John Drake flies into the pages of Lion and Champion.

Earlier Jman 40513 reminded me about Jack Kirby’s unpublished/unfinished adaptation of Patrick McGoohan’s cult tv series The Prisoner. My own recollection centered on Marvel announcing a series from Steve Englehart and Gil Kane, which also remains in a similar state. And there seems to be some suggestion that Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan would get a crack at producing their version of the show. 

As Jman added, DC did publish a sequel story by Dean Motter, Shattered Visage, a four-issue prestige series that tries to provide an end for No 6. I leave it to you to decide if it succeeds.

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But it got me wondering about McGoohan’s previous spy-fi show, which legally has no connection with No 6 and The Village (apart from the star, production staff, writers, directors, and key concepts). While no 6 has a checkered comic history, John Drake was every where.

My first stop is a June 1966 issue of Lion (No 740) which absorbed sister weekly Champion. Apart from the adventures of Texas Jack, it has Zip Nolan (by Michael Moorcock?) spotting the clue, Robot Archie versus the Giant Scorpion, The Spider vs The Android Emperor (Jerry Siegel actually gets a credit as the man who created Superman), Jet Jordan, Storm-troopers invading the Britain of 2046, various others and with little fanfare a new strip - Danger Man “featuring the famous t.v. character - John Drake”.

Drawn by legendary Spanish comic artist Jesus Blasco, the Danger Man strip ran for three or four months in the combined Lion and Champion. But that wasn’t Drake’s only port of call.

Dell had a run of Danger Man comics although Gold Key followed through using the US-preferred title Secret Agent.

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France and Italy enjoyed a digest series of John Drake adventures, which I’m going to hazard a guess were produced by Fleetway’s syndication arm.

The UK’s Thorpe and Porter chipped in with a Danger Man comic in their trademark pseudo-American comic format. Possibly a Mick (MarvelMan) Anglo production. There were also the inevitable World Distributors annuals.