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Laura Leach Collection of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Fanzines and Related Materials
MsC 910
Collection Dates: 1964 - 2006
6.5 linear ft.

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Acquisition and Processing Information: This collection was donated by Laura Leach, in cooperation with the Organization for Transformative Works, in October 2010. It was processed in October-November 2010.

Photographs: None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Scope and Contents

This collection, assembled by Delaware-based fan Laura Leach, contains a large number of fanzines devoted to the cult spy television show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968). Most of the items are pieces of fan fiction. (Fan fiction is defined as stories, novellas, novels, or poems written by fans about the characters, situations or general universe of the original work.)

Much of the fan fiction in the Leach Collection is of the "slash" variety."Slash" refers to fan fiction that is sexually explicit, and same-sex in nature. In slash sex and sexuality are often the centers of the story, rather than the more conventional adventures featured in more traditional fan fiction. The close professional relationship between U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin is often mirrored in Man From U.N.C.L.E. slash stories by an romantic and/or explicitly sexual relationship.

The collection also contains a subseries of fanzines that are not simply new adventures set in the U.N.C.L.E. universe. Some are Multimedia; that is, anthologies of stories from many different creative universes that include U.N.C.L.E. stories among their contents. Others are Crossover zines; that is, stories in which the characters from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. intersect with those from other television shows or movies (i.e. Star Trek).

There are a number of non-fanzine items in the collection as well. These include copies of scripts from various Man From U.N.C.L.E. episodes, and a few other U.N.C.L.E.-related items.


 

Historical Note

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

American television in the mid-1960s, reflecting both the international tensions of the Cold War and the strong popularity of the James Bond film series, experienced a slew of shows related to the mysterious cloak-and-dagger work of spies. One of the earliest of these, and one of the most enduring, was The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. The show premiered on September 22, 1964, and over most of the next four seasons - through 105 episodes and 8 movies (mostly derived from existing episodes) - enjoyed immense popularity and a dedicated cadre of fans. The show continues to thrive as a cult classic, and has the reputation of being of one the more influential spy shows on television.

U.N.C.L.E. was the brainchild primarily of three men: Norman Felton, Ian Fleming, and Sam Rolfe. Television producer and director Norman Felton decided in 1962 to get away from the more traditional dramas with which he had been associated, and, as he put it "travel a new road that would lead to a series of fun and adventure." Felton thought that perhaps a spy thriller series (in the spirit of John Buchan or Graham Greene) would be an exciting idea. He met with author Ian Fleming (the creator of James Bond and himself a former intelligence operative) to consult on the potential project. Fleming created a general outline for the show, providing two main characters, spy Napoleon Solo and his 'secretary' April Dancer. In the end, Fleming had to pull out of the project (now called "Solo") due to contractual obligations, and most of his creative contributions were dropped, save the names of his characters (which Felton confessed later to believing "unusable and too exotic.")

Felton brought in fellow producer Sam Rolfe to help him develop the show, and the two men truly brought The Man From U.N.C.L.E. into being. Rolfe fleshed out the character of Solo, invented the concept of the U.N.C.L.E. organization and the fictional world surrounding it, and wrote the pilot episode, "The Vulcan Affair". Although Rolfe left the show after the first season, his stamp on the show is clear.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. chronicles the adventures of two secret agents - American Napoleon Solo (played by Robert Vaughn) and Russian Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum). The two are operatives for U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law Enforcement), a worldwide secret organization dedicated to peace and order. Rolfe specifically designed U.N.C.L.E. as an international body free of ties to any one government but instead devoted to the interests of all nations and all peoples - this was reflected in the show's partnering of an American and a Soviet citizen, who in the real world of the Cold War would be ideological opposites.

Solo and Kuryakin travel the world in the course of their activities, though U.N.C.L.E. itself is headquartered in a secret fortress (hidden behind a series of brownstones) in New York City. The two men, along with all other U.N.C.L.E. agents, are supervised by agency head Alexander Waverly (Leo G. Carroll).

[Despite the "UN" in the name, and its headquarters' proximity to the real-life United Nations, Rolfe was adamant that U.N.C.L.E. was not in any way connected to the United Nations. This did not stop rabid fans throughout the show's run from bombarding the UN with inquiries about joining U.N.C.L.E.]

