Thunderbirds: The Comic Collection details released

Thunderbirds Comic Collection

Egmont Classic Comics have very kindly sent over more information on their new Thunderbirds Comic Collection, set for release on 10th October, which will feature both early Thunderbirds strips and feature pages from their own 1990s Thunderbirds comic, including cutaways by Graham Bleathman.

Priced £25, the 288-page hardback collectors’ edition will feature strips from TV Century 21 and Countdown, published in the 1960s and 1970s, which can be enjoyed by fans both young and old alike.

It includes a special selection of cutaway images of Thunderbirds vehicles and buildings by Graham Bleathman, facts about the artists who drew the strips and a tribute to Gerry Anderson, the genius behind Thunderbirds, who sadly passed away in 2012.

Thunderbirds Comic Collection feature page

First broadcast in 1965 and fast approaching its 50th anniversary, Thunderbirds – set for a revival by ITV soon with effects work from Lord of the Rings effects house WETA – has had a cult following ever since. Devised by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the show is famous for its marionette puppetry, which Gerry Anderson dubbed ‘Supermarionation’.

ITV Studios ad for Thunderbirds for the Licensing ExpoITV will be promoting their Thunderbirds revival at Brand Licensing Europe in London next month. As yet, there’s been no indication that any publisher has secured the rights to any new Thunderbirds comics publishing – but our fingers are crossed.

Update (14/9/13): It should be noted that all the material or this volume has been scanned from comics and not from original art, which was the case with some of the pages in the Reynolds & Hearn collections.

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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