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Daily Express - comic strip

James Bond, in comic strip form, debuted in the Daily Express on July 7th 1958. The Express faithfully serialised Fleming's work, virtually in novel order. Towards the end of the Fleming adaptions, with only the short stories and 'The Spy Who Loved Me' left, original material was introduced to these to extend them to 'novel length'.

Once the original books had been exhausted the Fleming estate gave Jim Lawrence (who had taken over from Henry Gammidge in adapting the material) permission to pen some brand new adventures. 33 storylines were created. Kingsley Amis's 'Colonel Sun' was also used.

The first 21 (including 'Colonel Sun') appeared in the Daily Express, with the final story (no. 22) appearing in the Sunday Express. A further seven new stories were syndicated outside the UK. All 29 were drawn by Yaroslav Horak.

The other five strips appeared in the Daily Star (between February 1981 and July 1983). The first was drawn by Harry North, with John McLusky returning to draw the last four (ending with 'Polestar').

Daily Express - Thunderball strip

'Thunderball' ran from December 1961 through to February 1962 before suddenly disappearing about half way through its publication as a result of a dispute between Fleming and Max Aitken, the paper's owner at the time.

It centred around an article entitled 'The Guns of James Bond', which Fleming had sold to the Sunday Times. Aitken thought this disloyal as the Express was serialising the novels.

After ten weeks, 'Thunderball' was dropped (the title was finished later, syndicated outside the UK) and the Bond strip did not appear again in the Express until June 1964 with 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.

The 'Thunderball' strip was adapted from the novel by Henry Gammidge and drawn by John McLusky.

The panel below is from the Swedish adaption, courtesy of Red Grant. Also an ad for the 'Thunderball' strip from The Holland Evening Sentinel, courtesy of Gary J. Firuta.

Special thanks to Red Grant, Eduardo Gimenez Gonzalez and Anders Frejdh for some of the following book covers.

Publications - original British printings

 

Publications - original US printings

Hardcover

British Jonathan Cape cover [1961] Jonathan Cape (London): 1st British edition - March 27th 1961 / 2nd printing 1964
British Book Club cover [1961] The Book Club (London): Book Club edition - 1961
 

Hardcover

Viking Book Club cover Viking (New York): 1st American edition - April 1961
Viking Book Club cover Viking (New York): Book Club edition - 1961
     

Paperback

Pan (London): 1st printing May 1963 at 3 shillings and sixpence, went to 17 printings up to 1976

Various cover illustrations:

1st - 12th British Pan cover 1st -12th British Pan back cover Man's back with 'bullet holes' designed by Raymond Hawkey - 1st to 12th printings - 1963-1965
13th / 14th British Pan cover 13th / 14th British Pan back cover Film stills cover - 13th to 14th printings - 1965
Domino's 'letter' advertising Player's cigarettes within British Pan 13th / 14th editions Domino's 'letter' advertising Player's cigarettes within British Pan 13th / 14th editions - some copies of the 14th printing included a promo letter for Player's Cigarettes, supposedly written by Domino
15th - 17th British Pan cover 15th - 17th British Pan back cover Photographic still life cover - 15th to 17th printings - 1966-1976
 

Paperback

Signet (New York): 1st printing May 1962 at fifty cents

Various cover illustrations:

1st American Signet cover - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta   Blue-grey Signet cover - 1st to 21st printings
22nd American Signet cover - Thanks to Red Grant   Blue-grey Signet cover with a '007 corner' - 22nd printing
23rd - 26th American Signet cover 23rd - 26th American Signet back cover Film poster artwork cover - 23rd to 26th printings
36th American Signet cover - Thanks to Richard J. Schulz 36th American Signet back cover - Thanks to Richard J. Schulz Film poster artwork cover - 36th printing

Other publications

Thanks to Gary J. Firuta, Anders Frejdh and Eduardo Gimenez Gonzalez:

United Kingdom

British Jonathan Cape uncorrected proof [1961] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta British Panther cover [1978] British publication [1978] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta British Longman cover [1980] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta British large print publication [1982] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta British Coronet cover [1989] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta 4th British Coronet cover [1989] British Penguin cover [2002] British Penguin Modern Classics cover [2004] British Penguin Modern Classics unused cover [2004] British hardcover [2008] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta British Vintage cover [2012] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta
 
British Penguin Modern Classics cover [2009] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta British Penguin cover [2010] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

United States of America

American Berkley cover [1982] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta American First Edition Library cover [1988] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta American MJF cover [1994] American Penguin cover [2003] American Easton Press cover [2006] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta American special edition - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta American Viking Book Club cover American paperback [2012] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Italy

Italian Garzanti 1st edition cover [1961] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Italian Garzanti cover [1965] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Italian Garzanti cover [1966] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Italian publication [1990] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Italian textbook publication [1991] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Italian publication [1996] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Italian publication [1998] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

France

French Plon cover [1962] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta French Plon cover [1962] French Plon cover [1966] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta French publication [1975] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta French Fleuve Noir cover [1980] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta French Fleuve Noir cover [1996] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta French publication [2001] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Germany

