Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Spies, Spoofs and Super Guys

This was a one-shot magazine that cashed in on several of the trends of 1966 at the same time. It was very popular in my circle of seven year olds for several years in fact as it was one of the few places for info on the OUR MAN FLINT films, the Matt Helm films and the Harry Palmer pictures. It also covered the TV spies of GET SMART, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., SECRET AGENT and I SPY as well as, obviously, BATMAN! While some of the articles may have been new (probably the BATMAN ones) I believe the rest were reprints from other Dell movie and TV mags of the day.

A lot of great black and white pics including some naughty (to a seven year old) images from the spy pics, SPIES, SPOOFS AND SUPER GUYS remains a nostalgic treat!

1 comment:

  1. IIRC, Warren Publishing Co. brought out a very similar magazine, "On the Scene Presents the Super Heroes" at about the same time. I don't know if it was intended as a one-shot or as the first in a series; AFAIK, there were no more issues. The articles on Captain Marvel, Captain America, Flash Gordon, the Phantom, and the 1940's Batman and Superman serials were all reprinted from Screen Thrills Illustrated or Spacemen, but the one previewing the 1966 Batman feature film must have been new. Like Dell's magazine, it was obviously an attempt to exploit the latest fad. In Warren's case, though, it was the Batman craze, while it appears that Dell's had more emphasis on the spy-fi fad.