*TV & Film Related Comics: Undoubtedly, the most obscure Gerry Anderson comic is Candy, a Younger Readers’ series which Anderson conceived as a comic with photographed rather than drawn images. It’s the story of two dolls (Candy & Andy) who live with their guardian giant pandas (don’t ask me why). Legend has it that Anderson was hoping this set up would take the world by storm, and that he was hoping for a TV series, but frankly, given the stills which adorn the covers, the characters come across as more creepy than cuddlesome, but nevertheless the comic lasted 150+ issues, enhanced by the media presence of co-stars Topo Gigio, Tingha and Tucker, and Winnie the Pooh. The unusual landscape format of the earlier issues lends the series an added quirkiness. In recent years, the series has gone from obscure oddity to cult collectable amongst Fandersons with rising prices, although it’s by far the rarest of all the Anderson material. We doubt there are too many copies of #1 around still with its Free Gift, but we’re very fortunate to have one this week. The comic is VG/FN, with very minor spine wear, clean and unmarred; we don’t know if this issue was published with staples, but this copy has never had any. The Free Gift (Candy’s Magic Painting Book), is an unused VF/NM. I doubt you’ll get many chances to add this to your collection.
PICTURED: CANDY #1 VG/FN WITH FREE GIFT VF/NM £150 SOLD