Heritage Auctions has some Space: 1999 art credited to Neal Adams and Dick Giordano on offer in its upcoming Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction in Dallas, taking place 1st – 3rd August 2019.
Split over two lots, on offer is Cover Original Art and Book and Record Set and the Front and Back Cover Original Art and “Book and Record” Set Group for the two record releases, Breakway and Return to the Beginning, produced by Peter Pan Industries/Power Records in 1976. Both lots are from the Key Comics Collection.
The Breakaway cover art features series stars Martin Landau and Barbara Bain for an adaptation of the Space: 1999 origin story of the little runaway Moon and its 311 inhabitants produced by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.
Although credited to Neal Adams as pencilled, a project for his Continuity and Associates studio, it’s been suggested the work is more likely the work of Russ Heath and Dick Giordano. (Artists Rich Buckler and Frank McLaughlin have also been mentioned in connection with the project in the past,). The art comes with a copy of the Breakaway Book and Record Set itself.
Credited to Dick Giordano and Neal Adams Studio, the Return to the Beginning featured the entire Moon (with Alpha Base long for the ride) passing through a time warp and appearing next to the Earth during biblical times, explaining why Noah and his ark are cover featured. Both front and back cover art for this Book and Record Set are included in this group.
Dick Giordano reports that he penciled the covers in Dick Giordano: Changing Comics, One Day At A Time. Neal Adams has signed both pages as he was involved in inking the covers with Giordano, with background inks ascribed to a very young Terry Austin, by artist David Roach, who has also suggested that although the back cover is credited to Adams he feels the work might be that of Sal Amendola.
Can anyone help out? Any of you working at Continuity back in the 1970s?
Power Records featured characters licensed from DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and contemporary movies and television series (such as Kojak, Planet of the Apes, The Six Million Dollar Man, Space: 1999, and Star Trek), in stories geared toward older children. The book-and-record sets frequently featured original 20-page comic books along with an extended-play 7″ record of the story. Playing the record while reading along in the book brought the story to life through music and sound effects.
With thanks to David Roach