Wednesday, 16 August 2017


From  around now back in 1995: THERMAL LANCE issue 25 and a line-up of of-the-time telefantasy shows which - with one exception - have been all but forgotten about today.  Plus STAR TREK of course.  

This is also the 300th STARLOGGED post of the year.  Yay!


  1. well done Slow, any chance of reaching 400 posts by xmas ?

    I wonder which version of trek they referred to as being crap ?

    speaking of which, the new issue of SFX is a trek special and very nicely packaged with a book and art card. I'm liking the look of STAR TREK DISCOVERY more and more.

    Pick of the week must go to the PLANET OF THE APES ARCHIVE VOL.1, a hardback collection of the old marvel comic from BOOM.

    by coincidence, the latest issue of the prequel comic to WAR OF THE PLANET OF THE APES was also out today.

    The latest JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE has an article on Marley the fox ( from BUSTER ) and the bagged comic is THE LAWLESS TOUCH, culled from the pages of TORNADO.

  2. The POTA book is very nice albeit with a high ticket price - but it is a shame that it did not include any of the covers from the British weekly. Maybe that is something planned for one of the future editions. This is the first time these strips have been in print since the Adventure Comics reprints of the early 1990s.

    Nice to see a new paperback bagged with the new SFX. A return to the good ol' days. Interesting to see that it does not appear to have a sponsor either. The TNG art print is from an upcoming Titan Book. A follow-up to the TOS one of a year-or-two ago.

    I would also add to the pile the new issue of BACK ISSUE magazine, devoted to the BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES. And, of course, the new issue of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY with the choice of two STAR WARS covers.

  3. a further addition - the new issue of RECORD COLLECTOR has a really nice article on cult tv themes.

  4. the STAR WARS SOURCEBOOK which you previously covered here :

    is due for re-release along with the RPG as seen here :

  5. Out today - the new TRANSFORMERS part-work with material from the uk comic.

    a new part-work has also hit the shops - 2000 AD THE COLLECTION.

    and the latest issue of HORRORVILLE has an article on the under-rated horror movie THE MEDUSA TOUCH.

  6. also keep an eye out for the latest EMPIRE special as seen here :

  7. The 2000AD partwork had a previous test launch so it is good to see it have a full national roll out. I think I will just cherry-pick the books that I want as I don't have the money - nor the space - to collect ever edition. The fancy spice art doesn't matter to me as I just leave them scattered all over the place.

    The same is true for the TRANSFORMERS PW. I get the ones that contain Marvel era stuff but pass on anything from the Dreamwave and IDW eras.

    There was also a new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA OMNIBUS (read: fat trade paperback) this week reprinting some of the strips spun-off from the reboot.

    I had to do a double-take with the new HORRORVILLE as - for some reason - it looked a lot like the old one to me. I like THE MEDUSA TOUCH, someone really needs to do a detailed retrospective of the ITC film releases as there were some crackers (not always good crackers... but crackers none the less) in the list.

    There are new issues of DARKSIDE and INFINITY coming soon... next week I'd guess.

    The updated SFX/ TOTAL FILM BEST TV bookazine hit London on Sunday/ Monday depending on the store.

  8. The same for me, I only get the ones I really want but I always get the first one as its cheap. I try my best to keep everything in its proper place but I still lose track of certain items.

    One of those ITC crackers would be THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL.

    Even RAISE THE TITANIC has a great score by John Barry.

    The new issue of DARKSIDE will have a cover story on SALEM'S LOT.

    due out this week - the new issue of DR WHO with an article on the history of the show in the usa plus the new TOTAL FILM with a cover story on BLADERUNNER 2049 plus freebies.

    Btw Slow, can you recall what SHADOWSPHERE issue 2 covered on VIRTUAL MURDER, was it an episode guide ?

  9. I was surprised to get a mention in the new issue of ESSENTIAL X-MEN, in relation to my previous letter on the old uk x-men comic from the 1980s.

  10. due out today - the new issues of TOTAL FILM and SCI-FI NOW plus the latest edition of SCI-FI ICONS, a Stephen King special.

  11. more bookazines have hit the shelves - updated editions of THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SCI-FI MOVIES and THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FANTASY.

    also nice to see a new collected volume of MODESTY BLAISE strips.

  12. Bookazine's are clearly the gift that keeps on giving... a few minor updates and a new print run and you can have the same old material sitting on the shelves for another six months. And I doubt they cost any more than a usual magazine to produce (often less if some of the contents are recycled) yet they can generate higher margins by whacking an extra couple of quid on the cover price.

