July 9, 2013


Heroes from the Cold War had to contend with a gruesome rogue's gallery of villains, from Blofeld and Spectre to the agents of Thrush and Chaos. If your tastes run toward quick-witted humor and puns, two of the most hilarious baddies from the 1960s are the dastardly dark duo from Pottsylvania, Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. Voiced by Paul Fries and June Foray, Boris and Natasha concocted their diabolical schemes on Rocky & His Friends (Bullwinkle 1959-1964). These enemy agents took their orders from Fearless Leader, and set about their schemes of sabotage and espionage with the aid of secret disguises and deadly gadgets. 

Spy Vibers may want to take advantage of a current discount on Amazon. The Best of Boris and Natasha Vol. 1 DVD is currently $4.99. From Amazon"Wittily written and voiced, these timeless classics are a fond salute to old-time melodrama and remain some of the funniest cartoons ever made." Contents: 6 episode Pottsylvania Creeper, Bullwinkle's Corner, The Queen of Hearts Blink, Master of Disguise  Mr. Know It All "How to Do Stunts in the Movies", 4 episode Moosylvania, Rocky & Bullwinkle Fan Club, Boris's Fan Club, 4 episode Moosylvania Saved, Bullwinkle's Corner, How to be Happy. Run time: 60 minutes" 

The 4-disc Complete Second Season is currently discounted on Amazon for $6.97. A truly funny cartoon, Bullwinkle remains a valuable window into Cold War culture. Among the send-ups to classic cliffhanger conventions, Spy Vibers can also get a glimpse of serious themes looming large for kids in the early 1960s. In this clip below Boris and Natasha plot to obtain an A Bomb!

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Get ready to meet MIKI ZERO, a Japanese fashion model and spy from 1965! That's right, I've written a novel inspired by Spy Vibe. More info at my website here.

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