Created by Harry Harrison,
FIRST APPEARANCE IN 2000AD
MOST RECENT APPEARANCE IN 2000AD
About 30,000 years in the future.
Most likely in a hotel room across the street from some bank, looking out the window and memorizing the security guards' routines.
A large assortment of weapons and gadgets, prefers the .75 Recoilless Handgun. Hardly ever uses it, though.
Forgery, lock picking, code breaking, safe cracking, hand-to-hand combat, marksmanship.
"You'll never take me alive, copper!" (Said shortly before being taken alive)
Greed. Pure and simple. And occasionally a disturbing need to help the helpless.
James Bolivar diGriz - AKA "Slippery Jim", AKA "The Stainless Steel Rat" - was a master criminal. He robbed banks, armoured cars, large corporations, anything that carried cash. He'd never been caught, never even been seen, until the day the Special Corps took an interest in him. But they didn't arrest him: they offered him a job.
DiGriz' first case brought him into contact with the beautiful but psychopathic Angelina, whom he later married (after she was cured of her killer tendencies).
Jim and Angelina still work, occasionally, for the Special Corps, who have long since given up trying to stop them from robbing banks. Their twin sons, James and Bolivar, have inherited their parents' interest in other people's money.
The Stainless Steel Rat was created by top SF author Harry Harrison, and first appeared in a short story in 1957. That story was later expanded into a novel and published in 1961. To date, the series consists of ten novels, a gamebook and three short stories. The most recent novel is The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus (1999).
Three of the Rat's adventures were serialised in 2000 AD: The Stainless Steel Rat (1961), The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World (1972) and The Stainless Steel Rat for President (1982), all adapted by Kelvin Gosnell and drawn by Carlos Ezquerra. A big-budget movie based on the first novel is currently in pre-production, to be directed by Jan De Bont (Speed).