In our recent post on GET SMART, we mentioned a few other cartoons and comics that succumbed to the cultural influence of the “Spy-Crazy Sixties”, including Tom and Jerry, The Road Runner, and even Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen.
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But, in the comments section of the SMART post, longtime friend Dana Gabbard points out that I omitted one of the most unusual of all – the short run of MICKEY MOUSE SUPER SECRET AGENT, as issues # 107-109 (1966) of Gold Key’s MICKEY MOUSE comic book series.
|Mickey Mouse # 107|
The stories, written by Don R. Christensen, had Mickey operating in a realistic (or “comics-realistic”, if you prefer) world of espionage. The figures of Mickey and Goofy were drawn by the Mouse’s main artist Paul Murry – with all else provided by Dan Spiegle (BLACKHAWK, CROSSFIRE).
|Mickey Mouse # 108|
Nothing like it was ever seen before, or since, and everyone should experience these at least once.
|Mickey Mouse # 109|
And, while we’re at it, we’ll add THE FLINTSTONES to the mix! Again, from that wonderful year of 1966 (that also gave us THIS Italian Donald Duck spy story, that we would not see in the USA until 2010), we had THE MAN CALLED FLINTSTONE – both in animated film AND comic book form!
|The Flintstones # 36 Art by Pete Alvarado|
Why, even The Beagle Boys gave in to the spy craze – if in TITLE only with this example below (Art by Tony Strobl):
By the tone of the story – and the time in which it was produced – I suspect it was written by Bob Ogle, who also wrote this TOM AND JERRY cartoon for Chuck Jones.
Everyone is invited to name their own favorite sixties spy parodies in our Comments Section… I surely cannot have covered ‘em all!