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Sheena, Queen of the Jungle

1. US Comic strip created by Will Eisner, S M "Jerry" Iger (using the pseudonym W Morgan Thomas) and possibly Mort Meskin, who was the artist for the early issues. Though American in origin, the strip actually debuted in the UK magazine Wags #46 (January 1938); stateside, Sheena first appeared in Jumbo Comics #1 (September 1938) and continued in every issue including its last, #167 in March 1953. The comic book series Sheena, Queen of the Jungle (18 issues, 1942-1952) was the first to be titled ...

Morris, Ralph

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -?   ) of A Narrative of the Life and Astonishing Adventures of John Daniel ... Taken from His Own Mouth, by Mr Ralph Morris [for full title and vts see Checklist] (1751), in which Daniel is shipwrecked on an Island south of Java, his industrious Robinsonade life being transformed when his companion turns out to be a woman, with whom he has eleven children; as the children grow, Sex issues are resolved by incest. One of ...

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Film (1948). Universal-International Pictures. Directed by Charles T Barton. Produced by Robert Arthur. Screenplay by John Grant, Robert Lees and Frederic I Rinaldo, using characters created by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Bram Stoker. Cast includes Bud Abbott, Lenore Aubert, Charles Bradstreet, Lon Chaney Jr, Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi, Jane Randolph, Glenn Strange and Vincent Price (uncredited, voice only). 83 minutes. Black and white. / The first and probably best of several Universal ...

World SF

1. An international association of sf professionals (not only authors, but also artists, critics, editors, agents, publishers, etc.), founded in Dublin, September 1976, by professionals at the First World Science Fiction Writers' Conference, and coming into operation as of the 1978 Dublin meeting. World SF's stated aim was "the general dissemination of creative sf, the furthering of scholarship, the interchange of ideas ... the fostering of closer bonds between those who already hold such deep ...

Denton, Bradley

(1958-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "The Music of the Spheres" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in March 1984, and who caused some impact in the field with his first novel, Wrack & Roll (1986), a contemporary Alternate-History tale which portrays heavy-metal musicians as the Heroes they might dream of being in a world absolutely divided between the "straight" majority and the anti-authoritarian "wrackers", who are defined by their Music. ...

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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