Saturday, 16 October 2010

Vintage Cult TV Paperbacks - The Man From U.N.C.L.E

As promised several times, I have finally got around to creating a blog entry for my collection of paperbacks from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. I'm assuming it needs little or no introduction, but just in case, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was a US TV series which ran from 1964 to 1968, featuring two secret agents, Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) who work for a secret organisation called U.N.C.L.E (the United Network Command for Laws and Enforcement). Their rivals were called THRUSH and, of course, were dead set on world domination and destruction.

I can't remember when I saw my first TV episode, probably during a 1970's re-run I would imagine, but I remember being fascinated from the very first few seconds. I picked up these paperbacks about 10 years ago at various locations, 2nd hand book shops, cahrity shops, book stalls at village fetes, etc., but have not come across any for a while now. I have numbers 1 - 5, 7, 10 and 11, so a few gaps, but also it looks as though there were no fewer than 23 in all.

Finally for today's post, I've also included the only Girl From U.N.C.L.E. paperback I have, and in fact the only one I have ever seen. Furthermore I've never seen any of the TV episodes although there would seem to have been 29. They featured Stephanie Powers, who later went on to appear in Hart to Hart with Robert Wagner, and Noel Harrison, and ran from 1966 to 1967.

 The Man From U.N.C.L.E. paperback, by Michael Avallone

 The Man From Uncle paperback no 2, The Doomsday Affair, by Harry Whittington
 The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. paperback no 1, The Global Globules Affair, by Simon Latter

I hope this posting satisfied those who were waiting for it. Maybe I'll feature my U.F.O. paperbacks next time.


  1. As someone who was instrumental in obtaining the rights for a "revival" comic book series about U.N.C.L.E. in 1987-1988, as well as being the writer or co-writer of some of the issues, I really liked this post! Thanks!

  2. Silver Fox - thanks for the comment. Glad you liked the post.

  3. Cool! I quickly became addicted to this show when I was in 5th grade in 1964. I played UNCLE with my school friends and even had an UNCLE-themed 12-yr birthday party (including a custom cake and home-made "pin the sleep dart on the THRUSH agent" game). I had at least one of the books as well as the bubblegum cards and soundtrack album (geat cool/noirish stuff by Lalo Schifrin et al.)


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