Friday, 4 July 2008

Do Not Exceed 15 Minutes - The Brown Watson Gemini Man Annual 1977

Gemini Man was an American television series from 1976 about fictional INTERSECT secret agent Sam Casey (Ben Murphy). While on a diving assignment, Sam was affected by the radiation from an underwater explosion. The radiation rendered him invisible, but INTERSECT devised a way to control his invisibility, by fitting him with a computerised wrist watch, referred to as a 'DNA stabilizer’, that kept him visible. He could, however, shut it off, and become invisible again, for short periods of time. If he did this for more than 15 minutes in any 24 hour period he would die. This ability to become invisible made him a very effective agent.

Gemini Man Annual [1977] (Brown Watson) (Front & rear covers)

The Gemini Man Annual features art by Ian Gibson. Copyrighted 1977 it was around this same time that Robohunter started in 2000AD. Gibson, illustrates 3 strips, one a 2 page concise origin of the Gemini Man, he also provides text illustrations for 2 stories.

‘Prologue’ (Origin) 2p [Ian Gibson] – art
‘Chinese Takeaway’ 4p Ian Gibson – art
‘The Aquarius Factor’ 8p [Ian Gibson] – illustrations

‘Taking Effect - A Look at the World of Special Effects’ 5p [John Bolton] – illustrations
‘Aries Man’ 8p [Ian Gibson] – illustrations
‘Snatch’ 6p [Ian Gibson] – art

‘Prologue’ (Origin) 2p [Ian Gibson] – art

‘Chinese Takeaway’ (p1) Ian Gibson – art

‘The Aquarius Factor’ (p1) [Ian Gibson] – illustrations

‘Aries Man’ (p1) [Ian Gibson] – illustrations

‘Snatch’ (p1) [Ian Gibson] – art

Ian Gibson's numerous credits include titles such as Action!, Valiant and 2000AD (where he also used the pennames of Emberton and Q. Twerk) and diverse characters that include Halo Jones, Judge Anderson, Robohunter and Judge Dredd for 2000AD, Genghis Grimtoad which first appeared in Marvel UK's Strip comic and more.

John Bolton also provides illustrations for a feature on special effects. Which is curious as you would think stills from the series would be a preferable method to explain the special effects process? The annual has a feature on invisibility effects in the cinema and television: ‘Now You See It … Now You Don’t’ which is surprisingly littered with stills.

‘Taking Effect - A Look at the World of Special Effects’ (p2/3) [John Bolton] – illustration

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