The MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Image Library

Another group of ACE singles, aimed at jumping on the bandwagon for a popular television series. Although I have fond memories of Illya Kuryakin and Napoleon Solo in the TV show, these are another subgenre on which I have not spent a great deal of time. My uncle thought they were interesting, which is why I have most of them.

The television shows of the 1960's often took the Cold War and the intelligence wars either seriously (e.g., Danger Man and Secret Agent Man) or comically (e.g., Maxwell Smart). The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was more 'tongue in cheek" in the story lines and the dialogue. The ACE The Man From U.N.C.L.E. stories represent the spin-off concept of a companion book series and may be one of the first moderately successful ways of spanning the gap between the boob tube to the written page.

The ACE series code for these volumes is the G-letter series from 1965 to 1969 and the five digit numerical series that started in 1969. I will give both the letter-number series as well as the volume number (for example: G-564 (MFU-002) indicates the second The Man From U.N.C.L.E. adventure). There are 23 paperback volumes from ACE. There are also 26 digests that were published by Leo Margolis (which I do not have - sorry).

A very good reference (well-indexed and written) on TV Tie-In volumes such as The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is by Kurt Peers (1999, 2nd edition) TV Tie-Ins: A bibliography of American TV tie-in paperbacks. TV Books, NY, 364 pp.

I have just been informed that the entire television series for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is now available from Time-Life. For the completist, as well as those who want to see (and remember) the TV series.

Other good locations for The Man From U.N.C.L.E information is Jim Wilson's site, as well as the Yahoo! list "Channel_D."

 

Have fun!

 


MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. G-LETTER NUMBER SERIES STORIES

G-553 MICHAEL AVALLONE The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The Thousand Coffins Affair (1965: PBO)

The ACE Book volumes of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. series are original stories and although the characters and settings correspond with the television series, are not novelizations of the TV series. However, note that ACE Books used the popularity of the TV series and utilized photo cover images derived from the television series.

MICHAEL AVALLONE was prolific in the mystery genre and wrote a number of ACE mystery double and single volumes.

G-560 (MFU-002) HARRY WHITTINGTON The Doomsday Affair (1965)

HARRY WHITTINGTON was a popular ACE mystery double and single author.

MFU-002 (back cover)

G-564 (MFU-003) JOHN ORAM (aka JOHN ORAM THOMAS) The Copenhagen Affair (1965)

MFU-003 (back cover)

JOHN ORAM THOMAS (d. 1980), in addition to the ACE MFU volumes, also ghost-wrote several biographies of WWII heroes, some books on traditional Welsh remedies, a book on the Danish Resistance (called "The Giant Killers"), and was a print journalist with the South Wales Argus, the Empire News, and many other UK based papers before retiring to Australia. Information supplied by a relative (thanks Morgan).

G-571 (MFU-004) DAVID McDANIEL The Dagger Affair (1965)

MFU-004 (back cover)

DAVID McDANIEL wrote several of the original stories for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. He also wrote the second of "The Prisoner" spin-off novels (ACE 67901) as well as one science fiction title (ACE G-667; The Arsenal Out of Time).

This story was also published in a French edition:  Des Agents Tres Speciaux - l' affair de la dague.  These Tele mystere volumes are listed as "adventure de Napoleon Solo."

G-581 (MFU-005) JOHN T. PHILLIFENT The Mad Scientist Affair (1966) 

JOH T. PHILLIFENT wrote SF from the mid-1950's to the early-1970's, and died in 1976. Most of his work was published under the pen-name "John Rackham" (over a dozen Ace Double halves under this name.) He claimed to reserve his best work for publication under his own name, some of those storeis appear in the mid-1960's in Analog, and finally a half-dozen books under his name in the 1970's (including 2 Ace Double halves.) It is not too surprising that Phillifent followed the inventor of the Ace Double (Donald A. Wollheim) to the new company (DAW Books) that he formed in 1972 when he left Ace Books.

G-590 (MFU-006) DAVID McDANIEL The Vampire Affair (1966)

MFU-006 (back cover)

It appears that the Man From U.N.C.L.E. was also popular in France.  Here is the French edition:  Des Agents Tres Speciaux - l' affair du vampire.  These Tele mystere volumes are listed as "adventure de Napoleon Solo."  Cover art is a movie still and back cover information is just a French translation of the American version.  The other interesting point is that the author's name is given as David Mac Daniel.

