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Lady Penelope
Lady Penelope #3 (February 5 1966).
Publication information
Publisher City Magazines
Schedule Weekly
Format Ongoing
Genre Girl's comic
Publication date 22 January 1966 — 13 December 1969
Number of issues 204
Main character(s) Lady Penelope
Creative team
Writer(s) Angus Allan
Editor(s) Gillian Allan

Lady Penelope was a British weekly comic book magazine for girls which ran from 1966 to 1969. Produced by Century 21 Publications and published by City Magazines, it was a sister publication to TV Century 21. Lady Penelope was edited by Gillian Allan, wife of comic strip writer Angus Allan.

The title character was based on Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward, the secret agent seen in the Gerry & Sylvia Anderson/AP Films television series Thunderbirds. Most of the other strips in the comic were also based on popular television shows of the era.

Notable comic strips

A number of strips in Lady Penelope connected with other Century 21 Productions:

  • Lady Penelope — based on the secret agent seen in the television series Thunderbirds
  • Penny — stories about Lady Penelope when she was a young girl
  • Perils of Parker — humorous stories based loosely on the character from Thunderbirds
  • Marina, Girl of the Sea — stories about the mute undersea girl seen in Stingray
  • The Angels — stories set around the pilots from Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

Lady Penelope also included strips based on popular television programs of the era:

  • Bewitched — based on the ABC television series. This was the only strip other than Lady Penelope's to last until the end of the run.
  • The Monkees — based on the NBC television series
  • The Beverly Hillbillies — based on the CBS television series
  • Crossroads — based on the ATV series
  • Daktari — based on the CBS television series
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. — based on the NBC television series
  • The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. — based on the NBC television series

Other ongoing strips:

  • Space Family Robinson — original stories using the characters and technology from the Gold Key Comics title
  • Class Six Sterndorf — about a special class where young girls are trained to become spies. Created by Angus Allan.
  • Creighton Ward — stories about a young nurse, Pat, on a children's hospital ward
  • Jenny Ware — humorous stories about a girl who accidentally discovers a chemical that sends her backward or forward in time
  • What Did That Dog Say? — humorous stories about a girl who can understand the language of dogs thanks to a magic ring. Created by Angus Allan, this first appeared in Lady Penelope as a text story. It was popular enough with readers to become a weekly comic strip. Later it would be renamed What Did That Dog (And Cat) Say? when the main character, Cathy, gains the ability to understand cats as well as dogs.
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