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A warm welcome to the Irwin Allen News Network (IANN). Established in 1994 by Giants Log, with the late Paul Zastupnevich as president, IANN has focussed on bringing the wonderful worlds of Irwin Allen to a wider audience. Working with fans, cast and crew around the world, IANN has published dozens of newsletters, specials and web sites to promote the television shows, movies, performers, and the production crew working so hard behind the scenes.

We hope you will enjoy browsing around the site and that you will find new material of interest. We welcome your ideas and input to help us to continue to bring the work of Irwin Allen to new generations.

If you would like to contribute research, personal memories of working on the productions, articles, photos, artwork and other creative ideas, please do contact us. We are continually developing the site whenever we have a spare moment, and the extent to which we can do this depends on everyone who has fond memories of these shows and movies.

If you hover the mouse pointer over the picture above, you can identify and visit the pages dedicated to each of the Irwin Allen productions.

LATEST NEWS

DON MATHESON

Don Matheson

It is with immense sadness that we have learned that our longtime friend and star of Land of the Giants, Don Matheson has passed away. Our thoughts at this time are with Deanna Lund, his daughter Michele, and all of his family and friends. Don participated in a wonderful Land of the Giants reunion with us in July 1991 and his sparkling sense of humour shone through as he recalled their times together in the sixties with his fellow cast mates. Since then he has been a popular guest at events and a couple of years ago he participated in the amazing commentary the cast of Land of the Giants did for the British Land of the Giants DVD release. If you have any messages of sympathy that you would like us to pass to his family and to share with fellow fans, please email us at our contact email address.

Hollywood Reporter Obituary

Don Matheson 8 April 2011

IRWIN ALLEN RELATED AUCTIONS

Hakes Americana and Collectibles Auction #212

The latest Hakes Americana and Collectibles Auction #212 featuring Irwin Allen related items takes place on 17 July 2014. Click here or on the above image to see the items that were auctioned.

If you are planning on auctioning any unusual, original, or rare Irwin Allen toys or collectibles at an online auction house or eBay and would like IANN to publicise your auction, please feel free to email over some pictures and descriptions with auction estimates, time, date and location details. Please let us know the name to credit with each photo (can be full name, nickname, initials etc).

Irwin Allen Related Auctions

VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA MOVIE BANNER

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Movie Banner

A unique collectible is up for auction on Ebay. It is a hand sewn nylon banner that was hung below the front of the theatre for the Hollywood Premiere of the 1961 "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" movie. The banner is 18 feet long by 30 inches wide.

This rare item is being auctioned on Ebay; auction ref. 111392472352, ending 6 July 2014 at 7pm PDT.

METALUNA MODELS SPINDRIFT CRASH SITE DIORAMA KIT

Land of the Giants Spindrift Crash Site Diorama Kit

A new resin diorama kit by Metaluna Models for displaying the Moebius Models Spindrift is now available at FabGearUSA.

Paint, glue and Moebius Models #255 Spindrift not included. The Moebius Models Spindrift kit is available separately at fabgearusa.com.

Please also note that the Moebius Models 1/350 Seaview model kit is going to be back in stock soon and FabGearUSA.com are now taking pre-orders.

LAND OF THE GIANTS MENTIONED ON THE ELLEN SHOW

Jamie Foxx appeared on The Ellen Show a couple of weeks ago and he declared how scared he was of spiders and how the giant spiders on Land of the Giants freaked him out when he was growing up.

MTV Article on The Ellen Show Appearance

BACKLOT SPACEPORT TOUR OF THE SEAVIEW

Kyle Allen shares a new creative and fun tour of the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Seaview, in Back Lot Space Port Episode 6 "S.S.R.N. Seaview". The Seaview tour can also be viewed in the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea media section.

Original Land of the Giants Painting Auctions

Land of the Giants Painting Auctions

Two rare one-off items went 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. Pictures are courtesy of eBay seller mustangtel.

Mean City Cover Painting Gallery

Slingshot for a David Cover Painting Gallery

RAY HARRYHAUSEN

Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen, the master of animation for many famous fantasy adventure movies for over half a century has passed away at the age of 92. In the worlds of Irwin Allen, Ray is best known for his animation creations for The Animal World.

 

BBC News

The Guardian

Ray Harryhausen Official Web Site

 

Beelibones and the Lost Treasure

Bill Hedges has built this marvellous Beelibones replica head (Lost in Space episode Treasure of the Lost Planet) based on a plaster head purchased from a talented artist, Pierre Veilleux. Artist Rita Lane painted the face on the outside of the box. This Beelibones replica prop is featured in the very funny Youtube video shown above. Gallery to follow shortly.

THE SEAVIEW BY JEFF SUMMERS

The Seaview by Jeff Summers

Jeff Summers has created this stunning composite artwork using his build of the 57" DeBoer Hulls Seaview kit.

Visit Jeff Summers' Gallery

JOHN WILLIAMS AT LINCOLN PARTY

Deanna Lund and 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.

DAVID HOLDERBAUM MODEL BUILD GALLERY

David Holderbaum Model Gallery

View David Holderbaum Model Gallery

ROBERT COLBERT RADIO INTERVIEW

Stu Show - Robert Colbert Photo Gallery

Robert Colbert, star of The Time Tunnel and City Beneath the Sea, and guest star on Land of the Giants (Sabotage), appeared on Stu Shostak's radio show on Wednesday, 10th October 2012. The two and a half hour interview is now available for downloading.

