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Full Name: Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale
Nationality: Pottsylvanian
Organization: Fearless Leader
Occupation Agent

Creator: Bill Scott
Time Span: 1959 - 2019

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale are agents with the Pottsylvania Secret Police.
       The Secret Police is just an assumption on my part. We do not really learn what the organization is called but that would be fairly standard for an Eastern European country run by a dictator. We know that the country is fairly small from a map we are shown of it but it at least enjoys a coast which several sister countries do not. The power resides in the hands of the Fearless Leader who looks very much like a stereotypical fascist usually seen in a starched blue military officer's uniform with black jackboots, a monocle in his right eye, a nasty long saber scar on his right cheek, a permanent scowl on his face, and perpetually holding a cigarette in a long holder. He certainly does not look friendly nor does he ever act it, especially to his underlings.
       Boris and Natasha (their last names are almost never used) are two of his main underlings. Since we do not see any others, ever, they may be the only two around but that is pure speculation.

       Boris is a very short, wide man constantly dressed in a black trenchcoat (unless in disguise) and sporting a black hat with two peaks on it. He sports a very small mustache which is large on both sides of his upper lip and none (or none visible) under his nose. When we first meet him, he seems a bit taller than he does in later adventures. He perpetually sports either a frown or a sneer.
       Boris loves to go into action while in disguise. His personas are pretty lame and hardly worth the make-up and props he uses but they do seem to continually fool his chief target, Bullwinkle J. Moose. His other talents include safe-cracking and bomb-making, although the later tends to not work out so well for him. Boris refers to himself as the "world's greatest no-goodnik" and he has never performed any action to indicate otherwise.

       Natasha is the gorgeous, tall, femme fatale (as befits her last name) companion and partner of Boris. Like him she hails from Pottsylvania and talks with an Eastern European accent. It sometimes nears Germanic but usually lies closer to Russian in sound. Her height is, while not extreme, is still high enough to be above most of those she encounters. Certainly she towers over the diminutive Boris. She has long black hair falling below her shoulders and is quite curly at the ends.
       While she too will be seen from time to time in disguise, she does not seem as inclined to do so as her partner. She is usually shown to be the equal to Boris even if he does yell for her to "sharrup you mouth" a lot but it would not be hard to imagine that she is the smarter of the two, especially considering that she does not blow herself up as often as he does.

       Both Boris and Natasha swear allegiance to the Fearless Leader but they are not above deceiving him over and over, especially if it keeps him from punishing them.

MOVIES

Number of Movies:2
First Appearance:1992
Last Appearance:2000
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TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:1
First Appearance:1959
Last Appearance:2019
Network:ABC & NBC

REGULAR CAST
June ForayRocky and Natasha [ 1-5 ]
Bill ScottBullwinkle and Fearless Leader [ 1-5 ]
Paul FreesBoris [ 1-5 ]
William Conradnarrator [ 1-5 ]
Tara StrongRocky [ 6 ]
Brad NormanBullwinkle [ 6 ]
Ben DiskinBoris [ 6 ]
Rachel ButeraNatasha [ 6 ]
Piotr MichaelFearless Leader [ 6 ]
Daran Norrisnarrator [ 6 ]

       In 1959, a children's cartoon show about a squirrel and a moose became a big hit on television. The show would have several names during its life but its most common one is The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends. It was created by Jay Ward whose eponymously named company produced it. It would run with new episodes from November 1959 to June 1964 and then last to this day as reruns in syndication.
       While Rocket J. ("Rocky") Squirrel, a short little grey squirrel who perpetually wears a set of blue goggles set atop his head, and his best friend Bullwinkle J. Moose, an often dim-witted but always lovable brown moose with orange antlers, were never spies or operatives or anything that might qualify them for membership in this collection, they were invariably doing something that either sparked the interest of Boris & Natasha or stood in the way of the nefarious duo.
       The five seasons of episodes consisted of several story arcs. Some of these arcs were rather lengthy while a few were quite short. Each broadcast had two segments in these arcs, as well as other storylines for other characters.
       Wikipedia has a terrific breakdown of the history of the show.

       In 2017, Dreamworks Animation Television decided to acquire the rights to produce new adventures for Internet streaming. It ran in two sets of segments of Season 6, with three story arcs released in 2018 and the other three in 2019.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:86
First Appearance:1960
Last Appearance:2018

       A year after the Rocky and Bullwinkle show was first aired on television, Dell Publications came out with a series of comic book adventures of the two characters as well as their constant nemeses, Boris and Natasha. These were in the Dell Four Color imprint which contained a lot of different stars in its pages over the years. No one storyline dominated the comic from issue to issue as variety seemed the intent.
       Dell put out 7 issues of Four Color devoted to the pair though sometimes Rocky got top billing and other times Bullwinkle did. There were also two stand-alone issues of stories.
       Gold Key would try its hand at stories, coming out in 1963 with two issues. Charlton Comics would take over after a seven year hiatus with 7 issues where Bullwinkle had top billing, lasting two years. Gold Key would return to the title in 1972 and go until 1979 with a mixture of new stories and repeats of its own and of Dell's.
       In the Fall of 1987, Marvel Comics' Star Comics label would bring Moose and Squirrel back for new stories for a couple of years. then we leap ahead to 2014 when IDW tried its hand at adventures in 4 issues.
       American Mythology Productions gave us 3 issues of stories in 2017.

