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Andersonic Issue 22 proves a model of a fanzine!

Andersonic Issue 22 - Cover

Issue 22 of the fabulous Gerry Anderson series/inspired zine Andersonic is on sale now available from their website (and eBay for a short period in the Collectibles > SF > Thunderbirds section). This issue includes: David Palmer interview – Model maker David talks about his time in the Century 21 effects workshop on Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and UFO, along ... Read More »

Gerry Anderson “UFO” convention in June

An alien from Gerry Anderson's UFO

There hasn’t even a UFO Convention inspired by the Gerry Anderson TV series in the UK nearly 30 years… Until now. While many of the show’s principals are, sadly, no longer with us (including its creator Gerry Anderson), there is still much to be said about this show, so I hope the S.H.A.D.O. Con is a success. Anderson’s first live ... Read More »

New Andersonic pays tribute to Sylvia Anderson, delves into UFO, Stingray

Andersonic Issue 21

The latest issue of the excellent Gerry Anderson-inspired fanzine Andersonic, Issue 21, is available from the publication’s website Here’s what’s in the new issue: Deborah Grant Interview – a new interview with former Psychobomb Deborah Grant, who recalls her time working with Mike Pratt on UFO Sylvia Anderson Tributes – Andersonic‘s writers share their thoughts on the co-creator of Thunderbirds and ... Read More »

Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Eight

Eagle Daze 8 – TV21, Candy & Lady Penelope

Leonard Matthews, General Managing Editor of Fleetway and the Eagle Group of Comics, was a Creative Visionary… but that, Roger Perry argues in his extensive biography of the man which continues here on downthetubes, is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others. Here, Roger recalls the creation of Martspress, the company that would publish TV21 in its later, ... Read More »

Eagle Daze: On Artists’ Agents (and may God bless their cotton socks!)

Some of the artists represented by B L Kearley Ltd

We are pleased to publish Part Five of the memories of Roger Perry – memories of now more than half-a-century ago – of his days at Fleetway Publications and beyond, working on Girl, Eagle, WHAM! and other titles… During those lucid moments when I have been relatively sober, it has come to my notice that the two websites of Bear Alley and downthetubes ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, Thunderbirds! A look back at TV21, the show – and birthday cake!

TV Century 21 Issue 52 - Cover

Fifty years ago today, millions of children (and their parents) sat down to watch the first ever episode of Thunderbirds, “Trapped in the Sky”, unaware that the series would have such a lasting legacy. All many of us of a certain age watching knew was that this was a new “Supermarionation” show by the same people who had made Fireball XL5 ... Read More »

Rare First Issue British Comics, Star Wars comics, Gerry Anderson merchandise in Cardiff auction today

A Joe 90 Comic Number One, published in 1969, with Joe 90 puzzle book, Washington pottery mug and badges, being offered at auction in Cardiff today by Langley and Jones

Langley and Jones – a company specialising in vintage collectables, toys, comics, annuals, movies, TV and sporting memorabilia – is hosting its first auction today in Cardiff and includes a number of rare British comic lots as well as other rare and collectable items, including a Dan Dare bust that may sell for up to £1500. The auction items include a number ... Read More »

Classic Thunderbirds “Bookazine” out this week

Thunderbirds Bookazine

Panini are to release a Thunderbirds “bookazine”, the work of the same team working on their excellent The Essential Doctor Who series, including Marcus Hearn,  author of  the new book Thunderbirds: The Vault (reviewed here), Fifty years after International Rescue’s first mission, Thunderbirds continues to entertain children and adults all over the world. On Thursday, Panini Magazines publishes a lavish, 116-page ‘bookazine’ ... Read More »

In Review: Thunderbirds – The Vault

Thunderbirds: The Vault

By Marcus Hearn Designed by Mike Jones Published by Virgin Books Out: 10th September 2015 The Book: On 30th September 1965, International Rescue successfully completed their first assignment, and the Tracy brothers imprinted themselves on a generation of captivated children. Thirty-two episodes, many repeats, sixty territories, two feature films, three albums, numerous comics, books, toys, videos and DVDs and five decades ... Read More »

Thunderbirds 1965 Project To Create “Classic Thunderbirds Episodes”

Image courtesy the Thunderbirds 1965 Project

This September marks 50 years since Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s ground-breaking Thunderbirds series blasted onto TV screens in the UK. To celebrate this special anniversary, the iconic puppets will be making a spectacular return in three brand new episodes in Thunderbirds 1965, a project created by director Stephen La Rivière. In addition to the much-loved television series, three Thunderbirds audio ... Read More »

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