: The Stainless Steel Rat, The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World and The Stainless Steel Rat for President.
- The Stainless Steel Rat's adventures were reprinted in both Britain and the US in the 1980s in a six issue American format Stainless Steel Rat limited series by Eagle Comics.
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