G-600 (MFU-007) PETER LESLIE The Radioactive Camel Affair (1966)

G-613 (MFU-008) DAVID McDANIEL The Monster Wheel Affair (1967)

G-617 (MFU-009) PETER LESLIE The Diving Dames Affair (1967)

G-636 (MFU-010) J. HUNTER HOLLY (aka JOAN C. HOLLY) The Assassination Affair (1967)

J. (Joan) HUNTER HOLLY is another ACE Double science fiction author who dabbled in this genre.

G-645 (MFU-011) THOMAS STRATTON (aka GENE DeWEESE and ROBERT COULSON) The Invisibility Affair (1967)

G-663 (MFU-012) THOMAS STRATTON (aka GENE DeWEESE and ROBERT COULSON) The Mind-Twisters Affair (1967)

ROBERT COULSON and GENE DeWEESE continued their collaboration with the science fiction tale Gates of the Universe (1975) published as LASER Book #4 as well as the light-hearted recursive sf romps "Now You See It/Him/Them" (1975) and "Charles Fort Never Mentioned Wombats" (1977). GENE DeWEESE (1934-2012) also contributed novels to the "Star Trek" and "Dinotopia" shared universes.

G-670 (MFU-013) DAVID McDANIEL The Rainbow Affair (1967)

MFU-013 (back cover)

G-689 (MFU-014) FREDRIC DAVIES (aka RON ELLIK and FREDRIC LANGLEY) The Cross of Gold Affair (1968)

G-729 (MFU-015) DAVID McDANIEL The Utopia Affair (1968)

G-752 (MFU-016) PETER LESLIE The Splintered Sunglasses Affair (1968)


MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. FIVE-DIGIT NUMBER SERIES STORIES

Remember that the five-digit series has it own UNIQUE publishing schedule. Thus, I have placed these stories in the order of the Man From U.N.C.L.E. story number and not chronologically as per the number series. If you are interested in how ACE Books set up this strange numbering sequence, please click here.

51700 (MFU-017) DAVID McDANIEL The Hollow Crown Affair (1969)

MFU-017 (back cover)

51701 (MFU-018) PETER LESLIE The Unfair Fare Affair (1968)

51702 (MFU-019) JOHN T. PHILLIFENT The Power Cube Affair

51703 (MFU-020) JOHN T. PHILLIFENT The Corfu Affair (1967)

51704 (MFU-021) JOEL BERNARD The Thinking Machine Affair (1967)

51705 (MFU-022) JOHN ORAM (aka JOHN ORAM THOMAS) The Stone-Cold Dead In The Market Affair

51706 (MFU-023) PETER LESLIE The Finger in the Sky Affair (1966)

In addition to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. television series, a later spin-off was The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. series. Alas, only two (2) paperbacks were published by Signet Books. In addition, there were seven digests published by Leo Margolis (these appear to be pretty difficult to find). But, for completeness sake (and because I always had an appreciation of both Diana Rigg (as Mrs. Peel) and Stephanie Powers (as April Dancer) in the AVENGERS and THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E. TV series) here are the images of the photo covers of the first two volumes.

Signet D3012 The Birds of a Feather Affair by MICHAEL AVALLONE (1966; PBO; photo cover)

D3012 (back cover)

Signet D3042 The Blazing Affair by MICHAEL AVALLONE (1966; PBO; cover photos from TV series)

D3042 (back cover)

 

Another venue The Man From U.N.C.L.E took was the silver screen. There were (at least) eight (8) movies based on the television show (either specific episodes or combinations). They were released two per season. Specific information concerning which TV episode is related to a movie release can be found at Bill Koenig's episode guide.

There are also a number of foreign export titles (Australia, Argentina, and Italy) that may be different or just a different title.

I wish to thank Paul for his insight and information on the film history.

To Trap a Spy!

One-Sheet Movie Poster (1966; measures 27" x 41"; ; international theatre release; image courtesy of EMOVIEPOSTER.COM)

To Trap a Spy!

Insert movie poster (measures 14" x 36")

(1966) Don Medford spy espionage crime spoof ("America's favorite U.N.C.L.E.s have a date with danger!"; "there are a thousand thrilling ways 'To Trap a Spy'!"). This film was prepared from additional scenes, some considered too spicy for television, filmed while the pilot television episode was filmed. The TV pilot, "Solo," was trimmed and shown as the The Vulcan Affair. These scenes were joined together and re-edited to make a single feature movie) starring Robert Vaughn ("as Mr. Solo"), David McCallum, Luciana Paluzzi (billed as "Special Guest Star Luciana Paluzzi"), Pat Crowley, Fritz Weaver, and William Marshall.

Half sheet movie poster (27" x 21") of To Trap A Spy. This is an "international style" that does not have the NSS printing information.


One Spy Too Many

One-Sheet Movie Poster (measures 27" x 41"; image courtesy of EMOVIEPOSTER.COM)

One Spy Too Many

Three-Sheet Movie Poster (image courtesy of EMOVIEPOSTER.COM)

One Spy Too Many

Australian Daybill (measures 14" x 30"; personal copy)

(1966) Joseph Sargent spy espionage comedy spoof ("The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is sensational on the BIG screen"). Written by Dean Hargrove and adapted from the two-part episode The Alexander The Greater Affair from the TV series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." Starring Robert Vaughn ("as Napoleon Solo"), David McCallum ("as Illya Kuryakin"), Rip Torn, and Dorothy Provine.

