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This Week’s Top Ten Most Read Stories on downthetubes

An alien from Gerry Anderson's UFO

A look back at a short-lived Commando fan magazine edited by artist Peter Richardson, Frank Bellamy Eagle art, a Jack Kirby-related crowdfunder and the first UK Gerry Anderson’s UFO convention in a long time topped downthetubes most read stories this week. Here’s a list of the top ten most read stories on the site for the week ending Friday 21st April 2017. ... 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 www.andersonic.co.uk. 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 »

In Review: Countdown to TV Action

by Steve Holland Publisher: Bear Alley Books Out: Now The Book: The latest comic index from Bear Alley Books covers the history and content of Countdown and TV Action, the Gerry Anderson-themed comic from Polystyle launched in the early 1970s. With the demise of TV Century 21, Polystyle stepped in to launch a comic based around the upcoming UFO TV ... Read More »

Bear Alley Books “Countdown” book on sale next week

  The latest comic index from Bear Alley Books, Countdown to TV Action, goes on sale from 4th July. The 200-plus page book, which features a a colour cover featuring the work of Gerry Haylock, John M. Burns and Gordon King, covers the history and content of Countdown and TV Action, the Gerry Anderson-themed comic from Polystyle launched in the ... Read More »

Sylvia Anderson speaks out in new Andersonic

Andrersonic Issue 17

The latest issue of the Gerry Anderson-inspired fanzine Andersonic, featuring a cover image by Martin Bower (the Space: 1999 effects artist whose work used to feature in Starlord comic), is on sale now – and the team have pulled off something of a coup with a new Sylvia Anderson interview. Sylvia – former partner of Gerry – discusses her work on the ... Read More »

Veteran ilustrator, TV21 artist Jon Davis awarded MBE

"The Angels" drawn by Jon Davis for Lady Penelope comic in the 1960s

We’re delighted to report that science fiction illustrator Jon Davis – best known to British comics fans for his work on TV Century 21, Lady Penelope and Countdown comics in the 1960s and 70s – has been awarded an MBE for services to Children’s Literature in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. Announced under his full name of John Frederick ... Read More »

Eaglemoss launches Gerry Anderson Vintage Comic Collection

Part works publisher Eaglemoss has just launched the Gerry Anderson Vintage Comic Collection, which will not only features classic comic strips from TV Century 21 and Countdown but new features and art by ace artist Lee Sullivan, who’s perhaps best known for his work on Doctor Who and Robocop. He also drew Thunderbirds strips for Redan’s eponymous comic, which was ... Read More »

Andercon, Anderson Entertainment’s first Gerry Anderson convention, next year

Andercon 2104 Logo

Andercon, Anderson Entertainment’s first Gerry Anderson convention, will take place next April in London – and with its Kickstarter campaign for Gemini Force One up and running, new Thunderbirds merchandise, a new show and the 50th anniversary of Thunderbirds on the way, interest in the creator’s work is enjoying something of resurgence. Anderson Entertainment say the event promises to deliver ... Read More »

Veteran Countdown artist Gerry Haylock featured in latest Andersonic

Issue 16 of the excellent Gerry Anderson-inspired zine Andersonic, with cover art by Rob Caswell, is now available via their website (and eBay for a short period in the Collectibles > SF > Thunderbirds section). The team have pulled off something of a coup in tracking down 85-year-old comics artist Gerry Haylock, perhaps best known to downthetubes readers for his ... Read More »

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