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July 2023 brought us an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime, opportunity to bid on a vast collection of original Irwin Allen props, paintings, drawings, and collectibles. The Heritage Auctions - Irwin Allen Collection auction took place in session 5 of the 3 day Hollywood/Entertainment Signature® Auction #7351 from 27 to 29 July 2023. Click here for the press release from Heritage Auctions (HA.com).
Winning bids ranged from $625 to $350,000 (including buyer's premiums of 25%). The top 5 purchase prices (including buyer's premium) were for the following items:
Bidding on the original final poster artwork by John Berkey for The Towering Inferno has already exceeded over $200,000. The original art pieces in the Irwin Allen Collection are not only attracting Irwin Allen fans, but also art connoisseurs who will see these works of art as great investments. Original props and costumes are also drawing the attention of investors as illustrated by recent sale prices.
Here is the cover of the catalog for the Heritage Auctions Irwin Allen Collection featuring the final poster artwork by John Berkey for The Towering Inferno. This packed catalog is a collectible in itself.
Due for release on 12th September 2023 (in the US) is the blu-ray set Irwin Allen: Master of Disaster Collection featuring 7 television and theatrical release movies. We believe the set will feature the following movies: The Poseidon Adventure, When Time Ran Out, Fire, Flood, Cave-In, Hanging by a Thread, and The Night the Bridge Fell Down (#ad).
Very sad news from the Irwin Allen universe. Star of The Poseidon Adventure, Stella Stevens, passed away on Friday 17th February 2023 at the age of 84. She will long be remembered for her feisty role as Linda Rogo in The Poseidon Adventure. Her son, Andrew Stevens, also starred in an Irwin Allen production, namely the 1981 TV series Code Red.
So sad to learn of the death of former child star Adam Rich who starred in Irwin Allen's Code Red on 7th January 2023 at just 54. He appeared alongside Andrew Stevens and Sam J. Jones in the 1981 series for one season. He became a household name in the series Eight is Enough.
Merry Christmas 2022 from everyone at the Irwin Allen News Network and Giants Log. Here is our festive card for 2022, drawn by the talented artist G. Foulds who had done some amazing cartoons for us over the past 30+ years.
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy is now shipping and is the ultimate Irwin Allen coffee table book. This beautifully presented hardback book runs at 600 colour pages with many never before seen photos, storyboards and blueprints.
Available exclusively at www.creaturefeatures.com.
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen covers all of Irwin Allen's productions with chapters dedicated to each of the hugely popular sci-fi series. Through this book, we gain knowledge on the production of both the early movies and the later disaster movies, culminating in a final chapter which illustrates how the productions continue thrive for new generations including the exciting Netflix Lost in Space.
All three volumes of Marc Cushman's Irwin Allen's Lost in Space: The Authorized Biography of a Classic Sci-Fi Series are now available. This trilogy explores the history of Lost in Space through research and interviews and includes many never seen before photographs. Reading through the chapters will give you a greater understanding on how television classics like this were produced.
Marc Cushman has also written a three volume series of books researching Star Trek.
All three volumes are available direct from the publishers Jacobs Brown Press or on Amazon.com.
Land of the Giants, The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea are all now being broadcast on US television after midnight on Sunday mornings on the MeTV network. Enjoy the MeTV trailer above.
12th June 2016 marks the 100th birthday of Irwin Allen, the "Master of Disaster", and all round king of science fiction and movie making. It's amazing to think that he was already in his fifties when busy making his quartet of science fiction shows in the mid to late sixties and this shows us all how much can be achieved even in our later years. He has inspired many movie makers who followed in the decades since, and his name and productions are often referred to and compared with when critiquing current day producers' work. That influence shows no sign of abating as we commemorate Irwin Allen's 100th birthday. We are working on a number of projects in the coming months and years to help keep his body of work in the public eye well into his second hundred years and beyond. Your input to these projects is a vital and a most welcome contribution to ensuring his legacy for the future. Please feel free to share your Irwin Allen creations, collections, and research any time via our contact page.
The above artwork has been designed by A. Dutto to commemorate the 100th birthday of Irwin Allen.
Restoring the Gemini 12 video featuring Paul Lubliner, Andre Dhont, and Mark Myers, and produced and edited by Mike Clark.
Channel 5's 30 Greatest Disaster Movies (UK Channel 5, 10-11.30pm, Sunday 20th September 2015) featured three Irwin Allen disaster movies, namely The Swarm, The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. During the broadcast, Irwin Allen was referred to as "the daddy of disaster movies in the 1970s" and of course "the Master of Disaster".
Surprisingly, the list also featured several zombie and science fiction movies, possibly due to the fact that it was broadcast during an "End of the World" weekend on Channel 5 (even Celebrity Big Brother got involved in the theme). By including such movies in the genre, some older classic disaster features were omitted from the list including more vintage movies like The Rains Came and San Francisco. Hopefully, some day a list of the greatest "possible" disaster movies will be compiled, limited to real-world disasters (albeit with some added drama that all good movies need).
The list was compiled by a number of film critics and based upon US Box Office success (adjusted for inflation). In current day monetary terms, both The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno receipts exceed $500,000,000.
Fantastic Blu-Ray box set of the complete Lost in Space series in high definition with bundles of extras, many never seen before including stunning photo galleries and special effects videos. Released on Tuesday 15th September 2015 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the premiere episode broadcast in 1965. Region Free and plays perfectly on US and UK players. Available with two different outer boxes, one with smooth surface and one limited edition version with molded embossed Robot graphic, at FoxConnect.com and Amazon.com.
A new resin diorama kit by Metaluna Models for displaying the Moebius Models Spindrift is now available at FabGearUSA.
A new gallery called The Production Art Gallery has opened online and is the "world's first art gallery dedicated solely to original film and TV art". Included in their immense portfolio are many pieces of original Paul Zastupnevich costume art, which are available for sale. Click on the image or link below to visit the Paul Zastupnevich Production Art Gallery.
We have built a new structured and searchable Irwin Allen Gallery with lots of different bits and pieces on anything and everything related to the Irwin Allen productions. It includes new showcases of the work of the talented and creative fans, without whom there would not be many new things in the Irwin Allen universe to enjoy. If you would like your work and collections showcased here, you are welcome to send material via the Email link in the IANN contact page.
We have set up a new blog for general chat, all the little bits of information we come across, and to highlight the latest news in the Irwin Allen worlds.
Click here or on the image above to visit the Irwin Allen Calendar and Events Diary. If you are holding an event featuring any of the Irwin Allen cast or crew members or releasing any licensed Irwin Allen products, feel free to contact us with full dates, details, reference web sites etc, and we will add the event to the diary.
Moebius Models are currently producing some fantastic new Irwin Allen model kits, and recent arrivals include their new 1/24th scale model kit of the Lost in Space® Space Pod which includes an opening door and the Lost in Space® Chariot which is also in 1/24th scale kit form and also includes a 1/24th scale B-9 Robot. Visit the Lost in Space Collectibles page for more on the new Moebius Models.
David Kleve has created an amazing 3D computer model of the Time Tunnel. Click here or on image below to explore the Time Tunnel model.
If you can't find Irwin Allen's television shows on any of your local television networks, but are located in the USA, then the good news is that you can watch most of the science fiction shows online. There are several options including downloads using iTunes or Amazon. Alternatively, there are free advertising-driven broadcasts on the Hulu web site (Hulu is currently only available from within the US).
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