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THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E.

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Full Name: April Dancer
Series Name: The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
Nationality: American
Organization: U.N.C.L.E.
Occupation Agent

Creator: Norman Felton
Time Span: 1966 - 2017

ABOUT THE SERIES

       April Dancer is an agent with U.N.C.L.E.       
       April Dancer is a medium height saucy brunette with the appealing figure of 34-22-34. She is 24 years of age at the start of her time with U.N.C.L.E. having just graduated from Radcliffe. Whether she entertained the thought of a life as a field agent for a clandestine organization is not known but her aptitude in the myriad skills such an operative would need lends credibility to the idea that if she had not aimed for it, she still fit in perfectly.
       The child of parents who "served in the government" (exact meaning unknown), Dancer went with them on their many and varied postings around the world. She literally grew up a child of international scene. Her intimate knowledge of a large number of varied languages vouches for this and shows that she learned to quickly absorb the dialects of any area she and her family landed. This lack of any sheltered life works greatly to her advantage as she feels comfortable in virtually any region she lands be it the fancy shops of London and Paris or the back street bazaars of the Middle East.
       Dancer is a gifted athlete as well. She owns a black belt in judo and is close to earning one in karate. Her skills with a gun are almost legendary in the U.N.C.L.E. Academy where her marks put her near the top. She can field strip a hand gun or a rifle in the dark and put it back together without hesitation and she has shown on more than one occasion that if pressed, she can shot to kill. Despite the skills, though, she retains a distaste for taking a life and does so only when forced. In addition to the standard weaponry fare, Dancer is 'armed' with trick apparel, including a bra which unravels into a thin but strong climbing wire.
       A love of racing is also in her blood and she has competed, unofficially, against some of the best drivers in the world. This is useful when she has to contend with traffic in places where the rules are only suggestions. She also is qualified to pilot a variety of aircraft and does so for relaxation.
       When Dancer was first out from the Academy, she was paired with a retired agent brought back to teach her the real world ropes. After a short time, he gave his nod of approval and withdrew, being replaced by a much younger agent named Mark Slate, a dashing, hip British agent imported to the New York office from London just to be paired with Dancer. The two hit it off perfectly from the beginning and though many thought the two might become romantically attached, they instead became like a family.
       Dancer is most interesting because she is a talented and dedicated agent who has nothing to prove to anyone, an agent who knows she is good and still getting better.

BOOKS

Number of Books:5
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1967

       There are five books in the series. The first two, written by Michael Avallone, were published in America by Signet, unlike the Man From UNCLE books which were put out by Ace. The remaining three books were published only in England, never making it into America.

1 The Birds Of A Feather Affair The Birds Of A Feather Affair
Written by Michael Avallone
Copyright: 1966

Needing one of their agents released from U.N.C.L.E. control, Thrush kidnaps Mark Slate and promises to dispatch him with prejudice unless a swap is made. Trying to find him, April herself becomes a prisoner and now the two of them must get free before Waverly has to give in.

2 The Blazing Affair The Blazing Affair
Written by Michael Avallone
Copyright: 1966

The evil of Nazi Germany is rising again in the form of the criminal group calling itself TORCH. The task of tracking down its origins, finding out its membership, and closing down its operations falls to Dancer and Slate.

3 The Golden Boats Of Taradata The Golden Boats Of Taradata
Written by Simon Latter
Copyright: 1967

April and Mark are dispatched by Waverly to check out the strange going-ons on the African island of Taradata where Thrush is hatching yet another nefarious plot.

4 The Cornish Pixie Affair The Cornish Pixie Affair
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1967

The murder of an U.N.C.L.E. agent in Cornwall brings April to that region working undercover in a circus troupe to find out why people are so interested in pixies made of black porphery.

5 The Global Globules Affair The Global Globules Affair
Written by Simon Latter
Copyright: 1967

For some reason tin dresses on Carnaby Street is connected to a plot to destroy the world's monetary system and April must figure out how.

