Fifty years ago today, on Wednesday 12th January 1966, the first Thunderbirds comic strip began in TV Century 21 No.52. The comic had been a huge publishing success for a year and this was a fantastic start for its first anniversary. Thunderbirds had been on TV for several months by then of course but only in black and white for UK viewers. Here they were in full colour, illustrated by the great Frank Bellamy. Admittedly, page three was in grey wash but that didn't matter. Thunderbirds had arrived in comic form!
The strip has been reprinted several times since, in TV Action in the early seventies, in Thunderbirds the Comic in the 1990s, and in Volume 2 of the recent Thunderbirds: The Comic Collection hardback, but here's the original printing from TV21, photographed from my collection.