*TV/Film Tie-Ins: Fresh into our ever popular TV/Film Tie-In section are the New Avengers in The Eagle’s Nest, the Man From U.N.C.L.E.’s Radioactive Camel Affair and The Prisoner’s A Day In The Life, all featuring TV covers. Best of all, for anyone considering a new career for the New Year, is the ABC Of Espionage, compiled under the auspices of the Men From U.N.C.L.E.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: The (M) Appeal of the classic TV Avengers series from the 1960’s never seems to fade, and Steed & Mrs Peel are seemingly ever with us! New to our listings this week are several of their adventures in novel form in a variety of guises: Titan’s (now) uncommon 1994 reprints of the Patrick Macnee written stories Dead Duck and Deadline, the 1967 Panther originals The Floating Game, The Passing Of Gloria Munday, The Laugh Was On Lazarus and Heil Harris, and one adventure with Mrs. Peel’s successor Tara King in an American original from Berkley The Drowned Queen. Bowlers, brollies and kinky boots to the fore! Consult our catalogue for pricing details and other information. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*TV / Film Tie-Ins: The Avengers are back! Steed and co. are back in stock this week with some rare paperbacks. First up is the very first Avengers novel by Douglas Enefor. We’re fortunate to have two copies of this rarity available in a choice of printings: 1st printing (left below) VG at £55, 2nd printing (centre) VG at £50. Also, Dead Duck, authored by Patrick Macnee himself, VG at £15. Still hugely popular and transcending their cult status following, Steed and his female companions have entered into true iconic status.
*TV / Film Tie-Ins: Four more books join this section today, two sharing a time travel motif. Captain Scarlet battles the Silent Saboteur, intelligent apes go back to 1970’s Earth in Escape From The Planet Of The Apes, The Protectors (with a cover featuring the late Robert Vaughn) do their thing and two teenagers dart about the fourth dimension in Timeslip.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: The revamped New Avengers TV series proved just as popular as the original. Helped by the suave presence of Patrick Macnee as John Steed, Gareth Hunt (as Mike Gambit) and Joanna Lumley’s hairstyle as Purdey formed a swash-buckling trio, foiling Britain’s enemies at every turn. We have added five of the six paperback novelisations: The Eagle’s Nest, To Catch A Rat, Fighting Men, The Cybernauts and Hostage. In grades ranging from GD to FN, these are all first publications. The TV covers variously offer the chance to see Mike Gambit looking uncomfortable in a gi, Purdey breaking her toes in a poorly executed kick and Steed looking distinctly queasy as the passenger in a biplane piloted by Gambit.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: So popular was the Man From UNCLE on our screens in the mid-1960’s that a spin-off series was called for, starring Stefanie Powers as the Girl From UNCLE (and her side kick Mark Slate, played by Noel Harrison). Like the TV show, the book series from the franchise didn’t last as long as its parent; whereas a total of 23 books of the Man From Uncle were published (7 only in the US), Girl From only accounted for 5, bizarrely only 2 in US editions, and 4 in the UK, including #2, #3 and #4 which are UK originals. We have all three of those fresh in, plus #2 in the American series, The Blazing Affair, never published in the UK. Like the Man From UNCLE books, quality varied according to author, but Michael Avallone and Peter Leslie carried over their good work from the parent series.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: Some classic Dr Who stories novelised this update, featuring the 1st three Doctors. Star of the show is the first ever Dr Who book from 1965, published by Armada: Dr Who In An Exciting Adventure With The Daleks, GD £18, written by David Whitaker, uncle of our late friend Steve Whitaker (who you can read about in our Extras section). The other books are all Target versions, including the 1st Doctor’s first encounter with the Cybermen, the 2nd Doctor’s monster ‘favourites’ in The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors and The Web Of Fear and the 3rd Doctor’s tussle with The Sea Devils.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: John Theydon’s Thunderbird books were hits when they were first published, and remain very popular today. We are very excited to add three novels: Calling Thunderbirds, Ring Of Fire and Thunderbirds, ranging from GD to VG in grade.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: An eclectic selection of books for this ever popular section, covering law enforcement (Get Smart – Missed It By That Much!, The Persuaders Books One and Two and The Sweeney’s Regan And The Venetian Virgin) and space (Space 1999’s Planets Of Peril and Star Treks 2, 5 and 12. These are all 1st PB editions, in grades ranging from GD to VF.