TV21 artist Mike Noble dies

Mike NobleFanderson is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of beloved TV21 comics artist Mike Noble.

Known today for his vivid, energetic and highly colourful work, Mike began illustrating comics in the late 1950s with something far more sedate – a strip called Simon and Sally that followed the adventures of a pair of eponymous infant twins. He quickly proved his talents as a first-rate illustrator of TV-inspired strips, working on The Lone Ranger and Popeye for TV Comic. However it was in the mid to late 1960s that Mike will be remembered for his amazing work on a series of Gerry Anderson tie-in strips for TV21, including Fireball XL5, Captain Scarlet and Zero-X. Throughout the 1970s he worked for Look-In, illustrating Star Trek, The Adventures of Black Beauty, The Tomorrow People, Worzel Gummidge and – of course – Space:1999.

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Later in his career Mike reconnected with the Anderson universe, contributing to the Fleetway Comics revival of TV21 overseen by Alan Fennell.

As well as being a hugely talented and prolific artist, Mike was a gentleman, always happy to talk to fans about his work and unsparing in his contributions – whether attending conventions, donating artwork or taking commissions – Fanderson included! He attended the club’s last convention, Special Assignment, in 2017, where he exhibited a wide selection of his work, signed artwork and talked on stage with fellow Anderson artist Graham Bleathman. Despite ill health had been eager to attend Supercelebration next year. He will be sadly missed. A full tribute will be appearing in FAB soon.

Mike’s passing follows swiftly that of actor John Bluthal, best known to Anderson fans as the voice of the cantankerous Commander Zero in Fireball XL5.

Fans are welcome to leave tributes to both men on the Fanderson Facebook group and the Fanderson Forum.

Gerry Anderson: The Vintage Comic Collection is go!

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Original Anderson picture stories by the likes of comics legends Frank Bellamy and Mike Noble are set to receive a lavish reissue in a new partwork collection.

Each volume of Gerry Anderson: The Vintage Comic Collection is a hardback book featuring meticulously restored comic art from the 1960s and 70s, alongside features covering Gerry Anderson’s life and his many productions. The books also include profiles of the artists and writers who created the strips.

The strips are presented as complete stories, and wherever possible have been scanned from the original artwork. Every week, Gerry Anderson: The Vintage Comic Collection will build into a hardback collection of unprecedented depth and size.

Published in chronological order, with each volume dedicated to a single Anderson series, the collection promises to be the definitive way to enjoy the comic strip adventures of Anderson’s greatest series.

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Subscribers to the collection will receive four exclusive gifts: a calendar, a die-cast model of Stingray, digital editions of the comics and a FAB 1 licence plate. Premium subscribers will also receive die-cast models of Thunderbird 2 and a Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle.

Gerry Anderson: The Vintage Comic Collection is published by Eaglemoss.

More details at can be found at www.gerry-anderson-collection.com