Updated: October 28, 2006
GIANT'S COPY STEVE BURTON COSTUME DRAWING
"Land of the Giants" Gary Conway Costume Design Copy
Hand-colored, framed (no glass), Spindrift Pilot costume
Here's a very interesting production related piece of
memorabilia from the classic Irwin Allen Television series
Land of the Giants". It's a framed (no glass) over-sized
copy of design sketch, of the Captain's red Spindrift Pilot
costume, worn on the show by actor Gary Conway.
Although this is not the original, it is a hand-colored copy
of the original. We did not hand-color this piece, it was done
sometime ago, possibly by the original illustrator, the
legendary Paul Zastupnevich.
The over-sized copy has a variety of annotations written all
over it (as seen on the original). The title of the series
"Land of the Giants!" was traced over with an ink pen and the
costume portion was hand-colored a burgandy red, with its
turtleneck 2-shades of blue. The classic Spindrift logo was
hand-colored orange. The face in 2-shades of pink, and the
hair colored black. The reverse side of the pilot's jacket is
also hand-colored as well as the detail of a jacket sleeve and
The costume notes by Zastupnevich are fascinating to read. And
include the following:
* Use cream white military gaberdine and dye to cherry red maroon
for Gary Conway and grey for Don Marshall. Check with cameraman
* Shoulder boards to accentuate broad shoulders.
* Gray turtleneck cashmere sweater
* Action pleats
* Patch utility pocket
* 2 Vip darts for sleek smooth fanny
* Side pocket only on the right side (merely) for the actor to
carry lunch money and keys. Let's keep the line sleek and
* Taper leg to 16" to accentuate the lean
* Press knife pleats in front and back
* Pleats side detail - tailor open cuff up to 6" for ease to
get in and out of.
* Boots sharply polished
The original artwork for this piece was sold at auction in 2003.
We believe this was a copy made during pre-production to
experiment with colors for the costume. If you've visited our
Irwin Allen auctions in the past, you have seen numerous
original Land of the Giants pencil blueprint drawings, etc.
In overall excellent condition. Sides were folded at one point
to fit into frame. The glass was broken in the frame, so it
has been removed. The piece has been lightly taped to its
backing board, but can be removed. Would look excellent with
proper matting, possibly in another frame with a photo of Gary
Value: $500. (Original) $30. (Copy)