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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Magnum Annual 1983 (part 3)

(* Magnum P.I. TM and © Universal City Studios Inc.)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Magnum Annual 1983 (part 2)


(* Magnum P.I. TM and © Universal City Studios Inc.)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Magnum Annual 1983 (part 1)

Based on the popular American series Magnum P.I. starring colourful Aloha shirt-wearing Tom Selleck, the Magnum Annual appeared three times, cover dated 1982, 1983 and 1984. The annual I'm revisiting this week is the middle one, published by Stafford Pemberton in 1982, priced £2.50, and featuring the talents of long-time World Distributors contributors Chas. Pemberton, who wrote the stories, and artists Edgar Hodges and Walt Howarth.

The set up of the show was simple: Magnum was a private eye based in Hawaii. He lives in the guest house of an author, Robin Masters (voiced by Orson Welles), whose estate is watched over by an ex-British Army Sergeant Major, Jonathan Quayle Higgins III, played with an impeccable English accent by American actor John Hillerman. Magnum can often be found in a bar run by Rick Wright (Larry Manetti) or using the services of helicopter pilot T.C. Calvin (Roger E. Mosley), when he is not driving around in Masters' Ferrari 308 GTS.

The annuals were notably more gritty in their storylines that some of their contemporaries. This blog discussing the 1982 annual notes: "I expected something along the lines of your typical, boring and benign TV comic adaptation - harmless and child friendly.  What I got was something not that far off from those old pulp magazines."

So, sit back, relax and enjoy a few pages from Magnum Annual 1983.

(* Magnum P.I. TM and © Universal City Studios Inc.)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ian McDonald cover gallery


Desolation Road (1988)
Bantam 0553-17532-7, (Feb) 1989, 355pp, £3.99. Cover by Les Edwards.
Earthlight 0671-03753-6, (May) 2001, 373pp, £6.99. Cover by Paul Youll

Out on Blue Six (1989)
Bantam 0553-40044-4, (Aug) 1990, 335pp, £4.99. Cover by Will Cormier

King of Morning, Queen of Day (1991)
Bantam 0553-40371-0, (Feb) 1992, 389pp, £4.99. Cover by Mark Harrison

Hearts, Hands and Voices (1992; also published as The Broken Land)
VGSF 0575-05373-9, (Mar) 1993, 320pp, £4.99. Cover by Jim Burns

Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone (1994)
(no UK paperback)

Necroville (1994; also published as Terminal Cafe)
VGSF 0575-06004-2, (Jul) 1995, 317pp,p £5.99. Cover by Chris Brown
Gollancz 978-0575-09851-0, (Mar) 2011, 354pp, £7.99. Cover by Dominic Harman

Chaga (1995)
Vista 0575-60022-5, (Nov) 1996, 413pp, £5.99. Cover by Mark Harrison
Millennium/Orion 1857-98875-2, (Jun) 1999, 413pp, £6.99.

Sacrifice of Fools (1996)
Vista 0575-60059-4, (Dec) 1997, 286pp, £5.99. Cover by Mike Posen

Kirinya (1998)
Millennium/Orion 1857-98876-0, (Jun) 1999, 412pp, £6.99. Cover by Mick Posen.

Tendeleo's Story (2000)
PS Publishing 1902-88012-9, (Aug) 2000, 91pp, £8.00. Cover by David A. Hardy

Ares Express (2001)
Earthlight 0671-03754-4, (Mar) 2002, 553pp, £7.99. Cover by Paul Youll

River of Gods (2004)
Simon & Schuster 0743-25670-0, (Jun) 2004, 583pp, £12.99.
Pocket Books 0743-40400-9, (Apr) 2005, 583pp, £7.99. Cover by Paolo Pellizarri; design by Darren Wall
Gollancz 978-0575-08226-7, (Jul) 2009, 584pp, £8.99. Cover by Dominic Harman

Brasyl (2007)
Orion 0575-08050-7, (Jun) 2007, 405pp, £12.99. Cover by Dominic Harman
Gollancz 978-0575-08288-5, (Aug) 2008, 420pp, £7.99. Cover by Dominic Harman

The Dervish House (2010)
Gollancz 978-0575-08053-9, (Aug) 2010, [8]+472pp,  £12.99. Cover by Dominic Harman
Gollancz 978-0575-08862-7, (Jul) 2011, 480pp, £8.99.

