LAND OF THE GIANTS
A warm welcome to the Irwin Allen News Network pages
for the classic television series Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants is the driving force behind all the years of research done by Giants Log and the Irwin Allen News Network, and these web pages are focussed on informing and sharing our knowledge on the making of Land of the Giants alongside our many publications written since 1990. This is an ongoing project for preserving the history of the show for future generations and paying tribute to all the people who made Land of the Giants possible. For more indepth information on the show and its cast, crew and producers, contact GIANTS LOG for details of available publications.
HIGHLIGHTS AND LATEST ADDITIONS
RODGER E. MAUS
We have learned the very sad news that Emmy award winning and Oscar nominated Art Director and Production Designer Rodger E. Maus, who worked for many of Irwin Allen's productions, passed away last month (16th March 2017) at the age of 84. You only have to browse around our site to see the results of his work, be it the design of the Lost in Space Space Pod or the sub-orbital spaceship, the Spindrift, from Land of the Giants.
We were honoured to meet with Rodger Maus in 1992 in Los Angeles and he was a charming gentleman. Below is a photograph of Rodger reading our Land of the Giants 25th Anniversary Special.
16" SCRATCH BUILT SPINDRIFT MODEL
GIANT CHAIR AT THE IDEAL HOME SHOW
If you made a visit to the Ideal Home Show this year, you will have found yourself in the Land of the Giants as you walked past the main entrance. There were several pieces of giant furniture outside the exhibition hall at Olympia so they were obviously catering for giants as well as little people.
HOLLYWOOD SHOW 28-30 APRIL 2017
Deanna Lund, Lee Meriwether, and David Hedison (Saturday 29th only) will be attending the Hollywood Show at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel (5400 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA) over the weekend of 28-30 April 2017. Other Irwin Allen related guests include Barbara Bouchet (guest on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea), Sandra Lee Gimpel (Bill Mumy's stunt double in Lost in Space), Sherry Jackson (guest on Lost in Space and child star in Where Danger Lives), and Tom Reese (guest on Land of the Giants).
AMAZICON 7-9 APRIL 2017
HOLLYWOOD SHOW CHICAGO
Land of the Giants stars Gary Conway and Deanna Lund will be attending the Chicago Hollywood Show, on 24-26 March 2017. The show is being held at the Hyatt Rosemont / Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel, 6350 N. River Road, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018. Also attending in Chicago are Irwin Allen stars BarBara Luna (Five Weeks in a Balloon) and Richard Chamberlain (Towering Inferno, Swarm).
LAND OF THE GIANTS RETURNS AGAIN TO THE UK
Land of the Giants returns to the UK Horror Channel on Monday 20th February 2017 at 3pm (Freeview 70, Sky 319, Virgin Media 149). Horror Channel website has yet to be updated with this information.
It is with great sadness that we have learned from Celeste Yarnall that Don Marshall (co-pilot Dan Erickson in Land of the Giants) passed away on Sunday 30th October 2016 at Cedars Sinai Hospital at the age of 80. Don has been immensely active at events in recent years and was so enthusiastic about bringing Land of the Giants back to our screens. We are so glad that he was able to attend the 2011 Land of the Giants Commentary recording as that was a very important occasion and reunion in Land of the Giants history. He will be sorely missed by his many, many fans.
Don Marshall, Land of the Giants Season One
Don Marshall, Land of the Giants Season Two
Don Marshall piloting the Spindrift (courtesy of MPTV)
Tributes to Don Marshall
SOMETHING BIG IS COMING TO HORROR
Land of the Giants is back in the UK on the Horror Channel on weekdays at 12 pm and 8pm starting on 19th September 2016.
HAKES AMERICANA AUCTION #218
DEANNA LUND RADIO INTERVIEW
Deanna Lund is being interviewed on "Cult Radio A-Go-Go! Live" ; a.k.a CRAGG Live at 7pm PST, Saturday 20th February 2016.
LAND OF THE GIANTS HOLLYWOOD REUNION
VERY.CO.UK CHRISTMAS ADVERT GIANTS THEME
BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE VERY.CO.UK CHRISTMAS ADVERT
We have had several very sad years of caregiving and family bereavements, and the news of Don Matheson passing away on 29th June 2014 shocked us and left us feeling like we had lost yet another member of our family, so close have the Land of the Giants cast been over the years.
There are so many fine things to remember about Don. His warmth, his humour, his respect for family, friends, colleagues and fans, his considerable catalogue of acting work, and not the least for readers here, his portrayal of Mark Wilson in Land of the Giants. Don was the first "face" of Land of the Giants, appearing in the 1967 promotional reel that Irwin Allen produced to sell the concept of the show. Irwin Allen then cast him as businessman and engineer Mark Wilson in the series which ran for two years. Don gained far more than most from appearing in Land of the Giants as this is where he met his future wife and lifelong friend Deanna Lund. The couple married shortly after the series finished and had a daughter, Michele, in the early 1970s.
As early Giants Log members will know, Don joined us for a very special reunion of Land of the Giants cast members in 1991, and his humour shone through that day as he regaled stories of times past on the set of the show. The energy generated from that reunion and Giants fandom in the early 1990s lead to the cast coming together for several conventions in the following years and Don was always a hit in the question and answer sessions with great banter between him and his cast mates.
