Friday, 24 March 2017

1998: PRIMETIME MAGAZINE CHAPTER 2

From 1998: a one-off (?) revival of the TV fanzine PRIMETIME.

Published by TV historians and trackers-of-lost-telly Kaleidoscope, this revived the earlier incarnation of the title.  And it contains some really excellent articles sure to tickle the fancy of Telly types.  For me, the best of the bunch is Andrew Pixley's inevitably comprehensive history of the TV output of ITC.  There's been a number of books and articles written about the company's extensive output but they almost invariably focus on the familiar suspects.  Pixley, of course, pieces together the whole ITC small-screen canon including shows barely seen (if at all) in the UK as well as Children's (THE MUNCH BUNCH anyone?) and other shows released under the ITC (rather than ATV) brand.  The complete history of ITC (including all their numerous movie projects, behind-the-scenes dramas, changes of ownership, remakes and more) is still to be written.  But, in the meantime, I consider this an invaluable reference.

I picked this up from - of all places - London's COMIC SHOWCASE when it was published and I've never seen another copy 'in the wild'.  I'm not sure how extensively this was distributed but - I imagine - not very much.


1992: DOCTOR WHO FANZINE CYBERZONE ISSUE 1

From 1992: The first - and possibly only - issue of the DOCTOR WHO fanzine CYBERZONE, dedicated to all things Cybermen.

I *think* I found this one rummaging through the boxes of a now defunct secondhand bookshop in Birmingham's city centre.  It was a magical cave of paperbacks, comics, magazines and books of all subjects staffed by two chaps who never created the impression they really wanted to be there.  The prices weren't great and the stock was random but it was the sort of place you could happily browse for hours and spend a fortune.  Cash only.  Of course.  I miss it now...

Does anyone know anything more about the 'zine?

1983: COMIC INFORMER INDIANA JONES COVER

From Early 1983: a copy of the obscure US fanzine COMIC INFORMER boasting a distinctive Indiana Jones cover.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

1985: SPEAKEASY ISSUE 56

From November 1985: SPEAKEASY issue 56 reports a busy month of comics news. 


1992: DWB CELEBRATES 100 ISSUES

From April 1992: long-running DOCTOR WHO (and, latterly, telefantasy in general) fanzine DWB celebrates 100 issues with this fancy bit of cover photoshopping.

STARLOG'S COMICS WORLD becomes COMICS SCENE

Because the lawyers demanded it -

COMICS SCENE MAGAZINE was a mainstay of the STARLOG empire, not least because its fortunes waxed and waned through several runs depending on the public's overall interest in comics and their characters.

The mag was initially announced and promoted as COMICS WORLD (a title that would later become familiar with British collectors thanks to an entirely different magazine with a very similar - but not identical - title) but that fell victim to some sort of legal shenanigans/ prior title claim and had to be changed prior to the first issue hitting the stands.



After a quiet few months (during which time the collective Starlog brains trust must have been frantically brainstorming alternatives... and making sure fandom hadn't already thought of them) they bounced back with... COMICS SCENE.  Hurrah.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

1998: STARLOG CELEBRATES BATTLESTAR GALACTICA'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY

From October 1998: STARLOG MAGAZINE issue 255 celebrates BATTLESTAR GALACTICA'S 20th anniversary.

Sadly, it wasn't a whopper of a retrospective along the same lines as the Log's legendary look back at 10 years of the STAR WARS saga almost a decade earlier.  But still...

Don't you feel old?  Well... If I didn't then I do now as we approach the 40th anniversary.

It's a tribute to the staying power of the original series that Starlog felt confident enough to put a twenty year old show on the cover of a magazine still riding high on the Nineties SF TV boom.


1994: STAR TREK GENERATIONS IN 2000AD PROG 928

From February 1994: The Mighty One shamelessly chases the notoriously free-spending (in those days) STAR TREK fans with this STAR TREK GENERATIONS cover and competition.  


1991: AVENGERS FANZINE BIZARRE ISSUE 2

From February 1991: the second issue of British AVENGERS TV fanzine BIZARRE.


Monday, 20 March 2017

ITC'S SUPER SPACE THEATRE US GERRY ANDERSON TV MOVIES

More long-lost (mostly) TV movie versions of familiar TV shows: ITC's SUPER SPACE THEATRE teleflick compilation package.

ITC, the programme sales spin-off from ITV franchise operator ATV, were past masters at creating content with an eye to the American market.  They realised that was where the cash was as well as giving the UK broadcasts of their shows and sheen that most other ITV companies couldn't hope to match.

As the article points out, the US market had gone cold to Gerry Anderson's work by the late 1970s so the New York office reworked them into a package of teleflicks which they could offer to local stations and the brave new world of cable television.

I don't think any of these reworked versions made it onto British TV (ITV bought the reruns rights to a large chunk of the Anderson back catalogue in the 1980s) but i think they did appear on tape during the early years of the VHS boom.  Indeed some (or similar compilations made in the UK) were still knocking around a decade later, preventing ITC themselves from releasing complete series of uncut episodes on tape.

This article appeared in STARLOG MAGAZINE.





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