TV21 “Daleks” artwork offered for almost £5000 on eBay

This page from "The Daleks" featured in TV Century 21 Issue 19.
This page from “The Daleks” featured in TV Century 21 Issue 19.

 

A page of “The Daleks” from the 1960s comic TV Century 21 is currently being offered on eBay for close to £5000.

The page, drawn by Richard Jennings, featured in Issue 19 of the top-selling 1960s comic which predominantly featured strips inspired by Gerry Anderson TV series such as Stingray and Fireball XL5 at the time this strip was published. Publishers Century 21 Publishing were clearly keen to capitalize on early “Dalekmania” and snapped up rights for a Dalek strip, which ran for 104 issues, encompassing 16 stories that led up to an impending Dalek invasion of Earth.

(A follow up story, “Return of the Elders”, ran in Doctor Who Magazine 249-254, written by John Lawrence, with art by Ron Turner).

Although credited to Dalek co-creator Terry Nation, an interview conducted with TV Century 21 editor Alan Fennell by Alan Woollcombe in Doctor Who Classic Comics Issue 19, published by Marvel UK in 1994, indicates the early stories were written by him, followed by Doctor Who‘s first script editor David Whitaker, with Fennell retaining plot approval and providing some story input thereafter.

While the eBay auction lot describes the page as from “The Amaryll Challenge”, the stories comprising the strip originally had no individual titles. It’s the second page of a seven-part story which ran in Issues 18-24 (22 May 1965 – 3 July 1965) and is credited to David Whitaker. Richard Jennings drew the whole story, one of seven he created for the comic, sharing credit on an eighth – “Eve of the War” – with Ron Turner.

Jennings, who died in 1997, also worked on the original Eagle, on the “Tommy Walls” strip (advertising Wall’s ice cream) and other strips such as “Storm Nelson”, a maritime adventure strip. As well as “The Daleks”, His credits also include strips for the Junior Mirror and Swift before his career came to an end in the late 1960s. Steve Holland charts his career in more detail here on his wonderful Bear Alley site.

Sadly, although several publishers have explored the idea, including Titan Books,  and the strip has been reprinted many times, “The Daleks” has only ever been re-published in its entirety in one publication once in any respectable manner, as The Dalek Chronicles by Marvel UK under the supervision of Gary Russell. The rights on the strip are quite a quagmire, shared jointly with Express Newspapers, the Terry Nation estate and, the BBC, who own their design, created by the late Raymond Cuisick.

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Bear Alley: Richard Jennings feature

The Guardian, 16th April 2008: BBC wins battle over Daleks publishing rights

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.

One thought on “TV21 “Daleks” artwork offered for almost £5000 on eBay

  • July 30, 2014 at 7:57 pm
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    It’s all very well listing something at almost£5000 but no-one is going to pay that. I’ve seen this seller list various TV21 pages over the last few years at what I think are ludicrously high prices and the listing then terminates (as this one recently did) before the scheduled end date. Not always easy to tell from eBay listings but I suspect it didn’t end with a ‘buy it now’ bid. I wonder if the seller uses eBay as a kind of ‘shop window’. Having said all that, a Frank Bellamy double page Thunderbirds spread did sell on eBay back in May for £5655, after some fierce last few seconds bidding! But that’s two pages…and Bellamy.

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