Had to show these off 'cos they're just beautiful. These are, of course, great british cartoonist Ron Embleton's stunning Captain Scarlet illustrations that used to run over the end credits of the Gerry Anderson produced TV show.
The good Cap, for those who don't know, belonged to a vaguely fascistic organization called Spectrum, protecting the Earth from the dread menace of a bunch of invisible martians called The Mysterons ( all together now: We Are The Mysterons! ) I actually found it quite a dull show, even though I loved Anderson's other puppet epic Thunderbirds, mainly 'cos Cap could regenerate himself after injury, making him virtually indestructible. That kind of thing limits the stories you can tell, and made him a fairly boring hero. Liked Captain Black, the bad guy who always looked like he'd been awake for a whole year, but the good guy? Nah.
But these illo's more than made up for any shortcomings in the show, being more exciting than anything that had happened in the previous half-hour. Every week I used to think: Where can I get those pictures?!!
2000 AD - June 1980.
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