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Thursday, October 14, 2010

SEXPIONAGE

SEXPIONAGE
During the late sixties and early seventies a genre of soft-core James Bond / Man From U.N.C.L.E. pastiches hit the stands, each series often written by several different authors under a publishing house pseudonym. I don’t have and didn’t read every book in every series, but I sampled enough of them to slightly warp my youth. Some series were better written than others – and some books within each series were better written than others – but all sold fairly well during their day.

THE MAN FROM O.R.G.Y.
TED MARK
AKA: THEODORE MARK GOTTFRIED
There appear to have been two series published under this title. The first, written by Ted Mark (Theodore Mark Gottfried), was published by Lancer, and featured reluctant super-spy Steve Victor.

THE MAN FROM O.R.G.Y.
The Man From O.R.G.Y
The Nine Month Caper
Real Gone Girls
Hard Day’s Knight
My Son, The Double Agent
The Unhatched Egghead
Dr. Nyet
Room At The Topless
Square Root Of Sex
Back Home At The O.R.G.Y.
Here’s Your O.R.G.Y.
The Man From Charisma
Dial O For O.R.G.Y.
Thy Neighbor’s O.R.G.Y.
The Tight End
COXEMAN
TROY CONWAY
AKA: MICHAEL AVALLONE, JOHANNES L. BOUMA, GARDNER F. FOX, CHARLES E. FRITCH, PAUL J. GILLETTE
While the original Man From O.R.G.Y. series started in 1965, running for fifteen titles through 1981, a second Man From O.R.G.Y. series began publication in 1967 from Paperback Library. This series was written by multiple authors including the man known as The Fastest Typewriter In The East, Michael Avallone (a real ‘character,’ as anyone who knew him can attest). This second series featured the more aggressively sexual super spy, Rod Damon, as attested to by his codename: Coxeman. Rod Damon plied his way through the usual bevy of beauties for thirty-four novels, ending publication in 1973, well before the original Man From O.R.G.Y. series ended in 1981.

COXEMAN
The Coxeman Comes Big Freak-Out
The Billion Dollar Snatch
The Wham! Bam! Thank You, Ma'am Affair
It's Getting Harder All the Time
Come One Come All
Last Licks
Keep It Up, Rod!
The Man Eater
The Best Laid Plans
It's What’s Up Front That Counts
Had Any Lately
Whatever Goes Up
A Good Peace
I'd Rather Fight Than Swish
Just A Silly Millimeter Longer
The Big Broad Jump
The Sex Machine
The Blow-your-mind Job
The Cunning Linguist
Will the Real Rod Please Stand Up?
All Screwed Up
The Master Baiter
Turn The Other Sheik
It's Not How Long You Make It
Son of a Witch
The Penetrator
A Stiff Proposition
The Harder You Try, The Harder It Gets
Up and Coming
The Cockeyed Cuties
I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Thing
Eager Beaver
A Hard Man Is Good to Find

THE MAN FROM S.T.U.D.
F. W. PAUL
AKA: PAUL W. FAIRMAN
Super spy (is there any other kind) Bret Steele is The Man From S.T.U.D. who finds a luscious babe panting with passion under every haystack – and a haystack everywhere he turns. A talent which makes life very pleasant most of the time, but also makes things a bit tricky. Played mostly for laughs, The Man From S.T.U.D. had ten assignments between 1968 and 1971. There was also an omnibus version in 1971 collecting three of the adventures in which Bret Steele faced off against the Mafia. Series creator and author Paul W. Fairman (under his F. W. Paul pseudonym) wrote for the pulps in the ‘50s and was the founding editor of If magazine. After four issues of If, Fairman went on to edit both Amazing Stories and Fantastic.

THE MAN FROM S.T.U.D.
Sock It To Me, Zombie
The Solid Gold Screw
Three For An Orgy
The Orgy At Madame Dracula’s
Tool Of The Trade
Rape Is A No-No
The Planned Parenthood Caper
The Lay Of The Land
The Girl With The Polka-Dot Box
King On Queen
Man From S.T.U.D. vs. The Mafia

EVE DRUM
THE LADY FROM L.U.S.T.
ROD GRAY
AKA: GARDNER F. FOX
Working for the League of Undercover Spies and Terrorist, agent Eve Drum’s adventures as The Lady From L.U.S.T. still seem to me to be the best written of the sexpionage series. Under the pseudonym Rod Gray, Gardner F. Fox, who also wrote a number of entries in the second Man From O.R.G.Y. series, cranked out a number of spectacular adventures for his Eve Drum character. There is debate over Gardner writing all the books or just the early entries before turning the series over to other writers. As agent Oh Oh Sex, Eve plied her wiles through eighteen adventures from 1968 through 1974 and then made a big splash with a new second series of seven novels all published in 1975. As Eve herself puts it, “My name is Eve Drum, The lady from L.U.S.T., the sexiest spy in the world. Anything you can do I can do better. They call me Oh Oh Sex, because sex is my favorite weapon, but I'm just as good at Karate, safe-cracking, knife throwing, scuba diving - you name it. Don't tangle with me: I have a license to kill and I don't care if I use my body - or a Beretta. Swing along as I go into action against a super-villain who wants to wreck N.A.T.O. and heat up the Cold War to the flash point. It will blow your mind.”

