Thursday, October 14, 2010

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: SEXPIONAGE!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: SEXPIONAGE!

During the late sixties and early seventies a genre of soft-core James Bond / Man From U.N.C.L.E. pastiches hit the stands, each series often written by several different authors under a publishing house pseudonym. I don’t have and didn’t read every book in every series, but I sampled enough of them to slightly warp my youth.

Some series were better written than others – and some books within each series were better written than others – but all sold fairly well during their day.

THE MAN FROM O.R.G.Y.

TED MARKS (THEODORE MARK GOTTFRIED)

There appear to have been two series published under this title. The first, written by Ted Marks (Theodore Mark Gottfried), was published by Lancer, and featured reluctant super-spy Steve Victor.

THE MAN FROM O.R.G.Y.

1. The Man From O.R.G.Y (1965)
2. The Nine Month Caper (1965)
3. Real Gone Girls (1966)
4. Hard Day’s Knight (1966)
5. My Son, The Double Agent (1966)
6. The Unhatched Egghead (1966)
7. Dr. Nyet (1966)
8. Room At The Topless (1967)
9. Square Root Of Sex (1967)
10. Back Home At The O.R.G.Y. (1968)
11. Here’s Your O.R.G.Y. (1969)
12. The Man From Charisma (1980)
13. Dial O For O.R.G.Y. (1973)
14. Thy Neighbor’s O.R.G.Y. (1981)
15. The Tight End (1981)

COXEMAN: THE MAN FROM O.R.G.Y.

TROY CONWAY (MICHAEL AVALLONE, JOHANNES L. BOUMA, GARDNER F. FOX, CHARLES E. FRITCH, PAUL J. GILLETTE)

While the original Man From O.R.G.Y. series started in 1965, running for fifteen titles through 1981, a second Man From O.R.G.Y. series began publication in 1967 from Paperback Library. This series was written by multiple authors including the man known as The Fastest Typewriter In The East, Michael Avallone (a real ‘character,’ as anyone who knew him can attest). This second series featured the more aggressively sexual super spy, Rod Damon, as attested to by his codename: Coxeman.

Rod Damon plied his way through the usual bevy of beauties for thirty-four novels, ending publication in 1973, well before the original Man From O.R.G.Y. series ended in 1981.

Surprisingly, I found ten of these available as e-books.

COXEMAN: THE MAN FROM O.R.G.Y.

1. The Coxeman Comes (1967) aka The Berlin Wall Affair
2. Big Freak-Out (1968) aka A Hard Act to Follow
3. The Billion Dollar Snatch (1968)
4. The Wham! Bam! Thank You, Ma'am Affair (1968)
5. It's Getting Harder All the Time (1968)
6. Come One Come All (1968)
7. Last Licks (1969)
8. Keep It Up, Rod! (1973)
9. The Man Eater (1968)
10. The Best Laid Plans (1969)
11. It's What’s Up Front That Counts (1969)
12. Had Any Lately (1969)
13. Whatever Goes Up (1969)
14. A Good Peace (1969)
15. I'd Rather Fight Than Swish (1969)
16. Just A Silly Millimeter Longer (1969)
17. The Big Broad Jump (1969)
18. The Sex Machine (1970)
19. The Blow-your-mind Job (1970)
20. The Cunning Linguist (1970)
21. Will the Real Rod Please Stand Up? (1970)
22. All Screwed Up (1970)
23. The Master Baiter (1970)
24. Turn The Other Sheik (1970)
25. It's Not How Long You Make It (1970)
26. Son of a Witch (1971)
27. The Penetrator (1971)
28. A Stiff Proposition (1971)
29. The Harder You Try, The Harder It Gets (1971)
30. Up and Coming (1972)
31. The Cockeyed Cuties (1972)
32. I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Thing (1973)
33. Eager Beaver (1973)
34. A Hard Man Is Good to Find (1973)

THE MAN FROM S.T.U.D.

F. W. PAUL (PAUL W. FAIRMAN)

Super spy (is there any other kind) Bret Steele is The Man From S.T.U.D. who finds a luscious babe panting with passion under every haystack – and a haystack everywhere he turns. A talent which makes life very pleasant most of the time, but also makes things a bit tricky. Played mostly for laughs, The Man From S.T.U.D. had ten assignments between 1968 and 1971. There was also an omnibus version in 1971 collecting three of the adventures in which Bret Steele faced off against the Mafia.

