U.N.C.L.E. Fan Strips

If readers will permit a bit of self indulgence — “The Man From C.O.U.S.I.N.” (not to be confused with Dave Herring’s “C.O.U.S.I.N.S.”) was published by none other than ye FYEO editor. It was, however, written and illustrated by my fellow U.N.C.L.E. and cartooning fan Carl Cordell. We were mildly notorious for drawing comic strips that were passed around school, and inevitably we fell prey to the fanzine publishing bug. The first (and last) issue of “The Man From C.O.U.S.I.N.” appeared in 1966, although Carl had completed several other stories that only our friends and classmates saw.

Our C.O.U.S.I.N. was the Corporation Of United Spys (sic) International Network, run by Alexander Waferly and boasting such top agents as Sapoleon Nolo (commonly known as Sappy) and Idiot Kuriyakin (and later, briefly, April Foole and Marx Late). And yes, Sappy and Idiot looked suspiciously like the characters in “Mad’s” “Spy vs. Spy” feature. “C.O.U.S.I.N.” also was printed on a ditto machine but we splurged on the photo-offset cover seen below.