    I picked up the new Kim Newman film review book, the new STAR WARS VISUAL REFERENCE BOOK, the third part of the HASBRO SOURCEBOOK and various other sundry bits and bobs. It's really starting to feel like the first books of the Christmas sales period are starting to hit the shelves.

    There was also a couple of new hefty Marvel reference books.

  13. that would be VIDEO DUNGEON , culled from the pages of EMPIRE.

    Kim Newman also writes reviews for SIGHT&SOUND and THE DAILY TELEGRAPH.

  14. just came across a very nice item in my local newsagent, an ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY special on Stephen King.

  15. The EW KING SPECIAL has also hit some - but not all - branches of WHS as well. I picked up a copy yesterday along with DARKSIDE, INFINITY and the new STAR TREK GN hardback (reprinting some more of the MARVEL PRESENTS PARAMOUNT COMICS material). The current JUDGE DREDD COLLECTION, which I stopped buying a long time ago, reprints the JUDGE CHILD QUEST so Star Age fans with no interest in the more modern stuff (although there's some colour strips in the back) should look out for it.

    The new INFINITY has a good - but not great (I think it needed a bit more space... it feels like it had been subbed quite heavily to fit) - article on the 'hardware' shows of the 1980s like KNIGHT RIDER, STREETHAWK, HIGHWAYMAN etc. It's written by Jon Abbott, one-time publisher of AMERICANA, and master of churning this sort of stuff out.

  16. I've yet to find a copy of INFINITY but the Alien cover looks really nice.

    speaking of the Star Age , we have just lost another actor from that era - Richard Anderson who starred in The Six Million Dollar Man.

    1. And - of course - the exact same gig on the BIONIC WOMAN... at least until the show swapped nets for the final season.

      He also took basically the same role in the ill-fated Larson show COVER UP. I watched the pilot over the weekend although Anderson doesn't get much to do and basically phones it in.

  17. He was outstanding in the second Kolchak movie THE NIGHT STRANGLER.

    although I don't own a copy, STARLOG issue 4 had a really nice art cover of him with a ' special personal interview. '

    Something that magazine excelled at.

  18. I was less impressed with NIGHT STRANGLER compared with NIGHT STALKER but I should probably break out the DVD again at some point and give it another spin.

    He has more to do in the second episode of COVER UP... a variation on the well-used serial-killer-bumps-off-top-models plot beloved of shows from that era.

  19. a LOT of goodies out today :

    BACK ISSUE 100 has material on fanzines.

    STAR WARS : THE MARVEL UK COLLECTION - a very pricey hardback but its nice to see all of this material in one volume.

    2000AD is about to reach its 2050th issue.

    DARKSIDE has a great cover article on SALEM'S LOT which scared the hell out of me as a teen. A timely tribute also to the late Tobe Hooper.

    I was pleasantly surprised to find myself mentioned ( again ) in a letter , this time form SIGHT & SOUND, regarding the paucity of cult movies on uk tv.

  20. according to Lew Stringers blog , COMIC HEROES has just shuttered for the second time.

  21. I heard about a week ago that it looked like COMIC HEROES had been cancelled again but decided not to report it as it appeared to be hearsay rather than direct from the editor or publishr. Although I had no reason to believe it wasn't true. It doesn't come as much as a shock tbh. I just thought the whole thing seemed curiously uncommercial since the relaunch. Future should be celebrated for NOT going down the obvious movie/ TV tie-in route... but it might have helped them shift a few more copies. I imagine they didn't want to canabalise sales from their existing SFX, SCI-FI NOW, TOTAL FILM, assorted bookazines and SCI-FI ICONS titles. The hefty-for-a-magazine cover price and erratic schedule didn't help either. The latest/ last issue came as a bit of a surprise when it surfaced in WHS... and apparently surprised WHS as well as the recall note for the previous issue obviously hadn't gone out at the same time as two branches were still stocking the previous issue as well as the current one. Each issue had the whiff of this 'this will be the last'. All that said, it is astill a loss when any magazine closes and it feels like we are loosing more than we are gaining at the moment.

    The new issue of BACK ISSUE is really nice. I'd have loved to see more coverage of COMICS INTERVIEW, AMAZING HEROES, MARVEL AGE and COMICS SCENE but there is plenty to read and enjoy in this fandom-centric issue. I love a good fanzine so i will be devouring this issue in some detail. The nexty issue (in two months) looks like it will be a cracker as well! Funnily enough, I picked up the Alice Cooper issue of MARVEL PREMIERE at the weekend.

  22. The two reheated FILM and FANTASY TOTAL FILM/ SFX bookazines have now (as of Monday) landed in some London branches of WHS. Distribution is patchy it seems.

