Eagle Daze 9: Space Wars

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

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. Moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, Roger recalls howContinue reading Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Nine

Eagle Daze 8 – TV21, Candy & Lady Penelope

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

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

A scene from "Captain Scarlet" in TV21 200, as Spectrum muffs a chance to gain some alien allies against the Mysterons. Art by Keith Watson

Landmark British Comics: Looking Back on TV21 Issue 200

Yesterday’s news that The Phoenix had reached its 200th issue has certainly gone down well among British comic fans, but the publisher’s carefully worded claim that it was the first “independently-published weekly” comic to reach that landmark since 1969 has certainly put the cat among the pigeons as far as comic archivists are concerned. AfterContinue reading Landmark British Comics: Looking Back on TV21 Issue 200

TV Century 21 Issue 52 - Cover

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

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