The Wild, Wild West was an hour-long television show that lasted just four seasons, from 1965 to 1969. The program was created at a time when the western was declining in popularity, eclipsed by the phenomenal popularity of the spy genre, as presented in the box-office busting James Bond movies.
Wild, Wild West was intended to draw fans back to the west. The show's creator, Michael Garrison, called it "James Bond on horseback."
Episodes followed the adventures of Secret Service agent James West (Robert Conrad) playing the Bond-ian lead role, and his pal Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin) standing in for 007's CIA-agent associate, Felix Liter.
Bond battled towering evil masterminds such as Dr. No and Ernst Stavro Blofeld, but James West's arch enemy was Dr. Miguelito Loveless, a sardonically brilliant but malicious dwarf (an ancestor of mini-me?) bent on world conquest.
Gold Key's comic book adaptation of the program ran for just seven issues, from June 1966 to October 1969. The title featured colorful photographic collage covers that utilized stills from the TV show, while the book's interior featured Gold Key's usual nondescript, workmanlike images, with pencils and inks by Al McWilliams.
In this 80-Pg. GIANT issue (that just means it's extra-long) of Dial B for BLOG, we're going to take a look at all seven issues of this title, presenting covers with inside front and back covers, as well as selected interior pages from each story.