Colonel Steve Zodiac flew around the universe in Fireball XL5 with star dust in his eyes and Venus at his side. All that eye-rubbing and nose blowing must have been slightly distracting. This excellent annual was published 1966 for 1967 by Collins
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson produced almost 40 episodes of Steve’s adventures with Venus. She was the daughter of the actual Commander of the World Space Patrol … and Steve’s girlfriend.
These gripping sci fi episodes ran between 1962 and 1963. Steve not only had a cool Zen-like AI robot (inexplicably named Robbie), a mighty XL5 space ship and a beautiful girlfriend … but the whole of space was his playground!
Absolutely charming mid-century sci fi artwork and stories set in 2062. We sold this 92 page book of vintage space excitement from our eBay listings in 2014 for just £30!
Description: cover and pages in excellent condition with no damage or tears. A little normal yellowing to the pages but no foxing – a couple of the activities carefully completed and previous owner’s name written inside
What does Wikipedia know?
First transmitted on ATV on Sunday 28 October 1962. While developing his new show, Anderson thought a brand of motor oil—Castrol XL—had an interesting sound. A phonetic change created the name “Fireball XL”, with the “-5” added as the title seemed a bit flat without the numeral
The show featured the Andersons’ Supermarionation, a form of puppetry first introduced in Four Feather Falls (1960) and Supercar (1961) and used again in their subsequent productions such as Stingray and Captain Scarlet. Thirty-nine black and white half-hour episodes of Fireball XL5 were made on 35mm film: all future Anderson series were produced in colour