Showing posts with label Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Show all posts

Monday, September 14, 2015

Batman to meet the Man from U.N.C.L.E. in upcoming mini-series

Batman '66, DC Comics' fun ongoing series featuring stories inspired by the Adam West "Batman" TV series, is set to end in December.

But, the same month, the 1960s Batman will be featured in the first issue of a six-part mini-series wherein he meet that other cult franchise, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

Here's a blurb about the new series, which is scripted by Jeff Parker with art by David Hahn and covers by the great Michael Allred:
Two 1960s television icons cross paths for a groovy, globe-spanning adventure in this one-of-a-kind miniseries. The deadly organization known as T.H.R.U.S.H. has a new twist in their plans for world conquest—they’re recruiting some of Gotham City’s most infamous villains! Agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin bring this information to the one man who knows everything about these new enemies: Batman. Before you can say “Open channel D,” the Dynamic Duo and the Men from U.N.C.L.E. are jetting off to Europe to thwart the schemes of this deadly criminal cartel.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Pop Focus: 1960s Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie posters

"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." was so popular on TV during the mid-1960s that the show's producers shot extra footage with the intention of padding out shows to create feature-length theatrical films from them.

Eight of these films were created in all. Here's a look at the some of the associated posters for each.
















    

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Pop Focus: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.


With a new "Man from U.N.C.L.E." film opening this week, we take a look back at the 1960s TV series that inspired it all.

Starring Robert Vaughn as American spy Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as his Soviet counterpart Ilya Kuryakin, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." ran on NBC from 1964 and 1968 and, along with the James Bond films, spearheaded the mid-Sixties spymania phenomenon.

Numerous imitators followed in the show's wake, and, along with the "Batman" TV series running on ABC around the same time, "U.N.C.L.E." spawned hundreds of merchandising tie-ins, from a comic book series and toys to lunch boxes, paperback novels, board games and more.

U.N.C.L.E. stood for United Network Command for Law Enforcement, an international group formed to take on the larger threat of T.H.R.U.S.H., a criminal group bent on taking over the world.

While often considered a James Bond knock-off, it's interesting to note that 007 author Ian Fleming was involved in U.N.C.L.E.'s creation and came up with the character and name of Solo.

Here is a selection of pics from the program and associated products. More U.N.C.L.E. here next week.