Series creator and author Paul W. Fairman (under his F. W. Paul pseudonym) wrote for the pulps in the ‘50s and was the founding editor of If magazine. After four issues of If, Fairman went on to edit both Amazing Stories and Fantastic.

THE MAN FROM S.T.U.D.

1. Sock It To Me, Zombie (1968)
2. The Solid Gold Screw (1968)
3. Three For An Orgy (1968)
4. The Orgy At Madame Dracula’s (1968)
5. Tool Of The Trade (1969)
6. Rape Is A No-No (1969)
7. The Planned Parenthood Caper (1969)
8. The Lay Of The Land (1969)
9. The Girl With The Polka-Dot Box (1969)
10. King On Queen (1971)
11. The Man From S.T.U.D. vs. The Mafia (omnibus) (1971)


EVE DRUM: THE LADY FROM L.U.S.T.

ROD GRAY (GARDNER F. FOX)

Working for the League of Undercover Spies and Terrorist, agent Eve Drum’s adventures as The Lady From L.U.S.T. still seem to me to be the best written of the sexpionage series. Under the pseudonym Rod Gray, Gardner F. Fox, who also wrote a number of entries in the second Man From O.R.G.Y. series, cranked out a number of spectacular adventures for his Eve Drum character. There is debate over Gardner writing all the books or just the early entries before turning the series over to other writers.

As agent Oh Oh Sex, Eve plied her wiles through eighteen adventures from 1968 through 1974 and then made a big splash with a new second series of seven novels all published in 1975.

As Eve herself puts it, “My name is Eve Drum - The lady from L.U.S.T. - the sexiest spy in the world. Anything you can do I can do better. They call me Oh Oh Sex, because sex is my favorite weapon, but I'm just as good at Karate, safe-cracking, knife throwing, scuba diving - you name it. Don't tangle with me: I have a license to kill and I don't care if I use my body - or a Beretta. Swing along as I go into action against a super-villain who wants to wreck N.A.T.O. and heat up the Cold War to the flash point. It will blow your mind.”


LADY FROM L.U.S.T

1. The Lady from L.U.S.T aka Lust, Be A Lady Tonight (1968)
2. Lay Me Odds (1968)
3. The 69 Pleasures (1969)
5. 5 Beds to Mecca (1969)
6. To Russia with Lust (1969)
7. Kiss My Assassin (1969)
8. The Hot Mahatma (1968)
8. South of the Bordello (1969)
9. The Poisoned Pussy aka Sock It to Me (1969)
10. The Big Snatch (1969)
11. Lady in Heat (1969)
13. Laid in the Future (1969)
13. Blow My Mind (1970)
14. The Copulation Explosion (1974)
15. Easy Ride (1969)
16. The Lady Takes It All Off (1971)
17. Turned On To L.U.S.T. (1971)
18. The Lady Takes if Off (1974)

LADY FROM L.U.S.T. SECOND SERIES

1. Go for Broke (1975)
2. Have a Snort! (1975)
3. Target for Tonight (1975)
4. The Maracaibo Affair (1975)
5. Voodoo Kill (1975)
6. The Lady Killer (1975)
7. Kill Her with Love (1975)

CHERRY DELIGHT: THE SEXECUTIONER

GLEN CHASE (GARDNER F. FOX, ROCHELLE LARKIN, LEONARD LEVISION)

Gardner Fox was back to his old tricks with this series from Leisure Books, which dueled it out with The Lady From L.U.S.T. for bookshelf space. While Gardner was obviously prolific, there were other authors brought in to create Cherry Delight’s adventures.

Cherry was otherwise known as the exciting top (and topless) agent for N.Y.M.P.H.O. (the N.Y. Mafia Prosecution and Harassment Organization), clearly doing with her body what Mack Bolan, The Executioner, needed a who armory to accomplish.

Cherry’s original capers ran for twenty-four tiles between 1972 and 1975 before giving way to the all new adventures of Cherry Delight for a five book run in 1977.

