Sunday, January 29, 2012

Number 1096

"You may be a lover, but you ain't no dancer..."

April Dancer (catchy name) was the "Girl" from The Girl From U.N.C.L.E., an NBC television series that was a spin-off of the popular Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Stephanie Powers, in all her youthful pulchritude, played April. The show lasted 29 episodes in 1966-'67. The comic wasn't much more successful, going for five issues. This issue, #2, was illustrated by Phantom artist Bill Lignante, who drew three of the five.

As a reviewer observed, April got into messes and was rescued by her coworker, Mark Slate, played by Noel Harrison. Harrison had a career that included this series and a couple of hit songs, including the outrageously campy "A Young Girl."*

In this comic notice the character, Miss Harshley. This was the 1960s, and a manlike woman wouldn't be a caricature of a sexual stereotype, especially not in cleancut Gold Key comics...not overtly, of course, but inferences can be drawn.

*I recall my girlfriend at the time loved this song. I, being Pappy, just in a younger body, made fun of it whenever I could. I thought the song was stupid, but I was also jealous of modish and handsome Noel Harrison.


citizenkanne said...

The drawings really don't do justice to Ms. Powers or Mr. Harrison. However Mr. Waverly seems to have had a face lift and a hair transplant. If Leo G. Carroll ever looked at these comics, he must have been flattered.

Pappy said...

Well said, citizenkanne.

carreaux said...

I remember "The Girl from UNCLE" being on the BBC when I was about five. Even as a young child it struck me as very unfair that "The Man from UNCLE" had two male leads, yet TGfU had a mixed duo, and the bloke seemed to do all the most exciting stuff.

That aside, the comic book story was interesting both for the Rosa Klebb-like THRUSH agent and that a young lad is murdered. I doubt that would have happened in the TV series itself.