In the course of the show, Solo, Kuryakin, and their colleagues face a number of adversaries. However, U.N.C.L.E.'s archenemy throughout the series is a group called Thrush. Thrush is an evil, shadowy organization devoted, unsurprisingly enough, to world domination.

The show debuted in 1964 and was almost immediately embraced by the general public. Audiences enjoyed the adventures, the tongue-in-cheek humor (which became much more prominent in seasons 2-4, to the point where it almost became a spoof of itself; this change in mood produced a backlash among many fans and resulted in the show's declining popularity by its fourth season), and the entertaining implausibility of it all. Many fans, particularly female fans, were drawn to the character of Illya Kuryakin. Kuryakin was exotic, enigmatic, and emotionally complex, a contrast to his more traditionally suave and urbane partner Napoleon Solo. Fans responded to the depth of Kuryakin's character, and their enthusiasm made McCallum into a major international celebrity.

The popularity of the show inspired a brief spinoff in 1966: The Girl From U.N.C.L.E., starring Stefanie Powers as American U.N.C.L.E. agent April Dancer. It was not well-received and was cancelled after one season. Both series inspired a flurry of associated merchandise, including novels, comic books, buttons, games, toy guns and pen radios, among many others. [Many of these items are represented in the collection.] This type of cross-merchandising, now common for hit or cult television shows, was fairly unusual for the time. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. predates Star Trek by two years as perhaps the earliest television show to produce a passionate, organized adult fan base.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ended its television run on January 15, 1968.

 


Related Materials

FELTON, NORMAN, 1913-.Papers of Norman Felton, 1937-1974, 63 linear ft. (143 boxes and one oversized drawer).
British born American television producer and director. Correspondence, clippings, photographs, notebooks, binders. MsC265. (Finding Aid). See also Felton's biographical essay, "Best of Luck: The Education of Norman Felton".

MENDOZA, LYNDA. Lynda Mendoza Collection of David McCallum Memorabilia, 1952-2006. 29.5 ft.

Collection of materials related to the actor David McCallum, assembled by the president of his official fan club. Materials include books, posters, ephemera, photographs, audio and visual recordings, and other items. MsC 895. (Finding Aid)

For other fannish collections, many of which contain materials relating The Man From U.N.C.L.E., please consult the Fandom-Related Collections subject page, at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/sc/resources/FandomResources/.

 


Box Contents List

Fanzines

Box 1

Affairs To Remember  #1 (May 1998)

Against the Wind, Volume I: Dancing the Edge of the Blade (May 1993)

The Age of Innocence Affair (May 1998)

Bedtime Stories #3 (May 2006)

Beloved Traitor (April 1993)

The Beverly Hills Spy/The Sting Affair (May 2007)

Blood Agent: The Philosopher’s Stone Affair (1995)

The Brothers Kuryakin and Shenanigan (n.d.)

Can You Get Channel D in the Back of a ’57 Chevy? (May 1994)

Can You Get Channel D in Heaven? (4th printing, October 1998)

Box 2

Can You Get Channel D in a Yellow Submarine? (n.d.)

Can You Get Channel D on Cable?  (4th printing, May 1997)

Can You Get Channel D on a Satellite Dish? (4th printing, October 1995)

The Circle of Stone Affair (1987)

City of Byzantium (n.d.)

Clandestine Affairs #1 – 2 (2002-2003)

Classified Affairs #3 – 4 (1997-1998)

Classified Affairs #5 (1999)

Box 3

Classified Affairs #6 (1999?)

Collected by YumYumPM (November 2004)

Comrades #1 – 2 (4th printing, February 1991)

Comrades #3 (August 1992)

Compromising Positions #1 (n.d.)

Credentials (2007)

Dark Encounters (n.d.)

Del Floria’s Press #1- 3 (4th printing, n.d. for #1; n.d. for #2-3)

Box 4

Del Floria’s Press #4 (4th printing, n.d.)

