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Tuesday, 30 August 2016
TV TIE-INS OF THE TIMES: PART THREE - THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. ANNUAL 1967...
The MAN From U.N.C.L.E. was big - very big. It was probably the closest thing to JAMES BOND that viewers of a certain age could watch before they were old enough to see 007 in his own big-budget movies. And NAPOLEON SOLO had been created by Bond author IAN FLEMING himself, thereby lending an air of secret agent authenticity to the show developed by SAM ROLFE for TV.
I had an attache case with U.N.C.L.E. badge and gun, plus the ID card that one sent away to the RADIO TIMES for - and it was free! I don't remember ever buying any of the Annuals though, of which there were four. The first one (above) was for 1967, and there were ones for '68, '69 & '70 as well. There was a comic album issued in 1966, and two Television Picture Story Books for '67 & '68.
The comic strip in the '67 Annual was reprinted from a GOLD KEY Man From U.N.C.L.E. comicbook, but the remainder of the contents were predominantly text stories. WORLD DISTRIBUTORS was the publisher for all three of the Annuals we've seen in this blog series thus far, and this was the format of most of their output at the time. No doubt it was down to budgetary restraints, but I can't help think that they missed a trick by not having more comic strips in their many hundreds (at least) of Annuals over the years.
Strange to think that the first Annual was issued only the year before the TV show was cancelled, and that they continued for a year (the 1970 Annual was issued in 1969) past the show's demise. However, I guess it continued in repeats for a year or two afterwards.
Posted by Kid at Tuesday, August 30, 2016