Spectrum is Indestructible – An Unofficial Celebration of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

“This is the voice of the Mysterons…”

Or rather, it’s the voice of Chinbeard Books and Spiteful Puppet – February 2020 saw the release of my debut book: Spectrum is Indestructible!

Formerly avaliable to purchase during its limited print run, Spectrum is Indestructible is an unofficial critical celebration of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s sci-fi/action-adventure series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. The book contains extensive, in-depth reviews of all 32 episodes of the classic series and more. Every aspect of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons receives a very thorough and heartfelt examination.

In addition to these, the book dives deep into Captain Scarlet‘s extended universe. An area of the show hitherto untouched in a critical light, these stories include the audio dramas, the Spectrum File novels written by John Theydon and the comic strips found in TV21, Countdown, Lady Penelope, Solo, TV Tornado and Fleetway Publications. Beyond these, Spectrum is Indestructible will also contain character studies, examinations of themes found throughout the series and much more!

Illustrating the show further are interviews with model maker and designer Mike Trim (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, The Secret Service, UFO), model maker Alan Shubrook (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, The Secret Service, UFO), scriptwriter and director Leo Eaton (Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, The Secret Service, UFO) and scriptwriter Shane Rimmer (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, The Secret Service), who the book is dedicated to. New Captain Scarlet head writer Phil Ford contributed the foreword, whilst Anderson Entertainment director and Gerry’s son Jamie provided the afterword.

Spurred on by Captain Scarlet‘s 50th anniversary occurring back in September 2017, I wanted to take advantage of celebrating this unique television show in a way not done so before. I’m a life-long fan of the Supermarionation TV shows/films of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and have written extensively on their works for numerous websites and magazines. Writing this book has been an absolute joy and is ultimately my personal tribute to a television show that’s meant a lot to me for a very long time. The book ultimately ended up selling out on multiple occasions during its limited print run, so I like to think people enjoyed it!

You can discover more about Spectrum is Indestructible from its joint publishers, Chinbeard Books & Spiteful Puppet. If you’d like to know more about the book, you can sign up to the book’s newsletter, get in touch with me via the contact page or leave a comment below.


Press Coverage

‘Spectrum Is Indestructible book review’ (The Dobermann Always Rings Twice, 2020)

‘This is the voice of…’ (Fheo Holdings, 2019)

‘Spectrum is Indestructible gets publication date at last’ (downthetubes, 2019)

‘Spectrum is Indestructible: a new Captain Scarlet book will include comic strip guides’ (downthetubes, 2017)

‘PodCapers Ep. 25: Spectrum is Indestructible with Fred McNamara’ (A Place To Hang Your Cape, 2017)

’50 Years of Captain Scarlet to be celebrated in new unofficial guide’ (downthetubes, 2016)