    The STAR WARS MARVEL UK whopper is indeed a pricy tome. The most I have paid for a book in a very long time... and it really did make me pause before I purchased. I will have to pass on a bunch of other purchases to justify the outlay. The pill was slightly sweetened by finding my fav London comic shop was selling it foe a fiver less than the others. But, despite the price, it is a very nice collection of Marvel UK contents and covers aimed at a very niche market. Finally, the whole world will be able to read the complete adventures of C.Y.R.I.L the Editor Droid and attempt his weekly makes. I can imagine some hardcore SW fans thinking 'what the frack' when they unwrap the plastic and see what they have purchased. But it is all part of the fun.

    You'll notice that the contents are a little different to the original solicitation. Marvel had planned on including the 1978 MARVEL COLLECTORS EDITION one-shot magazine published in the UK (and heavily plugged in the UK weeklies). Close to deadline they realised that it was actually a UK edition of an American magazine that Marvel had just licensed for the UK... and had to pull it from the book.

    I acted as an unofficial 'consultant' on the project (Imagine: my credit in an actual Marvel book! I'm chuffed... even if I still had to buy my own copy) and I supplied some of the previously missing scans. I was also able to supply some additional material that the Editor had been previously unaware of. It's quite fun to flick through and - from time to time - think 'that one's thanks to me'.

    That said, the editor had a firm grasp of Marvel UK's STAR WARS output. I was just able to throw in some bits-and-bobs that had been overlooked.

    It seems that Marvel New York don't hold file copies of any Marvel UK material. Either it was never sent across by the London office or, if it was, it has long since been lost or destroyed.

    Well done for the nod in SIGHT AND SOUND. It's not a magazine I buy but the cover of the new issue caught my eye in the newsagent. I'm looking forward to seeing IT as well. I'm a big fan of the first night of the mini-series... less so for part two because the adults aren't anywhere near as much fun. And the ending was a tadge of an anti-climax.

    The new issues of the Titan STAR WARS and STAR TREK magazines also landed yesterday. The SW one has a fun STAR WARS storm trooper action figure cover for some reason.

  23. I'm afraid I wasn't able to look inside that volume as it was sealed and way too expensive to buy.

    Its nice that you were given a credit but they could have sent you a free copy also !

    I do seem to recall you being asked to discuss this project under one of your entries for ESB weekly or monthly.

    that STAR WARS INSIDER cover sounds like a subscriber edition.

  24. It was Jeph York who asked you, under an entry for ACTION FORCE.

  25. out today :

    as with the recent DARKSIDE, the new issue of SCREAM has a cover story on SALEM'S LOT.

    the new SFX comes bagged with a free booklet on star trek : the next generation.

    and the latest 2000 AD part-work is Halo Jones, inspiration for THE BALLAD OF HALO JONES musical which you covered here recently.

  26. quite a lot of stuff out today :

    STAR TREK UK STRIPS VOLUME 3 - with some very nice supplementary material.

    HOWARD THE DUCK VOL.4 - maybe not to everyone's taste but again with some very nice extras.

    STAR WARS A NEW HOPE THE OFFICIAL CELEBRATION SPECIAL - a rather unwieldy title for this one-shot spin-off mag from STAR WARS INSIDER.

    New bookazines from future publishing - THE SFX ANNUAL and THE TOTAL FILM ANNUAL.

  27. Yup. Lots of new goodies.

    I was expecting to see more in the way of extras in the STAR TREK volume... it would have been nice to see the covers of the World Annuals, FUTURE TENSE, the Marvel UK specials etc. They were considered but then dropped for space (ahem) reasons. I guess we were a little bit spoilt by the M-UK STAR WARS book the week before.

    Lots of new magazines as well: I picked up the STAR WARS SPECIAL (I believe a hardback version is also on the cards in the near future), HORRORHOUND, FILMFAX (with tributes to Adam West and Martin Landau) and RUE MORGUE, because it is an anniversary issue. I didn't get a chance to look at any of them last night.

    The third omnibus of PLANET OF THE APES novelisations is also now out... covering the TV series adaptations.

    I will look out for the two new bookazines from Future when I grab this week's new DWM. They sometimes take a while to reach London so I will not be shocked if they don't surface for a while longer.

    Also worth grabbing I suspect: The oral history of BUFFY AND ANGEL (errr...). I'm not a fan of either show so I passed but it looked like the sort of book - if you liked the shows - that you could really sink yer teeth into.

  28. still a lot of nice images in that trek volume, for example the toy ads and the puzzle slides, some very rare stuff there.

  29. in what now seems to be a monthly tradition for TOTAL FILM , their latest issue comes with a free mag / booklet on 80's movies.


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