THE AVENGERS

 
Full Name: The Avengers
Series Name: The Avengers
Nationality: British
Organization: The Avengers
Occupation Agency

Creator: Sydney Newman
Time Span: 1961 - 2017
ABOUT THE SERIES

       The Avengers are a group of operatives whose mission is to protect Britain from extraordinary dangers.
       The series of books derive from two British television series. Few series from British television has had close to the acceptance and appreciation in the States as has the Avengers. The suave urbanity of John Steed and the incredibly sexy assurance of Emma Peel captured imagination of Americans. Thanks to syndication, it was seen over and over again, gaining new audiences along the way. Moreover, it was telecast at one time or another in over 120 different countries.
       There were really two different series involved: The Avengers and The New Avengers.
       The first, and best well known, ran in Great Britain from January 1961 to September 1969, numbering 161 episodes. During that period in which the Avengers changed makeup several times, the one constant was John Steed, played admirably by Patrick MacNee.
       When the show first came on the air, Steed was the junior partner of a police surgeon named Dr. David Keel (Ian Hendry). It was originally a half-hour crime drama with the mystery-solver being the surgeon. Steed was the mysterious spy who convinces Keel to join his organization but the emphasis remained larger of Keel. This pairing lasted only one season and Hendry left for other interests.
       Taking his place was the anthropologist Dr. Catherine Gale. This highly intelligence, judo-throwing member of the group initially was just asked to help in a black magic case but was enticed to come in on a more regular basis. During this second season, however, Dr. Gale was sometimes replaced with either Dr. Martin King (Jon Rollason) or a jazz singer named Venus Smith (Julie Stevens). These last two did not make it into season three.
       It wasn't until the fourth season that the show really hit its main stride, and started to become popular in the States. Steed changed from being rather harsh and demanding and became the gentile man of confidence he would always be remembered as. He was also joined, most importantly, by the scrumptious Mrs. Emma Peel, delightfully played by Diana Rigg. Mrs. Peel would be Steed's partner-in-danger for two full seasons.
       The final season saw Mrs. Peel depart with her long-lost, suddenly refound husband (who bore an astonishing resemblance to Steed). She was replaced as Steed's teammate by the cute and perky Tara King (Linda Thorson) who had the unenviable job of following such a dynamite act as Mrs. Peel. Interestingly, of all of the four partners that Steed would have (Keel, Gale, Peel, and King), only the last one would have any professional training as a spy, being a graduate of the spy school the Avengers' organization ran.
       The second series, The New Avengers, appeared on the scene 7 years after the original left with the first of 26 episodes spanning two seasons airing in October of 1976. The New Avengers consisted of John Steed, every bit as debonair as ever, the delectable Purdey (Joanna Lumley) and Mike Gambit (Gareth Hunt).
       These adventures were lush and bright, filled with action and humor. Unfortunately, as popular as the original Avengers were and as very popular as Lumley proved to be, the show didn't last too long.

BOOKS

Number of Books:20
First Appearance:1963
Last Appearance:1998

1 The Avengers The Avengers
Written by Douglas Enefer
Copyright: 1963

Both John Steen and Cathy Gale are invited to the same high-class party onboard a millionaire's yacht, and neither that pleased to see the other. When a famous actress is murdered in their midst, they reluctantly agree to work together.

2 Deadline Deadline
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1965

Someone is trying to destroy the British government by altering the speeches of key officials when they are reprinted in newspapers across Europe, causing anger over things that are just not true.

3 Dead Duck Dead Duck
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1966

Why did the man seated near Steed and Peel in the 5-star restaurant suddenly fall over dead? For that matter, why has several different people die after eating duck? To find out what it is all about, the Avengers have to travel to North Anglia and muck about the marshes.

4 The Floating Game The Floating Game
Berkley #1
Written by John Garforth
Copyright: 1967

The main emphasis of this assignment seems to be the plot by the Mafia to take over the British government. To stop it, Mrs. Peel learns to deal blackjack on a floating casino and Steed once again finds himself the victim of torture.

5 The Laugh Was On Lazarus The Laugh Was On Lazarus
Berkley #2
Written by John Garforth
Copyright: 1967

Men are being raised from the dead, walking zombies at the command of a dangerous man with a diabolical plan to destroy the Pentagon. Using his abilities to transplant brains, the villain has acquired an H-Bomb and is more than ready to use it if Steed and Mrs. Peel cannot stop him.

6 The Passing Of Gloria Munday The Passing Of Gloria Munday
Berkley #3
Written by John Garforth
Copyright: 1967

The pop singer Gloria Munday has been murdered and the question of who and why have been passed to Steed and Mrs. Peel. Feeling that it is connected to her profession and not her private life, Mrs. Peel decides to take her place.

7 Heil Harris Heil Harris
Berkley #4
Written by John Garforth
Copyright: 1967

Is the man named Harris just a crackpot or could he really be Adolf Hitler, turning 78 while living in Hertfordshire? That is what John Steed is trying to find out even as Emma Peel goes undercover to join a neo-Nazi group wanting to bring forth the Fourth Reich.

8 The Afrit Affair The Afrit Affair
Berkley #7
Written by Keith Laumer
Copyright: 1968

A mad scientist is intent of taking over the world but first he must leave warnings of his plans in the most bizarre ways. The first warning is a note inside a kippered herring. The second came out of a squeezed toothpaste tube. After that, things get weird.

9 The Drowned Queen The Drowned Queen
Berkley #7
Written by Keith Laumer
Copyright: 1968

The queen in the title is the Atlantic Queen, the world's first submarine luxury liner. As preparations go on for her maiden voyage, word comes that there is a plot to destroy the vessel. Steed cover is as the ship's dance instructor.

