November 10, 2015


New release: With the return of the evil organization, SPECTRE, in the new James Bond film (stay tuned for our review), a number of new book collections have been released to help viewers catch up on 007's missions against these notorious baddies. Vintage recently released The SPECTRE Trilogy, an omnibus of Ian Fleming novels featuring Thunderball, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and You Only Live Twice. Thomas and Mercer, an Amazon imprint, published The SPECTRE Trilogy as an eBook on October 6th in the US. Titan has also joined the celebration with a new hardcover edition of classic comic strip adaptations drawn by John McLusky and Yaroslav Horak. From Titan: "The daring James Bond is back, this time in a lavishly put together collection celebrating the iconic SPECTRE storylines. Featuring ThunderballOn Her Majesty’s Secret ServiceYou Only Live TwiceThe Spy Who Loved MeThese fully restored and thrilling stories are based on the original Ian Fleming James Bond novels." Titan's cover design is an interesting collage of elements taken from a few different strips: Bond (SWLM panel #696 by Horak), Viv dressing (SWLM inverted panel #808 by Horak), and the car (OHMSS panel #272 by McLusky). Although I prefer McLusky's artwork, I imagine the publisher was going for the slightly modern look of Horak's work for the main image, with McLusky adding a classic vibe to the motorcar. The release date for James Bond: SPECTRE: The Complete Comic Strip Collection is November 6th (UK) and January 19th (US). More info on Amazon and AmazonUKLearn more about the history of 007 comics with Alan J. Porter's excellent book hereEnjoy!

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  1. I think by the time McLusky got to the OHMSS and especially the YOLT strips his artwork reached it's peak. They are beautiful. I met McLusky in the 80's and own a couple the artwork to his daily Bond strips. Including the panels from Twice where it is revealed Shatterhand is Blofeld.

  2. Cool, Mark! I also have some of McLusky's 007 strips and I just love his style.