Fireball XL5 60th Anniversary Comic Anthology Available October 28


All the TV21 Comic-Strip Adventures of Colonel Steve Zodiac Collected Together for the First Time Ever in a 60th Anniversary Fireball XL5 Anthology

The Fireball XL5 60th Anniversary Comic Anthology, featuring all of the 1960s TV21 comic-strip adventures of Fireball XL5 and Colonel Steve Zodiac, will be available on October 28 from Anderson Entertainment. The oversized, 336-page hardcover book features the artistry of the period’s finest UK talents, including Mike NobleRon EmbletonFrank HampsonEric EdenDon Lawrence, and Brian Lewis; a previously unpublished illustration by Mike Noble graces the book’s cover. Other highlights include strips from Countdown and the TV21 specials, as well as a brand-new 17-page adventure strip by renowned artist and Fireball XL5 mega-fan Lee Sullivan (Doctor Who, Transformers, 2000 AD), which features Thunderbirds, Stingray, and Captain Scarlet interacting for the first time ever with Fireball and its crew.

Fireball XL5 debuted in October 1962. Created by Gerry Anderson, the sci-fi children’s show wowed family audiences with its inventive stories, Supermarionation puppetry, and groundbreaking visual effects. In it, Steve Zodiac pilots the Fireball XL5, as he, Dr. Venus, Professor “Matt” Matic, and Robert the Robot patrol Sector 25 of charted interstellar space on behalf of the World Space Patrol. The show ran for one season comprised of 39 black-and-white episodes. Interestingly, Fireball XL5 comic-strip tales followed the show’s premiere from 1965, running while the series was still being broadcast, and continued until 1968. The strips gave viewers a first look at Fireball XL5 in color.

“This is a book we’ve wanted to make happen for a very long time, and we’re thrilled to have pulled it off,” said Jamie Anderson, son of Gerry Anderson and managing director of Anderson Entertainment. “So many great artists helped evolve the show, the ship, and the characters through the comic strips, and it’s honor to have everything collected in one book in time for the 60th anniversary of Fireball XL5. And Lee’s fantastic new strip is the icing on the 60th birthday cake!”

Anderson Entertainment will publish Fireball XL5 60th Anniversary Comic Anthology on October 28, 2022. It will be priced at US $44.99/CAN $60/UK £39.99, with preorders available now.

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