10 The Gold Bomb The Gold Bomb
Berkley #7
Written by Keith Laumer
Copyright: 1968

A gentleman with the rather bizarre name of The Walker has a desire to blow up half of England and he is quickly proceeding to acquire the means to carry it off. A stock of uranium has gone missing and it is the job of Steed and Tara to find it.

11 The Magnetic Man The Magnetic Man
Berkley #8
Written by Norman Daniels
Copyright: 1968

John Steed is sent to Hong Kong to perform a very prosaic mission, couriering a briefcase of important papers. No sooner had he taken possession of the satchel, however, but he is knocked out and the papers stolen.

12 Moon Express Moon Express
Berkley #9
Written by Norman Daniels
Copyright: 1969

How would you like a trip to the moon? A new company is out there offering the unprecedented opportunity, if the price is right. With no apparent government behind the company, the question of who it is and how they got the technology to pull it off sends in John Steed and Tara King to find out.

13 House Of Cards House Of Cards
New Avengers #1
Written by Peter Cave
Copyright: 1976

From an episode written by Brian Clemens, it is through the use of tarot cards that hidden messages are being passed to 12 Soviet moles, hypnotized to believe they are true and loyal British subjects.

14 The Eagle's Nest The Eagle's Nest
New Avengers #2
Written by John Carter
Copyright: 1976

From an episode written by Brian Clemens, the title refers to a little known monastery on a remote island off the north of Scotland. At the establishment, research is being conducted in the field of cryogenics, tied to the fall of the Nazis.

15 To Catch A Rat To Catch A Rat
New Avengers #3
Written by William Harris
Copyright: 1977

From an episode written by Terence Feeley, the deep cover mole had worked inside British Intelligence for many years but now it was time to return to his home and receive the rewards he had earned for so long. His last task is to eliminate John Steed.

16 Fighting Men Fighting Men
New Avengers #4
Written by Justin Cartwright
Copyright: 1977

From an episode written by Brian Clemens, trained to be the ultimate in killing machines, the men of the 19th Special Commando unit were supposed to be used in only the direst of wartime situations but someone has other plans.

17 The Cybernauts The Cybernauts
New Avengers #5
Written by Peter Cave
Copyright: 1977

From an episode written by Brian Clemens, the cybernauts were huge, slow-moving and quite dangerous. Robots with no wills of their own, they answered only the orders of the maniac who was thought dead long ago but has now returned to avenge those he blames for crippling him.

18 Hostage Hostage
New Avengers #6
Written by Peter Cave
Copyright: 1977

From an episode written by Brian Clemens, all evidence clearly points to just one man as the one leaking the most vital secrets of the government and that man is John Steed.

19 Too Many Targets Too Many Targets
Written by John Peel
Copyright: 1990

The most dangerous double agent ever to plague the British Intelligence field is operating and it looks to John Steed as though it is Mother. But then Emma Peel and Cathy Gale don't agree, Dr. Keel is believing an ape is to blame, and Tara King is just confused. All the major Avengers from the original series return to work together in this extremely well-crafted novel that is a success not only as a story but also as a welcome reunion of some old friends.

20 The Avengers The Avengers
Written by Don MacPherson
Copyright: 1998

The Prospero Project is an ultra top secret experiment keyed to learning how to control the weather. The leader of the scientists heading the project is Dr. Emma Peel. It is going well until someone has stolen the secrets and destroyed much of the laboratory and the evil-doer is apparently Mrs. Peel! Joining with John Steed, she must prove her innocence and stop the villains. Starring Ralph Fiennes as John Steed and Uma Thurman as Mrs. Peel, with Sean Connery playing the bad guy, this truly horrible film bears some resemblance to the original series, largely the names of the characters, but otherwise is totally forgettable. The novelizations, on the other hand, is quite well written, taking into account that the underlying plot was despicable.

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:7
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1968

1 Double Trouble Double Trouble
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1967

1st story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1968. Plot unknown

2 A Race Against Time A Race Against Time
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1967

2nd story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1968. Plot unknown

3 Sunset In The East Sunset In The East
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1967

3rd story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1968. Plot unknown

4 A Question Of Intelligence A Question Of Intelligence
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1967

4th story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1968. Plot unknown

5 All The Fun Of The Fair, Mr. Steed All The Fun Of The Fair, Mr. Steed
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1968

1st story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1969. Plot unknown

6 Mensa Sana And All That Mensa Sana And All That
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1968

2nd story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1969. Plot unknown

7 Avast There, Mr. Steed Avast There, Mr. Steed
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1968

3rd story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1969. Plot unknown

YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

Number of Books:5
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1978

1 The Avengers Annual 1968 The Avengers Annual 1968
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1967

Published by Atlas Publishing & Distributing Co. Ltd.
A collection of 4 short stories and 4 comic strip stories as follows.
The Short Stories are:
1. Double Trouble
2. A Race Against Time
3. Sunset In The East
4. A Question Of Intelligence
The Comic Strip Stories are:
1. Odds Against Steed
2. Flying Eagles
3. Steed's Holiday
4. A Brush With Disaster

2 The Avengers Annual 1969 The Avengers Annual 1969
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1968

Published by Atlas Publishing & Distributing Co. Ltd.
A collection of 3 short stories and 3 comic strip stories as follows.
The Short Stories are:
1. All The Fun Of The Fair, Mr. Steed
2. Mensa Sana And All That
3. Avast There, Mr. Steed
The Comic Strip Stories are:
1. Clothes Make The Man
2. Are You A Clansman, Mr. Steed?
3. Mary, Mary

3 The Avengers Annual 1970 The Avengers Annual 1970
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

Published by Atlas Publishing & Distributing Co. Ltd.

