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Barr, Ken

(1933-2016) Working name of American artist Kenneth Barr, born in Scotland, who used the name Kenneth Barr for his early work in Britain. After military service he relocated to London to launch a career as a commercial artist and briefly worked for the British magazine Nebula Science Fiction, contributing three undistinguished covers and numerous interior illustrations; he also drew for a British Comic book, D C Thomson's Commando: War Stories in Pictures. After arriving in America in 1967, he ...

Dusty Ayres and His Battle Birds

US Pulp magazine, an attempt to breathe fresh life into the more traditional air-War pulp, Battle Birds, the volume number of which was continued, beginning with volume 5 #4 and ending with volume 8 #3. In this final incarnation it saw 12 issues, July 1934-July 1935; published by Popular Publications; edited by Rogers Terrill. Each issue contained a genuine Near-Future sf novel by Robert Sidney Bowen Jr in which Dusty and his sidekicks fought off the menace of the Black Invaders, led by ...

Appleton, Victor

A House Name of the US Stratemeyer Syndicate, used mainly on the Don Sturdy series, and on the four Tom Swift series, which together constitute a central example of the importance and persistence of the Edisonade in US sf; for a detailed Tom Swift Checklist, see Tom Swift. Howard R Garis wrote the first 35 of the first series, which stopped at #38. The second series, which deals with Tom Swift, Jr, was initially the work of – or supervised by – Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, Edward ...

Marvel Super Heroes, The

Animated tv series (1966-1967). Grantray-Lawrence Animation/Krantz Films/Marvel Enterprises. Produced by Steve Krantz and Robert L Lawrence. Syndicated. Directors included Shamus Culhane, Chuck Harrison, Sid Marcus, Jerry Siegel, and Kay Wright. Writers included Jim Carmichael, Don Christensen, Stan Lee, June Patterson, and Jewell Schubel. Based on characters created by Bill Everett, Don Heck, Larry Leiber, Lee, John Romita Sr and Joe Simon. Cast includes Sandy Becker (uncredited), Len Carlson, ...

Rovin, Jeff

(1951-    ) US author who has written nonfiction on Videogames and on Fantasy and sf Cinema. His career began in the early 1970s at Atlas/Seaboard Comics – where he edited Movie Monsters 1974-1975 – and Warren Publishing. At Warren he soon became closely associated with Famous Monsters of Filmland, for which he worked in an editorial capacity until the end of the magazine's original run in 1983. He also contributed columns to Analog from 1976 and Omni from 1980. ...

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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