|Collage from Volume 5|
I have finally got copies of the books which Egmont list as being published in September and Egmont themselves haven't caught up yet by adding them to their Classic Comics website. I've grabbed the covers and details from the publicity available in their main catalogue. However note that the cover for Volume 2 changed on publication - which often happens. The correct cover appears below.
|Art by Graham Bleathman|
I have listed all these in the reprint list on the website.Graham Bleathman drew 4 out of 5 of these covers back in the early 1990s for the Thunderbirds comic edited by Alan Fennell
- Volume 1 came from Thunderbirds the comic #13
- Volume 2 came from Thunderbirds the comic #2
- Volume 3 came from Thunderbirds the comic #8
- Volume 4 came from Thunderbirds the comic #11
- Volume 5 came from Thunderbirds the comic #22 (Cover by Steve Kyte)
|Graham Bleathman's "Inside the worlds of Gerry Anderson"|
Firstly the back covers with nice silhouettes of the craft - and matching colours....
Then each title page has a piece of art and a silhouette.....
And then each contents page has artwork selections......
Although Egmont credit John Cooper (on the story pages) correctly with having done two out of the three stories in Volume 5, they make the same mistake on the contents page as they did on the hardback Collection. So the stories "The Big Bang" and "The Mini Moon" are not illustrated by Bellamy.
Lastly I should say the presentations are really nice and the feel of the covers (matt) is very pleasant. Also to make up the page count someone used some imagination and created a collage of Bellamy and Cooper art - nice touch - see picture at top of this article!
So stop ignoring your Christmas shopping and get these books for friends who have never heard of Frank Bellamy. A nice series.
^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^FOOTNOTE: Trust me! The Complete Rainbow Orchid (The Rainbow Orchid) by Garen Ewing is great fun to read and is better than Herge's Tin-Tin, in my opinion! Egmont will love me for mentioning this!