4 The New Avengers Annual 1978 The New Avengers Annual 1978
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1977

Published by Brown Watson

5 The New Avengers Annual 1979 The New Avengers Annual 1979
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1978

Published by Brown Watson

MOVIES

Number of Movies:1
First Appearance:1998
Last Appearance:1998

1 The Avengers The Avengers
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Writer: Don MacPerson
Actors: Ralph Fiennes as John Steed, Uma Thurman as Emma Peel, Sean Connery as de Wynter, Patrick Macnee as Invisible Jones, Jim Broadbent as Mother
Released: 1998

Sir August de Winter wants to destroy the world using his personal invention, a weather altering device. John Steed and Emma Peel are sent to stop him.

TELEVISION

Number of Episodes:187
First Appearance:1961
Last Appearance:1977
Network:ITV

REGULAR CAST
Patrick MacneeJohn Steed [ 1-8 ]
Ian HendryDr. David Keel [ 1 ]
Honor BlackmanCathy Gale [ 2-3 ]
Diana RiggMrs. Emma Peel [ 4-5 ]
Linda ThorsonTara King [ 6 ]
Joanna LumleyPurdy [ 7-8 ]
Gareth HuntMike Gambit [ 7-8 ]

       In 1961, ITV brought to the British viewers The Avengers, an interesting adventure drama. It started with a doctor whose fiancee is murdered and who wants to bring the killers to justice. Enter dashing and debonair and mysterious John Steed with a way to do just that. Then Steed had other ways that the doctor (David Keel) could help stop others malafactors.
       In 1962, Season 2 saw the replacement of Keel with Cathy Gale, a literal kick-butt woman who was as sharp as she was deadly. She worked with Steed for two years.
       1964 saw the arrival of the deliciously dangerous Mrs. Peel and for another two years, Steed had a companion fighting crime and other very odd troublemakers.
       1966, the final season of the original drama, saw Mrs. Peel depart and Tara King take over the partner role.
       A decade later, John Steed was back with two more years of very oddball missions and scrapes, this time with the lovely Purdey and dour Mike Gambit.