LADY FROM L.U.S.T
The Lady from L.U.S.T
Lay Me Odds
The 69 Pleasures
5 Beds to Mecca
To Russia with Lust
Kiss My Assassin
The Hot Mahatma
South of the Bordello
The Poisoned Pussy
The Big Snatch
Lady in Heat
Laid in the Future
Blow My Mind
The Copulation Explosion
Easy Ride
The Lady Takes It All Off
Turned On To L.U.S.T.
The Lady Takes if Off
 
 LADY FROM L.U.S.T.
SECOND SERIES
Go for Broke
Have a Snort!
Target for Tonight
The Maracaibo Affair
Voodoo Kill
The Lady Killer
Kill Her with Love

CHERRY DELIGHT
THE SEXECUTIONER
GLEN CHASE
AKA: GARDNER F. FOX, ROCHELLE LARKIN, LEN LEVISION
Gardner Fox was back to his old tricks with this series from Leisure Books, which dueled it out with The Lady From L.U.S.T. for bookshelf space. While Gardner was obviously prolific, there were other authors brought in to create Cherry Delight’s adventures.

Cherry was otherwise known as the exciting top (and topless) agent for N.Y.M.P.H.O. (the N.Y. Mafia Prosecution and Harassment Organization), clearly doing with her body what Mack Bolan, The Executioner, needed a whole armory to accomplish. Cherry’s original capers ran for twenty-four tiles between 1972 and 1975 before giving way to the all new adventures of Cherry Delight for a five book run in 1977.

CHERRY DELIGHT
THE SEXECUTIONER
The Italian Connection
Tong in Cheek
Silverfinger
Up Your Ante
Crack Shot
I'm Cherry, Fly Me!
Chuck You, Farley!
Hot Rocks
The Jersey Bounce
Made in Japan
Broad Jump
Fire in the Hole
Over The Hump
In A Pinch
What A Way To Go
Busted
Treasure Chest
Hang Loose
In A Bind
Always On Sunday
Mexican Standoff
The Big Bankroll
Lights! Action! Murder!
Roman Candle
 ALL NEW
CHERRY DELIGHT
The Devil to Pay
Greek Fire
The Man Who Was God
The Moorland Monster
Where the Action Is

THE MAN FROM T.O.M.C.A.T.
MALLORY T. KNIGHT

Written by Bernhardt J. Hurwood, under the pseudonym Mallory T. Knight, super spy Tim O’Shane, T.O.M.C.A.T.’s top man in the field, operated for nine sexpionage assignments from 1967 to 1969...Hurwood was known more for his horror anthologies, but he did serve one term on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America...Here’s the hype from the back cover of one of O’Shane’s typical assignments.
The Terrible Ten...Welcome to Hyenas’ Port. A fly speck on the Gulf coast where The terrible Ten are throwing a barbecue–with chopped liberty for a starter...Where the lords of the underworld have erected an enormous temple of temptation, while just outside the 12 mile limit an ancient Chinese woman plows the Gulf in a floating pleasure palace that make Cleopatra’s barge look like a garbage scow and where The Man From T.O.M.C.A.T. has baited his most elaborate trap with some of the most delectable bait to ever run up a secret agent’s expense account.
Hit the trail of The Terrible Ten with T.O.M.C.A.T.’s Tim O’Shane as the assignment leads him from unlimited dalliances in the island paradise of Satyria to swinging sessions in London’s Horny Gardens. From a strange confrontation in the back room of Ma Fia’s sweet shop in New York to a double masquerade in San Francisco, an incredible double feature in wide-open Las Vegas, and finally to the heart of Terrible ten territory – the moth-eaten, flea-bitten, not-on-the-map nothingness known as hyenas’ Port where, with the aid of a $750,000 contribution from BLINTS, the assistance of a half-dozen leading American Gangsters, and the eager cooperation of countless sexually adept young women, The Man From T.O.M.C.A.T. finally faces the leaders of The Terrible Ten–and is put under orders not to destroy them...
If you’re like me none of that really made any sense, nor was it particularly titillating. Still, like its contemporaries, The Man From T.O.M.C.A.T. series sold well during its heyday, while currently forgotten by all but the most hardcore collectors among us. I think half of the fun of these series was thinking up appropriate wording for all of their clever acronyms.
 
