John Lawrence, publisher of terrific retro stripzine, Space Ace, has been in touch to say that he’s recently unearthed a small cache of the Ron Turner comics he produced in the 1980s, published by Harrier Comics.
If you’re unfamiliar with them, they were black and white publications in US comic book format, both featuring fully-painted colour covers by TV Century 21‘s “The Daleks” artist Ron and featuring characters that he’s very much identified with.
Kalgan the Golden is a 28-page adaptation of a short SF story by E.C. Tubb, which tells the story of the immortal Kalgan, who offers a young star traveller the chance for eternal life… all he has to do is slay Kalgan himself!
Nick Hazard is a cross between Dan Dare and Rick Random and in this story, a modern day recreation of the classic John Russell Fearn/Ron Turner collaboration, centring on Nick Hazard, Interstellar Agent.
With artwork by Ron and scripting by Philip Harbottle (Fearn’s biographer), classic Fearn stories, such as “Lords of 9016” and “Planet of Doom,” are retold through the eyes of new, recurring character Nick Hazard. By throwing him into the thick of the action, the title combines the inventive strengths of the original story — its “sense of wonder” — with a continuing hero. The result: An entertaining adventure that Golden Age fans are sure to love.
The story in this edition is not the tale currently being printed in Spaceship Away.
John has copies for sale at £4.95 each or both for £8.95 including postage. As usual, if paying through PayPal, via firstname.lastname@example.org please ensure you tick the ‘for friends and family’ box to avoid unnecessary charges.
• Check out a gallery of Ron Turner-related titles published by Harrier Comics in the 1980s, along with a few details, that you can hope to collect. Copies of JRF #4 and The Golden Amazon title are the hardest to acquire, but the latter title is particularly worth seeking out, as it is signed by Ron Turner.
• Copies of Space Ace, featuring art by Ron Turner remastered by John Ridgway, are also still available from John. The latest issue, Ron Turner’s Space Ace Issue 10 (reviewed here) costs is £8.95 UK, £12.50 for Europe and £14.50 for international orders. Copies may be obtained via PayPal (please use friends and family option) at: email@example.com. Otherwise cheques (UK funds only) payable to: John Lawrence, to 39 Carterweys, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 4RB
• If you’re a fan of Ron Turner’s work then you may be interested in a collection of all six of Ron’s Tit-Bits SF Library comics, which have recently been re-published in one 400-page volume. Issue One was first published way back in 1953. Copies can be obtained for £16.50 plus £3.50 P+P from Bryon Whitworth, 2 Glen Cottages, Glen Farm, Red Lion Street, Earby, Barnoldswick, Lancashire BB18 6RH. Payment accepted by cheque (payable to Bryon) or PapPal to user218763ATaol.com (replace AT with @). Non UK orders, please contact Bryon for costs