1 Hot Snow
Episode 1-01, first aired 07/Jan/61


2 Brought to Book
Episode 1-02, first aired 14/Jan/61


3 Square Root of Evil
Episode 1-03, first aired 21/Jan/61


4 Nightmare
Episode 1-04, first aired 28/Jan/61


5 Crescent Moon
Episode 1-05, first aired 04/Feb/61


6 Girl on the Trapeze
Episode 1-06, first aired 11/Feb/61


7 Diamond Cut Diamond
Episode 1-07, first aired 18/Feb/61


8 The Radioactive Man
Episode 1-08, first aired 25/Feb/61


9 Ashes of Roses
Episode 1-09, first aired 04/Mar/61


10 Hunt the Man Down
Episode 1-10, first aired 18/Mar/61


11 Please Don't Feed the Animals
Episode 1-11, first aired 01/Apr/61


12 Dance with Death
Episode 1-12, first aired 15/Apr/61


13 One for the Mortuary
Episode 1-13, first aired 29/Apr/61


14 The Springers
Episode 1-14, first aired 13/May/61


15 The Frighteners
Episode 1-15, first aired 27/May/61


16 The Yellow Needle
Episode 1-16, first aired 10/Jun/61


17 Death on the Slipway
Episode 1-17, first aired 24/Jun/61


18 Double Danger
Episode 1-18, first aired 08/Jul/61


19 Toy Trap
Episode 1-19, first aired 22/Jul/61


20 The Tunnel of Fear
Episode 1-20, first aired 05/Aug/61


21 The Far Distant Dead
Episode 1-21, first aired 19/Aug/61


22 Kill the King
Episode 1-22, first aired 02/Sep/61


23 Dead of Winter
Episode 1-23, first aired 09/Dec/61


24 The Deadly Air
Episode 1-24, first aired 16/Dec/61


25 A Change of Bait
Episode 1-25, first aired 23/Dec/61


26 Dragonsfield
Episode 1-26, first aired 30/Dec/61


27 Mr Teddy Bear
Episode 2-01, first aired 29/Sep/62


28 Propellant 23
Episode 2-02, first aired 06/Oct/62


29 The Decapod
Episode 2-03, first aired 13/Oct/62


30 Bullseye
Episode 2-04, first aired 20/Oct/62


31 Mission to Montreal
Episode 2-05, first aired 27/Oct/62


32 The Removal Men
Episode 2-06, first aired 03/Nov/62


33 The Mauritius Penny
Episode 2-07, first aired 10/Nov/62


34 Death of a Great Dane
Episode 2-08, first aired 17/Nov/62


35 The Sell-Out
Episode 2-09, first aired 24/Nov/62


36 Death on the Rocks
Episode 2-10, first aired 01/Dec/62


37 Traitor in Zebra
Episode 2-11, first aired 08/Dec/62


38 The Big Thinker
Episode 2-12, first aired 15/Dec/62


39 Death Dispatch
Episode 2-13, first aired 22/Dec/62


40 Dead on Course
Episode 2-14, first aired 29/Dec/62


41 Intercrime
Episode 2-15, first aired 05/Jan/63


42 Immortal Clay
Episode 2-16, first aired 12/Jan/63


43 Box of Tricks
Episode 2-17, first aired 19/Jan/63


44 Warlock
Episode 2-18, first aired 26/Jan/63


45 The Golden Eggs
Episode 2-19, first aired 02/Feb/63


46 School for Traitors
Episode 2-20, first aired 09/Feb/63


47 The White Dwarf
Episode 2-21, first aired 16/Feb/63


48 The Man in the Mirror
Episode 2-22, first aired 23/Feb/63


49 Conspiracy of Silence
Episode 2-23, first aired 02/Mar/63


50 A Chorus of Frogs
Episode 2-24, first aired 09/Mar/63


51 Six Hands Across a Table
Episode 2-25, first aired 16/Mar/63


52 Killer Whale
Episode 2-26, first aired 23/Mar/63


53 Brief for Murder
Episode 3-01, first aired 28/Sep/63


54 The Undertakers
Episode 3-02, first aired 05/Oct/63


55 Man with Two Shadows
Episode 3-03, first aired 12/Oct/63


56 The Nutshell
Episode 3-04, first aired 19/Oct/63


57 Death of a Batman
Episode 3-05, first aired 26/Oct/63


58 November Five
Episode 3-06, first aired 02/Nov/63


59 The Gilded Cage
Episode 3-07, first aired 09/Nov/63


60 Second Sight
Episode 3-08, first aired 16/Nov/63


61 The Medicine Men
Episode 3-09, first aired 23/Nov/63


62 The Grandeur That Was Rome
Episode 3-10, first aired 30/Nov/63


63 The Golden Fleece
Episode 3-11, first aired 07/Dec/63


64 Don't Look Behind You
Episode 3-12, first aired 14/Dec/63


65 Death A La Carte
Episode 3-13, first aired 21/Dec/63


66 Dressed to Kill
Episode 3-14, first aired 28/Dec/63


67 The White Elephant
Episode 3-15, first aired 04/Jan/64


68 The Little Wonders
Episode 3-16, first aired 11/Jan/64


69 The Wringer
Episode 3-17, first aired 18/Jan/64


70 Mandrake
Episode 3-18, first aired 25/Jan/64


71 The Secrets Broker
Episode 3-19, first aired 01/Feb/64


72 Trojan Horse
Episode 3-20, first aired 08/Feb/64


73 Build a Better Mousetrap
Episode 3-21, first aired 15/Feb/64


74 The Outside-In Man
Episode 3-22, first aired 22/Feb/64


75 The Charmers
Episode 3-23, first aired 29/Feb/64


76 Concerto
Episode 3-24, first aired 07/Mar/64


77 Esprit De Corps
Episode 3-25, first aired 14/Mar/64


78 Lobster Quadrille
Episode 3-26, first aired 21/Mar/64


79 The Town of No Return
Episode 4-01, first aired 02/Oct/65


80 The Gravediggers
Episode 4-02, first aired 09/Oct/65


81 The Cybernauts
Episode 4-03, first aired 16/Oct/65


82 Death at Bargain Prices
Episode 4-04, first aired 23/Oct/65


83 Castle De'ath
Episode 4-05, first aired 30/Oct/65


84 The Master Minds
Episode 4-06, first aired 06/Nov/65


85 The Murder Market
Episode 4-07, first aired 13/Nov/65


86 A Surfeit of H2O
Episode 4-08, first aired 20/Nov/65


87 The Hour that Never Was
Episode 4-09, first aired 27/Nov/65


88 Dial a Deadly Number
Episode 4-10, first aired 04/Dec/65


89 Man-Eater of Surrey Green
Episode 4-11, first aired 11/Dec/65


90 Two's a Crowd
Episode 4-12, first aired 18/Dec/65


91 Too Many Christmas Trees
Episode 4-13, first aired 25/Dec/65


92 Silent Dust
Episode 4-14, first aired 01/Jan/66


93 Room Without a View
Episode 4-15, first aired 08/Jan/66


94 Small Game For Big Hunters
Episode 4-16, first aired 15/Jan/66


95 The Girl From Auntie
Episode 4-17, first aired 22/Jan/66


96 The Thirteenth Hole
Episode 4-18, first aired 29/Jan/66


97 Quick-Quick Slow Death
Episode 4-19, first aired 05/Feb/66


98 The Danger Makers
Episode 4-20, first aired 12/Feb/66


99 A Touch of Brimstone
Episode 4-21, first aired 19/Feb/66


100 What the Butler Saw
Episode 4-22, first aired 26/Feb/66


101 The House That Jack Built
Episode 4-23, first aired 05/Mar/66


102 A Sense of History
Episode 4-24, first aired 12/Mar/66


103 How to Succeed... at Murder
Episode 4-25, first aired 19/Mar/66


104 Honey For the Prince
Episode 4-26, first aired 26/Mar/66


105 From Venus With Love
Episode 5-01, first aired 14/Jan/67


106 The Fear Merchants
Episode 5-02, first aired 21/Jan/67


107 Escape in Time
Episode 5-03, first aired 28/Jan/67


108 The See-Through Man
Episode 5-04, first aired 04/Feb/67


109 The Bird Who Knew Too Much
Episode 5-05, first aired 11/Feb/67


110 The Winged Avenger
Episode 5-06, first aired 18/Feb/67


111 The Living Dead
Episode 5-07, first aired 25/Feb/67


112 The Hidden Tiger
Episode 5-08, first aired 04/Mar/67


113 The Correct Way to Kill
Episode 5-09, first aired 11/Mar/67


114 Never, Never Say Die
Episode 5-10, first aired 18/Mar/67


115 Epic
Episode 5-11, first aired 01/Apr/67


116 The Superlative Seven
Episode 5-12, first aired 08/Apr/67


117 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station
Episode 5-13, first aired 15/Apr/67


