Thunderbirds are Go!

9781405268363_ThunderbirdsNews reached Geek Syndicate HQ of forthcoming collections of classic Gerry Anderson comic strips…of course we immediately sank GS HQ under ground in case anything happened in the next half hour!

Gerry Anderson casts a long shadow over British sci-fi TV and I can’t wait to see these collections from Egmont UK coming in the autumn.

Egmont and ITV Studios Global Entertainment
agree worldwide publishing deal for original Anderson comic strips

Classic comics return in new formats

London 18th April 2013 – Specialist children’s publisher Egmont UK has signed a deal with ITV
Studios Global Entertainment’s consumer products division, owner of many classic brands created by
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, to publish many classic Anderson original comic strips in new formats.

Egmont has acquired the rights to the classic Thunderbirds comic strips, along with other much-loved
creations such as Stingray, Joe 90 and Captain Scarlet. They will be published in ‘best of’ gift book
format as well as e-books based on the original comic strips.

The portfolio of comic strips was originally published by Fleetway Publications. Egmont purchased
Fleetway in 1991. Today demand for Thunderbirds output in particular has reached new heights,
boosted by the ITVS GE licensing programme and the imminent fiftieth anniversary of the television
series. The return of these comic strips in modern formats is expected to receive an enthusiastic
response from original fans of the groundbreaking series as well as a whole new audience.

The first output from the deal will be available in October this year when Egmont will republish the
original 1960s and 1970s Thunderbirds strips both digitally and in special collectable print editions.
The Thunderbird strips are based on the incredibly popular TV show, which first went on air in 1965.

David Riley, Managing Director of Egmont’s licensed character division, Egmont Publishing Group
said: “We are honoured to have acquired the publishing rights for these Anderson classics and in
particular to be launching with Thunderbirds in October. We are now looking forward to building a
series of titles that will remind fans, old and new, of the genius of Thunderbirds and so many other
incredible Anderson creations.”

Trudi Hayward, Head of Global Merchandising, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, adds: “Gerry and
Sylvia Anderson’s creations have enchanted and amazed fans of all ages for nearly fifty years. We
welcome the appearance of these classic comic strips at a time when awareness of Thunderbirds,
and the many other great Anderson titles, is stronger than ever.”

The Anderson comic strips form part of Egmont’s extensive Classic Comics archive which includes
Roy of the Rovers, Battle Picture Weekly, Action, Whizzer & Chips, Misty, Tammy and Jinty.

Egmont’s digital comics (including Roy of the Rovers, Johnny Red, The Thirteenth Floor, Misty, Major
Eazy and Charley’s War) are available from the iBooks Store on iPad format for £1.99 each.

The classic Thunderbirds name and brand have remained popular and loved for nearly half a century
— which will be highlighted in 2015 when Thunderbirds celebrates its 50th anniversary and ITVS GE
launches the hotly anticipated new series of this iconic action-adventure show, Thunderbirds are Go!

GS Reporter: Dave W

Source: Egmont UK

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