1 Magnetic Moose Magnetic Moose
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer), Ben De Nunez (artist)
Copyright: 10/1960

1st of 2 stories in Four Color #1128, titled Rocky and His Friends - Reprinted in Bullwinkle #3, 04/1972 and #20, 04/1979 - 8 pages:
Bullwinkle's every move is being watch by adoring moon girls and they want him to come visit. Boris and Natasha have a plan to make use of that.

2 The Mooseterious Journey The Mooseterious Journey
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer), Ben De Nunez (artist)
Copyright: 10/1960

2nd of 2 stories in Four Color #1128, titled Rocky and His Friends - Reprinted in Bullwinkle #3, 04/1972 and #20, 04/1979 - 8 pages:
The Moon Men are back with another plan to snatch Bullwinkle and take him back to the Moon for his adoring Moon Girls. This involves bubbles to float him there.

3 Moosic Lovers Moosic Lovers
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/1961

1st of 2 stories in Four Color #1152, titled Rocky and His Friends - Reprinted in Bullwinkle #4 07/1972, #15 03/1977 and #21 06/1979 - 8 pages:
Bullwinkle wants to be a music star but his singing is horrible. It is also throwing Pottsylvania's satellite out of orbit so Boris and Natasha must silence him.

4 The Cane Caper The Cane Caper
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/1961

2nd of 2 stories in Four Color #1152, titled Rocky and His Friends - Reprinted in Bullwinkle #4 07/1972 and #21 06/1979 - 8 pages:
Bullwinkle wins a cane at an amusement arcade game. Boris wants the cane so he and Natasha go to great lengths to steal it at the park.

5 Short Wave Moose Short Wave Moose
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/1961

1st of 2 stories in Four Color #1166, titled Rocky and His Friends - 8 pages:
After an accident causes Bullwinkle's antlers to be misaligned, Rocky fixes them and secures them with a line between them. This allows him to receive radio waves but that also interferes with Boris and Natasha's reception of instructions from Fearless Leader.

6 Incredible Shrinking Moose Incredible Shrinking Moose
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/1961

2nd of 2 stories in Four Color #1166, titled Rocky and His Friends - 8 pages:
Boris and Natasha receive a visit from a Pottsylvanian scientist who has created a shrinking ray (to make the citizens smaller so they can fit in the one subway car the country has). Boris decides to test it on his archenemy, Bullwinkle.

7 Moose Goes West Moose Goes West
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 11/1961

1st of 3 stories in Four Color #1208, titled Rocky and His Friends - Reprinted in Bullwinkle and Rocky #24 12/1979. - 8 pages:
Bullwinkle sees an ad to be on a Western so he and Rocky head west to audition. Boris and Natasha get orders to find a way to sneak in Pottsylvania propaganda into TV shows. The two pairs will collide.

8 The Soda Baron The Soda Baron
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 11/1961

2nd of 3 stories in Four Color #1208, titled Rocky and His Friends - Reprinted in Bullwinkle and Rocky #24 12/1979. - 8 pages:
Boris invents a formula a powder to make instant root beer. He is certain he will get rich from it.

9 Million-Dollar Moose Million-Dollar Moose
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 11/1961

3rd of 3 stories in Four Color #1208, titled Rocky and His Friends - Reprinted in Bullwinkle and Rocky #24 12/1979 - 8 pages:
Bullwinkle wants to become a stamp collector. He goes to a stamp company where he accidentally mails a letter with a $1 million stamp on it - the same stamp Boris and Natasha have been ordered to steal.

10 Masked Moose Masked Moose
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/1962

1st of 4 stories in Four Color #1270, titled Bullwinkle and Rocky - 8 pages:
Bullwinkle wants to teach a mean professional wrestler a lesson so he joins the group. Boris decides to become one as well to win a medal for Pottsylvania. They get put together as a tag team.

11 On The Bleach On The Bleach
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/1962

2nd of 4 stories in Four Color #1270, titled Bullwinkle and Rocky - 1 page - Thirsty, Boris accidentally drinks a glass of laundry bleach which somehow turns him invisible. Natasha wants to pump his stomach but all she can find is a bicycle pump.

12 Fortune Kooky Fortune Kooky
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/1962

3rd of 4 stories in Four Color #1270, titled Bullwinkle and Rocky - 8 pages:
Boris lets the stolen formula for supersonic crabgrass killer fly out of his hands. It lands in a Chinese fortune cookie factory.

13 Pot Of Mold Pot Of Mold
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/1962

4th of 4 stories in Four Color #1270, titled Bullwinkle and Rocky - 1 page:
Bullwinkle's pot of "pease porridge" has gone moldy so Rocky throws it out, which Boris and Natasha steal thinking it is a wonder drug.

14 Underwater Moose Underwater Moose
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/1962

1st of 3 stories in Four Color #1275, titled Rocky and His Friends - Reprinted in Bullwinkle #5 09/1972 - 8 pages:
Boris has a plan to round up all the electric eels in 'Erster Bay to sell them to peasants in Pottsylvania to light their hovels. He tricks Bullwinkle doing the work while the Moose is skin-diving.

