Spectrum is Indestructible: Release Dates & Pre-orders

This is Spectrum is Indestructible HQ calling all Spectrum Agents!

What-ho all. Well, it’s late January, which means we surely accept that the excesses of Christmas and New Year are a distant memory and we can return to the daily grind of our working lives.

It also means, unfortunately, that Spectrum is Indestructible won’t be ready to buy come February, as I had previously stated.

However, before you all descend into anarchy (this is assuming there’s enough people out there wanting to buy the book who can actually create a situation big enough to be classified as ‘anarchy’), fret not. Spectrum is Indestructible WILL be finished in due course and published by Chinbeard Books. It just so happens that writing this book is taking far longer than I had anticipated when I announced it back in late 2016. Who’d have thought writing a book take up so much of one’s time, right? Right…?

At the time of this update being written, the book currently stands at being roughly 70% finished. Once that’s done, the editing process will commence, which naturally takes up more time. Writing this book is proving to be an immense passion project of mine, but because it’s a passion project, that means I’m balancing this book with my regular 9-5 job and family life, so finding the time to knuckle down with it can sometimes prove to be more elusive than I’d like. My publisher and I have set a tentative time during the summer in which we’ll aim to have the book ready to be purchased by you lovely lot.

This leads me onto my second point. Since August last year, Spectrum is Indestructible has been available to pre-order from Chinbeard Books. In December however, Chinbeard Books stated that they will no longer be doing print runs of their books for the foreseeable future. You can read their full statement on the matter here. Once again, fret not! This restructuring on my publisher’s part essentially means, from your point of view, that pre-ordering books will no longer be an option. Instead, Chinbeard Books will now be operating on a print-on-demand service. Rest assured you’ll still be able to buy the book once it’s finished, so if you’re interested in buying a copy, nothing changes from your point of view.

That’s all from me for now. Thank you to anyone and everyone who’s shown interest in Spectrum is Indestructible. I felt the need to update you all on the current situation after getting an email from someone in Australia who want’s to buy not one, but TWO copies of the book! I guess the fact that I have people enquiring after the book shows that people genuinely wish to part with their money in exchange for my crazed ramblings on Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, which is a most humbling feeling.

To paraphrase what Colonel White says in ‘Manhunt’ when Spectrum’s net on Captain Black grows tighter, Spectrum is Indestructible is just taking a little longer to finish than I had hoped. If you’d like to keep tabs on how the book does progress, then follow Chinbeard Books on Facebook and Twitter for more information. You can also follow myself on Twitter, where I enjoy in waxing lyrical about how writing Spectrum is Indestructible is causing me to have multiple nervous breakdowns. A follow-up book about the making of Spectrum is Indestructible might just prove to be a more engrossing, heart-wrenching, hilarious and just plain better read…

Spectrum is Indestructible: Comic Book Update

As any Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons connoisseur will tell you, there was more to the story of Captain Scarlet than the 32-episode television show. Like many other Supermarionation shows, Captain Scarlet‘s world and adventures expands into books, audio adventures and comics.

Big Finish are breathing fresh life into the Spectrum File trio of novels, as well as the five audio dramas, meaning that the comic book history of Captain Scarlet is sadly left behind. Akin to several other Century 21 properties, Captain Scarlet had many a daring tale in TV Century 21, but unlike others, TV Century 21 wasn’t the only comic that Captain Scarlet featured in. Lady Penelope, Countdown, Solo and TV Tornado expanded the world and characters of Captain Scarlet in ways the television series didn’t. TV Century 21 has received regular reprints over the years, but the remaining four comics haven’t, being forced to sit aside in the annals of history.

coverHowever, I’ve recently managed to acquire digital versions of Countdown, Solo and TV Tornado, and they will now be featured in Spectrum is Indestructible! Alongside my already existing collection of TV Century 21 and Lady Penelope comics, it feel terrific to now have a complete picture of Captain Scarlet‘s original comic book adventures.

The point of Spectrum is Indestructible is to analyse, evaluate, and most of all, celebrate Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons as a fictional saga, so it’s wonderful to write about these comics for the book. I’ve known about these comics for quite some time, but their non-existent state in terms of reprints meant that I’ve only recently managed to feast my eyes on them. It really does feel like I’m now able to do Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons justice.

Solo and TV Tornado were two comics produced by City Magazines/Century 21 Publishing back in 1967. The company were keen to capitalise on the growing success of TV Century 21, and began publishing Solo in February 1967. The comic featured a rag-tag mixture of characters, such as “Mary Poppins”, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, and “Sgt Bilko”. The comic didn’t quite have the desired impact to match TV Century 21, and thus a revamp came along that involved a strip called “The Mark of the Mysterons”, a strip produced in the run-up to Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and to build hype for the upcoming series. “The Mark of the Mysterons” highlighted the Mysterons’ powers of retro-metabolism by weekly strips showcasing their destructive capabilities.

Solo-29-Sept-1967Solo eventually morphed into TV Tornado, which featured another Mysterons-centred strip simply titled “The Mysterons”. Essentially TV Tornado‘s version of TV Century 21‘s “The Daleks” strip, “The Mysterons” illuminated the Mars-based villains as an omnipotent force, with weekly adventures detailing their conquests of other worlds. Lady Penelope featured an ongoing strip detailing the Angels’ story of how they joined the Spectrum organisation, whilst Countdown continued the adventures of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons into the 1970s.

No other Supermarionation show demands your attention like Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. I can’t wait to dive headfirst into these strips and tear them apart, dissecting their contribution to the universe of Captain Scarlet, as well as evaluating their own merits as comic book strips. S.I.G.!

You can find out more about Solo and TV Tornado by Lew Stringer‘s fabulous comic book blog Blimey! here and here.