118 Something Nasty in the Nursery
Episode 5-14, first aired 22/Apr/67


119 The Joker
Episode 5-15, first aired 29/Apr/67


120 Who's Who???
Episode 5-16, first aired 06/May/67


121 Return of the Cybernauts
Episode 5-17, first aired 30/Sep/67


122 Death's Door
Episode 5-18, first aired 07/Oct/67


123 The 50,000 Pound Breakfast
Episode 5-19, first aired 14/Oct/67


124 Dead Man's Treasure
Episode 5-20, first aired 21/Oct/67


125 You Have Just Been Murdered
Episode 5-21, first aired 28/Oct/67


126 The Positive Negative Man
Episode 5-22, first aired 04/Nov/67


127 Murdersville
Episode 5-23, first aired 11/Nov/67


128 Mission... Highly Improbable
Episode 5-24, first aired 18/Nov/67


129 The Forget-Me-Knot
Episode 6-01, first aired 25/Sep/68


130 Game
Episode 6-02, first aired 02/Oct/68


131 Super Secret Cypher Snatch
Episode 6-03, first aired 09/Oct/68


132 You'll Catch Your Death
Episode 6-04, first aired 16/Oct/68


133 Split!
Episode 6-05, first aired 23/Oct/68


134 Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40
Episode 6-06, first aired 30/Oct/68


135 False Witness
Episode 6-07, first aired 06/Nov/68


136 All Done With Mirrors
Episode 6-08, first aired 13/Nov/68


137 Legacy of Death
Episode 6-09, first aired 20/Nov/68


138 Noon Doomsday
Episode 6-10, first aired 27/Nov/68


139 Look - But There Were These Two Fellers...
Episode 6-11, first aired 04/Dec/68


140 Have Guns- Will Haggle
Episode 6-12, first aired 11/Dec/68


141 They Keep Killing Steed
Episode 6-13, first aired 18/Dec/68


142 The Interrogators
Episode 6-14, first aired 01/Jan/69


143 The Rotters
Episode 6-15, first aired 08/Jan/69


144 Invasion of the Earthmen
Episode 6-16, first aired 15/Jan/69


145 Killer
Episode 6-17, first aired 22/Jan/69


146 The Morning After
Episode 6-18, first aired 29/Jan/69


147 The Curious Case of the Countless Clues
Episode 6-19, first aired 05/Feb/69


148 Wish You Were Here
Episode 6-20, first aired 12/Feb/69


149 Love All
Episode 6-21, first aired 19/Feb/69


150 Stay Tuned
Episode 6-22, first aired 26/Feb/69


151 Take Me To Your Leader
Episode 6-23, first aired 05/Mar/69


152 Fog
Episode 6-24, first aired 12/Mar/69


153 Who Was That Man I Saw You With?
Episode 6-25, first aired 19/Mar/69


154 Homicide And Old Lace
Episode 6-26, first aired 26/Mar/69


155 Thingumajig
Episode 6-27, first aired 02/Apr/69


156 My Wildest Dream
Episode 6-28, first aired 07/Apr/69


157 Requiem
Episode 6-29, first aired 16/Apr/69


158 Take-Over
Episode 6-30, first aired 23/Apr/69


159 Pandora
Episode 6-31, first aired 30/Apr/69


160 Get-A-Way
Episode 6-32, first aired 14/May/69


161 Bizarre
Episode 6-33, first aired 21/May/69


162 The Eagle's Nest
Episode 1-01, first aired 22/Oct/76


163 House of Cards
Episode 1-02, first aired 29/Oct/76


164 The Last of the Cybernauts ...??
Episode 1-03, first aired 05/Nov/76


165 The Midas Touch
Episode 1-04, first aired 12/Nov/76


166 Cat Amongst the Pigeons
Episode 1-05, first aired 19/Nov/76


167 Target!
Episode 1-06, first aired 26/Nov/76


168 To Catch a Rat
Episode 1-07, first aired 03/Dec/76


169 The Tale of the Big Why
Episode 1-08, first aired 10/Dec/76


170 Faces
Episode 1-09, first aired 17/Dec/76


171 Gnaws
Episode 1-10, first aired 21/Dec/76


172 Dirtier by the Dozen
Episode 1-11, first aired 07/Jan/77


173 Sleeper
Episode 1-12, first aired 14/Jan/77


174 Three Handed Game
Episode 1-13, first aired 21/Jan/77


175 Dead Men are Dangerous
Episode 2-01, first aired 09/Sep/77


176 Angels of Death
Episode 2-02, first aired 16/Sep/77


177 Medium Rare
Episode 2-03, first aired 23/Sep/77


178 The Lion and the Unicorn
Episode 2-04, first aired 30/Sep/77


179 Obsession
Episode 2-05, first aired 07/Oct/77


180 Trap
Episode 2-06, first aired 14/Oct/77


181 Hostage
Episode 2-07, first aired 21/Oct/77


182 K is for Kill Part One The Tiger Awakes
Episode 2-08, first aired 28/Oct/77


183 K is for Kill Part Two Tiger by the Tail
Episode 2-09, first aired 04/Nov/77


184 Complex
Episode 2-10, first aired 11/Nov/77


185 The Gladiators
Episode 2-11, first aired 18/Nov/77


186 Emily
Episode 2-12, first aired 25/Nov/77


187 Forward Base
Episode 2-13, first aired 24/Nov/77


COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:33
First Appearance:1962
Last Appearance:2016

1 The Drug Pedlar The Drug Pedlar
Published by TV Publications Ltd.

Copyright: 1962

Printed in the book TV Crimbusters. A retelling in comic form of the episode from the first season. Dr. Keel finds a dead agent at his door and asks Steed for help. Together they come up against a drug smuggling gang. This contains both art panels and snapshots from the actual telecast.

