“Yours Retro” continues to spotlight some great classic SF and adventure shows

Yours Retro magazine montage (2021)

Yours Retro, published by Bauer Media UK, is a fun, monthly news stand title that continues to feature numerous genre films and TV shows, the latest issue (Number 42) offering a look at the original Battlestar Galactica and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Along with subscriptions, recent issues are available as back issues from Bauer’s official Great Magazines site, and that includes Number 41, offering a feature on the short-lived The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. starring Stefanie Powers as agent April Dancer, kitted out in the latest British mod fashions.

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Stefanie Powers
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Stefanie Powers

“In 1966, the spy boom was strong, TV’s Batman spawned a craze for campness, Swinging London’s Carnaby Street blazed into international awareness, and female agents were to the fore. So which TV series combined all the crazes? The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.,” enthuses feature writer JD Savage.

“The short-lived spy spoof only lasted one season before getting demolished by Daktari, ratings-wise. So I look at how a series whose action hero gets threatened with death by giant toaster could possibly go wrong.”

There’s a comic connection, of course – after a fantastic 52-issue run of a full colour “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” strip, some stories drawn by Ron Embleton, weekly comic Lady Penelope replaced it with “The Girl from U.N.C.L.E”, coincidentally in the same issue that saw the arrival of “Daktari”, too, part of a sweeping revamp of the title.

Don’t expect in-depth, detail crammed features in Yours Retro, but it’s a great trip down the nostalgia avenues and byways. Check it out at your local newsagents, or subscribe direct.

Moonbase Central as an overview of British U.N.C.L.E tie in strips here

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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