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Century 21: Classic Comic Strips from the Worlds of Gerry Anderson Volume 1: v. 1 [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Reynolds & Hearn Ltd (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905287933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905287932
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 23.8 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TVCentury21 is almost reborn. 23 Dec 2009
By Armchair Pundit VINE VOICE
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As someone who was lucky to get the original comic from 1965-1970, finding these stories getting re released was to me like finding buried treasure. I was quite surprised that I could still remember some of the stories, such an impact these images had made on me.
And just like the originals these are printed in vibrant colours on glossy paper.
Here's a list of contents.
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Firball XL5 - The Astran Assassination - Artist's - Mike Noble, Eric Eden and Ron Embleton.
Possible XL5's best ever comic story, Steve Zodiac encounters the Astrans and becomes embroiled in political intrigue on their home planet. The Astrans are probably the comic worlds most unusual aliens, ever, multi coloured jelly beans sitting on a plate would be an accurate description. This epic story also spans across the worlds of Lady Penelope (Thunderbirds) and Stingray.
Thunderbirds - Chain Reaction - artist - Frank Bellamy.
An out of control space cargo freighter causes devastation in the pacific.
Stingray - The Haunting of Station 17 - artist - Ron Embleton.
A creepy story involving Troy, Phones and commander Shore.
Captain Scarlet - The Football King -artist - Mike Noble.
A football loving King is threatend by the mysterons. Most of this story is black and white.
Lady Penelope - The Luveniam Affair - artist - Frank Langford.
Lady Penelope faces danger from enemy agents inside their mountain base.
Thunderbirds - The Devils Crag - artist - Frank Bellamy.
The Tracy brothers must save the life of a reckless young mountaineer who feels he has something to prove.
Zero X - Planet Of Bones - artist - Mike Noble.
The Zero X crew encounter a surreal situation on an alien planet.
Stingray - Superjunk - artist - Gerry Embleton.
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5.0 out of 5 stars back to the future 23 May 2009
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Fabulous labour of love compilation of old TV Century 21 strips from a variety of titles. The stories selected here are connected across the Anderson universe which was one of the great strengths of the comics, and the gorgeous artwork is beautifully remastered and in some cases looks better than it did originally.

Lots of stuff from the greatest unsung British comics artist, Mike Noble; very entertaining to watch even this mighty talent fail absolutely to pull off a terrifying version of a giant . . . mouse.

Artists: Mike Noble, Frank Bellamy, Eric Eden, Ron & Gerry Embleton, Don Harley, Frank Langford, Brian Lewis.

Very, very good value and hugely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stand by for action 14 Jun 2009
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If you were born in the late 50s then you were probably of the generation who read TV Century 21 aka TV21 tabloid comic in the mid-60s to get your fix of Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet.
This is the first of two volumes reprinting some of the material from the original material the artists handed in for printing rather than sourcing the comicbook itself. Getting hold of early TV21s is hard enough in good condition. This way is easier.
This is some of the best work of the likes of Mike Noble, Frank Bellamy and the Embleton brothers, Ron and Gerry. Amongst the stories in this book is a multi-cross-over Astran assassination story and Stingray and the haunted castle. Jaw-dropping brilliance.
This book is already selling out so chase down your copy or hope there's a second edition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great but what about the spreads? 13 May 2010
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I won't repeat the positive remarks on this book and the series that followed. Wonderfully printed and worth having.
One big problem remains: several comics spread over two pages. In TV21 this was not so much a problem with the 16 or 24 tabloid pages. But in a bound book the pictures and text that run near the spine become hard to read and the panels cannot be properly appreciated because you cannot view them flat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Jan 2010
I was fortunate to be sent a hardback copy of this book by Gerry Anderson who told me that he took great pride in the way that the book had turned out. It's quite obvious why he should have been so pleased with the results. The book has been produced to a very high standard and, while it offers only a sample of reprinted stories, it marks the start of an excellent series. Collect the set and enjoy them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The way the future was 9 Aug 2011
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I grew up in the 1960s reading DC and Marvel comics, but I remember there were some British comics back then that stood out in quality and scope. I was too young for `Eagle', which started several years before I was born, bur I remember the start of The Trigan Empire in ‘Ranger’ and then continued in 'Look and Learn', which I would read in the public library every Saturday, and the comic book event of my childhood, which was the debut of Gerry Anderson's `TV21' comic. I couldn't name the artists then, but I could recognise Frank Bellamy's work, which stood out above anyone else's, even 1960s' Marvel. Allegedly, Stan Lee offered to let him draw anything he wanted if he'd work for Marvel.

In recent years there have been quality reprints of The Trigan Empire from a Dutch publisher, and Titan Books have been reprinting the Dan Dare strips from `Eagle', which has led to an appreciation of Frank Hampson's work (and the reprints have now reached the Frank Bellamy period!). Now, in these Century 21 volumes (volume 5 is scheduled as I type), we have the start of the ongoing reprinting of the classic TV21 stories from the mid-late 1960s, and the high-point of the British comic book (2000AD was a different format and in a different style). TV21 featured stories drawn from the various Gerry Anderson TV series, with a few back-ups created for the comic, but set in the Anderson ‘universe’.

The TV21 format was the same "widescreen" that `Eagle' and its rivals were published in, and the publishers of Century 21 have found the archive of the original artwork, which they are using for these volumes.
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