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Thunderbirds was a children's TV Sci Fi series made with puppets using a technique called supermarionation by Gerry Anderson. The series ran for two seasons from 1965 to 1966 and comprised of 32 episodes followed by two movies, 'Thunderbirds Are Go' in 1966 and 'Thunderbird 6' in 1968.

Thunderbirds books were first produced in the UK by Armada Books.
Only five paperback novels were printed, four Thunderbirds and one Lady Penelope. Four further novels (two Thunderbirds and two Lady Penelope) were published in hardback by World Distributors Books in 1966.

Titan Books later started to revive the series by reprinting Books 1 and 2 in 1989 and 1990. As with Captain Scarlet, this reprint run fizzled out with the inside cover stating Book 3 would be "Ring of Fire" which never appeared. I
n 1991 Young Corgi Books started printing novelisations of the original TV episodes, but after four books the series halted. This series was later reprinted with different covers by Carlton Books in 2001. In 1992 Boxtree Books started printing younger reader novelisations of some of the episodes but ended after eight books, and Carlton Books re-published four of these in 2002 with different covers.

In 1992, Ravette Books started a numbered series of colour comic albums which lasted for six albums. In 2004 the new live action Thunderbirds movie was released leading to a number of books being published by Harper Festival Books.
From 2008 to 2012 FTL Publications published a series of seven original novels.

A new animated series was launched on TV... 'Thunderbirds Are Go' that ran for three seasons from 2015 to 2020.

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Armada Books

1966

Thunderbirds
1966

Calling Thunderbirds
1966

Thunderbirds : Ring of Fire
1966

Thunderbirds Are Go
1967

Lady Penelope : The Albanian Affair

World Distributors Books
Hardbacks with Dust Jackets

1966

Thunderbirds : Lost World
1966

Thunderbirds : Operation Asteroids
1966

Lady Penelope : Cool For Danger
1966

Lady Penelope : A Gallery of Thieves

Titan Books

No 1 (1989)

Thunderbirds
No 2 (1990)

Calling Thunderbirds

Boxtree Books

1992

Day of Disaster
1992

End of the Road
1992

The Perils of Penelope
1992

Desperate Intruder
1992

Cry Wolf
1992

Man From MI5
1992

Martian Invasion
1992

The Imposters
1993

Rescue at the Beach
1993

Surprise at Tracy Island

1992

Young Corgi Books

No 1 (1992)

The Uninvited
No 2 (1992)

Brink of Disaster
No 3 (1992)

Sun Probe
No 4 (1992)

Atlantic Inferno

Carlton Books

No 1 (2001)

The Uninvited
No 2 (2001)

Brink of Disaster
No 3 (2001)

Sun Probe
No 4 (2001)

Atlantic Inferno
Bumper (2001)

Bumper Storybook (of above four books)

2000

Cry Wolf
2000

The Cham-Cham
2000

Martian Invasion
2000

Day of Disaster
2002

Adventure Story Book
Day of Disaster / Martian Invasion
2002

Adventure Story Book
Cry Wolf / Martian Invasion /
The Cham-Cham / Day of Disaster

2001 (Hardback)

Classic Comic Strips from TV21
2000

The Complete Book of Thunderbirds

Ravette Books

No 1 (1992)

Thunderbirds ...to the Rescue
No 2 (1992)

Thunderbirds ...in Space
No 3 (1992)

Thunderbirds ...Danger Zone
No 4 (1992)

Thunderbirds ...Lift Off!
No 5 (1992)

Thunderbirds ... in Action
No 6 (1992)

Thunderbirds ...Shock Wave

Egmont Books

2013 (Hardback)

The Comic Collection

Thunderbirds Movie

Harper Festival Books

2004

Thunderbirds Are Go
2004

Thunderbirds the Junior Novel
2004

Thunderbirds Forever!
2004

Trouble on Tracy Island
2004

Rescue Mission
2004

The Movie Storybook
2004

X-Ray Cross-Sections

FTL Publications Books
A series of trade size paperback novels

No 1 (2008)

Countdown to Action!
No 2 (2008)

Action Alert!
No 3 (2009)

Deadly Danger!
No 4 (2010)

Situation: Critical!
No 5 (2011)

Extreme Hazard!
No 6 (2012)

Arctic Adventure!
No 7 (2012)

Danger Zone!


Thunderbirds Annuals Gallery



2015 Animated Series

2015

Official Guide

Simon and Schuster Books

2016

Falling Skies

2015

Crosscut
2016

Under Pressure