A series looking at some of my favourite book covers and cover artists
#9: The James Bond novels published by Penguin Modern Classics in 2004
Since his first appearance in 1953’s Casino Royale Ian Fleming’s super-spy James Bond has become a global cultural phenomenon, appearing in over 20 blockbuster movies while the original novels have stayed constantly in print.
Continue reading James Bond novels: Penguin Modern Classics (2004)
By the mid-1960’s Marvel Comics’ The Fantastic Four had seen the stars of the ‘The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine!’ square-off against some imposing and oversized enemies. But in 1968 they featured in an adventure that was a little more diminutive than they were used too.
Continue reading The Fantastic Four in ‘The House of Horrors’ (1968)
It’s taken me a while but I’ve finally tracked down a copy of the third and final Piccolo Spider-Man pop-up book, “The Schemer Strikes!”. (Apparently, even in my forties, the completist comic book collector in me is still very much alive and kicking).
Continue reading Spider-Man “The Schemer Strikes!” pop-up book (1982)
In 1981 Titan Books began reprinting stories from 2000AD, the weekly British sci-fi comic. Fan-favourite Judge Dredd was the first to receive the reprint treatment and over the next decade other popular strips from ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’ saw print, including seven volumes starring genetic infantryman Rogue Trooper.
Continue reading Rogue Trooper, Books 1-7 (Titan Books)
A few months ago I posted some charming foreign language editions of JRR Tolkien’s beloved children’s story The Hobbit, featuring illustrations from some truly talented artists. Time for another I think… Continue reading Kääbik, Estonian edition of The Hobbit (1977)
Beginning in 1981, and continuing throughout the rest of the decade, Titan Books published dozens of softcover collections featuring reprinted stories from 2000AD, the UK anthology science fiction comic. The series, the first to feature reprints from the weekly title, proved a hit with readers and so more characters began to star in their own reprint collections. It was inevitable then that strips starring fan-favourite Johnny Alpha, the Strontium Dog, would be given the reprint treatment.
Continue reading Strontium Dog, Titan Books (1987)
Complied, written and edited by George Olshevsky the Marvel Comics Index was published between 1976 and 1982, and was the first attempt to catalogue and index Marvel Comics’ huge library of superhero titles. The original collection consisted of 12 volumes and Olshevsky created the Indexes utilising his vast collection of Marvel Comics. Here are the last four volumes in the collection, Indexes #8A, #8B, #8A and #8B. Continue reading Marvel Comics Index, vols 8A, 8B, 9A and 9B (1978-82)