Wednesday, 31 August 2016

DALEKS CAKE-TESTING ON BLUE PETER...



No, foreign readers, BLUE PETER isn't a
soft-porn television channel - it's a long-running
BBC TV children's programme.  Here's two short
clips of a couple of DALEKS hamming it up
something chronic for the cameras.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

PART FOUR OF TV TIE-INS OF THE TIMES - AVENGERS ANNUAL 1970...


The AVENGERS copyright ABC TELEVISION Ltd

The AVENGERS Annual for 1970 is undoubtedly the best
of the four books I've shown you so far.  It had fewer pages, but
more comic strips (three, and better drawn too) and a higher quality
of illustrations for the three text stories.  With three features and two
pictorial features, it was a superior publication to most other TV tie-
in books of the period.  Issued by ATLAS PUBLISHING COM-
PANY Ltd., and not WORLD DISTRIBUTORS, it's one of
the gems of my collection.  You might find one on eBay.

When The Avengers TV show started in 1961, Dr. DAVID
KREEL (played by IAN HENDRY) was the main character, and
JOHN STEED was his assistant.  When Hendry quit the show after
the first series, Steed became the main character, with a succession
of female assistants.  (First, CATHY GALE, played by HONOR
BLACKMAN, then EMMA PEEL, played by DIANA RIGG,
and finally TARA KING, played by LINDA THORSON.

The series was revived in 1976 under the title The NEW
AVENGERS, with new assistants, but it's the original version I'm
focussing on in this present post - so ignore the assistants behind
the curtain.  (Don't worry, the meds will kick in shortly.)

Coming soon(ish):  DOCTOR WHO ANNUAL 1966.








(BOND) BABE OF THE DAY - JULIE EGE...



Here's the lovely JULIE EGE to remind all
red-blooded he-men (such as myself) just what
we were created for.  That's right - to pay for
  everything and carry the shopping. 

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. copyright METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER

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.

Coming in Part Four - The AVENGERS
Annual 1970.  Don't miss it!






And, below, my two U.N.C.L.E. ID cards.

Monday, 29 August 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - JENNY HANLEY...



JENNY HANLEY was a bonnie looking
lass who most British viewers probably best-
remember from MAGPIE, when she took over
from SUSAN STRANKS.  She was doubtless
in a few other things, but I don't remember
even one of them.  How about you?

PART TWO OF TV TIE-INS OF THE TIMES - DANGER MAN ANNUAL 1967...


DANGER MAN copyright relevant owner

In the first two series of DANGER MAN (which was broadcast
under different names in different countries), JOHN DRAKE was an
Irish-American working for an intelligence organization based in Wash-
ington DC in the USA.  After its initial run from 1960-'62, the show dis-
appeared for a couple of years, until it was revived in 1964, with secret
agent Drake now being of British nationality and working for a gov-
ernment department known as M9.

The show ended in 1968, and actor PATRICK McGOOHAN
next popped up in The PRISONER.  McGoohan always denied that
the Prisoner was John Drake, but this was doubtless prompted only by
copyright issues, as there were several clues scattered through the 17
episode series that both characters were indeed the same man.

There were two Danger Man Annuals in 1966 & '67, plus a
Television Story Book for 1965, but this one is all I have in my
collection.  A few comic strips would've made it more interesting in
my estimation, but it's a nice little reminder of the age in which it
was published.  Maybe one day I'll acquire the others.

Coming in Part Three - The MAN From U.N.C.L.E.
Annual 1967.  Don't dare miss it.
    




Interesting to see this scene from the JAMES BOND movie From
RUSSIA With LOVE
on the back of a DANGER MAN Annual 

TV TIE-INS OF THE TIMES: PART ONE - THE SAINT ANNUAL 1970...


The SAINT copyright The Estate of LESLIE CHARTERIS

The SAINT ran on TV from 1962 to '69 and was a great success,
particularly in the United States, where it was hugely popular.  (Early
episodes based SIMON TEMPLAR in America, aiding its acceptance in
the country.)  ROGER MOORE became the first British 'TV' millionaire
due to the show being a worldwide hit.  There were three tie-in Annuals to
Moore's incarnation of the show (for 1968, '69 & '70) and a TV Picture
Story Book for 1971.  Also, there were two Annuals issued for IAN
OGILVY's revival of the character in RETURN Of The SAINT
for the years 1979 & '80.

I only have the above Annual for 1970 (issued in '69), and as you
can see from the accompanying pictures, it was a mix of text stories
and comic strips, although the former outnumbered the latter.  Still, it's
a nice little reminder of the time when The Saint was a feature of British
TV for most of the '60s.  Roger would go on to star in a new ITC show,
The PERSUADERS (along with TONY CURTIS), and then play
another iconic figure (from the world of cinema) called - h'mm,
what was his name again?

Coming in Part Two - DANGER MAN Annual 1967.



