Archive for January, 2014

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Interesting news for friends of Storsjöodjuret (The Great Lake Monster – often called Storsie outside of Sweden) – I found a rare press report from an old newspaper called Blekings-Posten yesterday in a digital media archive run by Kungliga Biblioteket (The Royal Library), dated to July 21 1857. This is by far the oldest report that I have dug up, the majority of the early ones usually dates to the 1890´s and there is quite a lot of them (as I discovered a few years ago, and made them public through the pages of RETROFUTURE). But this is an early one as it stands, beating the ones we have seen with nearly four decades.

The report in Blekings-Posten refers to an article in another newspaper called Norrlands-Posten (this existed from 1837), operated out of the town of Gävle and covering the Northern parts of the country, including this area (Jämtland County). This is interesting news as well since I have never seen a report in print in this newspaper before – in fact, I was not even aware of its existense. But this means that we could have many reports lost to the archives spanning quite a long time.

What is clear is that any researcher will realise that if you use the search word “Storsjöodjuret”, the earliest hits will be the 1890´s sightings. Nobody knows who came up with this name for the animal (whatever it may turn out to be), but it popped up around this time. I found this report using the word “Sjöorm” (or “Sea Serpent”), which is interesting.

The Government of Sweden declared a few years ago that all newspapers must be scanned and made public in a digital archive and this is now beginning to build up. No local newspaper has yet been added, nearly all found reports in this archive so far about Storsie has come from media in the Southern parts of Sweden. These reports usually refers to a local source. I know from a friend of mine that works in a library here in Östersund that some of the original newspapers (buried deep in local archives) are in a terrible state, and much may not even be possible to scan. This means that in many cases, the press reports that we can find today are from other parts of the country.

I also spotted an unknown article from Östgöta-Posten, dating back to August 19 1898, quoting a report from Jämtlands-Posten ( a local newspaper). The author in this one describes the local scene around 1851-1855 when he lived in the village of Ås, and all the sightings they had back then. Again, this goes back several decades, which is very interesting. This author did not use the word Storsjöodjuret for the animal, indicating that he did not like it.

These reports will see print in RETROFUTURE 7 – and I am very happy to add them in this issue so that they may live on for a long time.

(Picture shows a rare Storsie collectors item of unknown origin, spotted at an auction)

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Model Airplane News

Posted: January 31, 2014 in Cool stuff, Hobby, Magazines

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Bought the February issue of the American magazine Model Airplane News to read up on the new Messerschmitt Bf 110 Nightfighter from Durafly (as seen on the cover). This seems to be a pretty interesting hobby, might be worth the effort to try it out some day.

The magazine has been around since 1929, not bad.

More Tex Willer

Posted: January 30, 2014 in Comics

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Got to love Norway. This is issue 22 of a Norwegian title called Tex, in which the adventures of Tex Willer is re-printed from the start in full color. 308 pages. This title translates roughly to “The Golden City”.

Wonderful cover.

Commando 4675-4678

Posted: January 30, 2014 in Commando - New issues

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Commando 4675-4678 is out today in the UK. See categories for a good deal should you want to subscribe.

Simon Templar is The Saint

Posted: January 29, 2014 in Books

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Did you know that The Saint´s stickman is a registered trademark? I did not, but I do now thanks to the first three books that has arrived at my doorstep of the brand new re-print series of Leslie Charteris classic novels. There is a whole bunch of them, the ones you can see here are “The Saint Goes West” (first print:1942), “Saint Overboard” (1936), and “The Saint Plays With Fire” (1938) – all published last year.

I was introduced to The Saint through the tv-series that featured Roger Moore in the 60´s. The character was getting on even then, but Moore put his swagger into it and made it work. Now, that world is gone, but these books are still a delight.

Interesting introductions William J. Macdonald, Michael Hirst and Paul Simpson. Wonderful cover artwork by Andrew Howard.

Mickey Spillane

Posted: January 28, 2014 in Books

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I ordered the first Volume of New American Library´s Mike Hammer Collection with a blonde chic on the cover and got this – not that it matters. I guess the original 2001 printing needed an upgrade. I like the fact that they are keeping Mickey Spillane on the book shelves and you do get value for money when you buy this series as you get three classic novels in one volume. They even showcase the original covers on the back, which I love. Good work.

Front picture is taken by Richie Fahey.

Emperor

Posted: January 23, 2014 in TV & Movies

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I saw the post WWII drama “Emperor” on DVD tonight and it was well worth my time and effort. Tommy Lee Jones stars as General Douglas MacArthur, who is in command of the defeated Japanese nation, and he needs to decide on what to do with the Emperor. He gives General Fellers, as portrayed by Matthew Fox, ten days to investigate the matter.

Interesting subject and a job well done.