Monday, December 19, 2016

German SPACE: 1999 Comics

These terrific Space: 1999 ("Mondbasis Alpha 1") comics covers from Germany were sent to me over two years ago (!) by reader Kessler Tobias, but got lost in my e-mail. In any case, better late than never! Kessler didn't include any publication info, or identification of the artists, but damn, look at these! 50's pulp-styled robots! Giant ants! Enjoy!


  1. Christopher, thank you for posting these covers. I have been a die-hard SPACE:1999 fan ever since I watched it's debut as a boy beginning in 1975.


  2. Shared your blog on the Space: 1999 series FB page. Great blog!

  3. The "Zeichnung" (although that should be Zeichnungen or Zeichner IMO) on the cover mentions (José Maria) Cardona as the artist.

    "The robot invasion/Invasion of the robots" came out in '77, and "Planet of the giant ants" in '78.

    1. Zeichnung is used here like art or illustration, a singular noun describing the activity or profession. Makes perfect sense in German.

      BTW, ZAK was (is) a great magazine, it presented a large variety of comics from all over Europe, and probably also the US and Canada, action, sci-fi, history, some sports and romance. Pretty much introduced me to the medium.

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  4. These covers are terrific! They make me think of the great painted covers that appeared on Gold Key comics when I was a kid; particularly SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON: LOST IN SPACE.
    My own affection for the shows of Gerry & Sylvia Anderson started with SUPERCAR and FIREBALL XL5; series that couldn't have existed in any other decade but the sixties...

  5. Hi Christopher,
    what a spooky coincidence - I had totally forgotten having sent the scans to you. Two days ago I took one of the comics from my shelf to read again (after lots of years) and today I stumbled about your update. Sounds like "Twilight Zone". Maybe some other reader from Germany can clarify whether there were more albums than these two - I am not sure.
    All the best,

  6. Little correction the magazine title is ZACK
    during 1972 to 1980 they publish fine comics from France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain and Italy
    with spinoff like ZACK-Box what is album edition from Magazine series.

    ZACK was Innovative as they order new comic story at Artist
    One of those were Space: 1999 comics by artist Cardona and script by Farinas from Italy
    To make clear there NOT part of Anderson merchandise !