Sunday, 26 April 2015

IS LADY PENELOPE AS DEADLY AS EMMA PEEL?

I often think of Lady Penelope and Emma Peel [ Diana Rigg ] in the same instant .....ooh err! In my TV-addled brain they are almost interchangeable. Both are British agents. Both are from the Sixties. 

Both are gorgeous [well, OK, Lady P's a bit wooden!], both drank tea and both are snappy dressers. They are Jane Austen Powers! Oh, behave!

Alright, we never saw Penelope karate-chop her way through a posse of hoodlums like Emma did every week, but given better special effects we could have done. The new Thunderbirds TV show may deliver on that score!


Lady P had her three-word slogan: Elegance, Charm and Deadly Danger and Emma and Steed, the Avengers, were known as Schirm, Charme und Melone in Germany. Literally Brolly, Charm and Bowler Hat.


I've no idea if the toy doll versions of these two femme fatales were interchangeable in kids' hands in the Sixties - I didn't have either of them, despite my Fairylite Parker and Action Man asking on a daily basis! 

They'd love to see a picture of them both together if anyone can oblige, although they are both quite rare ladies by Fairylite [hmm, not sure about the makes. You?]

Who was/is your favourite female agent on TV readers and can any of them cut Penelope's strings?

pictures: tvserien.de, vectis

Saturday, 25 April 2015

THE SUB-DIVISIONS OF SPACEX

As you know SpaceX was the large Triang space toy line. Essentially SpaceX was a space exploration mission with Tractors, Helicopters, Booster Rockets and Nuclear Pulses.

The cleaning division of the crew are known as KleeneX, with sub-divisions 2 Ply and Mansize. KleeneX basically keeps SpaceX's nose clean.

The clockwatching team are called TimeX, whose job it was to basically wind things up and call everyone in for tea.

T.ReX are the old dinosaurs who still zoom around in clapped out Plezzher Croozers bugging the young guns down at the airfield. 

FedeX are the postmen of the operation delivering the vast crews' Viz comics and stuff off Ebay. TimeX love to wind up FedeX.

There are lots more X sections of SpaceX readers. Can you name any?

LOOK AND LEARN COMIC

I've just bought about about 50 UK Look and Learn comics from the 1960's at the York car boot sale - for £7. From the initial glance I've made there's some super space art both inside and out. I'll share what I find with you as I go through them.

All I need now is to find 50 copies of TV21 for £7 as well and I'll be laughing!

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO : FIREFLASH

Another brief rundown of the latest Thunderbirds are Go episode without giving too much away.
As the title suggests, the Fireflash is the featured aircraft,  and the plot takes elements from the original Thunderbirds story, Trapped in the Sky.
Out of all the episodes so far, I enjoyed this the most, although unlike the original series, I really don't get that feature film feel from it. It's still a glossy  cartoon to me.
I'm still not conformable with the  producers  insisting  on filming the models as models,  particularly from above  which constantly upsets the willing suspension of disbelief, although, to be fair  there are the occasional  nice shots too.
The high point for me, though  was hearing some of  Barry Gray's original incidental music during the episode.

ANALOG JANUARY 1970



Is this the same cover as the 1960's Man and Space book, which Ed Valigursky illustrated?

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