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Fantasy Commentator

US Amateur Magazine one of the earliest fan-based magazines that could be regarded as an Academic Journal based on its scholarly articles. Edited from New York by A Langley Searles in two series: first series: Fall (September) 1943 to #26, Spring/Summer 1952. Issues #27 (Spring 1953) and #28 (Fall 1953) were prepared at the time but not printed and remained uncirculated until 1986; second series: #29, Winter 1978/1979 to #59/60, Spring 2011. There were six double issues starting with #45/46, ...

Amazing Colossal Man, The

Film (1957). Malibu/AIP. Produced and directed by Bert I Gordon. Written by Mark Hanna and Gordon, from a story by Gordon. Cast includes Cathy Downs, William Hudson and Glenn Langan. 81 minutes. Black and white. / An attempt to duplicate the commercially successful pathos of The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) by reversing its procedure, The Amazing Colossal Man has an army officer exposed to the radiation from a "plutonium bomb" and consequently growing to 60ft (18m) tall. Poignant ...

Yancey, Rick

Working name of Richard Yancey (1962-    ) US author, mostly of fantasy and horror, including his first two series, the Alfred Kropp sequence beginning with The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (2005), an Arthurian fantasy set in the modern world with various Secret Masters vying over the proper use of the sword Excalibur, and the Monstrumologist sequence beginning with The Monstrumologist (2009; vt The Monstrumologist: The Terror Beneath 2009), which is horror. Of ...

Innes, Michael

Pseudonym used by Scots author and academic J I M Stewart (1906-1994) for his many detective and thriller novels published from 1936 to 1986, often featuring series character John Appleby in various official roles from detective-inspector to Sir John Appleby, Commissioner of Metropolitan Police, and onward through a long, active retirement. Though fantastical and donnishly whimsical, these tales normally keep sf devices at arm's length, as with the distant threat of Disaster through man-made ...

Atlas/Seaboard Comics

Seaboard Periodicals was founded in 1974 by former Marvel Comics publisher Martin Goodman and his son Charles "Chip" Goodman. Atlas was the name of the imprint used for Seaboard's Comics titles: the company is referred to as Atlas/Seaboard to avoid confusion with the 1950s Atlas Comics, the predecessor of Marvel Comics. The company attempted to publish a line of colour comics in various genres, including the Superheroes Ironjaw, Tiger-Man and The Cougar (created by Steve Mitchell). A line of ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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