Pocket Chiller Library: Issues 101 – 137

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Thorpe & Porter and Top Sellers were both imprints of publisher Williams. Between 1971 and 1977, Top Sellers published Pocket Chiller Library, running to 137 issues, but there are plenty of questions circulating online about the title’s origins and exactly what it featured – reprint European strips or commissioned material from British creators?

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• Checklists: Issues 1 – 49 | Issues 50 – 100 | Issues 101 – 137

Checklist Issues 101 – 137

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101 – Brink of the Grave

Pocket Chiller Library No. 101 - Brink of the Grave

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Reprint of No. 42, “The Dark Fiend”

102 – Unholy Fiends

Pocket Chiller Library 102 - Unholy Fiends

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Interior Art: Dave Gibbons

Reprint of No. 43, “The Dead are Walking”, with interior art by Dave Gibbons

103 – Pit of Hell

Pocket Chiller Library 103 - Pit of Hell

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Reprint of 44, “The Unquiet Grave”

104 – Fear…

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105 – Beyond Death

Pocket Chiller Library 105 - Beyond Death

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Reprint of 46, “The Mummies”

106 – Left to Die

Pocket Chiller Library 106 - Left to Die

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Reprint of 47, “The Cupboard”

107 – Indescribable Terror

Pocket Chiller Library 107 - Indescribable Terror

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108 – Never Again

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109 – Evil Fangs

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110 – The Fiend

Pocket Chiller Library 110 - The Fiend

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Reprint of 51, “Epitaph to a Madman”

111 – Superhuman

Pocket Chiller Library 111 - Superhuman
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Probably a reprint of 52, “The Monkey” – information welcome

112 – Everlasting Night

Pocket Chiller Library 112 - Everlasting Night
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Reprint of 53, “The Devil Worshippers”, the cover a clear homage to Mephisto’s first appearance in Silver Surfer #3 (“Homage” being generous!)

113 – Mangled Mind

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114 – The Strangler

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Reprint of No. 55

115 – The Rope

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Reprint of No. 56

116 – The Face in the Mirror

Pocket Chiller Library 116 - The Face in the Mirror

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Reprint of No. 57

117 – Suffer a Witch to Live

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Reprint of No. 48

118 – Shadows of the Night

Pocket Chiller Library 118 - Shadows of the Night

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Reprint of No. 59

119 – The Bat

Pocket Chiller Library 119 - The Bat

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Interior Art: Ian Gibson

Reprint of No. 60

120 – The Skull

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Reprint of No. 61

121 – Face in the Fog

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Reprint of No. 62

122 – The Hangman

Pocket Chiller Library 122 - The Hangman

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Reprint of No. 63

123 – The Night of the Cactus

Pocket Chiller Library 123 - The Night of the Cactus

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Reprint of No. 64

124 – Unseen Master

Pocket Chiller Library 124 - Unseen Master

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Reprint of No. 65

125 – Dark Vengeance

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Reprint of No. 66

126 – Trip Fantastic

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Reprint of No. 67

127 – The Spider

Pocket Chiller Library 127 - The Spider

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Reprint of No. 68

128 – Born to Be Evil

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Reprint of No. 69

129 – The Hands of Death

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Reprint of No. 70

130 – Return from the Dead

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Reprint of No. 71

131 – Exterminate!

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Reprint of No. 75

132 – The Evil Comes…

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Reprint of No. 73?

133 – Fear of the Night

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134 – Exterminate

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135 – Tomb of the Vampire

Pocket Chiller Library 135 - Tomb of the Vampire

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Reprint of No. 76

136 – To Kill for Kicks

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Reprint of No. 11

137 – Doctor Satan

Pocket Chiller Library 137 - Doctor Satan

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Reprint of No. 14

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Pocket Chiller Library – Main Feature

Checklists: Issues 1 – 49 | Issues 50 – 100 | Issues 101 – 137

Additional information welcome! This feature and listing last updated 31st August 2021

For those of you trying to puzzle out the history of the many British pocket library titles and publishers, Steve Holland notes that just to add to the confusion, a lot of pocket libraries were packaged abroad and sold around Europe (France, Germany, Spain, etc.), so there is still a lot of questions about whether some pocket libraries were reprints – or were actually published here in the UK first!

WEB LINKS

Grand Comics Database – Pocket Chiller Library Listing and Covers

Nightmare Suspense Picture Library – Listing and Covers

With thanks to Dave Gibbons, Steve Holland, Rik Hoskin, Chris O’Leary, Douglas Noble, the much-missed Colin Noble, Steve Pini, David Roach, the indispensable Richard Sheaf, Dez Skinn and Jon Smit – and thanks also to the WordPictureWord Group for sending me down this rabbit hole!

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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