Promotional image fo Network's Limited Edition Blu-Ray release "Supermarionation" which includes TV21 Issue 243, a modern continuation of the 1960s comic.

TV21 returns as part of ‘Supermarionation’ release from Network

Promotional image for Network's Limited Edition Blu-Ray release "Supermarionation" which includes TV21 Issue 243, a modern continuation of the 1960s comic.

(Updated, 22/7/14): Network, the DVD and Blu-Ray label, has officially announced the return of the legendary British weekly TV Century 21 (better known as TV21).

The special comic is being published as a special supplement to Network’s ’Supermarionation’ limited edition Blu-Ray box set, out in October, which will follow the wider release of the eagerly-anticipated Filmed in Supermarionation documentary on 30th September.

Called simply ‘Supermarionation’ and available from 20th October, this release is “the ultimate box set for aficionados of Gerry Anderson’s iconic Supermarionation series”, according to Network.

Limited to just 2,500 copies, it marries the brand new film with a selection of key episodes from the Supermarionation spectrum, all painstakingly restored for the first time from the original film elements.

A newly expanded and redesigned edition of Stephen La Riviere’s book Filmed in Supermarionation is also included in the package as well the exclusive one-off TV21 comic.

This special is an officially authorised continuation of one of the best selling comics of the 1960s, fondly remembered for its incredible strips, most based on Gerry Anderson’s iconic TV shows such as Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90.

Needless to say, having grown up reading this ground-breaking comic, which initially modelled itself on a futuristic tabloid, I excited to hear this news. Yes, I know! At my age! But I’m not the only one.

“This is a very exciting one-off project,” says Lew Stringer. “TV21 (or TV Century 21 as it was originally called) was my favourite adventure comic of the 1960s. For those of us who grew up in that era, TV21 was the pinnacle of British comics, not only because it featured fantastic artwork and a distinctive contemporary design, but also because it brought Gerry Anderson’s sixties shows into a connected Century 21 universe. TV21 was the coolest comic of the 1960s.”

The package is rounded off with a wallet of postcards featuring newly created artwork based on the film’s graphics, all presented in a beautifully crafted box.

Here’s full details of the limited edition Blu-Ray release from Network themselves… Stand By for Action!

Enough excitement for one week? Never. Today we are extremely excited and proud to announce a very special and very limited Blu-ray box set following the premiere of ‘Filmed in Supermarionation’ on 30 September.

Called simply ‘Supermarionation’ and available from 20th October, this release is the ultimate box set for aficionados of Gerry Anderson’s iconic Supermarionation series.

Limited to just 2,500 copies, it marries the brand new film with a selection of key episodes from the Supermarionation spectrum, all painstakingly restored for the first time from the original film elements. A newly expanded and redesigned edition of Stephen La Riviere’s book is also included as well an exclusive one-off TV21 comic, and a wallet of postcards featuring newly created artwork based on the film’s graphics, all presented in a beautifully crafted box.

This edition will be available to pre-order from 1st August exclusively from networkonair and gerryanderson.co.uk The complete box set contains:

FILMED IN SUPERMARIONATION – BLU-RAY

Stephen La Rivière brings his acclaimed history of Supermarionation to the big screen, with a mix of newly filmed interviews, rare and unseen archive footage, reconstructions of the Supermarionation techniques – all hosted by Lady Penelope, Parker and Brains. The Blu-ray edition features a wealth of special features including extended interviews and full-length archive material (Also available separately on DVD/Blu-ray).

THIS IS SUPERMARIONATION

Lady Penelope and Parker are our hosts for more than four hours of Supermarionation in action! Beautifully restored, complete episodes are presented in High Definition interspersed with new linking material, rare archive material, original commercial break bumpers (reinstated with actual commercials), trailers and more make for the ultimate celebration. (Available separately as a Blu-ray doublepack with Filmed in Supermarionation but not available on DVD)

Episodes included in this set: • Four Feather Falls: Gunfight on Main Street • Supercar: False Alarm • Fireball XL5: Space City Special • Stingray: Pilot • Thunderbirds: Terror in New York City • Captain Scarlet: The Mysterons • Joe 90: Hi-Jacked • The Secret Service: More Haste, Less Speed

HD21 – THE WORLDS OF GERRY ANDERSON IN HIGH DEFINITION

Two additional Blu-ray discs of restored key episodes spanning every Supermarionation series from Supercar to The Secret Service. (Also available as two separate volumes on Blu-ray – not available on DVD)

Episodes included in this set: • Supercar: Crash Landing • Fireball XL5: Planet 46 • Stingray: Plant of Doom • Stingray: Titan Goes Pop • Thunderbirds: Trapped in the Sky • Captain Scarlet: Treble Cross • Joe 90: The Most Special Agent • Supercar: Talisman of Sargon • Fireball XL5: XL5 to H2O • Stingray: Count Down • Thunderbirds: Atlantic Inferno • Captain Scarlet: Winged Assassin • Captain Scarlet: Noose of Ice • The Secret Service: A Case for the BISHOP

*EXCLUSIVE* TV21 – Edition 243

Unique to this box set, we present a brand-new edition of the classic Century 21 comic TV21, taking up where the original series left off. Produced to the same size and specification as the original, this all-new, single issue features newly-commissioned comic strips from original 1960s illustrators including Gerry Embleton and Martin Asbury, alongside the very best in contemporary comic talent.

This official and special edition is only available as part of this set.

*EXCLUSIVE* COMMEMORATIVE POSTCARDS

A wallet of A5-sized postcards featuring some of the Justin T. Lee’s stylish graphics originally produced for the film and book – available only as part of this box set.

• Supermarionation will be available to pre-order from 1st August 2014, exclusively from networkonair and gerryanderson.co.uk

• More details at: http://networkonair.com/features/2014/07/18/supermarionation-box-set/#sthash.pAaydZ4B.dpuf

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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