Thursday, April 20, 2017


Gold Key Comics did come out with a great print run for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. tie-in comic book series. I am so glad to be able to present posts from this fun comic book series. This was one of my favorite TV series and comic books while I was growing up. I loved the photo covers and back cover pin-ups.

I also grew up reading all of their adventures in hardcover and paperback, however, the only one I don't recall reading was the children's storybook. You know what, come to think about, there was The Final Affair (by fan favorite author David McDaniel) I finally came across not long ago that I have yet to read. 

It thrilled me to no end when the complete series DVDs came out, in a sweet collector's attache case packaging. Yes!

Foreign edition of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. comic book.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. #1  Spies! Guns! Intrigue! 
"The Explosive Affair"
Even Napoleon Solo needs some time for rest and relaxation, so when a beautiful young woman named Daphne invites him to go water skiing, the hard-working secret agent eagerly accepts her offer. But what Solo doesn't know is that this innocent-seeming boating day will lead to another escapade of international intrigue.
After Daphne tries to lead Solo directly into a floating explosive mine, he and director Waverly suspect she may be working for Thrush, the international terrorist organization bent on world domination.
Later clues found at the London flat of Solo's old friend Tubby Finch lead him straight into the middle of a secret Thrush operation off the coast of West Africa.
But can Solo and Illya Kuryakin survive the voodoo magic of the Mag Mag Witch Doctors working for Thrush?
Written by Paul S. Newman (Yellow Submarine) with art by Don Heck (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea).

Loved the back cover pin-ups!
Unfortunately, these comic book affairs have not been reprinted outside the Gold Key series, so I've been going back and recollecting the series.

Additionally, there was a lot of marketing to go along with the TV series. Just in the field of publications, there was a great paperback series from Ace Books, a digest series (with notable authors such as John Jakes, Dennis Lynds & Bill Pronzini), a Big Little book (by George S. Elrick), a couple of young adult books (by Brandon Keith), children's storybook (written by Walter Gibson, of The Shadow fame) and a terrific trade paperback (by Jon Heitland) all about the wonderful television show.

I'll be touching on those as well as I do my series of blogs. 

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The second Whitman hardcover book.
The storybook written by the author of The Shadow pulps.

Friday, March 10, 2017


Stranded on an alien world, Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov struggle against the evil emperor Ming the Merciless who seeks to enslave the entire planet of Mongo. Flash Gordon was originally created by the legendary Alex Raymond to compete with the popular Buck Rogers adventure comic strip.

In Whitman Comics Flash Gordon #29, an undercover operative infiltrated  the group in order to capture the most wanted man on Mongo. However, when she comes face to face with certain horrible death, will even Flash Gordon save the life of an agent of Ming the Merciless.

Flash Gordon #29
Flash Gordon imperils his life to rescue an agent of...Ming the Merciless!

"The Deadly Depths, Part One"
Written by John Warner (Deadly Hands of Kung Fu) with art by Gene Fawcette (Seduction of the Innocent 3-D).
Ming gets word that Flash Gordon might be in the Cave Kingdom so he sends an agent to find out. Flash is off exploring the caverns when the agent catches up with him and pretends to be a messenger from Zarkov.
"The Deadly Depths, Part Two"
Written by John Warner with art by Carlos Garzon (Bladerunner).   
A creature in the caverns attacks Flash's group.

This issue was reprinted in Dark Horse Comics Flash Gordon Comic Book Archives Volume 5
The magnificent hardcover, complete with a slipcover, reprints Flash Gordon #28-37.

The movie adaptation (presented by Bruce Jones and Al Williamson) was also reprinted in a nice collection in trade paperback.
Something to look forward to in the near future, beginning with issue #31, is when we will encounter the comic book adaptation of the exciting Flash Gordon movie starring Sam Jones as the flamboyant nemesis of Ming the Merciless. 

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Nice star studded cast to the great movie. And how can you forget that wonderful Queen soundtrack?