15 The Interview The Interview
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/1962

2nd of 3 stories in Four Color #1275, titled Rocky and His Friends - 2 pages - Boris and Natasha get on a TV talk show where Boris tells the interviewer that Pottsylvania is "friendly enemies" and Natasha tells how she "volunteered" when "they" told her "from now on you're a spy!!"

16 Noose For A Moose Noose For A Moose
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/1962

3rd of 3 stories in Four Color #1275, titled Rocky and His Friends - Reprinted in Bullwinkle #5 09/1972 - 8 pages:
To prove that Pottsylvania's upcoming election is not rigged, Fearless Leader orders Boris and Natasha to bring Bullwinkle to their country to run for President, planning on eliminating him in the end.

17 Muscle Bound Moose Muscle Bound Moose
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/1962

1st of 3 stories in Four Color #1311, titled Rocky and His Friends - Reprinted in Bullwinkle #7 04/1973 and Bullwinkle and Rocky #23 10/1979 - 8 pages:
Boris is being replaced by Ivan Hoodnik who has a plan for eliminating Bullwinkle by giving him a membership in a health club. Boris knows he must cause Ivan to fail to get his job back.

18 Egyptian Gyp Egyptian Gyp
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/1962

2nd of 3 stories in Four Color #1311, titled Rocky and His Friends - 8 pages - Archaeology Professor Diggum Upp wants Rocky to go to Egypt to squeeze into a pyramid to recover a valuable clay tablet. To help, he hires two guides to go with them - Boris and Natasha in disguise.

19 Shutter Bugged Shutter Bugged
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 05/1962

3rd of 3 stories in Four Color #1311, titled Rocky and His Friends - 1 page - Boris was supposed to take photos of secrets gotten at the Hexagon but he held the camera backwards and only took many pictures of himself.

20 Matador Moose Matador Moose
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/1962

1st of 2 stories in the solo issue for Dell - Reprinted in Bullwinkle #6 01/1973 - 9 pages:
In another plot to get rid of Bullwinkle, Boris and Natasha convince him to take the new guitar he just bought and entertain fans in a bullring.

21 Mono Rail Moose Mono Rail Moose
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/1962

2nd of 2 stories in the solo issue for Dell - 8 pages - Bullwinkle needs a hair cut. Boris and Natasha are sent by Fearless Leader to get a bunch of moose hair, "the only substance strong enough for the cross hairs in the sight of [his] new missile".

22 Sing A Song Of Sixpence Sing A Song Of Sixpence
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/1962

1st of 6 stories in the solo issue for Dell named The Bullwinkle Mother Moose Nursery Pomes - 5 pages - Retelling of the pie of 4 and 20 blackbirds with Bullwinkle as the baker and Boris as the king.

23 The Owl and the Pussycat The Owl and the Pussycat
Published by Dell Comics

Copyright: 07/1962

2nd of 6 stories in the solo issue for Dell named The Bullwinkle Mother Moose Nursery Pomes - Reprinted in Bullwinkle #12 06/1976 - 5 pages:
Retelling of the poem of that name telling of the unfortunate trip taken by Boris and Natasha. They encounter Bullwinkle to their unhappiness.

24 The House that Jack Built The House that Jack Built
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/1962

3rd of 6 stories in the solo issue for Dell named The Bullwinkle Mother Moose Nursery Pomes - 2 pages - Retelling of the poem with Bullwinkle having built a glass house in a community where all houses but his look the same. He is not popular and Boris and Natasha plan to get rid of it.

25 Little Miss Muffet Little Miss Muffet
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/1962

4th of 6 stories in the solo issue for Dell named The Bullwinkle Mother Moose Nursery Pomes - 2 pages:
Boris and Natasha solo - Retelling the poem with Boris and Natasha pondering what is a tuffet, for one thing.

26 Mother Goose Medley Mother Goose Medley
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/1962

5th of 6 stories in the solo issue for Dell named The Bullwinkle Mother Moose Nursery Pomes - 5 pages:
Mixture of several poems with Boris sawing off the bough with the cradle, Natasha pushing a Boris-style Humpty off the wall, and Bullwinkle wondering about the new star in the sky - hint, it's a Pottsylvanian satellite with Boris and Natasha in it.

27 Old Mother Moose Old Mother Moose
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/1962

6th of 6 stories in the solo issue for Dell named The Bullwinkle Mother Moose Nursery Pomes - 1 page:
Bullwinkle tries to make up his own poem, ala Mother Moose, and Boris finds a way to sabotage the effort.

28 Strictly For The Birds Strictly For The Birds
Published by Western Printing
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 11/1962

1st of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle #1 - Reprinted in Bullwinkle #12, 06/1976 - 7 pages:
Boris has stolen all the birds from the zoo and used them to create the fastest, smartest, strongest, etc. bird to be used by him to be the perfect spy bird.

29 Star Billing Star Billing
Published by Western Printing
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 11/1962

2nd of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle #1 - Reprinted in Bullwinkle #15, 03/1977 - 9 pages:
Boris and Natasha disguise themselves as movie producers to lure Bullwinkle into performing impossible stunts to be in a movie, certain one of them will eliminate their hated enemy.

