Titan Books have confirmed plans to publish the
final two volumes of classic James Bond comic strip
adventures in 2009 and 2010...
Final 007 Strips
24th January 2009
Fans of the comic-strip
James Bond adventures will be thrilled
to learn that the final two compendiums from Titan
on the way. Once released, Titan will have published all 52 of
the classic stories since their original syndication in newspapers
from 1958 to 1983, including seven adventures not released in
The penultimate title and sixteenth in
the Titan Books collection will be "The Girl
Machine", due for release on 30th June 2009
in the UK and USA. Previously skipped over in earlier releases, "The
Girl Machine" will include the titular adventure as
well as "Beware Of Butterflies" and "The
All three stories were drawn by Yaroslav
Horak and written by Jim Lawrence and were first published
in the Daily Express between 1973 and 1974 and have not
been seen since their original syndication.
will also contains a brand new introduction by one
of the Bond cast and a host of exclusive feature material.
"The Girl Machine" (Amazon UK)
Order "The Girl Machine" (Amazon USA)
The final and seventeenth collection from Titan will take its
title from 1976 strip adventure "Nightbird".
Rounding out the series, the volume will also include "Hot-Shot"
and "Ape of
Diamonds". The reason these stories were skipped over earlier
in the series is often rumoured to be connected to rights
issues, but this is incorrect. The real reason the strips were
passed over in 2007 will become apparent when the volume
is released in early 2010. All three adventures were written
by Jim Lawrence and drawn by Yaroslav Horak (*and Neville Colvin).
"Nightbird" (Amazon UK)
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Above: The opening panel of "Ape
Despite being unpublished since its original
run in the Daily Express in 1977/1978, MI6 has coverage of "Ape
of Diamonds" - also the final 007 adventure syndicated
by that newspaper and the end of Series 3. Although
it is one of the series weakest stories, it has
a unique contribution from artist Neville Colvin who created
additional artwork to conclude the story in a fuller manner.
About The Strips
Four years before Sean Connery would bring 007
to the silver screen with "Dr No", Daily Express readers in the
UK got their first sight of James Bond in 1958 with the syndicated
comic strip series of "Casino Royale". The Daily Star concluded
Bond's UK newspaper run with "Polestar", and by 1983, 45 adventures
had been syndicated in British newspapers, with an additional
7 adventures published abroad. An amazing 6,500+ strips had been
produced over the 25 year period.
||A complete checklist of all 53
James Bond newspaper comic strip adventures published
between 1958 and 1983.