Patrick McGoohan - Pack of Lies

1985 Patrick McGoohan Interview On The Today Show

I am pretty certain that after nearly eight years writing for the Retroist, you know I dig Patrick McGoohan. Whether that be from his work in 1960’s Danger Man, 1967’s The Prisoner, or even 1981’s Scanners. The latter is actually where I first encountered Patrick McGoohan, David Cronenberg’s film isn’t a bad introduction to the actor if I say so myself.

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Maybe I should shout SPOILERS before you watch that clip? However it does most definitely show why McGoohan was a legendary actor. His gravitas while performing as well as his undeniable charm, all of it helped to make him a star.
Patrick McGoohan - Ice Station Zebra

Now as for the reason Patrick McGoohan was being interviewed on the Today Show? It was due to his starring in a Broadway version of Pack of Lies, at the Royale Theater. The play was written by Hugh Whitemore, which in turn was based on 1971’s Act of Betrayal . That was actually an episode of the BBC’s Play of the Month. An amazing series to say the least although practically all of the episodes have been lost to time.

The story the play presents is based on a real event that took place in 1961. When Londoners, Ruth and Bill Search, discover their good neighbors, Peter and Helen Kroger, were in fact Russian spies. In Whitemore’s Pack of Lies, the Family name is changed to Jackson. It was revealed that the Kroegers were part of the Portland Spy Ring, photographing and sending sensitive information by way of microdots.

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In the play, McGoohan portrays an British Intelligence Officer name Stewart. Who helps to track down the Krogers and arrest them, by watching from the window of the Jackson’s teenaged daughter’s window. Gay Search, the daughter, is actually in this Today Show interview as well Patrick McGoohan!

Now that you know why Patrick McGoohan is being interviewed, enjoy this 1985 clip. Besides the interview you will also get to see just a bit of Pack of Lies as well!

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Prisoner comic - Kirby - Royer

The Prisoner Comic Is Finally Being Released!

Friends, the Hollywood Reporter yesterday dropped some huge news for us fans of The Prisoner. Thanks to Titan Comics we will soon be able to enjoy a new comic series. A Prisoner comic that is indeed set in the universe of the cult classic TV show. However, thanks again to Titan Comics, we are going to be able to read Jack Kirby’s vision of The Prisoner.
The Prisoner #2

Sort of. As a matter of fact Steve Englehart (Doctor Strange) as well as Gil Kane (Green Lantern) had started to create a comic series in 1976. It was Stan Lee who felt the project was better suited to the legendary Jack Kirby. Although having said that it was of course Lee who eventually decided to cancel the project before it was even published.
Prisoner comic - Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby had crafted only the single issue before it had been cancelled. As a fan of The Prisoner as well as Jack Kirby. The fact I couldn’t get my hands on this work was maddening to say the least.
Prisoner comic - Kirby - Marvel

Now having said that, it is quite true that pages have been shared in the past. But not the actual full and inked Prisoner comic. Which is why the release of The Prisoner: Original Art Edition is such an amazing book. Not only are we going to get Kirby’s Prisoner comic but the script by Englehart and 18 pages of Gil Kane’s artwork.
Prisoner comic - Original Art Edition

I truly cannot think of a better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Prisoner‘s U.S. debut. I mean we have The Prisoner: Original Art Edition in addition to that new Prisoner comic series, right? The art will be handled by Colin Lorimer (The Hunt) with the writing by Peter Milligan (Shade, the Changing Man). In fact Milligan had this to say in the Titan Comics press release:

“For a story where all is ambiguous, it’s hardly surprising that everyone takes from The Prisoner something different; like most people I had my own theories, my own twisted notions – mostly Kafkaesque and existential – of what was really going on in those mock Italianate dwellings. Personally the stranger and more baffling it was the better it suited me,” Peter Milligan said in a statement. “So what an honor it is now, thanks to Titan Comics, to be writing Number 6’s successor into that enigmatic and beguiling world.”

I can assure you I will be making a post or two concerning the 50th anniversary on June 1st.

Actually, did you know that DC Comics released an official sequel Prisoner comic?


Prisoner comic - DC Comics

Totally true, friends. It was a 4-book Prestige format mini-series that was released in October of 1988. It followed an agent who resigns from her post at MI-5. Much like Patrick McGoohan’s character of Number 6 in The Prisoner, she has given no reason for quitting. Going on a sailing trip around the world, the young woman finds herself stranded on a seemingly deserted island. However…she is of course the new arrival at the Village. The series takes place 20 years after the end of the original television show. Things in the Village have not improved for the better.
Prisoner comic - DC comics - Dean Motter

Perhaps with the new Prisoner comic being released this might see a new release too?

The Prisoner Artwork By Craig C. Cermak II!


I can assure you that what this world needs is a lot more awesome artwork featuring Patrick McGoohan as the Prisoner, or Number 6 depending on how you look at it I reckon. This wonderful artwork is by Craig C. Cermak II and he did it for his Father’s Birthday.
“The Prisoner” TV Show piece done for my dad’s birthday today. I always draw him something from a TV series or band he’s a big fan of, which is mostly 60’s related, so it’s enjoyable to draw. He constantly tells me to watch the show, and I swear one day I will, just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

The Prisoner By Jack Kirby

A huge tip of the hat to Mister 8 or Armstrong Sabian as he is known is some circles…but being a double agent…I probably shouldn’t have just given his name. I bet SPECTRE or THRUSH are already on his trail as I type this, let us hope that the writer of that wonderful blog has another identity he can switch to on the fly.

Make sure to follow the link to the Mister 8 blog so that you can see more art from the many times the Patrick McGoohan television classic, The Prisoner, almost made it to the comic spinners in your youth and details on how in 1988 it finally did. I’ve chosen a few scanned panels of the Marvel Comics abandoned comic by the legendary Jack Kirby, inked by Mike Royer for your viewing enjoyment.