On a recent trip to Ohio I stopped in a book store and found this sweet “I Spy” book, Message from Moscow.
The hardcover book is an “authorized edition” (it says so on the front cover) based on the classic TV show. I love the cover picture of the young Bill Cosby and Robert Culp. The back cover picture is pretty neat-o, too.
The book was published in 1966 by Whitman Publishing Company, a subsidiary of Western Printing and Lithographing Company. Western Printing also published the popular Little Golden Books we loved as a child. Now that I know that, I can see the same kind of art flair between the two.
The book was written by Brandon Keith, who also wrote some other TV adaptations (including some Man from U.N.C.L.E. books, according to Amazon). Does anyone know anything else about him?
Either way, this book looks totally retro because, well, it kind of is. Or is it? Can an original be retro? Hmmmm … let me ponder that while you tell me what kind of cool books you’ve found lately.