Thursday, January 31, 2013

ESPIONAGE CORNER: JOHNNY NERO!

ESPIONAGE CORNER: JOHNNY NERO!

Fleetway Super Library (Jan 1967 – Jan 1968)

You didn’t have to be a millionaire with a cool name to play the spy game in the 60‘s, but it doesn’t hurt.  Johnny Nero was a skilled operative for British Intelligence in MI5, but after inheriting a fortune he left the field of espionage, becoming even more wealthy though his own efforts.

Quickly bored with his life as a millionaire Nero started taking assignments from his old boss in the spy trade Colonel Jason and dealt with a succession of assassins, saboteurs, criminals, spies and master minds.

Johnny lived in Kensington Garden, London, in an appropriately `groovy pad’ where you would properly find a millionaire/spy in the '60s, and was sometimes aided on his missions by his business secretary Jenny Bird.

The covers of all of Johnny’s adventures were rendered in oil by Italian artist Paolo Montecchi who depicted the hero as having a striking resemblance to actor Marcello Mastroianni.




1 comment:

Jason Whiton said...

Those are so cool! I love that he was depicted as Mastroianni for the covers. I'll post a link on Spy Vibe.
-Jsason (Spy Vibe)