Purchase the Robert Colbert Interview from Stu's Show Archive (99c)

HOLLYWOOD SHOW

The Time Tunnel Cast at the Hollywood Show 6 October 2012

The stars of The Time Tunnel, Robert Colbert, Lee Meriwether and James Darren have had a busy weekend at the Hollywood Show. Jeanine and Stu have kindly sent the pictures above of the Time Tunnel guests at the show. The event was packed on Saturday. If you'd like to send in questions for Robert Colbert's interview on The Stu Show next Wednesday (10th October), please use the email link above.

LOST IN SPACE - BLAST OFF INTO SPACE

Lost in Space - Blast off into Space by David Holderbaum

Visit the David Holderbaum Art Gallery

New Stefan Arngrim Interview

Stefan Arngrim - Interview for SFX website

Stefan Arngrim discusses Land of the Giants and Irwin Allen in a new interview with the British SFX magazine website:

Stefan Arngrim Interview with SFX

NEW DAVID HEDISON INTERVIEW

CULTBOX INTERVIEW

CultBox have a new interview with David Hedison which discusses his appearances in the Irwin Allen productions as well as his work on the James Bond movies.

CultBox Interview

David Hedison in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

TOUR OF THE SPINDRIFT

Back Lot Space Port Episode 1 - Spindrift

Take a tour of the Spindrift

SCRATCH BUILT LOST IN SPACE CHARIOT

Bill Hedges Scratch Built Chariot

Bill Hedges Chariot Gallery

Chariot Video

MOEBIUS MODELS PRE-ASSEMBLED SPACE POD

Moebius Models Assembled Space Pod

Moebius Models Assembled Space Pod Gallery

HOLLYWOOD SHOW VEGAS

The cast of The Poseidon Adventure (Ernest Borgnine, Stella Stevens, Carol Lynley, Eric Shea, and Pamela Sue Martin) joined the Land of the Giants cast at the Hollywood Show Vegas on Saturday 19 November 2011. Also attending were Land of the Giants guest stars Celeste Yarnall (The Golden Cage) and Bruce Dern (Wild Journey), plus Voyage Movie star Barbara Eden, Mike Lookinland (The Towering Inferno), Lawrence Montaigne (guest in The Time Tunnel), Felix Silla (stuntman on The Towering Inferno), Barbara Luna (Five Weeks in a Balloon), and Vitina Marcus (The Lost World and Lost in Space).

Celeste Yarnall, Gary Conway and Heather Young

Celeste Yarnall, Gary Conway and Heather Young at Hollywood Show Vegas

HELP NEEDED WITH RESEARCH

The Cast of The Poseidon Adventure

The main focus of our efforts at the Irwin Allen News Network is to document the history of all of the Irwin Allen movies and television shows and this implies extensive levels of research. We are particularly trying to credit actors and crew who didn't receive on-screen credits in the productions.

We are also studying the movies, trying to identify as many people as possible who appeared on screen and this is proving to be a never-ending challenge. We have recently added a gallery of faces from The Poseidon Adventure and The Time Travelers amongst others and have several faces we cannot yet identify. If you can help with any of these missing names with corroborating pictures of the unnamed actors, please contact us.

POSEIDON ADVENTURE STARS AT JULY 2011 SHOW

The Poseidon Adventure Cast at the July 2011 Hollywood Show

Carol Lynley, Ernie F. Orsatti, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine, Pamela Sue Martin, and Eric Shea

STEVE CAUSEY - MOEBIUS MODELS SPINDRIFT BUILD

Moebius Models 1/128 Spindrift Kit Build

Moebius Models 1/128 Spindrift Kit Build

CONVENTIONS

Irwin Allen related convention reports and galleries

Convention Reports and Galleries

Convention Directory

LAND OF THE GIANTS COMMENTARY

Cast of Land of the Giants at recording studio on 8 April 2011

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.

SCIENCE FICTION MUSEUM

Seattle Science Fiction Museum

Visit the Spindrift and Robot at the Seattle Science Fiction Museum

THE SPINDRIFT

Spindrift Hero Miniature Gallery

Visit the Spindrift "Hero" Miniature Gallery

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Creativity Showcase Bob Aucutt David Kleve Time Tunnel Model Shaun Dale Richard Sierra's futuristic designs Kelvin Hendrey's Snow Robot UK’s first Lost in Space B9 Robot full size Replica Jerry Von Mueller Customised Models Mark Dorais Paul Davison D S Campos Voyage 3D Lars Liljeblad Gordon Foulds Cartoons A. Dutto Art MarkM Models Simon Mercs Model Builds Mike Aucutt Henry Prentiss TSDS Gallery Kyle Clark's Models and Special Effects D. Gilmour's Irwin Allen Artwork Gemini Model Build-up Studios Brian Matthews

Every so often we will showcase something from different creative fans on this main page. The image above shows several pieces of original artwork and model building from fans around the world. Click on each image to see more of this wonderful work. You can also see more outstanding work from other artists, animators, and model builders by visiting the creativity showcase and models pages on this site.

IRWIN ALLEN BLOG

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.

Irwin Allen Blog

IRWIN ALLEN 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.

The Irwin Allen Gallery

Visit the Irwin Allen Gallery

PAUL ZASTUPNEVICH ART GALLERY

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.

Paul Zastupnevich Production Art Gallery

Visit the Paul Zastupnevich Production Art Gallery

IRWIN ALLEN NEWS ON TWITTER

Small or urgent items of Irwin Allen related news will be sent out via Twitter. If you have any upcoming events featuring Irwin Allen stars that you would like us to mention, please send us details.

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