Monday, December 19, 2016

German SPACE: 1999 Comics

These terrific Space: 1999 ("Mondbasis Alpha 1") comics covers from Germany were sent to me over two years ago (!) by reader Kessler Tobias, but got lost in my e-mail. In any case, better late than never! Kessler didn't include any publication info, or identification of the artists, but damn, look at these! 50's pulp-styled robots! Giant ants! Enjoy!


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  1. Christopher, thank you for posting these covers. I have been a die-hard SPACE:1999 fan ever since I watched it's debut as a boy beginning in 1975.

    SGB

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  2. Shared your blog on the Space: 1999 series FB page. Great blog! www.facebook.com/space1999series

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  3. The "Zeichnung" (although that should be Zeichnungen or Zeichner IMO) on the cover mentions (José Maria) Cardona as the artist.

    "The robot invasion/Invasion of the robots" came out in '77, and "Planet of the giant ants" in '78.

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    1. Zeichnung is used here like art or illustration, a singular noun describing the activity or profession. Makes perfect sense in German.

      BTW, ZAK was (is) a great magazine, it presented a large variety of comics from all over Europe, and probably also the US and Canada, action, sci-fi, history, some sports and romance. Pretty much introduced me to the medium.

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  4. These covers are terrific! They make me think of the great painted covers that appeared on Gold Key comics when I was a kid; particularly SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON: LOST IN SPACE.
    My own affection for the shows of Gerry & Sylvia Anderson started with SUPERCAR and FIREBALL XL5; series that couldn't have existed in any other decade but the sixties...

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  5. Hi Christopher,
    what a spooky coincidence - I had totally forgotten having sent the scans to you. Two days ago I took one of the comics from my shelf to read again (after lots of years) and today I stumbled about your update. Sounds like "Twilight Zone". Maybe some other reader from Germany can clarify whether there were more albums than these two - I am not sure.
    All the best,
    Tobias
    http://kinoblog.sz-ticker.de/

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  6. Little correction the magazine title is ZACK
    during 1972 to 1980 they publish fine comics from France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain and Italy
    with spinoff like ZACK-Box what is album edition from Magazine series.

    ZACK was Innovative as they order new comic story at Artist
    One of those were Space: 1999 comics by artist Cardona and script by Farinas from Italy
    To make clear there NOT part of Anderson merchandise !

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