30 Phantom of the Soap Opera Phantom of the Soap Opera
Published by Western Printing
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/1963

2nd of 3 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle #2 - Reprinted in Bullwinkle #25, 02/1980 - 8 pages:
Boris is up to no good at the local opera house and his mischief gets Rocky and Bullwinkle hired to find who the culprit is.

31 Pottsylvanian Pitch Pottsylvanian Pitch
Published by Western Printing
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/1963

2nd of 3 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle #2 - 8 pages - Boris has turned ad-man and come up with a commercial extolling the wonders of Pottsylvania. [no Rocky and Bullwinkle]
Reprinted in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show #1, 2017

32 Bat-Ball Batty Bat-Ball Batty
Published by Western Printing
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 02/1963

3rd of 3 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle #2 - 6 pages - Both Bullwinkle and Boris want to win a kid's paddle ball tournament so they both disguise themselves of children.
Reprinted in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show #1, 2017

33 They Lost Their Marbles They Lost Their Marbles
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 07/1970

1st of 3 stories in the Charlton series Bullwinkle and Rocky #1 - 9 pages - "An ancient tomb has been reassembled in a museum, but two assistants and valuable jewels are missing. Could two agents of a foreign power be involved?"

34 I'll String Along With You I'll String Along With You
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 07/1970

2nd of 3 stories in the Charlton series Bullwinkle and Rocky #1 - 6 pages - "Bullwinkle flies a kite and while he and Rocky are airborne, he bumps into some fiendish friends."

35 The Same Routine! The Same Routine!
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 07/1970

3rd of 3 stories in the Charlton series Bullwinkle and Rocky #1 - 5 pages - "Boris dreams of getting rid of moose and squirrel."

36 Take Your Time! Take Your Time!
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 09/1970

1st of 3 stories in the Charlton series Bullwinkle and Rocky #2 - 8 pages - "Rocky and Bullwinkle solve the mystery of the haunted clock and find a fortune for a clock shop owner."

37 All Balled Up! All Balled Up!
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 09/1970

2nd of 3 stories in the Charlton series Bullwinkle and Rocky #2 - 8 pages - "Rocky and Bullwinkle are bowling and are joined by two sinister characters..

38 A Slip In Plans A Slip In Plans
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 09/1970

3rd of 3 stories in the Charlton series Bullwinkle and Rocky #2 - 8 pages - "Boris has escaped from prison and he and Natasha are on a crime spree.:

39 Sales Appeal Sales Appeal
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 11/1970

1st of 4 stories in the Charlton series Bullwinkle and Rocky #3 - 2 pages - "Rocky gives Bullwinkle advice about how to sell his car to Boris."

40 Flight Lesson Flight Lesson
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 11/1970

2nd of 4 stories in the Charlton series Bullwinkle and Rocky #3 - 6 pages - "Bullwinkle accidentally starts a plane and is joined by Boris and Natasha."

41 Go For Broke! Go For Broke!
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 11/1970

3rd of 4 stories in the Charlton series Bullwinkle and Rocky #3 - 8 pages - [plot unknown]

42 Things Are Looking Up Things Are Looking Up
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 11/1970

4th of 4 stories in the Charlton series Bullwinkle and Rocky #3 - 1 page - [plot unknown]

43 We Haunted Hams We Haunted Hams
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 01/1971

Published in the Charlton series Bullwinkle and Rocky #4 - 10 pages - "Boris and Natasha cause problems for some actors."

44 The Golf Game The Golf Game
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 03/1971

1st of 2 stories in the Charlton series Bullwinkle and Rocky #5 - 4 pages - [plot unknown]

45 Iron Out Your Troubles Iron Out Your Troubles
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 03/1971

2nd of 2 stories in the Charlton series Bullwinkle and Rocky #5 - 5 pages - "Rocky and Bullwinkle are asked to help solve an epidemic of mysterious robberies."

46 Gold Giving Gadget!! Gold Giving Gadget!!
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 06/1971

Published in the Charlton series Bullwinkle and Rocky #6 - 9 pages - "Rocky and Bullwinkle get involved with an inventor of a gold-making machine."

47 The Saga Of The Fog Bank! The Saga Of The Fog Bank!
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 07/1971

1st of 2 stories in the Charlton series Bullwinkle and Rocky #7 - 10 pages - "Rocky and Bullwinkle bail out of their plane and find a jungle with a geyser that spouts silver.
Boris and Natasha try to chase them away."

48 Side-Tracked!! Side-Tracked!!
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 07/1971

2nd of 2 stories in the Charlton series Bullwinkle and Rocky #7 - 8 pages - "Boris and Natasha are directed to obtain moose hairs."

49 The Stickup! The Stickup!
Published by Charlton

Copyright: 01/1972

Published in Charlton series Underdog #10 - 6 pages.
Boris and Natasha are on a crime spree in a Western town tourist attraction, working as stick-up artists, literally. Boris has gotten hold of a magic wand. Rocky and Bullwrinkle are asked to help bring them in.
Click here to read the story.

50 Fling, Fling The Banjoes Fling, Fling The Banjoes
Published by Western Printing
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 01/1973

3rd of 3 stories (first 2 were reprints) in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #6 - 4 pages - Bullwinkle recounts the tale of his great uncle, Stephen Bullwinkle, and his musical career which pitted him against Gaylord Badenov, ex-music critic and now riverboat gambler.

