Publication Dates: August 1947 – March 1952
Number of Issues Published: 12 (#1 – #12)
Dimensions: standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock: glossy cover; newsprint interior
Publishing Format: was on-going series
Featuring the adventure fiction character Simon Templar (aka The Saint) created by Leslie Charteris in 1928. At the time this comic series launched Vincent Price was portraying Templar on radio.
Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database
The Saint is an ITC mystery spy thriller television series that aired in the UK on ITV between 1962 and 1969. It was based on the literary character Simon Templar created by Leslie Charteris in the 1920s and featured in many novels over the years. He was played by Roger Moore.
As a result of the strong performance in the US of the first two black-and-white series in first-run syndication, NBC picked up the show as a summer replacement in its evening schedule in 1966. The programme therefore ended its run with both trans-Atlantic prime time scheduling and colour episodes. It also proved popular beyond the UK and US, eventually airing in over 60 countries, and made a profit in excess of £350m for ITC. With almost 120 episodes, the programme is exceeded only by The Avengers as the most productive show of its genre produced in the UK. As with The Avengers, the colour episodes were originally broadcast in the UK in black and white, predating the advent of colour transmissions on ITV.