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Alley Oop

US Comic strip, created and drawn by V T Hamlin from 5 December 1932 for Bonnet-Brown, a small firm which soon collapsed, then from 1933 for the NEA syndicate; Hamlin retired from the daily strip in 1968 and from the Sunday strip in 1973, when it was taken over by his assistant Dave Graue (1926-2001). Drawn in a style more comically exaggerated than usual in adventure strips, though with clear affection, Oop is a tough and likeable Neanderthal warrior, half Popeye, half Buck Rogers. His ...

NOW Comics

US Comics publisher active from 1985 to 2005, also variously known as NOW Entertainment Corporation and NOW Media Group Incorporated. Founded by Tony C Caputo. / An independent publisher which was successful for some years, NOW Comics published many licensed titles based on such genre properties as the films Ghostbusters (1984) and Fright Night (1985), and the Television series The Twilight Zone (1959-1964), along with non-genre items including Married ... with Children (1987-1997). ...

New Moon

UK Semiprozine issued in A4 format on quality coated stock, published by Weller Publications and edited by Trevor Jones. It ran for just two issues, September 1991 and January 1992. Despite its title it was a continuation of Dream Magazine, even to the extent of including letters of comment on the last issue of Dream, though it reverted to issues #1 and #2 for this incarnation and endeavoured to pay decent professional rates and seek national distribution. Both issues were hybrid to some ...

Rosa, Samuel Albert

(1866-1940) Australian journalist, politician and author, mostly in the US and UK before 1888, whose Near Future sf novel, The Coming Terror; Or, the Australian Revolution (1894 chap; vt Oliver Spence, the Australian Caesar: Or, the Coming Terror 1895 chap), expresses a fin de siècle sense of the fragility of White civilization; The Invasion of Australia (1920), a nonfiction description of Australia's vulnerability to Invasion, was equally downbeat. [JC]

McSherry, Frank D, Jr

(1927-1997) US anthologist who worked with Martin H Greenberg and Charles G Waugh on more than twenty Anthologies, chiefly of ghostly and supernatural fiction. Of sf interest is the Baseball-themed Baseball 3000 (anth 1981) edited with Greenberg and Waugh. The Best Horror Stories of Arthur Conan Doyle (coll 1989), edited with Greenberg and Waugh, is a useful selection of Arthur Conan Doyle's horror fiction; The Fantastic World War II (anth 1990), edited with Greenberg and Waugh (both ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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