Sunday, September 14, 2014

Captain's Library GET SMART One-Page Tales

Would you believe...
 ...Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man, Dr Strange, The Creeper, and The Question penciled this page from Dell's Get Smart #2 (1966)?
BTW, It's the inside front cover, so there's no color.
 Then Ditko penciled the inside back cover, as well.
BTW, Both pages were inked by Sal Trapani.
 Ditko and Trapani returned in Get Smart #3 to do another inside cover one-pager.
(D&T also did the longer stories that appeared in those issues.
We'll present those in the near-future.)
But the last one-pager, from Get Smart #4 was by the new regular artist, Tony Tallarico.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Spies Who Love ME--Week 2

Here's some facts and trivia about the eps in Sunday's...
...group of shows...
"The Iowa-Scuba Affair" is the first regular episode of the series.
Several months passed after the pilot was shot, so there are a number of changes, including a new character as the boss...Leo G Carroll as Alexander Waverly, a pre-title sequence explaining directly to the tv audience who they are, and very little Illya (one of the reasons he's featured in the "explanation scene").
The re-shoots involving Mr Waverly used in "The Vulcan Affair" to replace scenes with original boss Will Kuluva as Mr Allison were done during the fiming of this episode.
Director Richard Donner has numerous genre credits including the original Omen (1976) and Superman the Movie (1978).
Scriptwriter Harold Jack Bloom also co-wrote the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, making him the only writer to work on both Man from UNCLE  and James Bond live-action projects.
"The Merchant" is a couple of seasons later than the episode that aired last week.
Martin Landau as Rollin Hand and Barbara Bain as Cinnamon Carter had been replaced by Leonard Nimoy as Paris and Lesley Ann Warren as Dana Lambert.
It's also the final episode for both characters.
(BTW, if I have to tell you who Leonard Nimoy is, you're reading the wrong blog.)
The villain is George Saunders, who played both heroes (The Saint and The Falcon in film series) and villains (Mr Freeze on Batman, and twice as THRUSH agent G Emory Partridge, one of the few returning baddies on Man from UNCLE)
Midnight (ET) Get Smart
"Humbert's Unfinished Symphony" features Richard Webb, who played TV's Captain Midnight, as a police officer.
The concert hall owner is Bert Freed, who usually played someone loathsome and/or sleazy in films like Invaders from Mars and on TV shows like The Green Hornet and The Rifleman.
The episode originally-aired before last week's "Ship of Spies" two-parter, and also featured Victor French as Agent 44.
The villain in the other episode, "Shipment to Beriut", is Lee Bergere, whom Star Trek fans will recognize as the pseudo-Abraham Lincoln from the episode "Savage Curtain"
1am (ET) The Saint
"To Kill a Saint" features two actors best-known on TV for their voices, rather than their faces.
Casino owner Paul Verrier is Peter Dyneley, who was the voice of Jeff Tracy, father and leader of the Tracy family who operated International Rescue in the 1960s Thunderbirds TV series and two feature films, Thunderbirds are GO! and Thunderbird 6.
He also appeared in two earlier Saint episodes (as different characters).
Francis Matthews, who plays Verrier's aide Andre, used his amazing vocal similarity to Cary Grant to voice the lead character of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (whose appearance was based on Grant).
Matthews had also appeared previously on The Saint as another character.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Captain's Library MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. "Pixelated Puzzle Affair" Conclusion

Receiving a cryptic message in the form of a puzzle from missing UNCLE agent Peter Wheelwright, Solo & Kuryakin are lured into a trap by THRUSH commander Baron PD Quick, who uses unique methods to train THRUSH cadets...
Written by Dick Wood and illustrated by penciler Mike Sekowsky and inker Mike Peppe, this story from Gold Key's Man from U.N.C.L.E. #7 (1966) followed the show's new emphasis on "camp" in it's 1966-67 season after the debut of Batman in January on ABC had most existing adventure shows adding more outlandish plots and colorful villains in an attempt to match the Caped Crusader's record-breaking ratings.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Captain's Library MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. "Pixelated Puzzle Affair" Part 1

After you enjoy the Spies Who Love ME on MeTV...
...have a look at this comic book tie-in from 1966.
Be here tomorrow for the thrilling climax!
Written by Dick Wood and illustrated by penciler Mike Sekowsky and inker Mike Peppe, this story from Gold Key's Man from U.N.C.L.E. #7 (1966) follows the show's new emphasis on "camp" in it's third season after the debut of Batman several months earlier on ABC had most existing adventure shows adding more outlandish plots and colorful villains in an attempt to match the Caped Crusader's ratings.