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Old 19-07-2010, 06:59 AM   #1
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Thanks for posting these JD

I was 16 years old back in 1978 and they blew my mind as well.
I don't know how many of these were ever published (i only managed to keep two of them) but i hope that there are more out there.

A happy start to a "usual" dull, wet Scottish summer's Monday morning
(you can tell when its summer in Scotland, the rain is warmer)
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Old 19-07-2010, 10:25 AM   #2
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And that was just the one, singular, payment of 15 quid for them all. 8/
Yep, used to study and study and study those shots. Back then, there really wasn't much in the way of decent modelwork shots in publications was there?
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Old 19-07-2010, 03:09 PM   #3
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Looks like an eagle leg pod on top of #4 The Landcruiser?

Lovely Pics. Thanks
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Old 19-07-2010, 08:22 PM   #4
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I still have the astronaut figure standing on the RH side in the Mirca Ship photo. Martins work was in the Durham Light Infantry Museum at the time these covers appeared. The mantav was massive!
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Old 21-07-2010, 06:41 PM   #5
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Yeah - these bring back memories I'm sure I have the starlords somewhere - need to go down memory lane and look these up. Always liked the skybolt
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Old 21-07-2010, 08:56 PM   #6
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I am away on holiday friday so as soon as I get back I will photograph the figure and try to place them here. did you know the bottom of the mirca craft is a carosel for a slide projector?
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Old 28-07-2010, 07:49 PM   #7
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Has anyone got the 2000AD Dan Dare stories done by Bardenelli? Especially the Jupiter battle rag tag earth fleet as well as the return of the Mekon?

But back to Martins work, I always loved the Bacardi bottle space shot towing the island (homage to James Blish's 'Cites in flight').
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Old 29-07-2010, 06:57 AM   #8
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Yep, 2000AD's take on Dare has been pretty much reviled by the hard-core fan (and looks like they'll never be given permission to reprint), and i agree the character bore no relation to the original.
But 2000AD followed in the wake of Action, which had started the trend of riffs on popular notions, so wasn't a surprise.
But what we did get was some stunning designs and artwork - first Belardinelli's brilliantly creepy Biogs (predating the biomechanical notion by some years) and spacecraft, followed by Dan Dare's superbly clunky Space Fortress and very elegant Eagle scout craft.
SO wish they'd sort things out and get a graphic novel out there.
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Old 29-07-2010, 11:19 AM   #9
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Action... god I remember that - surely the most violent comic ever aimed at children. The imagery in HookJaw (their take on Jaws) was traumatising!
I used to buy it when I was about 9 and even then thought to myself "I cant believe they sell this to kids!"
In fact I recall it disappeared for a while only to briefly return in a much softened form.
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Old 30-07-2010, 10:30 PM   #10
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Thanks for posting JD, I've never seen these examples of Martin's work before - archival gems!
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Hi JD
as you can see I have added the photos to this reply for your viewing. The figure stands about 12.5cms high and is made predominantly from plastics and kit parts. The most obvious parts are the 1/35th scale Tamiya german soldier helmets, water bottles and ammo pouches thar are used on the helmet of the figure. The visor has detached over the years but I will fit it back, I promise. I hope you like the photos.
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very nice thanks for sharing your pics
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Quote:
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Has anyone got the 2000AD Dan Dare stories done by Bardenelli? Especially the Jupiter battle rag tag earth fleet as well as the return of the Mekon?

But back to Martins work, I always loved the Bacardi bottle space shot towing the island (homage to James Blish's 'Cites in flight').
I have just read your comment about the Bacardi bottle and I thought you might like to see the attached photos. I saw and photographed the model at Martins. It was massive! as you can judge by the bicycle standing next to it. It was originally designed by Chris Foss but Martin made it 'work'. The third photo shows its fate after everything that could be salvaged was. Sadly the island section was at the studio when I visited.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:26 AM   #14
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Has anyone got the 2000AD Dan Dare stories done by Bardenelli? Especially the Jupiter battle rag tag earth fleet as well as the return of the Mekon?

But back to Martins work, I always loved the Bacardi bottle space shot towing the island (homage to James Blish's 'Cites in flight').
Hi again
I have just realised my mistake. It isnt Bacrdi but Malibu.
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Lovely - though tragic - shots of the bottle, ta for putting them up. Especially like the way the bridge windows blend into the hull so well.
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Wow .. these are great. I had that issue way back then in 1978 (I was but I know what I liked and Martin work is always fun to look at.
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Love the re-entry shot
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