THE GIRL FROM PUSSYCAT
||Penelope (Penny) Candie
||The Girl From PUSSYCAT
||1965 - 1968
ABOUT THE SERIES
Penny Candie is a reporter for a romance magazine.
This series is NOT a spy series. That, of course, begs the question why is it included in the compendium. The answer is really because many other lists I have come across have included it. For that reason, I am also including it to point out that it truly doesn't belong.
When the series opens, written in the same year as the first of Ted Mark's more famous Man From O.R.G.Y. series, Candie (ok, I admit I liked the name) is a junior reporter put in charge of the romance magazine, Lovelights, for Pussycat Publications. Concerned she cannot handle the job because at 21, she is still a virgin, she goes out of her way to rectify that situation, resulting in some mighty strange failures, each one convincing her more and more that there is something wrong with her but making her more determined to achieve her goal.
The non-spy series goes crazy after that, including a totally bizarre situation where she becomes a man who is lusted after ladies just like her former self.
It seems obvious that with the initial success of the Man From O.R.G.Y. the publisher wished to capitalize on the publicity and so prompted the author to come up with something else. It had to have been the publisher who pushed the ersatz spy motif to the series because Ted Mark did not try at all to make his female protagonist anything other than a young girl embarrassed to be writing a love and sex column for women without having been in love or having had sex. Mr. Mark was after humor and to a degree he got it. And a lot of spy-loving fans bought it and certainly got confused.
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