RON EMBLETON CAPTAIN SCARLET END-CREDITS ARTWORK
I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from watching my Gerry Anderson complete TV series collections. I have all of his (IMHO) best Supermarionation programs. Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, and Joe 90. I really do need to get back to watching them.
While I prep myself for deep immersion into the Gerry Anderson world of Supermarionation again, please enjoy these cool end-credit illustrations from Captain Scarlet!
Ronald Sydney Embleton (6 October 1930 – 13 February 1988) was a British comics artist and illustrator whose work was much admired by fans and editors alike. David Ashford and Norman Wright, writing in Book and Magazine Collector (March 2002) note that “his work for such diverse periodicals as Express Weekly, TV Century 21, Princess, Boy’s World and Look and Learn have earned him the respect of every practitioner in the field and the gratitude of all of us who admire the art of the comic strip.”
Ron Embleton established himself as a superb comic and magazine illustrator in the 1960s. He is probably best known for the iconic images shown here - the superb end-credits artwork for the original Gerry Anderson ‘Captain Scarlet’ TV Series. Feast your eyes on these amazing illustrations.
Fireball XL5 colorized and on Blu-Ray
I’m NO fan of colorized films. I hate it. This series is from 1962; they had color then, for whatever reasons they chose to film it in black and white. Whether the reason was because it was going to be broadcast to black and white televisions or whether it was cost effective, it’s unimportant. What is important is that each shot in the program was composed and lit for black and white. Even the colors they painted the marionettes and all of the vehicles and buildings were chosen to look best in black and white.
My feelings and rant aside, I do like “like” the coloring on individual still frames. I wish I was a spaceman, the fastest guy alive. I’d fly you ‘round the universe in Fireball XL5….
Fireball XL5 scans of printed booklet
www.joesgiantrobots.com has more Gerry Anderson than you can shake a stick at!
I found these awesome scans of printed Fireball XL5 photos online. Although this series is crude in terms of the puppets and effects when compared to Gerry Anderson’s later work such as Captain Scarlet and Thunderbirds, it’s possibly my favorite of all his television programs.
Don’t get me wrong, I love everything Supermarionation, it’s just Fireball XL5 really rings old Retro-Joe’s bells.
Don’t be a tootie, if you’re into this sort of stuff… see it asap!!
Awesome Gerry Anderson vehicles
In a never ending quest to bring you all sorts of cool odd things, here’s more Gerry Anderson in ya face!
The above drawings are NOT illustrated by me, but they’re so wicked cool!! First to last is, a cut-away interior details of Scott Tracy’s Thunderbird 1, Colonel Steve Zodiac’s Fireball XL5, Captain Troy Tempest’s Stingray and lastly the exterior of Mike Mercury’s Supercar.
The Thunderbirds -Shigeru Komatsuzaki
Thunderbird 3 -Shigeru Komatsuzaki