THE MAN FROM T.O.M.C.A.T.
Thde Dozen Deadly
The Million Missing Maidens
The Terrible Ten
Dirty Rotten Depriving Ray
Tsimmis In Tangier
The Malignant Metaphysical Menace
The Ominous Orgy
The Peking Pornographer
The Bra-Burner's Brigade
 
THE BARONESS
PAUL KENYON
As a final entry in this sexpionage post, I present The Baroness from book packager Lyle Kenyon Engle. The books were written by Engle under the pseudonym Paul Kenyon. Baroness St. John Orsini’s adventures are chockablock with great cliffhangers and full with manic energy along with a litany of bedroom scenes that defy description. The Baroness was in many ways a pastiche of Modesty Blaise, but blows out any class Modesty presented with the heroine’s way over the top sexual escapades.

THE BARONESS
The Ecstasy Connection
Diamonds Are For Dying
Death Is A Ruby Light
Hard-Core Murders
Operation Doomsday
Sonic Slave
Flicker Of Doom
Black Gold

While literary critics would find nothing of value in any of these books, they would be overlooking the entertainment value of pulp stories eroticized for a new, more liberal generation. Yes the books appealed to a more prurient interest, but they are individual time capsules of the time period from whence they sprang.

17 comments:

  1. Wow, that's quite a survey. I remember seeing The Man from O.R.G.Y. books (they were hard to miss), but don't recall the others.

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  2. I had no idea about any of these. Fun titles and sharp covers.

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  3. What a great look at these fun series.

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  4. I owned plenty of these books. I've even read a few. I think "Troy Conway" books by Mike Avallone were the best. Plenty of sly humor!

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  5. I've read the two O.R.G.Y. series(all of the Rod Damon), but not familiar with the rest. Interesting post.

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  6. I read most of the Man From O.R.G.Y. and Lady From L.U.S.T. books and enjoyed them. I read some of Avallone's Coxeman books and liked them as well. Never sampled any of those other series that I recall. The 0008 series by Clyde Allison (William Knoles) is supposed to be pretty good, but the books are too expensive these days for me to search them out.

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  7. Well, goodness, what Perfect ebook fodder! And, indeed, further thanks for the survey...I mostly missed these altogether.

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  8. You had me laughing so hard, I almost spewed coffee over the keyboard. The covers alone are hysterical, but I love some of the book titles, too; it must have been a hoot creating those for the series. Also, one day you'll have to elaborate more on that "slightly warped youth" bit.

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  9. Could you please provide the links for downloading the ebooks of ted mark? I tried searching 'em many times over,but to no avail.

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  10. FOR THE COXEMAN E-BOOKS:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=book-i49wQ7GAQbgC

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  11. The Baroness was particularly exciting and very entertaining to read. I found it as the best among the sexy female spy genre, as the series novels were serious and not at all spoof, satirical, or parody. To this day, there are hundreds of Baroness fans including some writers who discuss and even plan to write something very similar to the Baroness. The discussion group below has some really hard to find information about this series:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheBaroness/

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  12. I miss these series! Recently, something similar but with a modern take came out as an ebook: Hot Rails to Hell. Check it out at

    http://www.amazon.com/Rail-Hell-Deluxe-Conversant-ebook/dp/B005VFDS6M/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1321228786&sr=8-2

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  13. A few that missed the List (I'm only interested in the female adventurous)

    Brandy French by Kevin Blake

    Black Swan series by J.J. Montague

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  14. I bought a number of these things back in the day when I was about 12 or 13. Sure would be nice to see a pic of what Gottfried looked like. I can't find one on-line.

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  15. Gotta love the Interwebs! I had a random passing thought about The Man From O.R.G.Y. - whose adventures also slightly warped my youth - did a search for "Ted Mark author" and here I am! Can you confirm or correct my memory that O.R.G.Y. stood for two different things? One was "Organization for the Rational Guidance of Youth" (and given Steve Victor's adventures, I fantasized a bit about forming my own nonprofit to fund whatever I could get away with)...I don't remember the other...

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  16. one remarkable omission is Nick Carter. I have read all except The Baroness. Quiet a collection. What a job. Where can I find them for online reading?

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  17. There are many other in the legion, like Mike Shane, Matt Helm, Sam Durell,and many more. they all made my younger age spent over a virtual world. Now i think much time had spent reading them and such class Authors as Alister Macline and such like, But now i find a vacuum there.

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