Monday, September 22, 2014


 High concept spy fiction, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., was good from Gold Key Comics. 

My favorite Man from U.N.C.L.E. poster!

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. revolves around agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin fighting the forces of THRUSH seeking world domination. The title character, Napoleon Solo was created by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond. Fleming also created April Dancer, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.. The rest, as they say, is television history.  

Don  Heck artwork!
George Tuska artwork!
Gold Key started with Paul S. Newman & Dick Wood to write The Man from U.N.C.L.E. series and then added Mike (Justice League of America) Sekowsky, Don (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) Heck, George (Spyman) Tuska, Werner (X-Men) Roth and the many other fine artists to the equation. 

Werner Roth artwork!

Great collage covers along with pin-ups on the back on many of the comics added to the appeal of the comic book series.  

Informational back-up features on the spy trade finished the touch.  

Man from U.N.C.L.E. #1  "The Explosive Affair"
Spies! Guns! Intrigue!

Man from U.N.C.L.E. #2  "The Fortune Cookie Affair"
Pieces in a Chinese puzzle fit together to seal Solo's doom!

Man from U.N.C.L.E. #3  "The Deadly Devices Affair"
Thrush finds a clue to the source of U.N.C.L.E.'s secret weapons!

Man from U.N.C.L.E. #4  "The Rip Van Solo Affair"
THRUSH smashes U.N.C.L.E. with the help of a traitor--Napoleon Solo! 
Included Spy Secrets & Communications features.

Man from U.N.C.L.E. #5  "The Ten Little UNCLEs Affair"
Ten little "UNCLES" are kept on the run as THRUSH agent knock them off--one by one!
Included Spy Techniques and real WW2 Spy Mystery features. 

Man from U.N.C.L.E. #6  "The Three Blind Mice Affair"
Illya is hypotized and knows it! What THRUSH command must he obey?
Included Spy Communications & Spy Story features. 

Man from U.N.C.L.E. #7  "The Pixilated Puzzle Affair"
A THRUSH genius throws a net for his greatest catch--Solo & Illya!
First Jet Dream back-up (runs through Man from U.N.C.L.E. #22) & Double Agent features.
Reprinted in Man from U.N.C.L.E. #22

Man from U.N.C.L.E. #8  "The Floating People Affair"
Illya is up in the air when THRUSH nabs an anti-gravity secret!
Aerial Spying & Olfatronics, A New Spy Tool features.

Man from U.N.C.L.E. #9  "The Spirit of St. Louis Affair"
Solo & Illya fly wild--in a dog fight over Rome!
Electronic Espionage & Underground Heroine features. 

Man from U.N.C.L.E. #10  "The Trojan Horse Affair"
A modern day version of an ancient trick opens U.N.C.L.E.s gates to THRUSH!
Operation Disaster & Phantom Spy features. 
Reprinted in Man from U.N.C.L.E. #21. 

Man from U.N.C.L.E. #11  "The Three-Story Giant Affair"
The bigger they are, the harder they fall--especially two giants Solo & Illya!

Friendly Enemies, Operation North Pole & Operation Sabotage features.  

Non-fiction book about espionage!

Never had a Man from U.N.C.L.E. toy, wish I did!
UK Man from U.N.C.L.E.
 Okay, I think this is a good place to leave off until tomorrow, for Part Two, the conclusion. Thanks for bearing with me on a longer blog since there are a number of comic books in this series to cover. 

Hardback Man from U.N.C.L.E. Big Little Book!
Illustration (pg. 133) from the Big Little Book!

Live Large My Friends!

Thank You!
Good collection of original paperbacks from both TV series!

Great book about the TV series!
Great TV series collection!

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