We all know who these dastardly dirty devils are, so I won't bore you with the obvious... but I'll bet you didn't know the creator of these two monotone spies, Antonio Prohias, was a Cuban writer-artist who escaped to the USA only 3 days before Fidel Castro dictated the last of the Cuban free press.
Spy vs Spy was no shot-in-the-dark comic strip that accidentally became famous... these characters were invented by a man who experienced oppression, dictatorship and the realities of corporate espionage against the freedom of a civilian population... this cartoon was Prohias commentary on the Cold War, illustrating the futility of an arms race, and the neverending One-Upmanship of armed conflict.
With the popularity of underground comics in the 60's, it's no surprise that Spy vs Spy and their dynamite, bombs, arrows, and violent Rube Goldburg machines, found success in the zany and outrageous antics of MAD magazine... it certainly wasn't the atomic mothers and fathers of the 50's that were reading what uber-mensch Alfred E. Neuman, and his gang of misfit cronies, had to say about the world... it was the youth, who recognized the futility of the "World War" generations.
Pretty heavy, huh... and you thought these twin spies were just a couple of cartoon Cloak and Dagger assassins with trilby hats, bombs, torpedoes, handguns, machine guns, and mallets... doing anything they could to put the Big Sleep on the other!
That is what they do, but that ain't the whole story... there's more truth in Spy vs Spy than there is James Bond 007 films... think about that for a moment.
Far out, man!