51 April Schnauzers April Schnauzers
Published by Western Printing
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 04/1973

2nd of 2 stories (first was a reprint) in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #7 - 8 pages - Boris and Natasha had a plan for growing vegetables but Bullwinkle's new singing career is causing trouble - and rain.

52 Something's Afoot Something's Afoot
Published by Western Printing
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/1973

1st of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #8 - 8 pages - Fearless Leader has learned that 400 years ago a pirate named Hoodwinkle buried a treasure. The oldest male of each generation has a map to the treasure tattooed on the bottom of his foot. Boris and Natasha must get it from Bullwinkle.

53 Pie In The Sky Pie In The Sky
Published by Western Printing
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 07/1973

2nd of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #8 - 6 pages - Fearless Leader demands Boris win in a pie-eating contest or get sent to the Shiverian coal mines. Bullwinkle is also entering the competition.

54 Dog-Gone Death Ray Dog-Gone Death Ray
Published by Western Printing
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 10/1973

1st of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #9 - 7 pages - Bullwinkle and Rocky meet a genius inventor who has created a giant electronic dog whistle. Fearless Leader believes it can also be used as a death ray and sends Boris and Natasha to get it.

55 Hold The Mustard! Hold The Mustard!
Published by Western Printing
Contributors: Al Kilgore (writer and artist)
Copyright: 10/1973

2nd of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #9 - 7 pages - At the same time Rocky and Bullwinkle are going out to eat because of Bullwinkle's lousy cooking, Boris and Natasha are sent by Fearless Leader to America to pick up a salami sandwich on date-and-nut bread, with added direction to hold the mustard.

56 Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Published by Western Printing

Copyright: 01/1974

1st of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #10 - 7 pages - Visiting an astronomy lab across the street from his house, Bullwinkle hits his head on a telescope and decides he can predict the future as an astrology expert. Boris and Natasha hear this and think they can cash in on his ability.

57 Come Clean Come Clean
Published by Western Printing

Copyright: 01/1974

2nd of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #10 - 7 pages - Fearless Leader sends Boris and Natasha to Laundro-City with a package because that laundromat is a message drop site for his spies. Bullwinkle accidentally buy the place from the owner and so get mixed up in the mess.
Reprinted in Rocky & Bullwinkle Present: The Best of Boris & Natasha 2019.

58 Mastermind Moose Mastermind Moose
Published by Western Printing

Copyright: 04/1974

1st of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #11 - 7 pages - Trying to fix a short circuit in the world's smartest computer, Bullwinkle zaps himself and absorbs all the information the machine held. In need of a secret weapon to help pay the bills, Boris and Natasha learn of Bullwinkle's new ability and try to horn in.
Reprinted in Rocky & Bullwinkle Present: The Best of Boris & Natasha 2019.

59 A Signal Discovery A Signal Discovery
Published by Western Printing

Copyright: 04/1974

2nd of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #11 - 7 pages - Pottsylvania's crop of skunk cabbage has failed and Fearless Leader needs to bolster its economy so he bets the entire treasury of $1.97 on an American football game. To make sure the team he picked will win, he sends Boris and Natasha into action.
Reprinted in Rocky & Bullwinkle Adventures: Halloween Comicfest #1 2018.

60 Sneezy Does It Sneezy Does It
Published by Western Printing

Copyright: 09/1976

1st of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #13 - 7 pages - Bullwinkle says he has had a cold for years. Rocky tells him he has an allergy. They head to Dr. G.E.Zunteit for help. That physician also has a chemical formula to make people sneeze like crazy so Boris and Natasha are sent to get it.

61 No Flies On Him No Flies On Him
Published by Western Printing

Copyright: 09/1976

2nd of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #13 - 6 pages - Bullwinkle had created a concoction to use on fly paper which attracts anything that flies. It stinks so badly Rocky throws it away so Bullwinkle must recreate it. Boris and Natasha learn of his plans and want the formula. The recreated stuff makes him irresistible to women.

62 Sub-Moose Sub-Moose
Published by Western Printing

Copyright: 12/1976

1st of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #14 - 5 pages - Having seen boxes and boxes marked 'bullion' while skin-diving, Bullwinkle builds a submarine to go after the Spanish gold he is certain is there. Boris is certain Moose is onto something big so he and Natasha go after him to steal it.

63 President Moose President Moose
Published by Western Printing

Copyright: 12/1976

2nd of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #14 - 8 pages - Visiting D.C., Bullwinkle and Rocky want to rent an apartment but instead of going to the correct office to fill out the forms, they accidentally wind up filling out the form to run for President. Boris and Natasha are ordered by Fearless Leader to run Bullwinkle's campaign.

64 Shrink Fast, Mr. Moose! Shrink Fast, Mr. Moose!
Published by Western Printing

Copyright: 06/1977

Found in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #16 - 11 pages - An American electrical engineer named Rubin Steuben has created a shrinking ray that Fearless Leader sends Boris and Natasha to get. Meanwhile, Bullwinkle is in need of a dentist and goes to the wrong address. You can guess where.

65 Astro-Nuts Astro-Nuts
Published by Western Printing

Copyright: 09/1977

1st of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #17 - 8 pages - Bullwinkle has built a rocket made out of crushed coffee cans with a trash can for a nose cone. He is heading to a launch site to try it out. Boris and Natasha are following along to steal it.

