Sunday, July 17, 2011

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. MAGAZINE!

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. MAGAZINE!

RANDY JOHNSON’S NOT THE BASEBALL PITCHER BLOG HAS A COOL POST TODAY ON WELL KNOWN AUTHOR BILL PRONZINI’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE 23RD ISSUE OF THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. MAGAZINE – A PULP-STYLE, DIGEST-SIZED, SERIES, WHICH LASTED 24 ISSUES . . . OF WHICH, I STILL HAVE A FULL SET ON MY BOOKSHELVES . . .

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Magazine only lasted twenty-four issues and this was the twenty-third. The cover says December, 1967, but if I remember correctly, it came out a couple of months earlier. Not sure why, but comics and magazines seemed to run a couple of months ahead of the cover date back then.

Each issue featured an U.N.C.L.E. novella and short stories in a hundred-forty-four pages of a digest sized magazine, with an occasional article on some aspect of the show. Robert Hart Davis was the house name assigned to each tale. But even the unsophisticated mid-teenager that I was recognized different styles and story frameworks that told Davis was not a real writer. Some of the writers that furnished these Napoleon and Illya stories were John Jakes, Dennis Lynds, Harry Whittington, and the author of THE PILLARS OF SALT AFFAIR, Bill Pronzini, the only one he did. It was a favorite of mine, and others, because for one thing, it was the longest of the twenty-four, really earning the designation of short novel given to them. It was also just damned good.

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1 comment:

Jason Whiton said...

cool! fun stories?

-jason (spy vibe)