Throughout the lockdown conditions of 2020, I unexpectedly found myself writing, designing and publishing Gerry Anderson/TV21 fanzines. They’re made under the moniker Unity City Press and are entirely free for you to download and enjoy. Produced initial to pass the time and keep myself sane during the pandemic, they appeared to find themselves an audience, hence I kept making them. They’re rather spontaneous creations, which is my way of saying I don’t put too much thought into them… There’s over 100 pages of content for you to sink your supersonic teeth into!
Secret Spectrafiles Exposed! is a non-fiction, Captain Scarlet fanzine that acts as a companion to Spectrum Is Indestructible. The remaining four fanzines are pure fanfiction stylised as either TV21 front page headlines or text features inspired by classic TV21 annuals. You’ll find plenty of adventures from the worlds of tomorrow featuring all of your favourite characters, and some new ones too!
All of these fanzines are unofficial, fan-based works of pure nonsense, and should be treated as such. No copyright infringement is intended, but I still had a bloody good go. All of the characters you know and love are the property of ITV. All the characters you don’t know and love are mine.
A 16-page Captain Scarlet fanzine with a front cover stylised after the classic TV21 comic. Secret Spectrafiles Exposed! (March 2020) acts as a compainion to Spectrum Is Indestructible. The fanzine contains a bibliography of Captain Scarlet‘s TV21 comic strips, timeline of key events scattered throughout Captain Scarlet‘s comic book career and my personal top 10 best TV21 adventures for Spectrum’s top agent.
The first TV21 Digital Dossier (April 2020) is a 41-page collection of front covers to issues of TV21 that never existed. Picking up where the original comic left off after issue #242 (with the cover for Secret Spectrafiles Exposed! acting as issue #243), each “headline” in the TV21 Digital Dossier tells a one-off, unique story involving Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Stingray and more. Stand by for action!
Century Zero (May 2020) is the follow-up to the first TV21 Digital Dossier. Where the TV21 Digital Dossier is made to look like a classic TV21 comic, the 23-page Century Zero is inspired by TV21 annuals. It consists of text features based on original characters that first appeared in the TV21 Digital Dossier (Solar Rescue Squad, Enigma Duo, Detective X, Lord Arctica). Character biographies, vehicles specifications and more, your new favourite space and spy thrills are here!
By popular and unexpected demand, the TV21 fanfic front covers return! New and classic heroes alike return for the 38-page TV21 Digital Dossier Vol. 2 (July 2020), a second collection of headlines from the worlds of tomorrow. This time however, told over the course of several, interconnected headlines, a strange and terrible threat emerges from the depths of outer space. Will our heroes survive?
The third TV21 Digital Dossier (November 2020) tells the epic story of Detective X, the Solar Rescue Squad, the Enigma Duo and Lord Arctica joining forces to battle the cryptic cosmic terrorist Black Star, who has devastated the forces of International Rescue, the World Space Patrol, Spectrum and the World Aquanaut Security Patrol. This 25-page fanzine tells a single, cohesive story across its many instalments, truly embracing the serialised story-telling of TV21.