The latest issue of the brilliant Gerry Anderson ‘zine Andersonic (Issue 9) is now available and features a new, nine-page interview with designer Mike Trim, who discusses his work on the Anderson series from Thunderbirds through to UFO. His latest project, Agent Crush – a marionette-oriented spy spoof – is currently in post production.
While there’s no comics material this time around, the 44-page magazine does include a feature that recalls a visit to the set of Space:1999‘s last episode, The Dorcons, in December 1976, and a reappraisal of Gerry Anderson’s early supermarionation show, Supercar. Has it been unfairly overlooked in favour of its more colourful descendents? Andersonic argue it’s ‘most satisfactory’!
“X Marks The Spot” takes a look at the X-Planes and concept aircraft of the 50s and 60s that had such an influence on the designers at Century 21, while “The Roots of UFO” examines the film and literary influences that shaped the format of the Andersons’ first live-action series.
Also included are retrospectives of some key episodes from several of the Anderson shows, including UFO‘s Ordeal, and a look at both sides of the argument when it comes to dating the time period of Thunderbirds, which was re-set to the 2020s in the 1990s.
• Andersonic is available via the website www.andersonic.co.uk – price £2.20 including UK postage and also from eBay for a limited period
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.
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