Seranko and Mission Impossible ?

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David
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Seranko and Mission Impossible ?

Postby David » June 20th, 2009, 3:15 pm

Is there any truth to the old rumor that the TV show "Mission Impossible" was based on the Steranko Escapes issue of Genii ?

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Re: Seranko and Mission Impossible ?

Postby Jonathan Townsend » June 20th, 2009, 3:31 pm

Steranko had a big guy carrying around an engineer in a file cabinet while his buddies put on latex masks to get the guy with the keys to give them to someone with a wax impression set so they could get the evidence in time for...?
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Re: Seranko and Mission Impossible ?

Postby Richard Hatch » June 20th, 2009, 6:42 pm

David wrote: Is there any truth to the old rumor that the TV show "Mission Impossible" was based on the Steranko Escapes issue of Genii ?

I hadn't heard the rumor, but one of the show's early writers, William Read Woodfield, wrote the original MAGICANA column in Genii and was active in magic before becoming a professional writer. (In THE MAN WHO WAS ERDNASE he is quoted as saying that Martin Gardner, for whom he dug up the Milton Franklin Andrews newspaper reports in the Oakland and San Francisco papers, inspired him to become a professional writer.) According to this link to the Imbd site on him, he was not a creator of Mission Impossible: "They [Woodfield and his writing partner] wrote an early episode of Mission: Impossible (1966) and quickly got more work and became script consultants. By the third season of the show, they were elevated to producers. However, they clashed with executive producer Bruce Geller and left the show at its peak of popularity."
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Re: Seranko and Mission Impossible ?

Postby Diego » June 21st, 2009, 3:33 am

Also note that Bruce Geller was a magic guy as well.

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Re: Seranko and Mission Impossible ?

Postby Mike Carroll » June 23rd, 2009, 1:17 pm

I recall reading somewhere that while at Marvel Comics, Mr. Steranko was required by Stan Lee to periodically sneak across the Iron Curtain disguised as various scientists, biochemical warfare experts, bearded Cuban generals, etc., depending on Stan's whim at the time. All part of the comic book business in the sixties. It's also rumored that the late Jack Flosso was the D.C. Comics' station chief in Franco's Spain for a few years, working undercover as a Jesuit priest. Could it really be just a coincidence that Jackie and Juan Tamariz look exactly alike?


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