CHERRY DELIGHT: THE SEXECUTIONER

1. The Italian Connection (1972)
2. Tong in Cheek (1973)
3. Silverfinger (1973)
4. Up Your Ante (1973)
5. Crack Shot (1973)
6. I'm Cherry, Fly Me! (1973)
7. Chuck You, Farley! (1973)
8. Hot Rocks (1973)
9. The Jersey Bounce (1974)
10. Made in Japan (1974)
11. Broad Jump (1974)
12. Fire in the Hole (1974)
13. Over The Hump (1974)
14. In A Pinch (1974)
15. What A Way To Go (1974)
16. Busted (1974)
17. Treasure Chest (1974)
18. Hang Loose (1974)
19. In A Bind (1975)
20. Always On Sunday (1975)
21. Mexican Standoff (1975)
22. The Big Bankroll (1975)
23. Lights! Action! Murder! (1975)
24. Roman Candle (1975)

ALL NEW CHERRY DELIGHT

1. The Devil to Pay (1977)
2. Greek Fire (1977)
3. The Man Who Was God (1977)
4. The Moorland Monster (1977)
5. Where the Action Is (1977)

THE BARONESS

PAUL KENYON

As a final entry in this sexpionage post, I present The Baroness from book packager Lyle Kenyon Engle under the pseudonym Paul Kenyon. Baroness St. John Orsini’s adventures are chockablock with great cliffhangers and full with manic energy along with a litany of bedroom scenes that defy description.

The Baroness was in many ways a pastiche of Modesty Blaise, but blows out any class Modesty presented with the heroine’s way over the top sexual escapades.

THE BARONESS

1. The Ecstasy Connection (1974)
2. Diamonds Are For Dying (1974)
3. Death Is A Ruby Light (1974)
4. Hard-Core Murders (1974)
5. Operation Doomsday (1974)
6. Sonic Slave (1974)
7. Flicker Of Doom (1974)
8. Black Gold (1974)

While literary critics would find nothing of value in any of these books, they would be overlooking the entertainment value of pulp stories eroticized for a new, more liberal generation.

Yes the books appealed to a more prurient interest, but they are individual time capsules of the time period from whence they sprang.

14 comments:

Evan Lewis said...

Wow, that's quite a survey. I remember seeing The Man from O.R.G.Y. books (they were hard to miss), but don't recall the others.

David Cranmer said...

I had no idea about any of these. Fun titles and sharp covers.

pattinase (abbott) said...

What a great look at these fun series.

George said...

I owned plenty of these books. I've even read a few. I think "Troy Conway" books by Mike Avallone were the best. Plenty of sly humor!

Randy Johnson said...

I've read the two O.R.G.Y. series(all of the Rod Damon), but not familiar with the rest. Interesting post.

James Reasoner said...

I read most of the Man From O.R.G.Y. and Lady From L.U.S.T. books and enjoyed them. I read some of Avallone's Coxeman books and liked them as well. Never sampled any of those other series that I recall. The 0008 series by Clyde Allison (William Knoles) is supposed to be pretty good, but the books are too expensive these days for me to search them out.

Todd Mason said...

Well, goodness, what Perfect ebook fodder! And, indeed, further thanks for the survey...I mostly missed these altogether.

bv said...

You had me laughing so hard, I almost spewed coffee over the keyboard. The covers alone are hysterical, but I love some of the book titles, too; it must have been a hoot creating those for the series. Also, one day you'll have to elaborate more on that "slightly warped youth" bit.

ADMIN said...

Could you please provide the links for downloading the ebooks of ted mark? I tried searching 'em many times over,but to no avail.

PAUL BISHOP said...

FOR THE COXEMAN E-BOOKS:

https://market.android.com/details?id=book-i49wQ7GAQbgC

August said...

The Baroness was particularly exciting and very entertaining to read. I found it as the best among the sexy female spy genre, as the series novels were serious and not at all spoof, satirical, or parody. To this day, there are hundreds of Baroness fans including some writers who discuss and even plan to write something very similar to the Baroness. The discussion group below has some really hard to find information about this series:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheBaroness/

P said...

I miss these series! Recently, something similar but with a modern take came out as an ebook: Hot Rails to Hell. Check it out at

http://www.amazon.com/Rail-Hell-Deluxe-Conversant-ebook/dp/B005VFDS6M/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1321228786&sr=8-2

Unknown said...

A few that missed the List (I'm only interested in the female adventurous)

Brandy French by Kevin Blake

Black Swan series by J.J. Montague

Aunt Cassie said...

I bought a number of these things back in the day when I was about 12 or 13. Sure would be nice to see a pic of what Gottfried looked like. I can't find one on-line.