Archive for April, 2013

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Worked on RETROFUTURE 6 (rock edition) today, and finally has a finished version on CD ready to send over to the printers. They will have it towards the end of the week and from there on it usually takes three to four weeks for them to take care of business. So, things are moving along nicely and the plan to have this edition out in June is on track. A big thank you to Staffan Eriksson for his support in this final stage of getting things done.

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This 44 page edition is the first of two jam packed magazines that sports 104 pages all together, and it has taken me six or eight months or something like that to get this far. The main edition, with a Tornado Blaze western cover, will follow in the fall, as previously stated. Still working on the finishing touches on that edition, but nearly everything is done.

RETROFUTURE 6 is my 100th publication, and it feels good to present this journey in some detail. And with Deep Purple MK4 on the cover of the rock edition (representing my Purple years as a fanzine publisher) it is full circle. If you are new to this blog, there is more on all this to find.

Looking forward to seeing this in print.

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(Top image – Deep Purple 1975)

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News from Norway

Posted: April 28, 2013 in Comics

Pioner 

Just when you thought you couldn´t get more envious of the good folks of Norway, here we go again… Egmont has just launched a 200 page pocket book series called Pionér. It promises new adventures as well as re-runs from the mid 70´s, when around 60 comic books (in this series) were released. This is a western made in Italy (like Tex Willer), and I don´t think I ever saw this one here in Sweden.

It deals with a family, the MacDonalds, that lives through many legendary moments of the Wild West, like The Alamo and The O.K Corral (it says on the back), which actually sounds pretty cool.

Got to love Norway.

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Deep Purple ends their new album “Now What?!” with a track called “Vincent Price”, in a wonderful homage to the late actor from countless scary movies. I had to smile when I first heard it, they obviously had a great time recording this song.

“Lightning flashing on a heavy iron gate. Scares me to death but I just can´t wait. Deep in the dungeon there´s a rattling of chains, Mad Dr Phibes gonna eat my brains. It feels so good to be afraid. Vincent Price is back again” etc etc.

Priceless.

The comic book cover you see here comes from a series called Vincent Price Presents (issue 8, 2008), published by Blue Water Comics.

The legend lives on.

Collecting Xena

Posted: April 25, 2013 in Magazines

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Xena premiered in Sweden on October 18 1998, three years after the Stateside premiere on September 11 1995. I loved the show and the collector in me certainly kicked in – I own over 100 magazines with Xena or Lucy Lawless on the cover (not counting the comic books), mostly collected between 1998 and 2002. This beauty is one of them, Yahoo! Internet Life (Volume 3, number 5, May 1997).

I have already posted a story about my own publication LUCY IN THE SKY on this blog, so that part of my interest in this show has been covered.

I´m thinking about a Xena marathon on my upcoming (six week summer) holiday. We shall see if the timing is right.

Commando 4595-4598

Posted: April 25, 2013 in Commando - New issues

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Commando 4595-4598 is out today in the UK. See categories for a good deal should you want to subscribe.

Tura Satana

Posted: April 24, 2013 in Comics

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I bought this comic book, Tura Satana, back in 2003. She was an actress that starred in Russ Meyer´s cult film “Faster Pussycat, Kill!…Kill!”, and by the looks of it this was sanctioned by her at the time (she passed away in 2011). The story is said to pick up where the movie left off according to a quick Google check, but it´s a bit of a blur to me since I really haven´t seen the movie in decades. Mike Hoffman did the art.

Very cool.

Terrifying tales

Posted: April 22, 2013 in Books

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Here is a cool book that I am glad to have in the old library, “The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women” (Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2001), edited by Stephen Jones and featuring an introduction by Hammer horror star Ingrid Pitt (whom can also be seen on the cover). Clearly, these guys saw what was coming. Anne Rice was hot back then, and she is featured in this 626 page volume along with many other female authors.

I bought it because of the Ingrid Pitt cover, she just happens to be one of my all time favourite people (she passed away in 2010). “Where Eagles Dare” was a huge film for me when I was a kid. I interviewed her once, I guess that could be something for this blog later on.

Carroll & Graf published a series called “The Mammoth Book of…”, which included countless titles. It was a neat idea.

This one had a fantastic cover.