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Davidson, Lionel

(1922-2009) UK author who began to publish short fiction – none of it apparently fantastic – in the 1930s, and who was best known for his intermittent but highly successful thrillers, beginning with The Night of Wenceslas (1960). In his second novel, The Rose of Tibet (1962), a young man traces his half-brother into a Lost World in the heart of 1950 Tibet, just as China prepares to invade; it is a tale full of the same elated though "implausible" coincidences and narrative coherence ...

Reisen, Marx

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of Before the Beginning (1954 chap), in which a colony planet labours under the threat of Invasion from another planet; Androids and Inventions modestly enrich the tale, which ends in a vast enclave understood to be the Garden for a new Adam and Eve. [JC]

Gibbons, Dave

Working name of prolific, award-winning UK Comic-strip artist David Chester Gibbons (1949-    ); using a bold, firm line style, he specializes in the Superhero genre. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, he trained as a surveyor and began his artistic career providing Illustrations and strips for fanzines. He turned professional in 1973, drawing The Wriggling Wrecker for the D C Thompson comic Wizard. Further strips with an sf flavour followed until, in 1975, he began work on ...

Suicide Squad

Film (2016). Warner Bros Pictures presents an Atlas Entertainment production in association with Ratpac-Dune Entertainment. Written and directed by David Ayer, based on characters first created by Ross Andru and Robert Kanigher in The Brave and the Bold #25 (September 1959) and later revived by DC Comics in Legends #3 (January 1987) written by John Ostrander and thereafter in 66 monthly issues of Suicide Squad (May 1987-June 1992) and again since in the publisher's "DC Rebirth" of its monthly ...

Feldstein, Al

(1925-2014) US Comics artist, writer and editor who worked for EC Comics from 1948 to 1956, initially as an artist but later in all three capacities. From 1950 to 1953 he edited, often wrote and sometimes drew the EC sf Anthology comic Weird Science (which see), also working on several other EC "New Trend" titles, all cancelled in 1955, and their "New Direction" and "Picto-Fiction" successors. Subsequently he edited EC's satirical magazine Mad from 1956 until his retirement in 1984. Book-format ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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