beyond bond — the saint, literary legends, and the spy craze

the saint

This section includes The Saint features from Lev Gleason's Silver Streak Comics and The Saint features and related backup stories in issues #1-12 of the Avon Periodicals series.  Some stories have been written by Leslie Charteris himself and others include art by the great Jack Kamen.

All comics and stories in this collection have lapsed into the public domain.

spy craze film and tv adaptations

This section features comic adaptations of works that either resulted from Bondmania or paved the way for the Spy Craze of the 1960s.

Some stories in this collection have lapsed into the public domain, whereas others have been originally published in Spanish and translated into English.

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This section features comic books and characters created in the Bond mould like Sarge Steel and Mike Manly, Bond precursors like Duke Douglas, super spy teams like the the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and—for those who like their Bond Girls to be women of action—we have Tiffany Sinn!  Stories in this gallery feature work by such greats as Wallace Wood, Steve Ditko, Dick Giordano, Don Heck, Jim Aparo, and many others.

All books and stories in this gallery have lapsed into the public domain.

gentlemen detectives and literary legends

If you ask me, James Bond occupies a liminal space between the traditional gentleman detective of British literature and the hard-boiled tarnished knights of American pulp fiction, but don’t just take my word for it. Ian Fleming once stated that James Bond was "[Bulldog Drummond creator] Sapper from the waist up and Mickey Spillane below.”  In this gallery, you'll find comic books featuring literary detectives like Sherlock Holmes, noir gumshoes like Sam Spade, and some of Ian Fleming’s favorite literary figures like Richard Hannay, Fu Manchu, and much more!  Stories in this collection include work by legendary creators like Joe Simon & Jack Kirby, Carmine Infantino, Dick Giordano, and many others.

All stories and books in this gallery have lapsed into the public domain.