Friday 30 September 2011

Century 21 Volume 5 is called "Menace from space"

Cover by Lee Sullivan
I happen to know that Lee Sullivan, the cover artist of the latest Century 21 reprint volume, loves Mike Noble's work (I learned this at the exhibition that is still running) and this view of Thunderbird 3 appears to me to be inspired by Mike's drawing of TB3 from a provisional cover earlier in this series. Obviously Lee's version matches the 'cameo' look that the others have

Non-published - Mike Noble

John Freeman, on,  shares some exciting news on his site:
Publisher Marcus Hearn also tells us: "We've just uncovered an amazing batch of original Frank Bellamy artboards, so if and when we do another volume we'll be including them."
Let's hope we see that too - Marcus we'd love a Bellamy only volume - and would die to see a landscape - no gutter version.

Anyway back to the point of this entry.

Marcus heads up Signum Books and this is Chris Bentley 's fifth outing in this series. The theme this time - can you guess - is space! Therefore we have the following Bellamy illustrated stories:

  • Thunderbirds - The Eye of Jupiter Script: Scott Goodall Art: Frank Bellamy (Originally published in TV Century 21 issues 147 - 154 , November-December 2067)
  • Thunderbirds - The Space Mirror Script: Scott Goodall Art: Frank Bellamy (Originally published in TV Century 21 issues 137 - 140, September 2067)
  • Thunderbirds - The Barracuda Awaits Script: Scott Goodall Art: Frank Bellamy (Originally published in TV Century 21 issues 179-183, June-July 2068)

You can buy via the usual channels (including the Amazon widget I use) - the ISBN is 978-0956653420  - but Signum are offering Gerry Anderson signed copies - follow this link:

And just so we always have some of the great man's work on these blog entries here's a scene I like from "The Space Mirror", a very short story at 4 double page spreads!

TV21 #139

Saturday 24 September 2011

Ghost Town starts in the Daily Mirror

"who recently passed away. 
He was a huge friend of Garth as well as Dan Dare 
and it would have meant something to him."
- at the request of Martin Baines

Geoff's name appears on the list of people who have been generous enough to contribute to the formation of the checklist of Bellamy's work. He was a member of the Eagle Society and my heartfelt condolences go out to friends and family.

Yesterday saw the end of "The  Beautiful People" so today we have......

Saturday 24 September 2011 © Daily Mirror
Click on this to see the superb work Martin is doing - in my opinion - on the colouring. This story was Frank Bellamy's favourite of all his Garths and it was re-run on the announcement of his death in July 1976 - therefore this is the third reprinting in the Daily Mirror - but you won't hear me complaining!

Martin sent me the above and also added this message to accompany the piece below:

Also I have included the first colouring I did for Garth which was in the style of colouring that Scorer used. This was before the decision of style of colouring was made. This colouring was inspired by Fraser Of Africa...

© Daily Mirror

Thanks again to Martin for his forethought and generosity.

Next: Sunday Times feature - watch this space