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Those who are into such things know that TV21 in its original form finished with issue number 242, before being revamped and relaunched as practically an entirely different kind of comic. Many years later (2010) there was a follow-up special edition by Fanderson, who published issue 243, though it was more article-based with no new comic strips. (However, it did reprint a two-page Fireball XL5 strip drawn by Mike Noble.)
Then, in 2014, Network included their own take on #243 as part of a Blu-ray boxed set, including all-new comic strips, some drawn by original artists who worked on TV21 back in the '60s. It was later made available on its own after a warehouse find, this time being sold by The Official Gerry Anderson Store. I guess that indicates the boxed set didn't sell too well in 2014, hence a massive backlog of spare issues.
Finally, in 2017, Fanderson did number #244 (above), though again it was mainly article-based, but containing some panels from the original '60s periodical. It arrived at Castel Crivens today, acquired through Fanderson, who sell a lot of great Gerry Anderson-related merchandise for fans of the man and his TV puppet and live-action shows. It's slightly smaller than its two predecessors, as well as the original TV21, but it's in full-colour throughout.
I'll be doing a follow-up post on some of Fanderson's great items soon, just to show what you're missing out on if you're not a member, but in the meantime just imagine that the comic had continued in its original form - the above cover could perhaps have been the result had it been published back in 1969. Will there be a 245th issue? Only time will tell.
Were you a fan of TV21 back in the day? Do you think a comic based on Gerry's characters could be a viable option today? Don't be shy - tell your fellow Crivvies what you think and savour the satisfaction of seeing your name in print.