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Believe it or not (as the famous LEROY ROBERT RIPLEY would say), the above comic is rather significant in its own humble way. Y'see, this was the very last time that the esteemed name of TV21 appeared on the cover of a British weekly periodical, after around two and a half years of sharing space (as junior partner) with the VALIANT masthead. For the final four months, the partnership had been in name only, as the last surviving TV21 strip - STAR TREK - had come to an end in the December 29th 1973 cover-dated issue, The TUFFS Of TERROR ISLAND having preceded it into retirement around a year and a half earlier.
It's true to say that, even before the merger in 1971, TV21 hadn't resembled its original incarnation for quite a while, but its title in some shape or form had been a familiar sight on newsagents' counters since 1965. Five issues later, the host comic found another partner and a new double-act appeared on the scene, with the name of LION taking the place that TV21 had occupied. The previous four issues had returned Valiant to solo status during those intervening weeks, but it was sad to see TV21's logo absent after its years of faithful service.
I wonder if GERRY ANDERSON or ALAN FENNELL even noticed or lamented TV21's demise, or had it already faded from their day-to-day consciousness long before the curtain came down for the final time?
And thus a legend passed into history.
|I wonder if the Valiant & TV21 name continued in the indicia until the merger|
with Lion, or was absent once it disappeared from the cover. If you have those
four issues between April 20th and May 25th, check and let me know, will you?