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Thunderbirds Legends: The Prequel Story to International Rescue

Thunderbirds had a cosmic wave of renewed popularity during the 90s. Alongside the BBC Two reruns came swathes of new toys, games, media and merchandise, and very notably – ‘Thunderbirds the comic’. Written by Alan Fennel and illustrated by Andrew Skilleter, it was designed to be the ultimate prequel story to Thunderbirds.

The story covers everything from Jeff Tracy’s career as an astronaut onwards. Discovering Tracy Island, losing his wife and father, the birth of the five Tracy sons, and the construction of the Thunderbird machines.

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It’s a great story and fondly remembered amongst lots of fans, but it is not easily accessible or available these days. As such, we’ve created a new mini series on the Gerry Anderson YouTube channel entitled Thunderbirds Legends. This gives us the chance to revisit the Complete Thunderbirds Story, and bring an International Rescue origins story to life.

These new videos feature original artwork from the comics with additional animations, sound effects and narration. Part one takes us through the early days of Jeff Tracy: His career as an astronaut and the birth of Scott and Virgil, as well as the discovery of what would one day become Tracy Island.

Parts two and three will be available on the Gerry Anderson YouTube channel.

Read more about the origins of International Rescue

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