Wednesday, 27 August 2014


Here's a story from the very first FIREBALL XL5 Annual
Curiously, none of the four Annuals by COLLINS had an identifying
year on the cover, only a copyright date inside, which may well represent
both the issue date and also the year the book was meant for.  If so, it would
be unlike most (but not all) Annuals, which are traditionally copyright dated
the year before the one on the cover.  Fireball was first broadcast on U.K. TV
on October 28th 1962 until October 27th the following year (there must have
been a break in the run as there were only 39 episodes), so it would've made
sense to release the first Annual while the show was still 'hot' on TV, in
order to capitalise on children's interest in it.  If anyone knows for
sure, I'd appreciate you letting me know.

The art is either by EDDIE PAUL or GERRY EMBLETON - I
suspect the latter, but, again, I'm not sure.  If you can identify which
one it is, feel entirely free to demonstrate your superior knowledge
in the comments section.

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