Planesrunner (2011)
Jo Fletcher 978-1780-87679-5, (Jan) 2013, 320pp, £12.99. Cover by Ghost
Jo Fletcher 978-1780-87667-2, (Apr) 2013, 371pp, £7.99. Cover by Ghost

Be My Enemy (2012)
Jo Fletcher 978-1780-87680-1, (Jun) 2013, 320pp, £12.99. Cover by Ghost
Jo Fletcher 978-1780-87670-2, (Jan) 2014, 384pp, £8.99. Cover by Ghost

Empress of the Sun (2014)
Jo Fletcher 978-1780-87681-8, (Jan) 2014, 389pp, £12.99. Cover by Ghost


Empire Dreams (1988)
(no UK paperback)

Speaking in Tongues (1992)
VGSF 0575-05608-8, (Oct) 1993, 248pp, £4.99. Cover by Jim Burns

Cyberabad Days (2008)
Gollancz 978-0575-08408-7, (Apr) 2009, 320pp, £12.99. Cover by Dominic Harman
Gollancz 978-0675-08406-3, (Oct) 2009, 488pp, £7.99. Cover by Dominic Harman


Kling Klang Klatch, with David Lyttleton (1992)
Gollancz 0575-05298-8, (Aug) 1992, 80pp, £9.99. Cover by David Lyttleton

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Desmond Rowney

Desmond Rowney is remembered these days—if he is remembered at all—as a political cartoonist. A staunch communist, he drew anti-monarchist cartoons for the Daily Worker which he signed under the pen-name 'Maro'. He became notorious for his unflattering depictions of King George V.

He was born William Desmond Rowney, born in Satara, Poona, India, 1899, the son of Lt. Col. William Rowney (1854-1948) and his wife Kate ffolliott Fendall Currie (1868?-1944)—the eldest daughter of Maj.-Gen. Fendall Currie (1841-1920)—who were married on 30 October 1890. William Rowney had become a surgeon in 1880 and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps a year later. He served in Egypt and the Sudan in the 1880s, became a Surgeon Major in 1893 and a Lt.-Col. In 1901. He retired in 1908.

By 1911, the family were living at 4 Linden Road, Didsbury, Manchester, the family including sisters Kathleen Elizabeth (aka Sister Patricia Rowney,  b. Aldershot, 1891; d. 1987), [Lady] Mary Georgina (b. Windlesham, Surrey, 1893, married soldier and author Sir Roger James Ferguson Chance (1893-1987) in 1921; d. 1984, one son , two daughters), [Doctor] Eileen Susan Pears (b. Satora, India, 2 February 1897, later married Albert Malcolm Barlow; d. 1986) and Norah Ffolliott (b. Aldershot, 1902).

Reputedly he was Sandhurst educated and an expert rifle shot. He served in the Connaught Rangers in 1915, rising from cadet to 2nd Lieutenant in December 1917 and to Lieutenant in June 1919, at which time he was posted to 1st Battalion.

He was dismissed from the service by sentence of a General Court-Martial on 26 February 1921.

Produced comic strips for the story paper The Rocket in the 1920s. He first illustrated a series of ‘Nutshell Novels’ before beginning the comic strip ‘Egbert the Explorer!’, which ran as part of the paper’s centre pages. He also contributed to Crusoe Magazine.

Living at 31 Ifield Road in Kensington in 1930, moving to 122 Gillespie Road by 1934.

Rowney served under Tom Wintringham in the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War. He was fatally wounded in February 1937 at the Battle of Jarama.