One Spy Too Many (Un Espia de Mas)

Argentina One-Sheet (measures 27" x 41"; appears to be similar to US edition; personal copy)


Spy With My Face

(1966) John Newland spy espionage crime action comedy spoof starring Robert Vaughn ("as Mr. Solo"), Senta Berger, David McCallum ("as Illya Kuryakin"), Dona Michele, and Sharon Farrell. It appears that Spy With My Face was derived from the TV episode called "The Double Affair." The history of this film is also a bit interesting. The film has additional sequences that were filmed in color, but not included in the TV black-and-white episode. In addition, some of the footage was used in the development of "The Four-Steps Affair," a TV episode that incorporated some of the footage for the TV pilot "Solo," as well as some the footage shot for "The Double Affair."

One sheet movie poster (27" x 41"). This is an "international style" that does not have the NSS printing information. This indicates that it was printed in the U.S. for use overseas.(adapted from the TV series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." - so if anyone knows which episode, let me know)

Half-sheet movie poster (27" x 21"). This is an "international style" that does not have the NSS printing information.


A DOUBLE BILL of U.N.C.L.E.

A DOUBLE feature billing with The Spy With My Face and To Trap A Spy. A U.S. one sheet (27" x 41") movie poster, stamped NSS 66/32 and 66/33 on the back of the poster, with NSS 66/33 marked on the lower right of the front.


I have also found that the Man From U.N.C.L.E. appears to have been very popular in Australia. Here are the four Australian daybill movie posters (similar to inserts) used to promote these films. I have not been completely successful in determing the extent that these films have with the television series.

How To Steal The World

Norman Hudis 1968 spy espionage action comedy spoof adapted from the two-part episode Seven Wonders of the World Affair from the TV series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." Starring Robert Vaughn ("as Napoleon Solo"), David McCallum ("as Illya Kuryakin"), Barry Sullivan, Eleanor Parker, Leslie Nielsen, Leo G. Carroll, and Daniel O'Herlihy. This was the last of eight movies MGM culled from "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and released to cinemas outside North America.

Helicopter Spies

Lobby Card (11" x 14") for Helicopter Spies. 1967 Boris Sagal spy espionage action comedy spoof adapted from the two-part episode Prince of Darkness Affair from the TV series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." Starring Robert Vaughn (as Napoleon Solo), David McCallum (as Ilya Kuryakin), Carol Lynley, Bradford Dillman, Julie London (billed as "Special Guest Appearance Julie London"), Leo G. Carrol, John Dehner, and John Carradine.

The Karate Killers

The "Karate Killers" starred Robert Vaughn ("as Napoleon Solo"), David McCallum ("as Illya Kuryakin"), Curt Jurgens, Herbert Lom, Telly Savalas, Terry Thomas, Leo G. Carroll, and speical appearance by Joan Crawford. Adapted from the two-part episode The Concrete Overcoat Affair from the TV series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

Spy In The Green Hat

The "Spy in the Green Hat" (1966) starred Robert Vaughn ("as Napoleon Solo"), David McCallum ("as Illya Kuryakin"), Jack Palance, Leo G. Carroll, Ludwig Donath, Joan Blondell, Letitia Roman, Will Kuluva, Eduardo Ciannelli, Allen Jenkins, and Janet Leigh as the lesbian villainess Miss Dykes. Adapted from the two-part episode The Five Daughters Affair from the TV series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

Australian Daybill (measures 14" x 30"; personal copies)


It appears that the Man From U.N.C.L.E. was also popular in Argentina.

One Of Our Spies Is Missing (Desparecio un Espia)

1966 E. Darrell Hallenback film. Starred Robert Vaughn ("as Napoleon Solo"), David McCallum ("as Illya Kuryakin"), Vera Miles, Maurice Evans, and Leo G. Carroll. Adapted from the two-part episode The Bridge of Lions Affair from the TV series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

Argentina One-Sheet (measures 27" x 41"; personal copy)


The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was also popular in France.

The Karate Killers (Tuerus au Karate)

The "Karate Killers" starred Robert Vaughn ("as Napoleon Solo"), David McCallum ("as Illya Kuryakin"), Curt Jurgens, Herbert Lom, Telly Savalas, Terry Thomas, Leo G. Carroll, and speical appearance by Joan Crawford. Adapted from the two-part episode The Concrete Overcoat Affair from the TV series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

French One-Sheet (measures 23" x 31.5"; personal copy)


As I get further information on these films and how that they fit into the television series or the ACE novels, I will let you know. Otherwise, enjoy.

Last Update 05 November 2013

 

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