Fireball XL5 - Gerry Anderson Original Autograph


Gerry Anderson MBE Original Signature. 

Mounted presentation endorsed with the original signature of the legendary Gerry Anderson on a limited edition postal cover. Released in 2011 to celebrate 50 years of Gerry Anderson science fiction productions, this striking cover is illustrated with the artwork of Frank Bellamy and carries a genuine Fireball XL5 themed First Class stamp. A limited edition of 750 were issued.

First shown on TV in 1962, Fireball XL5 was the second of Gerry Anderson's science fiction stories, following on from his success with Supercar a year earlier. Set in 2062 the series follows the missions of Fireball XL5, one of a fleet of interstellar spaceships under the command of the World Space Patrol, based in Space City on an island in the Pacific Ocean. The crew of Fireball XL5 consisted of Colonel Steve Zodiac, space medic Dr Venus with her pet Zoonie the Lazoon, science officer Professor 'Matt' Matic and Robert the Robot, the highly advanced XL5 co-pilot. The crew's three month deep space missions were assigned by the gruff commander-in-chief of the World Space Patrol, Commander Zero.

Conceived by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson during the Cold War space race, the innovative new show fired the imaginations of millions of young viewers, and quite possibly a few older ones, as the brave crew protected the Earth from mal intentioned Aliens. Star of the show was undoubtedly the futuristic Fireball XL5 spaceship with its pronounced dorsal fins and detachable cockpit that could manoeuvre independent of the main craft and was used to take the crew down to the surface of alien planets, while the main section would remain in orbit. Few who saw the show will ever forget the drama of Fireball XL5 taking off from its mile-long launch rail at Space City.

Gerry Anderson’s career spanned 60 years over which he created and produced some of the world’s most beloved children’s television shows, including Thunderbirds, Fireball XL5, Captain Scarlet, UFO and many more. His first credit as a producer when he was still in his 20s and he had been producing shows for children's TV for several years when his new series, Supercar, finally started him on his journey to become a household name. Written and produced by Gerry and his second wife Sylvia, Supercar was created using a new style of puppetry, Supermarionation - a combination of traditional marionette puppetry but with electric moving parts. This was he first of a series of bold science fiction concepts, each with increasingly sophisticated effects as innovation, technology and budgets advanced. Initially the shows were for children's TV but over the years the target audiences became older. In 1970 his first live action production, UFO, brought with it more serious dramatic elements and a substantially more adult tone.

Gerry Anderson continued to work tirelessly on new projects well into his 70s. His TV shows and films, beloved by millions, are a creative legacy that has left an indelible mark on popular culture.

Mounted with high quality, conservation board, this striking presentation would make the perfect talking point for any man-cave or study - a unique one-off.

This mounted ensemble will fit into a generally available, standard size 18 x 12 inch ready made frame. Or alternatively you can order it already fitted into a frame. More info on framing options.

A unique gift for someone who appreciates the timeless magic of Gerry Anderson's sci fi world.

This Gerry Anderson autograph presentation comes with an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity printed on high quality A4 card stock.

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Size:

18 x 12 inches (46 x 30 cm), approx 21 x 15 inches including frame.




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