Monday, 12 December 2016

1992: STINGRAY ISSUE 1 (FLEETWAY)

From October 1992: the first issue of the Fleetway STINGRAY comic, timed to coincide with reruns of the 1960s Gerry Anderson extravaganza on the BBC.

Most of the material was recycled from TV CENTURY 21, published in the late Sixties.

This, along with companion titles dedicated to CAPTAIN SCARLET and JOE 90, didn't fare as well as the runaway success of the THUNDERBIRDS title and they all eventually found themselves merged into one almighty Gerry Anderson megamix.


1996: CULT TIMES SPECIAL ISSUE 1 (VISUAL IMAGINATION)

From December 1996: The first CULT TIMES spin-off special.

Its been had to miss the huge dump bins popping up in stores across the land as the traditional festive double issues of the TV listings magazines go on sale. The first sighting of the bumper RADIO TIMES is a sure sign that Christmas is coming. However, for the past few years I've found that I've bought that traditiinal whopper... and then not looked at it once throughout the holiday season.

Regadless, it reminded me of the first CULT TIMES SPECIAL, a festive themed issue with the Christmas season geek tv listings for cable and satellite. Terrestrial TV, with more erratic schedules and weekly rather than monthly press days (geared to the publishing schedules of the weekly rather than monthly telly mags), were generally treated on a 'best guess' basis.

The cover stars should come as no surprise.

Visual Imagination's CT launched in October 1995 and eventually clocked up 159 issues through to the end of 2008 when the publisher went bust. This was the first of 47 specials published on a quarterly schedule.


1997: SCI-FI INVASION! (WIZARD)

From the Fall of 1997: Another of the brief run of SCI-FI INVASION!, the occasional spin-off from the WIZARD MAGAZINE empire.


LOST IN SPACE ISSUE 7 (INNOVATION)

From June 1992: Cast member Mark Goddard (Major Don West) contributes to Innovation's ongoing LOST IN SPACE comic book.


1994: THERMAL LANCE ISSUE 18

From June 1994: the 18th issue of photocopied DOCTOR WHO fanzine THERMAL LANCE.


Friday, 9 December 2016

1998: STAR WARS UKNIVERSE: MAGAZINE OF THE OFFICIAL STAR WARS FAN CLUB ISSUE 3

From 1998: the third issue of the British STAR WARS UKNIVERSE, the oddly titled publication of the for-one-year-only (in this form at least) OFFICIAL UK STAR WARS FAN CLUB.

Although this doesn't appear to have been available to non-members through retail, it did add to the general cacophony of SW mags and publications appearing in the late 1990s.


1998: TOONS MAGAZINE (WIZARD)

From the autumn/ fall of 1998: an issue of WIZARD spin-off TOONS MAGAZINE, with animated SPAWN cover.


1983: MAD MAGAZINE UK ISSUE 252 SPOOFS STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN

From April 1983: the UK edition of MAD MAGAZINE finally gets around to spoofing STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN.

Presumably the yellow uniforms are part of the gag rather than evidence of a Gold Key-alike lack of useful colour reference shots and/or collective lack of familiarity with the sequel's redesigned uniforms.


1979: THE BLACK HOLE UK VHS COVER

From December 1979 (although this hails from much later): Disney's Star Age would-be blockbuster THE BLACK HOLE.


Despite the numerous - and sometimes obvious shortcomings - I rate this as one of the icons of the era. Both because it's an entertaining - and spectacular - movie in its own right but also because of the ubiquitous merchandising it spawned.

This is the UK sell-through VHS cover. I think this is one movie thst really demands a bells-whistles-and-B.O.Bs BR release.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

1997: SCI-FI INVASION (WIZARD MAGAZINE)

From 1997: Another WIZARD spin-off from the boom years... an out-of-the-bag copy of SCI-FI INVASION.

Five issues were published circa 97-98, the consistent themes across the run being STAR WARS, BABYLON FIVE and - of course - THE X-FILES.


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