Category Archives: Books

Kääbik, Estonian edition of The Hobbit (1977)

Kaabik, cover to the Estonian edition of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

A few months ago I posted some charming foreign language editions of JRR Tolkien’s beloved children’s story The Hobbitfeaturing illustrations from some truly talented artists. Time for another I think… Continue reading Kääbik, Estonian edition of The Hobbit (1977)

Strontium Dog, Titan Books (1987)

Strontium Dog

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)

Marvel Comics Index, vols 8A, 8B, 9A and 9B (1978-82)

The Marvel Comics Index #9A, X-Men

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)

Marvel Comics Index, vols 1, 2, 3 and 4 (1976-77)

The Marvel Comics Index #03, The Avengers, Defenders, and Captain Marvel

In the mid-1970’s George Olshevsky was probably one of the most envied comic book fans in the world, for he could lay claim to a unique boast: he was the only person to own every Marvel Comic ever published. Olshevsky utilised this vast collection by attempting to assemble the first complete catalogue of the company’s inventory, the Marvel Comics Index. Continue reading Marvel Comics Index, vols 1, 2, 3 and 4 (1976-77)

The Ro-Busters Disaster Squad, Books One and Two (1983)

The Ro-Busters Disaster Squad, Book One. Artwork by Dave Gibbons

Beginning in 1981 Titan Books began publishing collections featuring reprinted stories from weekly British science-fiction comic 2000AD. Starting with the title’s most popular character, future lawman Judge Dredd, Titan published dozens of soft cover collections that showcased some of the UK comic-book industry’s biggest creative talents. Continue reading The Ro-Busters Disaster Squad, Books One and Two (1983)

Paperback covers #8: Peter Elson’s Space Ranger series

Space Ranger by Isaac Asimov, artwork by Peter Elson

A series looking at some of my favourite book covers and cover artists.
#8 Peter Elson’s cover paintings for the Space Ranger series of novels by Isaac Asimov

Published between 1952 and 1958 Isaac Asimov’s Space Ranger novels featured the adventures of space pilot David Starr, or Lucky Starr as Asimov nicknamed him. Continue reading Paperback covers #8: Peter Elson’s Space Ranger series

The Robo-Hunter Casebook, Books 1-4

The Robo-Hunter Casebook, Book 1. Artwork by Ian Gibson

A while back I posted an article extolling Titan Books’ 2000AD reprint series from the 1980’s. Beginning with The Chronicles of Judge Dredd in June 1981 these collections reprinted between 64 and 96 pages of material from weekly British science-fiction comic 2000AD. The books were a huge success and throughout the rest of the Eighties Titan released a further 39 volumes featuring the future lawman. To capitalise of the success of the Dredd books Titan also released dozens of volumes featuring reprints from other 2000AD strips, as well as those from daily newspapers, that showcased the work of some of the UK comic book industry’s biggest talents.

Continue reading The Robo-Hunter Casebook, Books 1-4