Tuesday, 26 August 2014

CLASSIC COMICS: TV CENTURY 21 #52...



Everybody loves a birthday - don't they?  (Unless you know you
haven't many left.)  So here's the first birthday issue of TV CENTURY
21 from a hundred years in the future, 2066.  Normally, I'd present it in
two instalments, but as the second part usually gets only around half the
hits of the first, I decided just to give you the complete issue in one go.

For around two or three years, TV21 was probably the best weekly
periodical in Britain, and it's doubtful that there's ever been a comic for
boys since that's matched its popularity or sales.  The artwork was by the 
finest illustrators of the day, although, curiously, the Annuals were never
quite up to the same standard as the weekly.  Perhaps that's due to different
editors being responsible for each publication, and no doubt cost was also
a factor as the Annuals would have been prohibitively expensive if the
quality of reproduction was the same in each case.

Anyway, let's now look into the past and try and catch a glimpse
of the future.  Welcome to Adventure in the 21st Century!
       

















14 comments:

Colin Jones said...

2065 ? It says 2066 on the cover, Kid. The only problem with the Thunderbirds was the acting - it was rather wooden, boom boom.

Kid said...

Ah, but it was produced in 1965 and went on sale a hair into 1966, so anyway you look at it, the date's wrong.

John Pitt said...

Absolutely brilliant! Now I have another comic I used to have back in its entirety! - which is ANOTHER of the reasons I love this blog - you give me back SO MANY things I used to have - which in turn leads to old memories.
What can I add about TV 21? The best British comic for boys ever? I am still torn between it and 2000 AD ( first 400 progs). Slightly older readers might argue the ( original ) Eagle.
Right, now I'm going to download and read this and go back in time to a better place where the newsagents was a haven of delights!

Kid said...

Good as the 2000 A.D. artists were, JP, I think Noble, Embleton, Bellamy, etc., had the edge. TV21 had something that later comics just seemed to lack.

John Pitt said...

These artists you mention, along with Jennings, Turner,etc. were PAINTERS, as opposed to the drawing artists and, as such, are in a league of their own.

Kid said...

Ah, but, JP, I was taking their black and white work into consideration in the comparison. Mike Noble, for example, was a brilliant action artist and storyteller regardless of whether his work was in b&w or colour. And some, id not all, of the 2000 A.D. artists were no doubt also capable of painting.

John Pitt said...

I've seen some of Carlos's Dredds painted, but I assumed this was done on computer. Which would be the last British comic to feature hand - painted art?

Kid said...

Ooh, that's a toughie. Maybe a nursery comic of some kind, JP. Or perhaps Countdown/TV Action. Dunno for sure.

John Pitt said...

Kid, would you mind if I used the centre - spread as my Google + cover photo? It is so much a part of me!

Kid said...

Go for it, JP.

John Pitt said...

Kid, have you ever seen our beloved Daleks strips brought to life by CGI?
If you search Youtube for the Daleks Chronicles or Altered Vistas there are quite a few to choose from.
( I love 'em !! )

Kid said...

Yup, I've seen them, JP - very nice. (Look at the date - but better late than never.)

John Pitt said...

Ha ha, you're as bad as me! :-)

Kid said...

Worse, I'm sure.

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