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:9
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1969

1 Double Trouble For April Double Trouble For April
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

1st of 9 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1967. [plot unknown].
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2 Serpent of the Nile Serpent of the Nile
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

2nd of 9 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1967. [plot unknown].
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3 Mexican THRUSH Dance Mexican THRUSH Dance
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

3rd of 9 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1967. [plot unknown].
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4 England Swings England Swings
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

4th of 9 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1967. [plot unknown].
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5 April in the Fog April in the Fog
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

5th of 9 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1967. [plot unknown].
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6 The Case of the T.V. Take-Over The Case of the T.V. Take-Over
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

6th of 9 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1967. [plot unknown].
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7 Bolt Out of the Blue Bolt Out of the Blue
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

7th of 9 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1967. [plot unknown].
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8 The Case of Madame X The Case of Madame X
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

8th of 9 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1967. [plot unknown].
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9 War Drums War Drums
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

9th of 9 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1967. [plot unknown].
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10 A Bomb In Hand A Bomb In Hand
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1967

1st of 8 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1968. [plot unknown].
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11 The Dutch Windmill The Dutch Windmill
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1967

2nd of 8 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1968. [plot unknown].
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12 That Old April Charm That Old April Charm
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1967

3rd of 8 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1968. [plot unknown].
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13 The Chinaman Who Wasn't The Chinaman Who Wasn't
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1967

4th of 8 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1968. [plot unknown].
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14 The Side By Side Affair The Side By Side Affair
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1967

5th of 8 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1968. [plot unknown].
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15 It's Nicer To Die In Bed It's Nicer To Die In Bed
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1967

6th of 8 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1968. [plot unknown].
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16 The School For Skiing Affair The School For Skiing Affair
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1967

7th of 8 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1968. [plot unknown].
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17 An Unquiet Vacation An Unquiet Vacation
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1967

8th of 8 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1968. [plot unknown].
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18 The Dewline Affair The Dewline Affair
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

1st of 7 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1969. [plot unknown].
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19 A Bit of a Wag A Bit of a Wag
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

2nd of 7 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1969. [plot unknown].
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20 The Deep Water Affair The Deep Water Affair
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

3rd of 7 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1969. [plot unknown].
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21 The Pluto Affair The Pluto Affair
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

4th of 7 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1969. [plot unknown].
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22 A Puzzle For U.N.C.L.E. A Puzzle For U.N.C.L.E.
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

5th of 7 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1969. [plot unknown].
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23 The Kidnap Affair The Kidnap Affair
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

6th of 7 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1969. [plot unknown].
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24 The Little Jester The Little Jester
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

7th of 7 stories in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1969. [plot unknown].
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YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1969

1 The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1967 The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1967
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1967

Published by World Distributors. Contains 9 text adventures and 1 comicbook adventure plus assorted other items.
The text adventures are:
Double Trouble For April
Serpent of the Nile
Mexican THRUSH Dance
England Swings
April in the Fog
The Case of the T.V. Take-Over
Bolt Out of the Blue
The Case of Madame X
War Drums
The comicbook adventure was:
The Fatal Accidents Affair, reprinted from The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. #1 from Gold Key.

1 The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1968 The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1968
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1968

Published by World Distributors. Contains 8 text adventures and 1 comicbook adventure plus assorted other items.
The text adventures are:
A Bomb In Hand
The Dutch Windmill Affair
That Old April Charm
The Chinaman Who Wasn't
The Side By Side Affair
It's Nicer To Die In Bed
The School for Skiing Affair
An Unquiet Vacation
The comicbook adventure was:
The Kid Commandos Caper, reprinted from The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. #2 from Gold Key.

