The first comic book to feature Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 was DC Comics' Showcase issue #43. It was an adaptation of Dr. No, it was the March-April 1963 issue and was published months before the movie hit cinemas in the United States; months before American audiences would have a chance to meet Agent 007. Needless to say, the comic book wasn't a huge success. Due to the rather poor sales, DC decided not to produce any more James Bond comic adventures.
The years would pass and James Bond would become a world-wide phenomenon, yet no one at DC Comics remembered that they had the license. It wasn't until 1972, when DC's ten year option would expire, that they remembered. But another James Bond comic book from DC was not to be. They waited too long.
Other comic book publishers around the world would not make the same mistake. One such company was the South American publisher, Zig Zag. Starting in 1968, they would go on to publish 59 issues in their James Bond 007 series.
In a new series here on Cinema Raiders, we will be translating these comics into English and posting them on our website. It should be noted that I don't speak or read Spanish, so these are being done with those internet translation tools. I apologize in advance for any mistakes that I'm bound to make. Here is Part 1 of Issue #6 - Ultrasecreto!
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I have plans to at least complete this issue. If this is something that would be of interest to my readers, please let me know and I'll continue doing more in the future...
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