Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Captain's Library & Theatre: FIREBALL XL5 "Moon Masters" Conclusion

Art by George Wilson
Sent to the Moon to investigate energy beams affecting Earth's orbit, the crew of patrol ship Fireball XL5 encounter aliens who capture Colonel Steve Zodiac and Doctor Venus...
This one (and only) issue of Gold Key's Steve Zodiac and Fireball XL5 was meant to be the first of an ongoing series like the previous Anderson show Gold Key adapted; Supercar.
However, for reasons unknown, no other issues were ever published.
Written by Paul S Newman and illustrated by Mel Crawford.
Fun Facts:
The model for Steve Zodiac on the painted cover by George Wilson is Steve Holland, best known as the model for James Bama's Doc Savage paperback covers which define the "look" of the Man of Bronze for the last few generations of fans!
Fireball XL5 is the only Gerry Anderson show to air on a network (NBC) rather than syndicated to local stations! (It ran as part of NBC's Saturday morning kid-show block in 1964.)
Both Gerry and Sylvia Anderson did voices on the show.
(Sylvia was Dr Venus and Gerry (using a voice filter) was Robert the Robot.)

As a special treat to Supermationation fans...The premiere episode of the series "Planet 46", written by Gerry & Sylvia Anderson!

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