2 The Avengers The Avengers
Published by Thorne & Porter
Contributors: Mick Anglo (artist)
Copyright: 1966

A solo issue by this publisher, it contained 4 stories:
1. The Mohawks
2. The K Stands For Killers
3. No Jury ... No Justice!
4. Deadly Efficient

3 The Avengers The Avengers
Published by Gold Key
Contributors: Pat Williams (artist)
Copyright: 1968

A solo issue from Gold Key, it contains two stories:
1. The Roman Invasion
2. The Mirage Maker

4 Steed and Mrs Peel Steed and Mrs Peel
Published by Eclipse
Contributors: Ian Gibson (artist), Grant Morrison (writer)
Copyright: 1990

A 3-issue release
The Golden Game - In which Steed breaks the rules and Emma gets a full house. When Tara King mysteriously disappears, Mother is certain bad guys are involved. He sends Steed to look into it with the warning to "trust no one". Knowing he needs help nonetheless, Steed calls his old partner, Mrs. Peel, who is more than ready for some excitement. Told in 4 parts over the 3 issues:
Part 1: Crown & Anchor
Part 2: Hare & Hounds
Part 3: Fox & Geese
Part 4: Hangman
Also has a 2-part story called Deadly Rainbow.

5 Ongoing Ongoing
Published by Boom!
Contributors: Caleb Monroe (writer), Will Sliney (artist), Mark Waid (story)
Copyright: 08/2012

A 12-part adventure.
Part 0 - The Dead Future - Steed feels his age. Emma turns back time.
Part 1 - London Falling - Steed plays with fire. Emma tests the waters.
Part 2 - Life In Hell - Steed checks on breakfast. Emma checks and mates.
Part 3 - Long Live The Queen - Steed triggers Emma. Emma pulls the trigger.
Part 4 - Ballroom Dance Fu - Steed dresses up. Emma strips down.
Part 5 - The Secret History of Space - Steed dries off. Emma drifts off.
Part 6 - Time Flies - Steed loses track of Emma. Emma loses track of time.
Part 7 - Tawdry Little Endings - Steed subdued by Emma. Emma subdued by Steed.
Part 8 - The Art of Resurrection - Steed sees double. Emma is all wet.
Part 9 - The Clothes Makes the Cybernaut - Steed's burns up. Emma cools off.
Part 10 - Punchlines and Proposals - Steed gets the whip. Emma gets an offer.
Part 11 - Conclusion - What They Do - Steed disrupts the proceedings. Emma plays goddess in the lab.
This adventure was later released in three TPBs.

6 We're Needed We're Needed
Published by Boom!
Contributors: Ian Edginton (writer), Marco Costino (artist)
Copyright: 2014

A 3-part adventure:
Part 1 - Steeds takes a holiday. Emma takes the strain.
Part 2 - Steeds takes a trip. Emma visits the underworld.
Part 3 - Steeds makes up his mind. Emma minds her make-up.

7 Batman '66 Meets Steed and Mrs Peel Batman '66 Meets Steed and Mrs Peel
Published by DC Comics
Contributors: Wendy Broome (colorist), Matthew Dow Smith (artist), Jordie Bellaire (colorist), Wes Abbott (letterer), Michael Allred (cover), Laura Allred (cover), Ian Edginton (writer)
Copyright: 2016

A 12-part adventure: Someone is 'collecting' all the biggest diamonds in the world for a major power source. Steed and Mrs. Peel are on the hunt and when the culprit targets Gotham City, Batman and Robin join the fun.
Part 1 - The Bowler and the Bat
Part 2 - The Robin and the Cat
Part 3 - Lord Ffogg Plays His Hand
Part 4 - The Avengers Join The Band
Part 5 - Tinkering With Terror
Part 6 - A Deadly Error
Part 7 - Batman Gets Flighty
Part 8 - Back To Old Blighty
Part 9 - Ffogg and Ice
Part 10 - Sugar and Spice
Part 11 - A Robotic Revelation
Part 12 - A Startling Explanation

Comic Strips

Number of Arcs:7
Number of Strips:7
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1968

       The strips for The Avengers may not be the 'normal' type of comic strip - certainly they did not appear in a newspaper as would be the standard way of delivery but rather were in an Annual compilation with short stories and other things.

1 Odds Against Steed   Odds Against Steed
Strips: 1 - 1
Dates: 1967 - 1967
Writer: Peter Leslie
Artist: John Stokes

1st comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1968. A mysterious stranger from Steed's past gives him a tip when Steed and Mrs. Peel go to the races.

2 Flying Eagles   Flying Eagles
Strips: 2 - 2
Dates: 1967 - 1967
Writer: Peter Leslie
Artist: John Stokes

2nd comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1968. A series of incidents are possibly linked by a ornithological symbol. It's up to John Steed and Emma Peel, our heroes The Avengers, to investigate.

3 Steed's Holiday   Steed's Holiday
Strips: 3 - 3
Dates: 1967 - 1967
Writer: Peter Leslie
Artist: John Stokes

3rd comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1968. On a fishing holiday a mysterious enemy plot is stumbled upon by Steed.

4 A Brush With Disaster   A Brush With Disaster
Strips: 4 - 4
Dates: 1967 - 1967
Writer: Peter Leslie
Artist: John Stokes

4th comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1968. Steed is on another holiday and uncovers that there are still Cornish smugglers.

5 Clothes Make The Man   Clothes Make The Man
Strips: 5 - 5
Dates: 1968 - 1968

1st comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1969. Plot unknown

6 Are You A Clansman, Mr. Steed?   Are You A Clansman, Mr. Steed?
Strips: 6 - 6
Dates: 1968 - 1968

2nd comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1969. Plot unknown

7 Mary, Mary   Mary, Mary
Strips: 7 - 7
Dates: 1968 - 1968

3rd comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1969. Plot unknown

GAMES

Number of Games:6
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1969

1 Stars and their Cars Stars and their Cars
Quiz
D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
Copyright: 1966

From the pages of Diana's Top Secret Diary. Guess the 3 Secret Agents by the cars they drive.

