July 10, 2014


Gerry Anderson fans in the States will be happy to hear that the Thunderbirds Comic Collection is finally being released here. First printed in October, 2013 in the UK, this hardcover anthology compiles about 200 pages of Thunderbirds strips and 60 pages of Lady Penelope adventures. These 2-page color strips originally appeared in TV Century 21 and TV21 comics in England. In addition, the collection also includes cut-away illustrations of Tracy Island and the many cool vehicles from the series. The release date is August 1st, but I saw an advanced copy today. The pages appear to be sourced from printed comics, so the reproductions have a nice vintage vibe. The book is a cool addition to your Gerry Anderson library, and will have definite nostalgia-appeal for folks who grew up reading the comics. From Amazon: "Featuring original comic artwork from the 1960s and 1970s, this definitive collection from the cult classic TV series comes at the cusp of the show's 50th anniversary. 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the Thunderbirds, which debuted in 1965 and has had a cult following ever since. Devised by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the show became famous for its marionette puppetry, which Gerry Anderson dubbed "Supermarionation." This beautifully presented collection of original 1960s and 1970s Thunderbirds comic book stories is packed full of Tracey Island comic adventures which can be enjoyed by fans both young and old alike. It includes a special section of cutaway images of Thunderbirds vehicles and buildings, facts about the illustrators, and a tribute to Gerry Anderson." Learn more: Fanderson website, illustrator Frank Bellamy. Stand by for Action and Enjoy!

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  1. Thanks, Norman. Readers should definitely check out Norman's review at link above. -Jason