In 1995, Don joined cast members in The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen documentary which paid homage to the Land of the Giants creator. This was followed by gatherings at the 1998 Return to Earth convention which celebrated the new Lost in Space movie, and several visits to the Hollywood Show in Los Angeles and Las Vegas and the Chiller Theatre convention in New Jersey.
With the release of Land of the Giants on DVD, the series gained a new generation of fans, and the cast all gathered together in April 2011 for a special commentary recording for the British DVD release. All six of the cast sat in a recording studio, whilst Giants Log watched and listened in via Skype, and discussed and recalled their memories of making the pilot episode, The Crash. This unique occasion will be a lasting snapshot of the Giants "family", of which Don was an integral part, laughing and having fun together.
METALUNA MODELS SPINDRIFT CRASH SITE DIORAMA KIT
A new resin diorama kit by Metaluna Models for displaying the Moebius Models Spindrift is now available at FabGearUSA.
Lunar Models Spindrift
Spindrift camp scene with giant cat from MarkM Models
Original Land of the Giants Painting Auctions
Two rare one-off items are up for auction on eBay on 4th June 2013. The first is the original painting for the British Land of the Giants novel Mean City and the second is the painting for the novel Slingshot for a David. Bidding ends just after 7pm. Pictures are courtesy of eBay seller mustangtel.
DEANNA LUND MEETS JOHN WILLIAMS AT LINCOLN PARTY
Deanna Lund recently met up with composer John Williams at a party for the new movie Lincoln for which John has composed the music. Nearly half a century ago, John Williams composed themes for several Irwin Allen productions including Land of the Giants. Deanna and Carol have kindly sent this beautiful photograph for us to share with you.
New Stefan Arngrim Interview
TOPPS AND A&BC LAND OF THE GIANTS CARD NUMBERING
We have created a handy sortable table showing the different numbering systems used for the American test set of Topps cards and the British A&BC cards. Click here to view the Topps/A&BC Land of the Giants card table.
TOUR OF THE SPINDRIFT
Kyle Allen brings us a unique and fun tour of the Land of the Giants sub-orbital spaceship, The Spindrift, in Back Lot Space Port Episode 1 "Spindrift". The Spindrift tour can also be viewed in the Land of the Giants media section.
LAND OF THE GIANTS - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
The Land of the Giants complete collection DVD set for the UK (PAL, Region 2) with both seasons and a new limited edition set of four collectible art cards is now available in many DVD and online stores. The set was released on Monday 5th March 2012.
THE SPINDRIFT CAMP
New painting of the Spindrift Camp by David Holderbaum
LAND OF THE GIANTS GOES TO LAS VEGAS
Celeste Yarnall, Gary Conway and Heather Young at Hollywood Show Vegas
The cast of "Land of the Giants" attended The Hollywood Show Vegas autograph show on Saturday 19th November 2011. Attending the autograph show were series stars Gary Conway, Deanna Lund, Don Marshall, Don Matheson, Heather Young, and Stefan Arngrim, as well as guest stars Celeste Yarnall and Bruce Dern.
CUSTOMIZED LUNAR MODELS SPINDRIFT
STEVE CAUSEY - MOEBIUS MODELS SPINDRIFT BUILD
LAND OF THE GIANTS COMMENTARY
The UK DVD release of Land of the Giants Season 2 is now available and features the very special audio commentary recorded by all of the cast.
The Land of the Giants cast watching The Crash on 8 April 2011
SCIFINOW #55 LAND OF THE GIANTS ARTICLE
SciFiNow issue 55 features an 8 page article on Land of the Giants and chats with Gary Conway, Heather Young, Stefan Arngrim and Giants Log about this classic television series. Available in UK stores now. The magazine can also be purchased online at the Imagine Shop.
The Night Sky
Steve Causey took this shot of the night sky recently. At first we thought we were looking at a UFO.
Land of the Giants Commentary
On Friday 8th April 2011, the cast of Land of the Giants gathered together in LA to create a very special treat exclusively for the UK Second Season DVD release which is due out in June. Stefan Arngrim, Don Marshall, Deanna Lund, Gary Conway, Heather Young and Don Matheson have recorded a really outstanding audio commentary which will appear on the second season DVD extras. This unique event showcases the delightful camaraderie between the cast members and is something we are very keen to extend to a convention in the UK.
NEW SPINDRIFT ARTWORK
Two original Land of the Giants costumes (Steve Burton and Betty Hamilton uniforms) were auctioned at the Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 43 on 17-18 December 2010. For details, please visit this gallery or the Profiles in History Web Site.
Premiere of Night of the Cat
John Picha 3D Spindrift Model
Land of the Giants Spindrift Crew Uniform Patch
John P. Britton Gallery
We have met up with the cast members of Land of the Giants on many occasions over the past couple of decades, most recently in England. As you browse around this web site you will find many links to the cast member web sites and convention reports.
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One aspect of our work is to bring the fun of Irwin Allen's productions to the wider world and creative artists have generated some marvellous cartoons to share the humour.
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