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: Hold on, that last one doesn’t quite work. Gerry Anderson was great at Supermarrionation, but not so hot on acronyms. Despite that we are very happy to have three more novelisations of his work, along with The Authorised Programme Guide. Stingray has the imaginatively named Stingray, Thunderbirds are dealing with a Ring Of Fire, and Captain Scarlet is facing the Silent Saboteur. All four books are 1st UK PB. We’re Standing By For Action.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: A large update of TV related books, ranging from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. Highlights include two Prisoner stories (The Prisoner and Who Is No. 2?), two Jason King stories (Jason King and Kill Jason King!), two Dangerman stories (Departure Deferred and The Exterminator) and two Joe 90 stories (Joe 90 And The Raiders and Joe 90 In Revenge), as well as Terry Nation’s Survivors. Other evocative programmes include Andromeda Breakthrough, Planet Of The Apes, Quatermass, the Persuaders!, the Professionals, the Tomorrow People, Timeslip and Up The Junction.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: The Dr Who section no longer looks depleted, as we have restocked several titles ranging from The Android Invasion to the Web Of Fear. For those Whovians who have difficulty telling Sontarans from Zygons we have also provided help in the form of the fourth doctor (Tom Baker) in The Second Dr Who Monster Book. Packed with information about the Doctor himself, fresh from his regeneration, three of his companions: Leela, Sarah-Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan, and descriptions of some of the many criminals, evil and/or deadly robots and energy forms that he encounters, this is a great companion to the Dr Who novels.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: No, not the Marvel heroes for once, but the iconic TV series from the 1960’s featuring Steed, Cathy Gale, Emma Peel and Tara King, here represented in novel form. There were four UK published novels in 1967 featuring Steed & Mrs. Peel, which were later reprinted by Berkley Medallion Books in US, followed by a further five original US novels. Not only do we have all nine Berkley Medallion US PB (American first editions), but we also have two of the four UK PB originals, and even more excitingly, a Meet The Avengers Star Special magazine from 1963, featuring Cathy Gale and Steed. If you’re as excited as we are about these items, you can find details of grades and prices in our on-line catalogue. ‘Mrs. Peel — we’re needed!’
Captains log: TV/Film Tie-Ins:
Kirk: What do you make of them?
McCoy: It’s fumetti, Jim, but not as we know it!
Spock: Fumetti (literally little puffs of smoke in Italian) are photonovels, using photos or stills with speech balloons added.
McCoy: Dammit Spock! Do you have to be so logical?
Kirk: Well, what’s special about these?
McCoy: They’re about us!
Spock: Twelve Star Trek fotonovels were published, and they’re all here, and in high grades. Fascinating!
*TV / Film Tie-Ins: The perennially popular classic Target Dr Who titles have been updated to include generally higher grade copies and to replace missing titles. Previously absent titles include The Day Of The Daleks, The Web Of Fear and The Zarbi. Additions to titles already present include The Abominable Snowman, The Auton Invasion, The Cave-Monsters, The Dalek Invasion Of Earth, The Genesis Of The Daleks, The Loch Ness Monster and The Terror Of The Autons.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: There’s something for adventurous landlubbers, would-be astronauts and mariners in this latest update. On land we have the Avengers in Heil Harris! (Emma Peel takes over the world!), Callan in A Red File For Callan, Dangerman in Hell For Tomorrow, and Invaders At Ground Zero (the first Tales for Tomorrow novelisation). In space we have two Space: 1999 books, Astral Quest and The Space Guardians, while on the ocean wave we have The Boatniks, the novelisation of a Walt Disney film featuring Phil Silvers.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: The expansion of the Book Section allows us to put out thisTV/Film update covering a wide range of genres. We have the first three novels by Martin Caidin that inspired the 6 Million Dollar Man, Cannon, Dangerman (two novels), Paul Temple (two novels) and the Men from U.N.C.L.E., including a rare copy of the The Corfu Affair. We also have the World of Tim Frazer (an accidental spy), the Memoirs Of A Thief (inspiration for the film Teresa The Thief), the second 1990 novel, Blue Blood, George Lucas’ Star Wars novel, a few Dr Who adventures and finally Two A Penny, based on a film starring Cliff Richard.