German publication [1965] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta German publication [1967] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta German publication [1975] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta German publication [1979] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta German publication [1980] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta German publication [1982] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta German publication [1984] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta German publication [1992] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta German publication [1996] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta German publication [1999] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta German publication [2012] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Spain

Spanish publication [1974] - Thanks to Eduardo Gimenez Gonzalez Spanish publication [1999] - Thanks to Eduardo Gimenez Gonzalez Spanish publication [2003] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Spanish publication [2011] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Norway

Norwegian publication [1962] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Norwegian publication [1968] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Norwegian publication [1978] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Sweden

Swedish Albert Bonnier cover [1962] - Thanks to Anders Frejdh Swedish Albert Bonnier cover [1965] - Thanks to Anders Frejdh Swedish Albert Bonnier cover [1965] - Thanks to Anders Frejdh Swedish Albert Bonnier cover [1973] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Swedish Albert Bonnier cover [1984] - Thanks to Anders Frejdh Swedish publication - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Holland

Dutch publication [1965] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Dutch publication [1974] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Dutch publication [1978] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Dutch publication [1984] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Dutch publication [1990] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Turkey

Turkish publication (1965) - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Turkish publication [1973] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Turkish publication [1983] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Turkish publication [1990] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Finland

Finnish publication [1965] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Finnish publication [1984] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Finnish publication [1990] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Finnish publication [1974] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Japan

Japanese publication [1964] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Japanese publication [1966] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Japanese publication [1976] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Russia

Russian publication [2001] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Russian publication [2008] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Russian publication [1991] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Hungary

Hungarian publication [1990] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Hungarian publication [1966] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Greece

Greek publication [1965] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Greek publication [1988] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Portugal

Portugese publication [1965] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Colombia

Colombian publication [1966] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Taiwan

Taiwan bootleg [1964] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Denmark

Danish publication [1962] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

China

Chinese publication [1975] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Malaysia

Malaysian publication [1968] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Thailand

Thai publication [1963] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Brazil

Brazilian publication [1997] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Omnibus editions

Thanks to Gary J. Firuta:

British hardcover [1994] British hardcover [1994] British hardcover [1984] British hardcover [1978] Italian hardcover [1978] German hardcover [1971] German hardcover [1968] French hardcover [1966]
 
French hardcover [2005] Russian hardcover [2002] American hardcover [1997] American hardcover [1996] Russian hardcover [1996] American hardcover [1965] German hardcover [1975] American Readers Digest hardcover [1961]
 
French paperback [1986] German paperback [1984] Russian hardcover [1992] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta Russian hardcover [1992] - Thanks to Gary J. Firuta

Audiobooks

Thanks to Gary J. Firuta:

American Blackstone audiobook [2001] British and American Chivers audiobook [1995] British and American Blackstone audiobook [2002] American Nova audiobook [1993] American Nova omnibus audiobook [1995] British Music Collection International audiobook [1998] British Penguin audiobook [2002] British Chivers audiobook [2009] British AudioGO / BBC audiobook [2012]

Daily Express serials - original Ian Fleming titles only

Thanks to Red Grant for the strip artwork used below.

Drawn by John Mclusky

 

Series One

1 Casino Royale 07Jul1958-13Dec1958 Adapted by Anthony Hearne
2 Live And Let Die 15Dec1958-28Mar1959 Adapted by Henry Gammidge
3 Moonraker 30Mar1959-08Aug1959    Adapted by Henry Gammidge
4 Diamonds Are Forever 10Aug1959-30Jan1960 Adapted by Henry Gammidge
5 From Russia, With Love 03Feb1960-21May1960 Adapted by Henry Gammidge
6 Dr. No 23May1960-01Oct1960  Adapted by Peter O' Donnell
7 Goldfinger 03Oct1960-01Apr1961 Adapted by Henry Gammidge
8 Risico 03Apr1961-24Jun1961 Adapted by Henry Gammidge
9 From A View To A Kill 25Jun1961-09Sep1961  Adapted by Henry Gammidge
10 For Your Eyes Only 11Sep1961-09Dec1961 Adapted by Henry Gammidge
11 Thunderball 11Dec1961-10Feb1962 Adapted by Henry Gammidge

Series Two

12 On Her Majesty's Secret Service 29Jun1964-17May1965 Adapted by Henry Gammidge
13 You Only Live Twice 18May1965-08Jan1966  Adapted by Henry Gammidge

Drawn by Yaroslav Horak

Series Three

14 The Man With The Golden Gun 10Jan1966-10Sep1966 Adapted by Jim Lawrence
15 The Living Daylights 12Sep1966-12Nov1966 Adapted by Jim Lawrence
16 Octopussy 14Nov1966-27May1967 Adapted by Jim Lawrence
17 The Hildebrand Rarity 29May1967-16Dec1967 Adapted by Jim Lawrence
18 The Spy Who Loved Me 18Dec1967-03Oct1968 Adapted by Jim Lawrence