Gift company I Just Love It has launched a range of personalised hardback and softback Thunderbirds-inspired books utilising strips from several sources – and a Gerry Anderson Collector’s Edition that offers other strips, too.
Seven new personalised books are now available, re-packaging collections previously published by Egmont UK, priced at £14.99 each.
The books offer different collections of the original 1960s and 1970s comic book strips, along with classic artwork from Frank Bellamy, Eric Eden, Graham Bleathman, John Cooper and Frank Hampson.
A Personalised Thunderbirds Collector’s Edition Book is also on sale for £49.99, which features an introduction to the brand with key moments and dates; and a Personalised Gerry Anderson Collector’s Edition Book, featuring comic strips from Thunderbirds, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Lady Penelope and more.
The hardback editions can be personalised with a name that can be embossed on the front cover, while the softback versions feature a name on the front cover and in the header of every internal page.
“Thunderbirds was a must-watch programme in every household, and the comics were incredibly sought after when first published for many 60s and 70s children,” notes Kevin Sears, ecommerce director at Gifts Hub.
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.