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Tagged: Film | Publication | Comics | Character

Letter-size black-and-white Comics format magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Publisher: Warren Publishing. Character created by Forrest J Ackerman; costume designed by artist Trina Robbins. Editors included Bill Parente, Archie Goodwin, Billy Graham and Louise Jones. Artists included Tom Sutton, Pablo Marcos, John Lakey and José González (primary artist from #9 onward). 112 issues from September 1969 to March 1983. Initially Vampirella was simply a host character like Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie in the sister Horror titles Creepy and Eerie. With issue #9 under editor Goodwin she became the star of the magazine. Her first origin story presented her as a Vampire with powers natura...

Frost, Jason

Tagged: Author | House name

A Zebra Books House Name, used almost exclusively by US writer Raymond Obstfeld for the Warlord sequence of Post-Holocaust sf adventures typical in theme and style of most Survivalist Fiction of the 1980s: The Warlord (1983), The Warlord #2: The Cutthroat (1984), #3: Badland (1984), #4: Prisonland (1985) and #5: Terminal Island (1985). #6: Killer's Keep (1987) was by Rich Rainey writing as Jason Frost. A singleton film tie, Invasion U.S.A. (1985), was by Obstfeld. [JC] "Jason Frost" works series Warlord The Warlord (New York: Zebra Books, 1983) by Raymond Obstfeld [Warlord: pb/] The Warlord #2: The Cutthroat (New York: Zebra Books, 1984) by Raymond Obstfeld [Warlord: pb/] The W...


Tagged: International

The roots of Bulgarian sf can be found in the 1920s, when Svetoslav Minkov published three unusual collections of short stories: Siniata Hrizantema ["The Blue Chrysanthemum"] (coll 1921), Tshasovnik ["Clock"] (coll 1924) and Ognena Ptitza ["The Fire Bird"] (coll 1927). Minkov's work noticeably resembles that of Edgar Allan Poe, H P Lovecraft and the German decadents of his period, and may be closer to the "diabolic" fantasy of the German Romantics than to the main current of sf. A collection in English of Minkov's work is The Lady with the X-Ray Eyes (coll trans 1965 Bulgaria). Perhaps Georgi Iliev, author of the novels O-Korse (1930) and Teut se Bountuva ["Teut Rebels"] (1933), should be re...

Dee, John

Tagged: Theme | People

(1527-1608) UK mathematician, astrologer, cartographer, Neoplatonist and Hermetic philosopher influential in the complex currents of the sixteenth-century English Renaissance; along with figures like Roger Bacon, he is an underlying model for later generations of the magus: half-Scientist, half-sorcerer. Because Dee stands on the cusp of worlds, and because of the passion with which he attempted to arrive at the truth behind the sleep of matter, he has attracted some attention over the centuries, though his reputation was put into eclipse for a century after the publication of William Godwin's Lives of the Necromancers (1834), which vilified him. In addition to his own original investigation...

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