Friday, 7 June 2013

A ZERO X ADVENTURE - BY RON TURNER...


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The recent MIKE NOBLE and RON TURNER pages I've featured seem to have garnered a fair amount of approval, so I've decided to go with more of the same. This time around it's a ZERO X story from the TV CENTURY 21 Annual for 1968. Just look at those vibrant colours and fantastically futuristic designs. What more could anyone ask for?  (Apart from the winning numbers from a rollover lottery draw - but you can't have everything.)

So, enjoy the following pages - then leave your thoughts about them in the handy-dandy comments section. Go on - you know how you love seeing your name in print. (Oh yes you do!






8 comments:

TwoHeadedBoy said...

Those rock snakes again! They're also in Captain Scarlet and one of the Thunderbirds movies (or was it one of the episodes?).

Love how the whole of the Gerry Anderson/TV21 universe exists together like that.

Kid said...

It always seemed to be RT drawing them as well. Maybe he had a thing for snakes.

PhilSee said...

More Turner is never enough. Guess the rock snakes would turn up in Captain Scarlet what with the whole Mars / Mysteron connection. A bit of Anderson universe shared continuity? I have an old Thunderbirds annual (copyright date 1967)with a similar colour scheme on the art, which is unfortunately not by any of the greats but more like one of the 'B' team artists at the Century 21 Publishing.

Kid said...

Alan Fennell, who was the editor of TV21 for the first two years, was 'big' on all the Gerry Anderson strips sharing the same continuity, so it wasn't unusual for characters (and creatures, I'd imagine) to turn up in different stories.

B Smith said...

Nice bit of continuity in having the Martian Exploration Project board sitting at the same desk they were seated at in the first Thunderbirds movie

Kid said...

Which I've still to watch, even 'though I've had the DVD (and the 2nd one) for years. Where does the time go?

DeadSpiderEye said...

Yeah gotta echo PhilSee's observation about the colour here It's very evocative of the annual colour from this period where it looks as though it's been applied directly to separation acetates with an airbush. Doesn't really work to enhance the line work for me although there are some nice bits here and there. I'm not sure where it would be done but some of process work was done in shop at the printers, when they used to do that down the road at Chapel River. I don't wanna gripe too much, cos it's a tricky technique, some artworkers were very good at it, some illustrators too.

Kid said...

I don't know how it was done, DSE, but the colouring on the TV21 Annuals, unlike the comics, was never of the highest quality and kind of let the side down. It's almost as if they were produced by a completely different company. Actually, the Zero X story was one of the better ones - it didn't look as washed out as some of the others.

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