Archive for August, 2013

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I just mailed RETROFUTURE 6 (Western edition) to the printers, so I can finally just relax and wait for them to do their bit. The magazine should be out in late September or early October. Took a snapshot of the moment, thinking about the blog. Another good excuse to dig up a Tornado Blaze shot from the archive as well! When I finally have this publication in my hands it will be 100 issues printed in 35 years – it has been a lot of fun.

I am proud of this one, it will add just a little more to the legacy.

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Black Amazon of Mars

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Books, Paperbacks - Pulps

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Added this title to the old collection this summer, “Black Amazon of Mars” (Wildside Press, 2010) by author Leigh Brackett. It sports three novels by Leigh from various Pulp magazines, the main one from Planet Stories (March 1951), “A World is Born” from Comet Stories (July 1941) and “Child of the Sun”, also from Planet Stories (Spring 1942). One can assume that the cover was originally printed for the Mars edition of the 1951 Planet Stories title, but that is a guess on my side.

Leigh Brackett went on to considerable fame, including work on movies like “The Big Sleep”, “Rio Bravo”, “El Dorado” and “The Empire Strikes Back”.

Commando 4631-4634

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Commando - New issues

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Commando 4631-4634 is out today in the UK. See categories for a good deal should you want to subscribe.

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Here is another exclusive preview from the RETROFUTURE 6 (Western edition) issue – my western heroine Montana Blue in the eyes of artist Scott King. A wonderful guest appearance from an artist that was part of my operations between 2000 and 2004. I asked Scott last year if he wanted to be part of my 100th publication, and he was interested in having a go at my Montana Blue creation, giving it his own personal touch. As you can see, the result is breathtaking – Scott really is in a class of his own. This page will be published with the interview I present with Montana Blue model Nina in this issue, adding yet another twist to the project.

I originally contacted Scott King for my LUCY IN THE SKY magazine in 2000, after spotting his wonderful art online. He became a part of this publication and had  pages in the five issues that came out between 2000 and 2003, with an interview about his work in the final issue as well. As I moved into the SLICE operation in 2003 Scott continued to be part of this publication as well for the first couple of issues – SLICE 2003 and SLICE 2004. But not only with the Xena art, but with additional X-Files art to boot. It was a wonderful addition to what was a very exciting part of my publishing career.

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The “Adventures of the Warrior Princess” and “A Message from the Bureau” pages are classics now, in my humble opinion. I would like to think that they are remembered fondly by the people that collected my magazines at the time. When I browse these publications now myself, I just love these pages – this really is some of the best stuff of its kind. The satire reminds me of classic MAD.

I am so happy that Scott King is part of the celebrations this year.

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I had reason to look at the old Deep Purple collection recently for a project and the war of words between Jon Lord and David Coverdale in German media in the fall of 1976 popped up. I have to admit that I haven´t read this stuff in years, and that it is quite interesting to revisit. Initially, when Deep Purple announced the split back in July 1976, the few interviews that were made at the time (David Coverdale and Ian Paice in New Musical Express was the main one) was fairly noncommittal. The main issues (the drug abuse of some members etc) were not mentioned. They tried to be graceful about it in order to not hurt anybody´s future career.

David lived in Germany at the time with his then wife Julia and it must have been quite a surprise for him to see the rather nasty interviews that suddenly popped up in German media with Jon Lord that fall. This resulted in David going on the offensive himself, gloves off. The resulting words were, at the time, the most honest that had come out of the recently defunct Purple camp. But it was a German media thing and, thankfully, it did not spread abroad. It never got to be a thing in the UK press or elsewhere.

Two years later, they worked together again, and Jon once told me that he did regret the German affair. Still, the end of Purple had been a little bit nastier in Germany than anywhere else.

This is all water under the bridge, but it was a horrible time for all of us back in the day. The split of Deep Purple in 1976 was a monumental thing for the fans. But for years, we knew very little of the real history, what it was that finally brought it to an end. The German affair was, for a long time, the only slip up from a very tight camp. Over the years, the facts have emerged, slowly, and I suppose most of it is fairly well established by now.

Still, some matters are still touchy. The upcoming documentary about the bands 1975 trip to Indonesia will touch on a very raw nerve in their history. It is going to be interesting to see the new material.

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As mentioned yesterday on this blog, I would visit a Great Lake Monster meeting in Hara (a small village located by Lake Storsjön, The Great Lake) today and be part of yet another interesting evening listening to witnesses and talking about our world renowned mystery. 10 witnesses stood up and shared their personal experiences with the crowd and of these two or three were new – including a testimony from a gentleman that had kept his mouth shut since the end of WWII (he thought it happened in 1944 or 1945). The witnesses just told their story and left the rest up to the listener. That is the way it has to be, we just don´t know what this is all about as yet. Yes, we have a large unknown animal in this lake of some kind, but that is all we know at this point. There are theories based on key sightings but we just don´t know the answer.

Visitors could pick up my publication “Storsjöodjuret” (“The Great Lake Monster”) from last year, as well as RETROFUTURE 6 (Purple edition). I enjoyed the evening and the company of these good people. Honest and down to earth all of them. I took some snapshots for my archive and you can see some of them here. These evenings are filmed and archived by the organisers. This is important work, but it is very low key at the moment. No media present as usual. Strange.

I was also told that there will be a second meeting this year, on October 7 in a small town called Krokom. These meetings circle around the lake, allowing new witnesses to pop up every single time. It really is a job well done by the organisers (Föreningen Storsjöodjuret, roughly translates to Great Lake Monster Association). The archives are growing, the mystery is ongoing and it has got nothing to do with the tourist industry. They love to spin it, but they are not present on evenings like this.

Still, the truth is out there.

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I have been quite busy with work lately, but this upcoming week will be a little bit more focused on other things. Tomorrow I will participate in the annual meeting held by Föreningen Storsjöodjuret (translates roughly to The Great Lake Monster Association), which is open to the general public. This annual event takes place in different towns and villages around Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake) every year, and tomorrow we will be in a location called Hara. So I will be back with a report on this blog tomorrow night.

Seen above is one of the classic local publications about The Great Lake Monster, written by Ulla Oscarsson and published several times in different editions – including one that was printed in English way back – by the local museum (called Jamtli), since 1986. This has been a good inspiration for decades for people that want to take a look at this mystery. Jamtli has a collection of hundreds of witness reports and news clippings in their archives. The front shows part of a 1935 painting by Harald Millgård.

Glad to be part of this in my own way, it is a very interesting subject.