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Comics: Uzay 1999
Compiled by Martin Willey

Uzay 1999

The Turkish comic Uzay 1999 ("Space 1999") was published in Istanbul by Çizgi. Dates are not known, but probably 1976-1979. One interior page has a hand-written date of August 1979, suggesting it followed the Vampirella comic reprints. It reprinted strips from the US Charlton black and white comic.

At least two issues were produced, both containing exactly the same stories. Each issue was 66 pages and digest sized (16.5cm x 24cm). The covers were colourful Frank Frazetta-like space paintings, reprinted by Warren's Eerie magazine.

Uzay 1999 Volume 1

The cover box reads Televizyon' un sevilen dizisi UZAY 1999 - Komutan König ve arkadaslari (Television's popular series Space 1999 - Commander Konig and his friends).

Uzay 1999 cover 1, thanks Patrick Zimmerman Uzay 1999 1 p3, thanks Patrick Zimmerman
Eerie 33 original cover

The cover art by Vaughn Bode (1941-1975) and Larry Todd (1948-) had appeared as a cover for Warren's Eerie magazine, issue #33, in May 1971 (reprinted in Warren's "Future World Comix" dated Sept 1978).

Uzay 1999 Volume 2

The stories are exactly the same as volume 1. The sub-title is "Science fiction dizisi: 2" (science fiction volume: 2).

Uzay 1999 cover 2 Uzay 1999 2 p3
Eerie 76 original cover

The cover art by Sanjulian (Manuel Perez Clemente, 1941-) is from Warren's Eerie magazine, issue #76, August 1976.

Vampirella (Benli)

Space: 1999 was one of the strips in the 1977 Turkish edition of the horror comic Vampirella, which republished material from the American comic of the same name, originally published by Warren. The Turkish publisher was Mehmet K. Benli. The final issue was January 1978.

There are 11 issues in total, and cover all 11 stories that are in Charlton Issues 4, 6, 7, and 8.

Possibly around 1979, Tay published 6 reprint compilations from Vampirella, 2 of which contained Space: 1999.

March 1977 3 page series article, The Metamorph (from Vol 2 No 8).
Cover is a mash-up of Charlton vol 2 no 8 (art by Gray Morrow) and Vampirella 30 (Jan 1974, art by Enric)
Cover origins, thanks Patrick Zimmerman p34-35, thanks Patrick Zimmerman p36, thanks Patrick Zimmerman
March 1977, thanks Patrick Zimmerman
April 1977 1 page Maya/Catherine Schell profile, Primary Life Form (from Vol 2 No 8)
Maya profile p46, thanks Patrick Zimmerman
April 1977
May 1977 Snowball (from Vol 2 No 6)
Intro page, thanks Patrick Zimmerman
Introduction page used in the May and June issues. It consists of the artwork Eagle from the Contents page of Vol 2 No 4, and five of the photo images from the Contents page of Vol 2 No 6 from the Charlton comic.
May 1977
June 1977 Just Like Home (from Vol 2 No 6) June 1977
July 1977 Paradise Progression (from Vol 2 No 6) July 1977
August 1977 A Lonely Emperor (from Vol 2 No 4) August 197
September 1977 The Infinity Mechanism (from Vol 2 No 7) September 1977
October 1977 The Perpetual Metamorphosis (from Vol 2 No 7) October 1977
November 1977 Class Determination: Alien Insecta! (from Vol 2 No 4) November 1977
December 1977 Another Name for Hell (from Vol 2 No 4) December 1977
January 1978 Cosmic Headache (from Vol 2 No 7) January 1978

Vampirella (Tay)

Tay published 6 reprint compilation comics, only the last 2 of which included Space: 1999. They are undated, but believed to be 1979.

5 Just Like Home (from Vol 2 No 6 and Benli June 1977)
Vampirella (Tay) Issue 5 Intro page
The introduction page from Benli June 1977 (see May 1977 above), which seems to be photocopied with additional text: "In this issue we present to our readers an excerpt from the graphic novel of the famous television series..."
Vampirella (Tay) Issue 5
6 Primary Life Form (from Vol 2 No 8 and Benli April 1977)
Includes the "Maya ve Uzay 1999" Catherine Schell profile from the Benli edition
Vampirella (Tay) Issue 6

Thanks to Shaqui Le Vesconte, Patrick Zimmerman.