2 Mystery Makers And Breakers Mystery Makers And Breakers
Article & Matching
D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
Copyright: 1966

From the pages of Diana For Girls 1967 Annual. Game takes the form of an Article about well know mystery writers. The authors mentioned are Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe, Algernon Blackwood and Mary Shelley. Then it becomes a Matching type game with character from TV series. The object is to match the characters pictured into teams. Listed only because of the 2 Spy Series. TV Series used are as follows; No Hiding Place, The Avengers, Maigret, Cluff, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Sherlock Holmes.
The TV Series Characters are as follows:
A. Detective-Sgt. Russell (Johnny Briggs)
B. John Steed (Patrick Macnee)
C. Lucas (Ewen Solon)
D. Sgt. Caleb Cluff (Leslie Sands)
E. Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn)
F. Doctor Watson (Nigel Stock)
G. Emma Peel (Diana Riggs)
H. Chief Tom Lockhart (Raymond Francis)
I. Jules Maigret (Rupert Davies)
J. Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum)
K. Clive (The Dog)
L. Sherlock Holmes (Douglas Wilmer)

3 Avengers Shooting Game Avengers Shooting Game
Target Shooting
Merit
Copyright: 1967

Hit the crate of dynamite in the center of the target board and up goes the villains car that is spring loaded. The game contains a Black Pistol, 2 Safety Darts (black with orange suction cups) and Target Board with Stand. Picture on game box and target board depicted John Steed (Patrick Macnee) as the driver of a car and Mrs. Emma Peel (Diana Riggs) holding a gun. Play alone or with a girlfriend. Winner is the one who hits the crate of dynamite the most.

4 The Secret Agent Game The Secret Agent Game
Boardgame
D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
Copyright: 1967

Subtitled "- or catch yourself a villain". From the pages of Diana For Girl 1968 Annual. Six can play this game of spies, other items needed are dice and discs of cardboard with images of the Agents. Select your favorite Agent from John Steed & Emma Peel (The Avengers), James Bond, John Drake (Danger Man) or Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.). Then each player is ready to set out after the villains. The villains are Odd Job (worth 3 Points), Rosa Klebb (worth 6 Points) and Emilio Largo (worth 10 Points). Games is played in 5 rounds and the agent with the highest score is the winner.
The Secret Agent used are pictures as follows;
David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) Agent 1 & 1st Row
Diana Riggs as Emma Peel (The Avengers) Agent 2 & 1st Row
Sean Connery as James Bond (Agent 007) Agent 3 & 1st Row
Patrick McGoohan as John Drake (Danger Man) Agent 4 & 2nd Row
Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo (The Man From U.N.L.E.) Agent 5 & 2nd Row
Patrick Macnee as John Steed (The Avengers) Agent 6 & 2nd Row.
The 3 Villains used are picture as follows;
Harold Sakata as Odd Job (Goldfinger's Henchman) Villain 1
Lotta Lenya as Rosa Klebb (From Russia With Love) Villain 2
Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo (From the film Thunderball) Villain 3

5 QuizMaster - How Much Do You Know About Secret Agents? QuizMaster - How Much Do You Know About Secret Agents?
Quiz
Thorpe & Porter
Copyright: 1969

From the pages of Super DC No. 5 printing in the UK. Name who the agents mentioned get there order from.

6 QuizMaster - What Do You Know About Cars On TV? QuizMaster - What Do You Know About Cars On TV?
Quiz
Thorpe & Porter
Copyright: 1969

From the pages of Super DC No. 6 printed in the UK. Listed only because of the 3 spy series. What cars were driven on TV by the main characters in the follow series? 1. The Prisoner; 2. The Saint; 3. The Avengers; 4. Sexton Blake; 5. Fraud Squad.

ODDS & ENDS

Number of Items:1
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2017

1 The Avengers - The Lost Episodes The Avengers - The Lost Episodes
Audio Dramas
Big Finish Productions
Copyright: 2014-2017

Seven sets of Lost Episodes from the first season of the Avengers, recreated in audio format
1-1: Hot Snow
Written by Ray Rigby, adapted by John Dorney
When an incomprehensible tragedy strikes on what should have been the happiest day of David Keel's life, he is left traumatised. Confronted with an apparently motiveless crime, he feels compelled to investigate and is drawn into London's seedy underworld of drug smuggling. As he digs deeper and deeper, his only hope may be a mysterious gentleman who appears to know more than he says. Together, will they be able to avenge the crime?

1-2: Brought to Book
Written by Brian Clemens, adapted by John Dorney
Still on the trail of the men who wrecked his life, Dr Keel gets to know his new associate, John Steed, rather better as they infiltrate warring gangs running amok in the betting community. Lies and double crosses stack up on every side, and it's impossible to know who to trust. As the race nears its fatal finish, has Dr Keel gambled on the wrong side?

1-3: Square Root of Evil
Written by Richard Harris, adapted by John Dorney
Following the death of a colleague, Steed goes undercover amongst a group of forgers. As the stakes get higher, his risk of discovery increases and Dr Keel may be his only chance to escape alive. But with the formidable thug known as the Cardinal watching their every move, could Steed be dooming them both?

1-4: One for the Mortuary
Written by Brian Clemens, adapted by John Dorney
It should have been an easy day for David Keel. A short flight and a conference to attend. But John Steed’s arrival disrupts everything, as usual. Without even knowing, he finds himself at the centre of an international conspiracy. The chase is on to preserve and protect a valuable medical formula, and with an assassin on their trail, our heroes find themselves enmeshed in an intricate web of laundry, taxidermy and murder.

2-1: Ashes of Roses
Written by Peter Ling and Sheilagh Ward, adapted by John Dorney
Carol goes undercover at a hairdressing salon, which appears to be at the centre of an arson ring.

2-2: Please Don’t Feed the Animals
Written by Dennis Spooner, adapted by John Dorney
Steed takes on blackmailers who are extorting secrets from government officials.

