"Patrick McGoohan as Agent John Drake in "The Danger Man" (3)"   Lot no. 2403

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

April 5, 1961 (Estimated)
10.50" x 8.00"
Pen and Ink on Cardstock



Caricatures by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of Patrick McGoohan as agent John Drake in British ITC TV `The Danger Man`, (1st version as aired in England, 1960-62) which was picked up by CBS-TV as a summer replacement series from April 5 to Sept 13, 1961. It resurfaced 4 years later on CBS again with McGoohan in his same role as Drake but in a revamped one-hour format and retitled `Secret Agent`, where it was a hit, especially due to its theme song by Johnny Rivers. Artwork probably to promote the 1961 CBS summer broadcasts. Most likely for the New York Herald Tribune. 8" x 10 1/2" cardstock. Minor soiling.

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From the dawn of TV, from 1937 to 1967, George Wachsteter (1911 - 2004) was a prominent in-demand American illustrator and caricaturist. Next to Al Hirschfeld, Wachsteter was one of the most visible American theatrical caricaturists at the time. He produced theatrical, radio, television and film related images for the 3 major radio and television networks, NBC, CBS and ABC. Wachsteter's humorous and elegant line drawings were seen displayed in almost every American living room through the syndicated TV View guide, and prominently placed in most major newspapers, including the Times, Herald Tribune, New York Journal American, and New York World-Telegram. A gradual loss of his vision ended his career prematurely in the late 1960s.