1 The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1969 The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1969
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

Published by World Distributors. Contains 8 text adventures and 1 comicbook adventure plus assorted other items.
The text adventures are:
The Dewline Affair
A Bit of a Wag
The Deep Water Affair
The Pluto Affair
A Puzzle For U.N.C.L.E.
The Kidnap Affair
The Little Jester
The comicbook adventure was:
The Captain Kidd Caper, reprinted from The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. #3 from Gold Key.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:29
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1978
Network:NBC

REGULAR CAST
Stephanie PowersApril Dancer [ 1 ]
Noel HarrisonMark Slade [ 1 ]
Leo G. CarrollAlexander Waverly [ 1 ]

       With the success of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., NBC, the network carrying the series, decided that a spin-off was in order. The producer, Norman Felton, was asked to create another show but this one was to be centered around a female agent. According to legend, Felton went along with the idea but not with a lot of enthusiasm which clearly shows in the results.
       The original premise of the offshoot would be that an aging agent, Mark Slate, forced into retirement by passing the mandatory retirement age of 40, is asked to help train a young female agent. Slate was the man who had broken in Napoleon Solo and was grateful for a chance to remain in service. The episode in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in which this took place was The Moonglow Affair. It starred Mary Ann Mobley, former Miss America, as April Dancer and Norman Fell as Mark Slate.
       When the green light on the new series was given, a few changes were made. The character Mark Slate was made considerably younger to make him appealing to young viewers. Additionally, the actors playing both leading roles were changed. Stephanie Powers was the new April and Noel Harrison got the nod as Slate.
       This show was considerably different that its sire. It took a great deal from the popularity of the campy Batman and became just as full of camp. The plots were far more outlandish than MfU, which is saying something, and the dialogue was far hipper. Most of the fans of MfU were not as enthusiastic.
       The show lasted but one year, running from September, 1966 to April, 1967. In all, only 29 episodes were made.
       Whether it was intentional or not, the relationship between Dancer and Slate bore a considerable amount of similarity to Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin. It was a shame that the quality of the plots and the writing were not of the same caliber.
       Interestingly, Leo G. Carroll reprised his role as Alexander Waverly and became one of the first actor to be in two series at the same time.
       By the way, the name of the character, April Dancer, was thought up by Ian Fleming when he was helping Felton draft the basic idea of MfU. At that time, the name was to be used for a secretary of Waverly, much like Miss Moneypenny was to M in the Bond series. That character was never used in the television series but Felton liked the name and, when the Girl From U.N.C.L.E. was created, he resurrected it.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:5
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1967

1 The Fatal Accidents Affair The Fatal Accidents Affair
Published by Gold Key
Contributors: Paul S. Newman (writer), Al McWilliams (artist)
Copyright: 01/01/1967

April and Mark are given the assignment of investigating a series of 'accidental' deaths of UNCLE agents.
Reprinted in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1967.

2 The Kid Commandos Caper The Kid Commandos Caper
Published by Gold Key
Contributors: Paul S. Newman (writer), Al McWilliams (artist)
Copyright: 04/01/1967

Something mysterious and dangerous is happening at a private school and April and Mark are told to find out what.
Reprinted in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1968.

3 The Captain Kidd Affair The Captain Kidd Affair
Published by Gold Key
Contributors: Paul S. Newman (writer), Bill Lignante (artist)
Copyright: 06/01/1967

Pirates in the modern era? That is what April and Mark are told to go up against.
Reprinted in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Annual 1969.

4 The One-Way Tourist Affair The One-Way Tourist Affair
Published by Gold Key
Contributors: Paul S. Newman (writer), Bill Lignante (artist)
Copyright: 08/01/1967

While checking out leaks of military intelligence documents, April and Mark are taken captive by THRUSH.

5 The Harem-Scarem Affair The Harem-Scarem Affair
Published by Gold Key
Contributors: Paul S. Newman (writer), Bill Lignante (artist)
Copyright: 10/01/1967

Something is going on in a fortification in the middle of the desert and April and Mark are given the job of infiltration.

DIGESTS

Number of Digests:7
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1967

Just as its older cousin, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., there were further novella-length adventures which lay in the pages of a digest magazine which had two volumes, the first of 6 issues and the second apparently of just 1. Just as the MfU stories, they used the house name of Robert Hart Davis.

1 The Sheik of Araby Affair The Sheik of Araby Affair
Vol 1 - Issue 1
Written by Richard Deming (writer),
Copyright: 12/01/1966

Hidden in a desert fortress, THRUSH has placed a horrible weapon with which it can ravage the world. This is April Dancer's first assignment - to destroy that device and to rescue Mark Slate from his planned execution at the facility.

