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)
In 1981 Titan Books began reprinting stories from 2000AD, the weekly British science fiction anthology comic. Fan-favourite Judge Dredd was the first to receive the reprint treatment but other popular strips from ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’ soon followed, including four volumes starring The A.B.C Warriors.
Continue reading The A.B.C Warriors, Books 1-4 (Titan Books)
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)
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
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.
Published in 1976 O Poveste Cu Un Hobbit (“A Story About a Hobbit”) was the first illustrated Romanian-language edition of JRR Tolkien’s classic children’s story The Hobbit. Continue reading The Hobbit (O Poveste Cu Un Hobbit) Romanian Edition, 1976
In the early 1980’s children’s book publisher Piccolo released three pop-up books featuring Marvel Comic’s popular superhero The Incredible Hulk. Trapped! was the second volume to feature the jolly green behemoth.
Continue reading The Incredible Hulk: “Trapped!” pop-up book by Piccolo (1982)