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 jam-packed catalog is a collectible in itself.
Heritage Auctions are a top auction house for original Irwin Allen props, costumes, artwork and collectibles and have an amazing collection of original Towering Inferno Storyboard paintings and drawings coming up for auction in the Hollywood/Entertainment Signature® Auction #7351 – The Irwin Allen Collection on 29 July 2023.
Included in the upcoming Hollywood/Entertainment Signature® Auction #7351 are 22 lots featuring original Land of the Giants concept art paintings, several of which appeared in the Land of the Giants Presentation Reel.
Land of the Giants Presentation Reel Frames
Original Paintings from the Land of the Giants Presentation Reel
Original Land of the Giants Paintings
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all who enjoy Irwin Allen’s work. Here’s a little festive Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea treat from talented artist G Foulds.
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.
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. Available exclusively at www.creaturefeatures.com.
Irwin Allen’s wife Sheila spoke fondly of her desire for there to be a coffee table book on producer Irwin Allen and his career, and finally that dream is coming true with Jeff Bond’s new book The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen with a foreword written by Lost in Space star, Bill Mumy.
Book announcement from Jeff Bond
Creature Features in association with Synthesis Entertainment and Legendary Pictures presents THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN, the definitive coffee table book more than two and a half years in the making!
This deluxe 600+ page limited edition hardback is the first and only book of its kind to take a visual journey through the mind and career of legendary producer Irwin Allen, the “Master of Disaster”—the man behind some of the most popular television programs of the 1960s and the visionary who invented the special effects movie blockbuster format with his 1970s hits The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno.
Authored by Jeff Bond with the full participation and cooperation of the Irwin Allen Estate, THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN follows the ambitious icon from his early days as a Hollywood agent and radio personality to his lengthy stint at 20th Century Fox, where he produced movies such as The Lost World and Five Weeks in a Balloon and the popular television shows Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants.
Allen employed the studio’s sprawling lot and soundstages, its library of movie footage, costumes and props, and its veteran special effects craftsmen to bring vivid color and movie-quality action, miniature effects and visuals to television viewers accustomed to low-budget, black and white programming. Allen’s flare for action and visual punch gave audiences some of the 1960s most popular and iconic figures: Admiral Nelson and Captain Crane of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea; the Lost in Space Robot and Jonathan Harris’ nefarious Dr. Zachary Smith; Will Robinson and the Robinson family of space travelers; the pop art kaleidoscope of The Time Tunnel; the Jupiter 2, the Seaview, the Flying Sub, the Spindrift.
Before George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Irwin Allen broke box office records with two of the biggest movie blockbusters of all time: The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. Wooed to Warner Bros. at the height of his power with the offer of a building named in his honor and one of the most generous studio contracts ever given a producer, Allen faced his biggest challenge: topping himself with The Swarm, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, When Time Ran Out, and a series of ambitious projects for television.
Illustrated with more than 2,000 images including concept and production artwork, storyboards, blueprints, design sketches, miniatures and behind-the-scenes photographs, many of them never before published, THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN is the ultimate guide to Allen’s famous productions, from his documentaries The Sea Around Us and The Animal World to his spectacular TV-movie City Beneath the Sea, plus fascinating unproduced projects, all explored in detail for the first time.
This hardbound masterwork will be offered in a standard edition of 1000 copies, and a deluxe signed edition of 250 copies autographed by author Jeff Bond and actor Bill Mumy, who penned the foreword.
Pre-orders begin on a first come, first served basis exclusively at www.creaturefeatures.com on Friday, April 19th at 12 noon Pacific Standard Time.
The book is slated to arrive at our door in mid-July and begin shipping immediately, though shipping schedules are always subject to change.
PLEASE NOTE: Creature Features is the only authorized source for new copies of this book and will not be offering it thru Amazon or any other retail sellers.
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.
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 (currently cheapest price) and Amazon.com.
LOST IN SPACE BLU-RAY EXTRAS
Reprint of Robot Blueprint
8 Large Character Cards
Booklet reprint of Bill Mumy’s copy of script for the pilot episode The Reluctant Stowaway
No Place to Hide (long version)
No Place to Hide (short version)
Original Network Versions (including bumpers and commercials/tags) of:
The Reluctant Stowaway
The Magic Mirror
Follow the Leader
Blast Off Into Space
No Place to Hide – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Reluctant Stowaway – Mike Clark and Kevin Burns
My Friend, Mr. Nobody – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Attack of the Monster Plants – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Return from Outer Space – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Phantom Family – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
The Anti-Matter Man – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
The Promised Planet – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
The Great Vegetable Rebellion – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Guy Williams Screen Test
Lost in Space Segment from Seven Wonderful Nights (1965 Original Network TV Special hosted by Dick Van Dyke
The Ballad of William Robinson – Bill Mumy Music Video
Bob May’s Home Movies (Photographed by Judy May during production of The Sky Pirate)
Original Network Presentation for Advertisers and Affiliates (1965)
Original Network TV Spots for Season One
Original Network TV Spots for Season Two
Jonathan Harris: Never Fear, Smith is Here (A&E Network series Biography)
Sheila Mathews Allen Tribute
Jonathan Harris and Al Lewis on Mancow’s Morning Madhouse (1998)
Original Network Preemption Bumpers with Jonathan Harris and Robot B9
Alternate, Unused Season Two Main Title Theme by Warren Barker
Dick Strout Promotional Interview with June Lockhart and Guy Williams (1966)
Dick Strout Promotional Interview with Jonathan Harris (1966)
Lost in Space FX Outtakes including full scale Chariot in Trona Valley, Cyclops, miniature robots, flight videos of miniature Jupiter 2 and Space Pod, space ship and planet effects, Robot and John Robinson floating in space,
Studs Radio Promos featuring Mark DeCarlo with June Lockhart, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris and Dick Tufeld
Syndication TV Spots (1970s and 1980s)
Segment from Lost in Space Forever (1998, featuring Bill Mumy, Jonathan Harris, Bob May and Dick Tufeld)
Lost in Space: The Epilogue (2015) – Table read through of script written by Bill Mumy featuring Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Guy Williams Jr., Toni Williams, Veronica Cartwright, Kevin Burns
Condemned of Space (1967, presented in 1:78 aspect ratio with 5.1 stereo remix)
Lost in Space Animated TV Special (1973)
Lost in Space Animated TV Series Pitch (2005, by Scott O’Brien)
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen (1995, full-length television documentary tribute to Irwin Allen featuring interviews with many stars of the Irwin Allen TV shows and movies)
Lost in Space Memories (1995, program interstitials produced for the Sci-Fi Channel)
On-Camera Original Cast Interviews (2015, with Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy and Angela Cartwright)
20th Anniversary Interview with Irwin Allen (1985, audio interview conducted by Mike Clark)
Dick Tufeld Tribute (2015)
Photo Galleries – Publicity Stills, Episode Stills, Behind the Scenes Stills, Blu-Ray Cast Reunion (2015), Vintage Merchandise, Props and Sets, Artwork, Lost in Space Saturday Superstar Movie
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Mrs. Sheila Allen (Irwin Allen’s wife and ambassador for his legacy). She was a familiar face in so many of Irwin Allen’s productions and a dear friend and supporter of our work. Our heartfelt thoughts go to her family and friends.
We’re also going through a close family bereavement (which is why things have been relatively quiet here for a while), and this news has just left us stunned. We will be paying tribute to Sheila over time, not the least by ensuring that her work and contributions both to Irwin Allen’s productions and fandom are never forgotten.
If you would like to pay tribute to Sheila here on the IANN site, please send your messages of condolence via the IANN Contact Page.