2 The Velvet Voice Affair The Velvet Voice Affair
Vol 1 - Issue 2
Written by Richard Deming (writer)
Copyright: 02/01/1967

The luscious, seductive voice that came over the airways could easily control men's minds, luring them to their deaths. Held prisoner by this uncanny agent of THRUSH is Mark Slate. Sent to get him free and to silence that voice is April Dancer.

3 The Burning Air Affair The Burning Air Affair
Vol 1 - Issue 3
Written by I. G. Edmonds (writer)
Copyright: 04/01/1967

A power-crazed maniac has a device that can kill untold number of people. April Dancer and Mark Slate are ordered to "find and destroy this machine of death - or the very air we breath will sear our lungs to ashes!"

4 The Deadly Drug Affair The Deadly Drug Affair
Vol 1 - Issue 4
Written by Richard Deming (writer)
Copyright: 06/01/1967

[plot unknown]

5 The Mesmering Mist Drug Affair The Mesmering Mist Drug Affair
Vol 1 - Issue 5
Written by
Copyright: 08/01/1967

Hidden in the Gobi Desert, THRUSH has a weapon that can pull out of a man's head his inner-most thoughts, before destroying the victim without a trace. April Dancer's mission is to find and destroy it.

6 The Stolen Spaceman Affair The Stolen Spaceman Affair
Vol 1 - Issue 6
Written by I. G. Edmonds (writer)
Copyright: 10/01/1967

[plot unknown]

7 The Sinister Satellite Affair The Sinister Satellite Affair
Vol 2 - Issue 1
Written by I. G. Edmonds (writer)
Copyright: 12/01/1967

[plot unknown]

REFERENCE BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2013
Last Appearance:2017

1 The Photo Files Of UNCLE The Photo Files Of UNCLE
Written by Paul Derek
Copyright: 2013

Volume 1 in a 2 book series. The secret vaults have been opened and now the U.N.C.L.E. Photo Files are out. View never before seen photos of the U.N.C.L.E. Agents like Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn), April Dancer (Stephanie Powers), Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum), Alexander Waverly (Leo G. Carroll) and many others. All of the photo have captions by the author and the collection is vast within.

2 The Photo Files Of UNCLE #2 The Photo Files Of UNCLE #2
Written by Paul Derek
Copyright: 2013

Volume 2 in a 2 book series. The secret vaults have been opened again for a second time. Enjoy more captioned rarely seen image and photo of many of the U.N.C.L.E. Agents. Again featured are Napoleon Solo(Robert Vaughn), April Dancer (Stephanie Powers), Illya Kurakin (David McCallum), Alexander Waverly (Leo G. Carroll) and many others. Another vast collection of photos.

3 Hero-A-Go-Go! Hero-A-Go-Go!
Written by Michael Eury
Copyright: 2017

This book is subtitled "Campy Comic Books, Crimefighters & Culture Of The Swinging Sixties." It mentions and gives details on a number of Spy Series within! Welcome to the Camp Age when spies liked their wars cold and their women warm and good guys beat bad guys with a pun and a punch. Celebrate the Camp Craze of the Swinging Sixties when just about everyone was a secret agent.

MY COMMENTS

       The television series did not go over too well with viewers. Oddly enough, the books fare considerably better. As a result, if you are a fan of the books put out in the MFU series, you will find the books in the GFU just as entertaining.
       When you read the books, keep the truly beautiful Stephanie Powers firmly in mind. It makes imagining the action a lot more enjoyable. Trust me, I know. Even the goofiest missions and lamest dialogue and coldest prose go much much better when Ms. Powers is involved.

GRADE

My Grade: C-

Your Average Grade:   C+

YOUR OPINIONS

chrisno1 C+ 2020-11-27

I''ve never seen the TV show, but for some reason I once possessed all the novels. Bulk buy at a jumble sale, I suspect. Thry went ho charity when I had to downsize my bookshelves- oh, misery. I rather liked April Dancer. Michael Avallone''s two books were particularly good I recall.


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