Bet you didn't know that 'ELIZABETH TAYLOR' guest-starred
with The SAINT, eh?  Only in this story in the Annual 'though


BABE OF THE DAY - KIRSTEN STEWART...



Never seen anything she's ever been in (as far
as I know), but isn't she pretty?  Today's 'Babe',
fellas, is the lovely KIRSTEN STEWART.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

SEVANS DALEKS ON BLUE PETER...



I've got a SEVANS DALEK - I've even shown it
on the blog, although I don't think I identified it as such.
Anyway, here's an old clip from BLUE PETER, wherein
STUART EVANS explains just how his superior model
kits came about.  His prototype is a bit rough, but the
finished product is a nice little item indeed.

And here's my Sevans Dalek

KID'S KLASSIC KOMIC KOVERS - SHIVER & SHAKE #1...



Given the success of WHIZZER & CHIPS, it's surprising that
 IPC waited nearly three and a half years before attempting to duplicate
the format of 'two-comics-in-one' with SHIVER & SHAKE.  However,
while the former lasted for 20 years, the latter managed not quite seven
months, but at least it relaunched the career of FRANKIE STEIN for
a new readership, this time drawn by ROBERT NIXON instead of
original Frankie artist (for ODHAMS' WHAM!) KEN REID.

Friday, 26 August 2016

(BOND) BABE OF THE DAY - JULIE EGE...



The voluptuous JULIE EGE sits on the end
of my bed and asks me if I'd like a cup of tea and
a roll and sausage.  Of course I say yes, because
I know she just loves to pamper me and I don't
want to disappoint her.  (I'm so considerate.)

THE MARK OF BOND...



Look at this great book I acquired recently - BOND On
BOND - personally autographed by ROGER MOORE.  That's
me now got his signature three times over, as I also own an auto-
graphed hardback and paperback edition of his autobiography -
lucky me, eh?  Personally, I enjoyed Roger's 007 movies every
bit as much as SEAN CONNERY's, and I won't hear a word
against the man.  He was the perfect actor for the part in the
sizzling '70s, just as Sean had been in the swinging '60s.

If you wanna argue about it, big Rog will see you out in
the pub car-park in 5 minutes.  I know who I'd bet on.


Thursday, 25 August 2016

(BOND) BABE OF THE DAY - JULIE EGE...



B. SMITH asked for a pic of JULIE EGE, who, luckily,
was sunbathing in my back garden earlier.  So I grabbed my
camera and snapped a photo of her - lucky Criv-ites.

(Sounds totally believable to me.)

THE FANTASTIC FOUR TV SERIES (1963-'64)...



My pal JIM told me about this interesting site called
The FANTASTIC FOUR TV SERIES (1963-'64), which
tells the history of an imaginary '60s FF TV series as if it were
the real deal.  Check it out by clicking here.  Then come back
and tell me what you think about it, Criv-ite chums.

(The site's now also in my blog list for easy access.)

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - JULIE NEWMAR...



Yes, JULIE, we can see that you've
shaved your armpits - no need to show off,
you exhibitionist!  Put your cardie back
on, girl, before you catch a cold.

HAVE A SMILE AT C & H...



You don't need any words from me - just enjoy.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

KID'S KLASSIC (KIRBY) KOMIC KOVERS - FANTASTIC FOUR #7...


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

I suppose this one can be considered an unusual cover, in that
The FANTASTIC FOUR don't actually appear on it 'in person' -
only on a poster bearing their images.  This yarn has long-been one
of my favourite FF tales, first read in the pages of WHAM!, then later
in an issue of MARVEL COLLECTORS' ITEM CLASSICS.  Readers
were perhaps a tad confused by the ending of the original ish #7, as Mr.
FANTASTIC says "There was no reducing gas, Sue!", thus making
the preceding events entirely impossible.  What he should have said
was "There was no enlarging gas, Sue!", which it was amended
to in later reprints.  Current editions of Marvel Masterworks
and Omnibus volumes carry the original error, for the
purpose of maintaing archival integrity.

BABE OF THE DAY - COTE DE PABLO...



COTE de PABLO is a spectacular-
looking lady, that's for sure.  Here she
is, courtsying to me, on account of me
 looking like a Prince.  (She knows
royalty when she sees it, that gal.)

Monday, 22 August 2016

PART TWELVE OF GERRY ANDERSON'S TV CENTURY 21 COVER GALLERY...



It's been a while, but here at last are another ten covers of the
best-selling kids comic of the 20th century - TV CENTURY 21.
(Yeah, work that one out!)  The DALEKS had departed in #104
and ALAN FENNELL was no longer the comic's editor, but, for
the moment, TV21 was still a force to be reckoned with on the
newsagent's shelves in its third year of publication.

Did you buy TV21 back in the day?  Did you stick with it
from beginning to end?  If not, when did you start to lose inter-
est in the comic, and when did it begin to show signs of decline in
your opinion?  Share your thoughts, theories and feelings in our
cataclysmic comments section after you've perused all ten of
these palpitating pictures on display before you.