66 No Moose Is Good Noose No Moose Is Good Noose
Published by Western Printing

Copyright: 09/1977

2nd of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #17 - 5 pages - Bullwinkle has started a publication he calls a moosepaper. Boris tells Natasha he is joining the firm so he can plant lots of Pottsylvania propaganda.

67 Mind Power Mind Power
Published by Western Printing

Copyright: 12/1977

1st of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #18 - 5 pages - Rocky reads about a psychic who can bend utensils with his mind so he and Bullwinkle go to see him perform. Boris and Natasha are certain something is up so they follow and mistakenly think Bullwinkle has the power.

68 Don't Bug Me Don't Bug Me
Published by Western Printing

Copyright: 12/1977

2nd of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #18 - 5 pages - Natasha overhears Bullwinkle and Rocky talking about a secret formula so she convinces Boris they must get it from him. It is for deprivation cake.

69 Custard's Last Stand Custard's Last Stand
Published by Western Printing

Copyright: 03/1978

1st of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #19 - 7 pages - Boris has stolen the plans for a secret weapon called the I-Bomb from a scientist whose wife thinks is too fat. Turns out she invented it to melt all ice-cream.

70 Seer Sucker Seer Sucker
Published by Western Printing

Copyright: 03/1978

2nd of 2 stories in the Gold Key series Bullwinkle and Rocky #19 - 5 pages - When Bullwinkle gets bonked on the head with a crystal ball he just bought, he gains the ability to see into the immediate future. Boris and Natasha learn of this and plan on using him to make them rich.

71 The Invisible Ray The Invisible Ray
Published by Marvel Comics
Contributors: Dave Manak (writer), Ernie Colon (pencils)
Copyright: 11/1987

Two-part story in the Marvel/Star Comics series Bullwinkle and Rocky #1 - Bullwinkle buys a flashlight kit and puts it together in his shed, which happens to be above a buried meteor which affects the flashlight with cosmic rays which makes things it shines on invisible. Naturally Boris and Natasha want it.
Part 1 is titled The Invisible Ray or "_____!" - 7 pages.
Part 2 is titled Not Seeing Is Believing or 'Who Put Out The Lights?' - 7 pages
Reprinted in Bullwinkle and Rocky [Marvel Moosterworks] 01/1992

72 Bullwinkle vs. Bullwinkle Bullwinkle vs. Bullwinkle
Published by Marvel Comics
Contributors: Dave Manak (writer), Ernie Colon (pencils)
Copyright: 01/1988

Two-part story in the Marvel/Star Comics series Bullwinkle and Rocky #2 - The infamous, vile, corrupt, foul, evil ... Baron Von Schtunk has a plan to get even with the world for his being exiled to a not-so-nice island - a flying robot moose. He uses it to steal a top-top secret weapon satellite and of course you-know-who gets the blame.
Part 1 is titled Bullwinkle vs. Bullwinkle or 'Moosetakenly Yours' - 7 pages.
Part 2 is titled So You Wanna Be a Starfish or 'The Deep Six (Plus Two)'' - 7 pages
Reprinted in Bullwinkle and Rocky [Marvel Moosterworks] 01/1992

73 Moose of the Year Moose of the Year
Published by Marvel Comics
Contributors: Dave Manak (writer), Ernie Colon (pencils)
Copyright: 03/1988

Two-part story in the Marvel/Star Comics series Bullwinkle and Rocky #3 - Thyme Magazine;s publisher makes history by picking a random person to be its Person of the Year. The next person walking through his door is Bullwinkle! Meanwhile Boris decides to test his latest secret weapon using Bullwinkle - a suit coat that makes the wearer loved by all who see him.
Part 1 is titled Moose of the Year or 'Thyme Marches On!' - 7 pages.
Part 2 is titled A Star is Born or 'A Million Dollar Moosetake!!' - 7 pages
Reprinted in Bullwinkle and Rocky [Marvel Moosterworks] 01/1992

74 The Presidential Race The Presidential Race
Published by Marvel Comics
Contributors: Dave Manak (writer), Ernie Colon (pencils)
Copyright: 05/1988

Two-part story in the Marvel/Star Comics series Bullwinkle and Rocky #4 - As president of his one-man company, Bullwinkle gets an invitation for a CEO race in DC. He gets the address wrong and ends up at the White House at the same time Boris and Natasha are stealing secret documents from the Oval Office.
Part 1 is titled The Presidential Race or 'Every Man-Date for Himself' - 7 pages.
Part 2 is titled The Secret of the Jelly Beans Mystery or 'Spilling the Beans!' - 7 pages
Reprinted in Bullwinkle and Rocky [Marvel Moosterworks] 01/1992

75 The Backwards Boys The Backwards Boys
Published by Marvel Comics
Contributors: Dave Manak (writer), Ernie Colon (pencils)
Copyright: 07/1988

Two-part story in the Marvel/Star Comics series Bullwinkle and Rocky #5 - Bullwinkle and Rocky win a 'free' round trip cruise to Australia. Also on the cruise is Boris and Natasha who are tired of being the bad guys so set things up so they are good and Bullwinkle and Rocky are thought bad.
Part 1 is titled The Backwards Boys or "Syob Sdrawkcab Eht" - 7 pages.
Part 2 is titled Naughty But Nice or 'Gimme the Bad Ol' Days!' - 7 pages
Reprinted in Bullwinkle and Rocky [Marvel Moosterworks] 01/1992

