TV21

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Name: TV21
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Creator: City Magazines
Date(s): 1965-1971
Medium: comic
Country of Origin: UK
External Links: wikipedia
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TV21 is the best-known title of a comic that was originally called TV Century 21 but went through several name changes.

It was a weekly British science fiction comic, an anthology which featured strips based on Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation TV shows of the era including Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds (after the first year), later Captain Scarlet and Joe 90. There was also a strip based on the Daleks which did not feature Doctor Who. One feature from the first issue onwards was a series based on International Rescue agent Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward. Another strip, Special Agent 21, was not based on a TV show but filled in some of the back story of the shared universe of Gerry Anderson's TV series.

Towards the end of its life the comic broadened its coverage to include other TV SF shows such as Star Trek and Land of the Giants. Several facsimile volumes were published in 2009-12.

Although the comic was derivative of the TV shows, its glossy art style was very influential and is often used for fan art based on these series.

A sister comic, Lady Penelope (1966-69), was aimed at girls and had an emphasis on the female characters of these series.

Fan Works

Second Empire, a Dalek web comic which draws its inspiration from TV21's Daleks strip.