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Sunday, March 19, 2017

THE VERY BEST OF TV CENTURY 21, - PART 1!

A new regular feature here, now! - For the foreseeable future, I want to alternative my US comics posts with the best bits of one of the very best UK comics ever - TV Century 21!
I actually missed the very first three issues of this comic, but, once I discovered it, I immediately placed a regular order with my local newsagents in the village post office!
Anyway, no more words are necessary, the scans speak for themselves!



























































9 comments:

  1. Huh, I see! My scans suddenly not good enough for you, JP? You can see the joins in some pages where they've been photoshopped together. Nice looking 'though.

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  2. Au contraire, me old China! - These are merely rushed temporary images for my first draft! Later in the week, you will see many of these images morph into the best quality pix on the web, as if by magic! (From you-know-where!)
    Bit of a mad rush today, been unsuccessfully searching for some images for the next post!

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    1. Looking loads better, already, Kidda!

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  3. Of course, I never had any of these, but I do remember seeing most of the Gerry Anderson shows on TV.

    Fireball XL5 was broadcast on a nation-wide network (NBC) in the US sometime around 1964, IIRC. The others were all syndicated, so their distribution was kind of hit-or-miss. Which is why you will sometimes hear people in New York say something like, "I remember Thunderbirds, but I never heard of Super Car." And, conversely, someone who lived in Atlanta might say, "I watched Supercar and Stingray, but Thunderbirds never aired in our area."

    Oddly, though, Thunderbirds seems to be the most widely known of Anderson's marionette shows in the US. Maybe because it was shown in the really big markets, like New York and Los Angeles.

    It was also rerun in the 1990's on a network, I think either WB or Fox. It was shown in a half-hour time slot, so it must have been edited down, but it didn't look as if anything were missing. But then, I've heard that it was originally planned as a half-hour show, anyway, and that the episodes were padded out to fill a full hour slot, so maybe that explains it.

    I think Kid once mentioned seeing that "Steve Zodiac Dead?" headline as a child and wondering if that meant that the character had really been killed off. I guess the newspaper/news magazine format made it seem like a real event.

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    1. Hiya TC, and I'm pleased that you got our Anderson shows in the States and Thunderbirds is the most successful over here too and, people can say whatever they like about the plots being padded out, but, as a kid, it made the tension more intense! Of course, they ALWAYS got there just in the nick of time and even though you KNEW they would, it didn't stop you from sitting "on the edge of your seat"!
      My personal favourite though was Captain Scarlet and I hope you got this over the pond too!
      Also, for me, I found the Supercar strips in TV Comic far more interesting than these in TV 21, where they just "played it for laughs"!

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  4. You're right, JP - I never understood why Supercar was a 'comedy' strip in TV21 instead of an adventure one. Having said that, it was okay, but I think TV Comic had the right idea.

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    1. I'm only posting them, because they're Anderson! As you say, they're okay, but that's all!
      I have been tempted to gather together all the TV Comic GA strips, plus more Daleks and make my own imaginary "missing TV 21" comics!

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  5. I remember Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, and Captain Scarlet. And, later, UFO and Space 1999. And the 1990's reruns of Thunderbirds.

    Captain Scarlet was considerably more violent than the previous puppet shows. It's like comparing the grim Dark Knight to the campy 1966 Batman TV series. Or comparing the James Bond movies with Daniel Craig to the ones with Roger Moore.

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  6. Sorry, TC, your comment was duplicated, I deleted one of them and they both went, so I cut and pasted it from my Gmails!
    Anyway, you had most of them then. The only really notable omissions are Joe 90, which was an attempt to go back to the simpler plots, as Captain Scarlet was a bit too complicated for the younger kids, and the Terrahawks, which saw the return to puppetry, after the live action serieses.
    Myself, I was considerably older when Captain Scarlet came along and was probably just the exact age to appreciate it as it was meant to be appreciated!

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