76 Grab For the Gold Grab For the Gold
Published by Marvel Comics
Contributors: Dave Manak (writer), Ernie Colon (pencils)
Copyright: 09/1988

Two-part story in the Marvel/Star Comics series Bullwinkle and Rocky #6 - Bullwinkle and Rocky get tickets to the Summer Olympics but there they learn that Boris and Natasha are rigging the games.
Part 1 is titled Grab For the Gold or 'Don't Meddle With My Medals!' - 8 pages.
Part 2 is titled The 100 Meter Crash or 'Just a Hop, Trip and a Bump' - 8 pages

77 Return to Wassamotto U. Return to Wassamotto U.
Published by Marvel Comics
Contributors: Dave Manak (writer), Ernie Colon (pencils)
Copyright: 11/1988

Two-part story in the Marvel/Star Comics series Bullwinkle and Rocky #7 - [plot unknown]
Part 1 is titled Return to Wassamotto U. or 'The 'Wheeze' Kids' - 7 pages.
Part 2 is titled Million Dollar Scholar or 'You're Too Fresh, Man!' - 7 pages

78 The Moose Who Would Be Mayor The Moose Who Would Be Mayor
Published by Marvel Comics
Contributors: Ernie Colon (pencils)
Copyright: 01/1989

Two-part story in the Marvel/Star Comics series Bullwinkle and Rocky #8 - [plot unknown]
Part 1 is titled The Moose Who Would Be Mayor or 'Be-Caucus You're Mine!' - 7 pages.
Part 2 is titled Don't Rain on My Campaign or 'Takin' Debate' - 7 pages

79 Up, Down and Away Up, Down and Away
Published by Marvel Comics
Contributors: Dave Manak (writer), Ernie Colon (pencils)
Copyright: 03/1989

Two-part story in the Marvel/Star Comics series Bullwinkle and Rocky #9 - [plot unknown]
Part 1 is titled Up, Down and Away or '...The Flyin' Fool' - 7 pages.
Part 2 is titled Lights--Camera--Traction or 'What's For Lunch...Soup or Hero?' - 7 pages

80 The Psychic Sidekick The Psychic Sidekick
Published by IDW Comics
Contributors: Mark Evanier (writer), Roger Langridge (artist)
Copyright: 04/2014

Published in IDW series Rocky & Bullwinkle #1 - unk pages - Rocky and Bullwinkle want to stop Boris and Natasha from conning a wealthy philanthropist.

81 The Washed-Up Wizard The Washed-Up Wizard
Published by IDW Comics
Contributors: Mark Evanier (writer), Roger Langridge (artist)
Copyright: 04/2014

Published in IDW series Rocky & Bullwinkle #2 - unk pages - Rocky and Bullwinkle are trying to help an aging magician get his fame back but Boris and Natasha are out to stop them.

82 First Moose On The Moon First Moose On The Moon
Published by IDW Comics
Contributors: Mark Evanier (writer), Roger Langridge (artist)
Copyright: 04/2014

Published in IDW series Rocky & Bullwinkle #3 - unk pages - The Pottsylvania Space Program, trying since 1961, has finally launched their first rocket and Boris and Natasha are in it, heading to build something nefarious on the moon.

83 The Burger Monster The Burger Monster
Published by IDW Comics
Contributors: Mark Evanier (writer), Roger Langridge (artist)
Copyright: 04/2014

Published in IDW series Rocky & Bullwinkle #4 - unk pages - Boris and Natasha have a new plan with which to take over the country - they have started a fast food business with a zany product.

84 Campaign Reliever Campaign Reliever
Published by American Mythology Productions
Contributors: Todd Livingston (writer), S. L. Gallant (artist)
Copyright: 2017

Published in the AMP's series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show #1 - told in 2 parts of 7 and 6 pages for a total of 13 - [plot unknown]

85 The Haunting of Bough House The Haunting of Bough House
Published by American Mythology Productions
Contributors: Todd Livingston (writer), S. L. Gallant (artist)
Copyright: 2017

Published in the AMP's series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show #2 - unk. pages - Rocky and Bullwinkle investigate a B&B in a haunted house. The people running the facility are Boris and Natasha and they are up to no good as usual.

86 Every Which Way But Moose Every Which Way But Moose
Published by American Mythology Productions
Contributors: Todd Livingston (writer), Adrian Ropp (artist)
Copyright: 2018

Published in the AMP's series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show #3 - unk. pages - Fearless Leader is unhappy with the lack of success from Boris and Natasha and they are told go do something right or face the firing squad - as in getting fired.

PARODIES, SATIRES, AND PASTICHES

Number of Entries:1
First Appearance:1996
Last Appearance:1996

1 Wishin' For The Impossible Wishin' For The Impossible
Published by Mad Magazine
Contributors: Dick DeBartolo (writer), Angelo Torres (artist)
Copyright: 1996

Printed in Mad Magazine #347, July 1996 and from the I.M. Farce Dept.The old TV series is taken and given a new cast for a big screen movie. A member of this new IMF team is Ether Hunk (Tom Cruise) and it looks like he comes across Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog, Denis Rodman, Boris and Natasha. Plus there is also a mermaid! It is a parody satire of the TV show at first and then also the very first Mission: Impossible movie in a new series.  In this version of the movie Hunk discovers that Yelps is the IMF mole.
Click here to read the story.

