|The Winged Avenger by Frank Bellamy (Thanks to Jeff Haythorpe again!)|
What do Frank Bellamy, Blackhawk (the DC Comics character from the 60s) and Frank Bellamy have in common? READ ON!
During the four years Bellamy drew Thunderbirds it has been assumed by fans that he only took one break when Don Harley covered Thunderbirds for him during autumn 1966 for six weeks. But as shown below this is one more myth surrounding Bellamy.
Bellamy was asked, in fact, to contribute to an episode of the highly popular (syndicated in over 90 countries) “The Avengers”. whose best remembered characters were John Steed and Emma Peel. The episode “The Winged Avenger” from the fifth series of the Avengers was filmed around November and December 1966 (see the headline of the paper Steed and Peel reads stating November 30 1966 - it's 29:47 minutes into the programme), and was finally transmitted in February 1967.
Now here's the first connection - Blackhawk. Below are some shots and I would love to see scans of the original comics if anyone has them and can identify them. You have the dates above - but bear in mind the cover dates of DC at that time were apparently the time by which news-stands had to return the comic for credit - and then they would have to have been shipped over to the UK to be bought by the props person for this programme! Email at this address
|Bellamy's design stuck on a DC Comic - Marvel didn't have the Aurora car advert|
Meanwhile back to the Avengers.....
Bellamy was paid well for his 30 colour illustrations, not all of which were in the final cut but sufficient to make this a stand-out episode and Blackhawk comic fans can enjoy spotting their favourite comic character too.
|The Winged Avenger|
For fun I emulated the Michael Noon site and created gifs of some 'transitional scenes' from my own screen grabs
|Emma enters Prof. Poole's establishment|
|Emma looks around|
|Professor Poole is attacked|
|Winged Avenger leaves through window|
|The Winged Avenger enters by window|
|Emma is attacked|