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COMIC BOOKS

Comic Books, my children, are forever. Unlike men, the comic books linger. Comic books will never hurt you..... except perhaps in the wallet. The Get Smart TV series spawned (before the day of Spawn) eight comics. Okay, how about seven comics and a price inflated reprint? These comics appeared from June '66 to September '67 and came from the mighty Dell publishers. Originally the asking price in 1966 was a big fat 12 cents, however, times have changed and inflation has risen. I think the best place to find them is Ebay. However, I guess there is a chance of finding them through comic shows or dealers. All the comics and their value according to the 2003 Over Street Comic Book Price Guide are listed in red.

 
COMIC TITLE Amanda's Remarks PRICE

1. Maxwell Smart the World's Greatest Spy

(June 1966)

This, the first comic, is shear artistry with excellent art and has a swinging storyline! It's the kind of comic that would make the heavens open and the hallelujah chorus sing. Ahhhhhh....

Good: $10.00

Very Good: $20.00

Fine: $30.00

Very Fine:  $75.00

Very Fine/Near Mint: $105.00

Near Mint: $135.00

2. Spies, Villans, Kaos Agents Beware! Maxwell Smart is on Your Trail!

(September 1966)

 Another Comic gem, the artwork in this beauty was done by the famous Steve Ditko! (the original artist of Spiderman!) The interesting thing is that Max has a flair for the British in that he likes to use the word "chap" a lot.

Good: $7.00

Very Good: $14.00

Fine: $21.00

Very Fine:  $55.00

Very Fine/ Near Mint: $73.00

Near Mint: $90.00

3. Nothing Can Foil Secret Agent Maxwell Smart!

(November 1966)

The highlight of this comic is the finely detailed Steve Ditko art. Another pleasing aspect is that 99, who hates licorice gum, gets quite a bit of action. One thing to look out for in this comic is the frame where Kaos is spelled "Koas."

Good: $7.00

Very Good: $14.00

Fine: $21.00

Very Fine:  $55.00

Very Fine/ Near Mint: $73.00

Near Mint: $90.00

4. Agent 86 is Face to Face With Danger Again and Loving It!

(January 1967)

It's not as wonderful as the first couple, but this one is still a lot of fun to read. One of the highlights is a curious a Hitchcockesque cameo where Max asks for two rooms with a view.

Good: $6.00

Very Good: $12.00

Fine: $18.00

Very Fine:  $42.00

Very Fine/ Near Mint: $56.00

Near Mint: $70.00

5. Agent 86 is the Best Secret Agent in the World

(March 1967)

Not the best comic book in the world, the artwork, done by I Don't Know Who, does not rate well in my book. I will add, however, that this comic features a Maxwell Smart with a physic that would make Arnold Schwarzenegger jealous.

Good: $6.00

Very Good: $12.00

Fine: $18.00

Very Fine:  $42.00

Very Fine/ Near Mint: $56.00

Near Mint: $70.00

6. Can Smart Be Outsmarted?

(April 1967)

Although the artwork isn't Ditko, it's rather nice and 99 looks somewhat human. I'd say the cartooning is characteristic of the early days of the "Archie" strip. This explosive issue (Max has a fetish with nitro in one of the segments) gets bonus points because -even though it's Kaos- they've implemented the Navy and they have also snuck in a Beatles reference.

Good: $6.00

Very Good: $12.00

Fine: $18.00

Very Fine:  $42.00

Very Fine/ Near Mint: $56.00

Near Mint: $70.00

7. K.A.O.S. Captures Maxwell Smart... They Gave Him Back...

(August 1967)

I'd like to point out that Kaos is not an acronym! This comic has a few funny storylines, but, like some of the others, 99 is not drawn all that well.

Good: $6.00

Very Good: $12.00

Fine: $18.00

Very Fine:  $42.00

Very Fine/ Near Mint: $56.00

Near Mint: $70.00

8. Maxwell Smart the World's Greatest Spy

(September 1967)

I could cut and paste from the first comic, but I'm too lazy to reach the mouse. This comic is an exact reprint of comic book one except that it is 2 cents more. I'd like to Give a big Mammoth thanks to Saber Shadow Kitten for going allllllll the way to Comic-con and finding this one for me!

Good: $6.00

Very Good: $12.00

Fine: $18.00

Very Fine:  $42.00

Very Fine/ Near Mint: $56.00

Near Mint: $70.00

The Old Spanish Comic Trick

My gosh 99, would you believe that Get Smart is bilingual? The Get Smart comics were released in Spanish and sold in Mexico. They have the same art and story line -just a different language. These may be among the more unique Get Smart collectibles -right beside that odd Get Smart Hardback and the Barbara Feldon 45rpm LP. While the one at the left is oft seen on Ebay, I have seen others for sale. They can be found from time to time on Ebay -or, if you're thinking of going to Cancun, try Mexico. I am, however, yet to find out how much these comic books are worth.

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