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In line with the rest of the merchandise produced to tie in with the 1994 BBC screening of Joe 90, the new fortnightly comic featured the revised logo. It also featured an awful lot of re-printed material from Joe 90 Top Secret comic. These stories are indicated by a "TS" number where known.

Joe 90 comic No. 1

JOE 90  (No. 1)
29th July 1994
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994

3 complete missions for The Most Special Agent: Safe Breaker (TS33), Aquanaut (TS1) and Jet Pilot (TS2). Also an introduction to Joe 90, the beginning of an Agent 21 story, a cutaway of the Jet Air Car, a profile on Joe 90, and the B.I.G. R.A.T. code for use in future issues.

24 pages, 85p. Free gift: a nice W.I.N. badge.

JOE 90  (No. 2)
12th August 1994
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994

3 complete missions for The Most Special Agent: Sabotage (TS3), Wall Of Death (TS29) and Oil Rig Disaster (TS5). Also a profile on Mac, a cutaway of the cottage, a continuing Agent 21 story, and information on Joe's Case.

24 pages, 85p. Free gift: a rather crappy pair of cardboard glasses.

Joe 90 comic No. 2

Joe 90 comic No. 3

JOE 90  (No. 3)
26th August 1994
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994

3 complete missions for The Most Special Agent: The Gun Runners! (TS30), Master Forger (TS7) and Big Game Hunter (TS9). Also a profile on Sam Loover, a cutaway of the laboratory, a continuing Agent 21 story, and information on Joe's equipment.

24 pages, 85p.

JOE 90  (No. 4)
9th September 1994
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994

Three great complete adventures: Skydiver (TS31), Mac Goes Missing (TS6) and Potholer (TS4). Also a profile on Shane Weston, a cutaway of Sam's car, the conclusion of the Agent 21 story & the start of a new one, and information on the episode Most Special Astronaut.

24 pages, 85p.

Joe 90 comic No. 4

Joe 90 comic No. 5

JOE 90  (No. 5)
23rd September 1994
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994

3 complete Joe 90 missions: Firefighter, Rally Driver! (TS10) and Himalayan Terror Trail (TS11). Also a profile on Mrs. Harris, a cutaway of The BIG RAT, a continuing Agent 21 story, and information on Agent 21's deadly toys.

24 pages, 85p, and according to the cover came with a free miniature pack of Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles - although my copy didn't have any stuck to the front.

JOE 90  (No. 6)
7th October 1994
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994

3 complete Joe 90 missions: Civil Engineer! (TS28), The Circus! (TS12) and Appointment With Fear! (TS13). Also a cutaway of W.I.N. Headquarters, London, a continuing Agent 21 story, and more information on Agent 21's deadly toys.

24 pages, 85p - no mention of free Fruit Pastilles this time, but my copy DID have some attached!

Joe 90 comic No. 6

Joe 90 comic No. 7

JOE 90  (No. 7)
21st October 1994
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994

Four great complete adventures: Night Climb, The Prince! (TS8), Rocket Expert (TS14) and Most Special Bodyguard (TS15). Also a cutaway of the CN Hovertrain (from the episode Breakout), a continuing Agent 21 story, and yet more information on Agent 21's deadly toys.

24 pages, and the price increased to 95p with this issue.

After only seven issues, and in a move reminiscent of Joe 90 Top Secret and TV21, Joe 90 comic merged with the new Thunderbirds comic at issue 80 - but even that liaison didn't last long. Click here to see how the arrival of Joe 90 was announced in the new Thunderbirds comic No. 79.

the new THUNDERBIRDS  (No. 80)
November 11th 1994
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994

Features a complete, but untitled Joe 90 story.

32 pages, £1.15

the new Thunderbirds No. 80

the new Thunderbirds No. 81

the new THUNDERBIRDS  (No. 81)
November 25th 1994
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994

Features a complete Joe 90 story, Town Of Shame! (TS16), as well as a competition to win Vivid Imaginations Joe 90 toys. Click here to see the competition.

24 pages, £1.15 - same price as the fortnight before, but 25% less comic. Hmmm...

the new THUNDERBIRDS  (No. 82)
Date 1994
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994

Features a Joe 90 cover by Graham Bleathman, and a complete Joe 90 story, Speedboat Ace! (TS20).

24 pages, £1.15

the new Thunderbirds No. 82

the new Thunderbirds No. 83

the new THUNDERBIRDS  (No. 83)
Date 1994
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994

Features a complete Joe 90 story, Spycatcher! (TS19).

24 pages, £1.15

the new THUNDERBIRDS  (No. 84)
January 6th 1995
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994

A bumper 48 page Christmas special (available from December 24th 1994), featuring a complete Joe 90 story, Rat Trap (reprinted from the 1968 Joe 90 annual), and a profile and cutaway of the U87 World Army Amphibious Transporter (as seen in the episode The Race) - sadly, although the key to the cutaway had numbers, the cutaway itself didn't. One or two confused kids there then.

The profile describes how the speed of the transporter was demonstrated when the World Army chief challenged Professor McClaine's Jet Air Car to a race - despite the fact that these events only happened in a dream shared by Joe and Mac after Joe had received Mac's brain patterns.

The back cover features an advertisement for telephone collector cards from P & J Promotions, featuring four cards from Joe 90. Click here to see the advertisement.

48 pages, £2.15

the new Thunderbirds No. 84

the new Thunderbirds No. 85

the new THUNDERBIRDS  (No. 85)
January 20th 1995
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1994

Features a complete Joe 90 story, Break Down! (reprinted from the 1969 Joe 90 annual).

24 pages, £1.15

the new THUNDERBIRDS  (No. 86)
February 3rd 1995
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1995
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1995

Features a complete Joe 90 story, Break Out! (TS21).

24 pages, £1.15

the new Thunderbirds No. 86

the new Thunderbirds No. 87

the new THUNDERBIRDS  (No. 87)
February 17th 1995
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1995
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1995

Features a complete Joe 90 story, Death Chase (TS22), and a nice misspelling of "vessel" on the cover.

24 pages, £1.15

the new THUNDERBIRDS  (No. 88)
March 3rd 1995
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1995
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1995

Features a complete, but untitled Joe 90 story.

24 pages, £1.15

the new Thunderbirds No. 88

the new Thunderbirds No. 89

the new THUNDERBIRDS  (No. 89)
March 17th 1995
Published by Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1995
© Fleetway Editions Ltd. 1995

No Joe 90 strip in this issue, but the U87 cutaway from No. 84 was reprinted, this time with the key numbers in place.

24 pages, £1.15. Free gift: a Coco Pops "Monster Klipz" to clip on... something.

And so, the new Thunderbirds comic came to an end at No. 89. Soon afterwards Thunderbirds Are Go! comic was launched - but crashed and burned after only a handful of issues, as the Thunderbirds phenomenon had finally run out of steam. At least until the year 2000, when the series was relaunched and once again became a huge success.

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