Sunday, October 5, 2014

Captain's Library MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. "Human Bottle Affair"

Here's something a little different...a prose story with illustrations...
...from the British weekly TV Tornado., which ran strips and stories based on other British and American tv series, as well as a couple of features not based on video shows!
TV Tornado ran U.N.C.L.E. text stories like this, but no strips, like The Saint feature we ran last week.
However, in the hardcover annuals that TV Tornado (like other weekly magazines produced), there were U.N.C.L.E. strips...and they were in color (or colour, as the British spell it)!

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Spies Who Love ME-Week 5

Here's some facts and trivia about the eps in Sunday's...
...group of shows...
"The Deadly Game Affair" has a mad scientist ready to revive Adolph Hitler is he can find someone with the right blood type.
Alexander Scourby, a popular tv/radio narrator who also played authority figures (both good and evil) on tv handles the Nazi scientist role with scenery-chewing relish.
Janine Gray, whose character, Angelique, was meant to be an ongoing villainess with a lust for Napoleon Solo, had appeared on numerous British shows like The Saint, Danger Man (aka Secret Agent), and The Avengers. She was also in the pilot for Get Smart.
"The Question" is one of the few foreign espionage episodes in the final season.
Defector Gary Lockwood is a familar face to genre fans, playing both the transformed Gary Mitchell in the Star Trek pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before" as well as doomed astronaut Frank Poole in 2001: a Space Odyssey!
Lynda Day George, though listed in the credits, doesn't appear due to her pregnancy.
Elizabeth Ashley served as the IMF's femme fatale in her second time on the show. (Ironically, the first time, Ashley played a mobster's wife whom George's character, Casey, impersonated!)
Midnight (ET) Get Smart
"Maxwell Smart: Alias Jimmy Ballantine" features Tim Herbert as safecracker Jimmy Ballantine.
Herbert also played Killer Moth on the 1960s Batman tv series...in an episode the public never saw that was loosely-based on her first comic book appearance!
But you lucky ducks can see it HERE!

"Casablanca" gives Don Adams a chance to do his Humphrey Bogart imitation as well as featuring Gordon Jump as the Chief's aide, Hobson.
1am (ET) The Saint
"Island of Chance" shows a tuxedoed Roger Moore in an enviroment he'd become very familar with as James Bond, a high-stakes casino!
Be here on Sunday for a classic comic story based on one of these series!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Captain's Library GET SMART "Infiltration Caper"

Would you believe the spies you're supposed to infiltrate want you to infiltrate the spies who employ you?
Only Maxwell Smart could end up in that situation...
Illustrated by Henry Scarpelli, this tale from Dell's Get Smart #7 (1967) captures more of the vaudville-humor flavor of the show itself than most of the comic stories.
Unfortunately, it was also the last new issue of the comic.
Scarpelli illustrated a number of Dell's tv adaptations, including The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Hogan’s Heroes and McHale’s Navy.
He eventually ended up at Archie Comics, where he did both comic book stories, but illustrated the both the Archie daily and Sunday newspaper strip for 15 years!
BTW, the writer is unknown, but may have been Scarpelli himself.
Unfortunately, there's no way to verify it.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Spies Who Love ME-Week 4

Here's some facts and trivia about the eps in Sunday's...
...group of shows...
"The Shark Affair" features one of leads of another 60s spy series as the...well, not so much villain as anti-hero!
Robert Culp, who would play secret agent/tennis pro Kelly Robinson on I Spy a year later, delivers an astounding turn as Captain Shark, a Captain Nemo-esque survivalist who plans to ride out nuclear armageddon with the best and brightest mankind has to offer, whether they want to join him or not.
Also in the cast are two familar faces from Star Trek; James Doohan (Scotty), and Meg Wilie (The Keeper, the head Talosian from "The Cage"/"The Menagerie" as well as The Last Starfighter.
"Boomerang" is one of the "IMF vs Organized Crime" episodes that dominated the final season.
Midnight (ET) Get Smart
"Strike While the Agent is Hot" features Max taking over as the union rep for CONTROL's agents, trying to solve a puzzle and prevent a crime while discovering KAOS has better working conditions for their agents!
"The Only Way to Die" has Max declared dead so he can go undercover.
Look for a very young Gordon Jump (WKRP in Cincinnati) in his first appearance as Hobson, The Chief's assistant before Larabee.
1am (ET) The Saint
"Simon and Delilah" features future James Bond Roger Moore with his Miss Moneypenny, Lois Maxwell when both are involved in the kidnapping of a starlet from a big-budget biblical movie set!
And, no, there are no romantic scenes between them!
But there are a number of moviemaking in-jokes, especially about Italian movies!
Be here tomorrow for a classic comic story based on one of these series!