Here it is - the fabulous finale of FIREBALL XL5's encounter
with the Snowmen of planet Uraniture, written by ALAN FENNELL,
drawn by MIKE NOBLE, and originally published in TV CENTURY 21
#38, cover-dated October 16th, 2065. As a six year old boy, I was utterly
gripped by this adventure and couldn't wait until the next instalment - and
it never failed to deliver in the action, excitement and suspense stakes.
Kids of the '50s may have had THE EAGLE and DAN DARE, but, to
be honest, I think they were short-changed in comparison to readers
of TV21, which really was a comic of the 21st Century.
Stories from Eagle seem rather dated now (and have done for
decades), but strips from the latter publication still hold up well today.
FRANK HAMPSON's Dan Dare tales can't disguise the obvious - they're
a 1950's vision of what the future might be and it shows on every page.
However, the FIREBALL, STINGRAY and THUNDERBIRDS strips
are still far ahead of their time in terms of craft and uniform designs,
and are almost as fresh as the day they were created.
Well, that's what I think - feel free to
disagree in the comments section.
For all lovers of comics (particularly American ones), BARRY
PEARL has a great site which can be accessed by clicking here.
Take a look - you're sure to love it!