U.N.C.L.E. Cartoons

Davis also did seven separate black-and-white drawings for daily newspaper ads. Here are Solo and Illya surrounded by  the characters in NBC’s other four 1965-66 Friday night series, all of them new and all flops. “Convoy” was the one not in color (supposedly because it used real World War II black-and-white combat footage). It was canceled almost immediately and dropped after its Dec. 10 broadcast. The three sitcoms limped through the rest of the season while everyone watched CBS and ABC before switching to “U.N.C.L.E.” at 10 o’clock.

Jack Davis created an elaborate color illustration depicting the stars of NBC’s shows, night by night, that ran across six pages in the 1965 fall preview issue of “TV Guide.” It was only six pages because Wednesday and Thursday were crammed into a single page, and the art didn’t break neatly into separate pages anyway. Those cowboys at upper left are from Thursday’s “Laredo” and Frank Sinatra, a guest on the premiere of Thursday’s “Dean Martin Show,” is at lower left. That’s Saturday night’s “Flipper” being filleted along the right edge, and Larry Hagman’s space capsule from Saturday’s

“I Dream of Jeannie” can

be seen at upper right.