COMIC STRIPS

Number of Arcs:1
Number of Strips:904
First Appearance:9999
Last Appearance:1000

       In the 90+ adventures in comicbook format that Dell and Gold Key produced in the early 60s and then concluded in the early 70s, many were by the hand of the extremely talented Al Kilgore. Comics.org, an industry expert, credits all of them to Kilgore but at least one websites contests Kilgore's having done them all.
       Kilgore had a terrific gift of giving the audience, which ran ostentiably to children but plainly had a lot of adult followers as well. He never talked down to the kids and he gave enough unoffending but still satirical bite to the stories that grown-ups could get a lot out of them.
       I do not know who approached whom but in July, 1962, Bell-McClure Syndicate brought out a daily (Mon-Sat) strip entitled Bullwinkle. It was drawn and written by Kilgore during its run of 3 years, 900+ strips. These adventures were extremely topical as well as being timeless in that the adventures could happen most any time but there were numerous instances of name-dropping to mark their place in history. Most notably were the frequent references to JFK prior to his assassination.

NOTE: I have finally accumulated all the strips and am slowly piecing together the story arcs.
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COLLECTIBLES

Number of Collectibles:5
First Appearance:1973
Last Appearance:1997

1 Boris and Natasha Pepsi Glass Boris and Natasha Pepsi Glass
Drinking Glass
Pepsi & Ward Productions Inc.
Copyright: 1973

A special drinking glass that featured the cartoon characters of Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale running. They were printed on the glass twice. It was just one of the glasses in the 1973 Pepsi Collector Series that had cartoon characters.

2 Natasha Glass Tumbler Natasha Glass Tumbler
Promo Glass
Holly Farms & Ward Productions Inc.
Copyright: 1975

The 1st drinking glass of 4 in the Holly Farms Collector Series 1975 that features Natasha Fatale, the female Russian spy from a classic animated TV show. The glass is 6.25 inches high and Natasha is shown on it twice. Other glasses in this same series featured Bullwinkle the moose, Rocky the squirrel and Boris Badenov. Holly Farms was a restaurant chain back then that served its own special fried chicken and also seafood. It was located most in the southeastern part of the US. Darling I look so good, yes darling!

3 Boris Badenov Glass Boris Badenov Glass
Promo Glass
Holly Farms & Ward Productions Inc.
Copyright: 1975

The 4th drinking glass of 4 in the Holly Farms Collector 1975 Series that featured Boris Badenov, the short Russian male spy that loved to use bombs from classic animated TV series. This series of glasses also had Natasha Fatale (1), Bullwinkle (2) and Rocky (3). It was also the 3rd drinking glass of 6 in the Pepsi Collector 1976 Series that also feature Bullwinkle (1), Rocky (2), Snidely Whiplash (4), Mr. Peabody (5) and Dudley Do-Right (6)."Oh No, Moose and Squirrel are before me again! But where is Natasha and who are these others? Me not know or care, cause need to make something go BOOM!"

4 Natasha & Boris Thermos Natasha & Boris Thermos
Drink Container
Ward Productions Inc.
Copyright: 1991

A drink container (thermos) with an illustration of Natasha Fatale and Boris Badenov on it. The illustration is based on the characters as they appeared on TV. The lid (thermos topper) is red and comes in handy as a cup. Be evil-doer as you gulp down your hot or cold beverage. Bang, does the tummy feel good now Natasha?
You can say that again, dahling!

5 Boris & Natasha Lunchbox Boris & Natasha Lunchbox
Food Container
Ward Productions Inc.
Copyright: 1997

A small metal (tin) food container (lunchbox) that gives top billing to Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. It's based on the cartoon called The Adventure of Rocky and Bullwinkle. The illustrations on all sides are as follows:
Front (Lid Side) - Depicts Boris and Natasha discussing their secret sneaky plan, but Rocky and Bullwinkle are there to hear it.
Right Side - Depicts pictures of Natasha, Bullwinkle and Rocky from bottom to top.
Bottom Side - Depicts the same picture of Natasha, Bullwinkle and Rocky from left to right.
Left Side - Depicts pictures of Boris (middle), Bullwinkle (top) and Rocky (bottom)
Top (Handle Side) with all Sides depicts what looks like a possible treasure map.
Back - Depicts the same as the Front (Lid Side) of the container.
Inside (Food Storage Area) looks like the interior of a tin box.

MY COMMENTS

       I want to believe that any fan of spy fiction would give at least a small smile to the inclusion of Boris and Natasha in any compendium devoted to spy series fiction. I mean, really! Who are more spy-nasty and iconic and stereotypical than these two? They were created specifically for this and they both play it wonderfully.
       I had a blast going back to my childhood when these no-goodniks first showed up. One thing that occurred to me as I reminisced was that so much of what I watched had to have gone over my head and I didn't notice and obviously didn't care but now as a somewhat older (albeit only marginally more mature) individual, watching them again and reading the comics and especially enjoying the heck out of the comic strips, I am still a huge fan.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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