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Special Issue #25 • ships from Mar 6 2003
News-stand Price UK £4.99 / US $9.99

Spandex Special!

From strip to screen, we examine the phenomenon of the superhero, looking at where they came from and the main comics publishing houses of DC and Marvel, rating their TV success, and examining the shows that have latched onto the trend for heroics.

With these features…

• Two generations of Supermen drop by, as we join a meeting between Christopher Reeve and Tom Welling, where they talk about the mythology of the character and their encounter in the Smallville episode Rosetta.

• The much-loved and sadly deceased TV show was descended from the independent comic. We spoke to Eric Etebari, who played Ian Nottingham in the show.

Man beastManimal
• He can now be seen still saving lives in Casualty, but for many Simon MacCorkindale will always be Manimal. We spoke to the actor about his career then and now...

Grrr!The Incredible Hulk
• With the mean greenie now on the big screen, we go back to the Seventies and chat to actor and bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno about making the angry legend come to life on the small screen.

The DC Factory/The Marvel Factory
• An in-depth look at the two main comics publishing houses. How did they come to be? Which heroes belong to which company? How successful have they been at getting shows on TV? All the answers right here…

• Remember the Sixties 'Bash!' 'Sock!' and 'Ka-Pow!'-fest that was Batman? Stars Adam West and Burt Ward still have fond memories of it, which they relate to us during filming of their quirky reunion movie Back to the Batcave.

Wonder Woman
• Moving on to the Seventies, the two stars of Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter and Lyle 'Steve Trevor' Waggoner reminisce about their time on the show and the enthusiasm it still generates today.

Justice League
• Returning to the present day, Bruce Timm, the executive producer/creator of the hit cartoon show featuring DC's biggest heroes, discusses how his work on the Batman and Superman animated series led to something greater.

Mutant X
• It may not technically be related to comics, but the members of Mutant X are definitely superheroes with cool superpowers, who spend a lot of time moving in slo-mo. Executive producer Peter Mohan explains the changes he's been making for Season Two.

The Tick
• Not the traditional kind of superhero show, Nestor Carbonell, aka love god and inept hero Batmanuel, looks back on the short-lived comedy.

• Continuing our Eighties flashback, we track down Chuck Wagner, Automan himself, to ask him a few searching questions about the well-remembered show. Plus, an episode guide to the complete series.

Kenneth Johnson
• The man responsible for creating Alien Nation and V and producing many other shows, including The Incredible Hulk, talks about his life in the industry.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer
• We were dealing with a genre generally considered 'geeky', so who better to chat to than one of Sunnydale's geeks? Trio survivor Andrew Wells, aka actor Tom Lenk, talks about his role in the new season.

• Three of the supporting cast from the epic mini-series, Alonso Oyarzun, Enid-Raye Adams and Andrew Jackson, bring their stories about the show's making to us along with their own exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures!

Images taken from this issue are copyright or courtesy of: TNT, 20th Century Fox, Universal

All other contents © Visual Imagination 2003. Not for reproduction

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