Rick Random: Space Detective: 10 of the Best Space Adventure Picture Library Comic Books Ever! Paperback – 6 Oct 2008
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About the Author
Steve Holland is the author of over 1,000 articles and a dozen books relating to comics and pulp culture, including The Trials of Hank Janson, nominated for the Silver Dagger Award by the Crime Writers Association. His latest book, The War Libraries Index charts the extraordinary history of Fleetway's war picture libraries.
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Over 600 pages of artwork by Ron Turner makes it well worth the price. He proves here to be a master of black and white composition and his retro-future designs are fantastic. The stories are solidly crafted well-told tales and are more sophisticated than those of the Fleetway weeklies of the period.
The only faults are that, because the pages are scanned from the old comics and not the long-lost original art, some of the finer lines in some pages have "dropped out". (Everything is still legible though.) On the whole reproduction is very good and the best one can expect. Try this book, - it's a British classic!
Rick Random was one of the great sf strips of the 50's, equalling the EAGLE'S Dan Dare for exciting storylines and imaginative artwork. Although hidden away in the lesser known, SUPER-DETECTIVE LIBRARY comic, it has never truly received the credit it deserved. At last, some of these mini-graphic novels have been reprinted and a fine collection they are too including, Kidnappers from Mars and Emperor of the Moon, and others such as Robot Planet and Perilous Mission, written by famed sf writer, Harry Harrison before he became a best-selling author.
But it's the outstanding artwork by artist, Ron Turner, which brings the work to life - anyone who remembers the Daleks colour strip on the back of the TV21 comic, will be familiar with his work. Although these Rick Random stories are in black and white and a good ten to twelve years before the Daleks strips, Turner's inventive genius shines through in this collection, filled with an equally, imaginative interpretation of futuristic technology. Spacecraft and machines are so realistically drawn it's as if the artist had a window into a parallel universe, where space travel in the fifties actually existed.
If you like well-written sf and gorgeous artwork, then go for this book. You won't be disappointed.
A must have for thescience Fiction comic collector!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely superb. They could have done an even better Ron Turner-Only album, but one bad not by him is OK.Published 20 months ago by Maurice Caperan
Well, nothing to complain, bought it as a weird gift. Sorry to say it did not contain the story I was looking for but I can live with that :)Published 23 months ago by MKN
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