2-3: The Radioactive Man
Written by Fred Edge, adapted by John Dorney
Someone is at large in London, unwittingly carrying a radioactive isotope.

2-4: Dance With Death
Written by Peter Ling and Sheilagh Ward, adapted by John Dorney
Dr Keel is framed for murder, and Steed investigates a dance school.

3-1: The Springers
Written by John Whitney and Geoffrey Bellman, adapted by John Dorney
Steed and Keel go undercover to try and crack a prison escape route.

3-2: The Yellow Needle
Written by Patrick Campbell, adapted by John Dorney
An attempt is made on the life of Sir Wilberforce Lungi, the Prime Minister of an African country on the verge of independence, and Steed and Keel attempt to expose his enemies.

3-3: Double Danger
Written by Gerald Verner, adapted by John Dorney
A dangerous attempt to discover a cache of stolen diamonds goes badly wrong, and Keel is captured by a criminal gang.

3-4: Toy Trap
Written by Bill Strutton, adapted by John Dorney
Keel is charged with keeping an eye on the daughter of a friend. But it soon becomes clear that all is not well at her place of employment, a department store in London…

4-1: Kill the King
Written By James Mitchell, adapted by John Dorney
When the King of an unstable Far Eastern country visits the UK to sign an oil treaty, Steed is assigned to his protection and discovers that assassins lurk around every corner.

4-2: A Change of Bait
Written By Lewis Davidson, adapted by John Dorney
Carol's landlord has got into a lot of trouble with a shipment of bananas and a crooked businessman. Fortunately Steed and Keel are hot on the heels of insurance fraudsters and might just be able to save him...

4-3: Hunt the Man Down
Written By Richard Harris, adapted by Justin Richards
When Frank Preston is released from prison the race is on to find his hidden loot. Can Steed and Keel survive warring gangsters to return the stolen property and rescue a kidnapped Carol?

4-4: Dead of Winter
Written By Eric Paice, adapted by John Dorney
When the frozen body of a Neo-Nazi is discovered at the docks, Steed and Keel get involved with a fascist organisation developing an apocalyptic plan.

5-1: Nightmare
Written by Dan Starkey, from a storyline by Terence Feely
When one of his patients, an experimental scientist, goes missing, Dr Keel ends up impersonating him. But not all doctors are on the side of the angels.

5-2: Girl on the Trapeze
Written by Dennis Spooner, adapted by Rae Leaver
The circus has come to town - but after Keel witnesses an apparent suicide, it becomes clear that the clowns are concealing something sinister behind the scenes.

5-3: Crescent Moon
Written by Phil Mulryne, from a storyline by Geoffrey Bellman and John Whitney
On a Caribbean Island, Steed finds himself caught up in a curious case of kidnapping, where if he wants to save a missing girl, he's got to find out what's really going on... and quickly.

5-4: Diamond Cut Diamond
Written by John Dorney, from a storyline by Max Marquis
A smuggling ring is leaving a trail of bodies in its wake. Steed goes undercover as an air steward to investigate, but can he confront the culprit before it's his head on the block?

6-1: The Frighteners
Written by Berkeley Mather, adapted by Rae Leaver
If you need someone scared off, you speak to the Deacon. Steed and Keel are on the trail of an intimidation expert whose services have recently been acquired by a wealthy businessman. But as they head deeper and deeper into this seedy world, who do they really have to stop. And who do they have to save?

6-2: Death on the Slipway
Written by Ian Potter, from a storyline by James Mitchell
When a fellow agent is killed, Steed is sent undercover at a government dockyard to find the killer. Can he sort the truth from the lies and track down the enemy infiltrator hunting for top secret plans before it’s all too late?

6-3: Tunnel of Fear
Written by John Dorney, from a storyline by John Kruse
Southend. A perfect spot for a family holiday - or for a traitor to hide. Somewhere in the town lurks a spy ring that is smuggling out classified information. When his old mole is attacked, and with innocent lives at risk, Steed takes Keel to the seaside for a far from sunny time.

7-1: Dragonsfield
Written by Ian Potter, from a script by Terence Feely
A man has been murdered in an experimental laboratory, and Steed is sent to investigate. Someone is working for the other side - and Steed will need to untangle a messy web of inter-personal relationships if he's to stand any chance of identifying who.

7-2: The Far Distant Dead
Written by Tom Mallaburn from a script by John Lucarotti
En route from Chile back to England, Dr Keel stops off to help the victims of a cyclone. Except not every fatality he encounters was caused by the disaster. It appears he's stumbled onto an international conspiracy of the most sinister kind... and the perpetrators will be found many miles away...

7-3: The Deadly Air
Written by John Dorney from a script by Lester Powell
When an experimental vaccine is destroyed Steed calls in Keel to join him on the scene as a medical expert. But it isn't long before the saboteur becomes a murderer. As the situation escalates, can the Avengers identify their foe before they become his victims?

MY COMMENTS

       I loved The Avengers. No real fan of spy-fi series could not love The Avengers. The inimitable Mr. Steed, the incomparable Mrs. Peel, not to mention the others like Catherine Gayle and Tara King. The strange cases they encountered while defending queen and country and, in some cases, the world itself. It may have been on a different end of the spectrum from serious and somber tomes like The Spy Who Came In From The Cold but it was fun!
       Remembering them so well, the books come across as a mixed bag, as is often the case with books from television shows, especially when written by different people at different times. The first three books are very well done. The last one, Too Many Targets, is excellent. The others are passable, at best.

       So, the books get a low grade. The television show would get a B for the first season as it seemd to be a mystery just getting into stride, a A for the Gayle and the Mrs. Peel seasons for being great enjoyment with terrific imagination and panache, and a B+ for the King season! I cannot rate the books higher than a "C" because they don't deserve it.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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