Del Floria’s Press #6 – 7 (October 1987-July 1992)

The Dream Within A Dream Affair (May 1988)

11 & 2 #1 - 2 (1986-January 1987)

11 & 2 #3 - 4 (December 1987-May 1989)

11 & 2 #5 – 6 (May 1990-May 1991)

11 & 2 Christmas Special 1987 (1987-1988); Holiday Special 1989 (February 1990)

Box 5

The Evergreen Affair and Other U.N.C.L.E. Stories (February 2002)

The Evolution Affair #1: “The Dragon Swallows His Tail” (n.d.)

The Evolution Affair #2: “Concentric Circles” (2001?)

The Essence of Thrush Affair (July 2002)

Exposures #1 - 2 (Reprint Edition, January 2001)

Exposures #3 – 4 (Reprint Edition, January 2001)

Box 6

Eyes Only #1 – 2 (2nd printing for #1, August 1990; January 1992 for #2)

Eyes Only #3 – 4 (January 1994-April 1995)

Eyes Only #5 – 6 (May 1996-September 1997)

Eyes Only #7 – 8 (March 2003-April 2006)

Eyes Only #9 (May 2009)

False Images (February 1991)

The French Songbird Affair (February 2004)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [Japanese] (n.d.)

Box 7

Geezers (Reprint, December 1998)

The Godiva Affair (April 2008)

Here Be Dragons (n.d.)

Karmic Concurrence (May 1988)

The Lost Waverly Papers (1992)

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Classified Files (n.d.)

Medieval Fantasy (n.d.)

The Mind Over Matter Affair (Reprint, September 1994)

My Kingdom for An U.N.C.L.E. #2 (n.d.)

My Kingdom for An U.N.C.L.E. #3 (July 1986)

Box 8

My Kingdom for An U.N.C.L.E. #4 (October 1986)

My Kingdom for An U.N.C.L.E. #7: The Moscow Affair (May 1988)

The Network #63 – 66 (February-November 2000)

Night Moves #1 – 2 (May 1996-May 1998)

No Holds Barred #13 (May 1996)

One Night Stand (May 1989)

Open Channel D (November 1992)

Other Times, Other Affairs (1999)

The Pandora’s Box Affair (n.d.)

Box 9

The Perfect Affair (n.d.)

The Plumed Serpent Affair (May 2000)

The Pound of Flesh Affair (April 1991)

Quelle Belle Vie Affair (December 2002)

The Reciprocity Affair (2002)

Reclassified Affairs #1 – 2 (1998-2001)

Relative Encounters #1 (1986)

Relative Encounters #2 (Reprint, 2001)

Relative Encounters #3 – 4 (1990-1995)

Relative Encounters #5 (1999)

Box 10

Rose Tint My World #6 (October 1985)

The Running Out of Time Affair  (April 2001)

The St. Crispin’s Day Affair #1 – 2 (May 1990-May 1991)

The St. Crispin’s Day Affair #4 (May 1997)

Sins of the Father (May 2003)

“/” Man From U.N.C.L.E. Fanzine #1 (n.d.)

The Sleeping Beauty Affair (May 1994)

The Small Sacrifices Affair (March 2003)

Southern Lights Special #1.5 (August 1985)

The Spy Who Loved Me #1 – 2 (September 2005-March 2006)

Tales of Two U.N.C.L.Es #1 – 2 (n.d.)

Box 11

Timeshift #6: The Ragnarok Affair (2003)

To Walk in Darkness (May 2000)

A Trackless Domain #1: An Eternal Flame, and #2: The Long Shadows Cast (October 2004-January 2005)

A Trackless Domain #3: Rain at Dawn, and #4: A Hundred Tears Away (April-September 2005)

Traitor Redeemed (May 1994)

Trilogy (1992)

Twitloska: The Week in the Life of Solo and Kuryakin Affair (2005)

U Is For U.N.C.L.E. #1 – 3 (2nd printing, July 1984 for #1; 1984 for #2-3)

Box 12

U Is For U.N.C.L.E. #4 – 6 (1985-1986)

U Is For U.N.C.L.E. #7 – 9 (1987-1989)

U Is For U.N.C.L.E. #10 – 11 (1990-1991)

The Ukrainian and A Gentleman Affair (n.d.)

U.N.C.L.E. Affairs (June 1989)

An U.N.C.L.E. Alliance (2001)

An U.N.C.L.E. For All Seasons and One for All Time (n.d.)

U.N.C.L.E. Gold #1 – 2 (2000)

Box 13

U.N.C.L.E. Gold #3 – 4 (2001)

The U.N.C.L.E. Special #1- 3 (April 1983 for #1; n.d. for #2 – 3)

The U.N.C.L.E. Special #4 – 5 (May 1986-March 1989)

U.N.C.L.E. Under Wraps: A Collection of Previously Published ‘Third Level’ Stories (2001)

The Waverly Papers #1 (1983)

The Waverly Papers #2 – 3 (1984-1985)

We Have Each Other #1 (1996)

We Have Each Other #2 (1997)

Box 14

We Have Each Other #3 (1999)

White Nights (April 1993)

The Wilderness Affair/The Kiwi Affair (November 2006)

The World is But a Step Away Affair (February 2000)

Worlds Enough #1 (July 2004)

Worlds Enough #2 (March 2005)

The Wrong Professor Affair/The Lochinvar Affair (April 1998)

The You Can’t Keep A Good Thrush Down Affair (April 1999)

The Zine Affair (February 1998)

The Z.I.N.E. from U.N.C.L.E. (September 1985)

Z.I.N.E.S., vol.1 #1 – 3 (January-April 1999)

Z.I.N.E.S., vol.. 2 #1 – 3 (January-April 2000, Autumn 2000)

Other U.N.C.L.E. Fanzines

Box 15

Awakenings #7: A Tribute to Marion McChesney (May 2001) [Multimedia]

The Future Tense Affair (n.d.) [Crossover: The Man From U.N.C.L.E./Star Trek [TOS]]

Liaisons (May 1991) [Multimedia]

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Special Collection (1998?) [Crossover: The Man From U.N.C.L.E./Various Fandoms]

The Paladins Affair #1 – 2 (1986 for #1; n.d. for #2) [Crossover: The Man From U.N.C.L.E./Various Fandoms]

Reunion: The ‘Escape From New York’ Affair, Part Three (1996) [Crossover: The Man From U.N.C.L.E./Escape From New York]

The String Theory Affair (May 1998) [Crossover: The Man From U.N.C.L.E./Quantum Leap]

Box 16

Timeshift: U.N.C.L.E. in the Present Day #1 – 2 (1998) [Multimedia and Crossover: The Man From U.N.C.L.E./Various Fandoms]

The Wolf Pack Affair (1988) [Crossover: The Man From U.N.C.L.E./Airwolf]

Xenozine #1 – 2 (1984-1985) [Multimedia]

Xenozine #3 (1986) [Multimedia]

Other Fanzines

Alternate Universe 4 #1 (1974) [Star Trek]

Other Materials

“A Dialogic Approach to Creativity in Mass Communication” [PhD Thesis, May 2001] (Cynthia W. Walker, auth.): Uses The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as a case study

Box 17

The Final Affair (1969?) [David McDaniel, auth.; typescript of unpublished novel]

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Annual (1969) [Hardcover Book]

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Coin of El Diablo Affair (1965) [Coloring Book]

U.N.C.L.E. Calendar for 2007-2008 (Missing January-June 2007)

Scripts from The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

“The Apple A Day Affair” (February 1967) [Joseph C. Cavella and Carol Cavella, auth.]

”The Bow-Wow Affair” (December 1964) [Alan Caillou, auth.]

“The Children’s Day Affair” (1965) [Unfilmed Script, no author given]

“The Cotton Candy Affair” (1965) [Unfilmed Script, no author given]

“The Foreign Legion Affair” (1966) [Berne Giler, auth.]

“The Malthusian Affair” (1977) [Unfilmed TV-movie Script] [Sam Rolfe, auth.]

“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The 15 Years Later Affair” (TV-movie, 1983 – Revised First Draft, 1982) [Michael Sloan, auth.]

Box 18

“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The 15 Years Later Affair” (TV-movie, 1983 – Revised Final Draft, 1982) [Michael Sloan, auth.]

“The Survival School Affair” (1967) [Don Brinkley and Jack Turley, auth.]

“The Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum Affair” (1966) [Norman Hudis, auth.]