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Frost, Conrad

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(1911-2005) UK author and features editor. Sf was only a minor part of his output, which was generally confined to the 1950s. He scripted Basil Blackaller's Ace O'Hara space-adventures in the Daily Dispatch, and wrote eight Rick Random pocket Comic books for the Super Detective Library, though he was here overshadowed by Harry Harrison's five contributions. In 1956 the short-lived UK sf comic Rocket included a text serial each week, written by Frost and illustrated by Harry Winslade, beginning with "The Jungle of Space". His third and last such serial was left unfinished when Rocket ceased publication. All three were on routine subjects – Invasion from Mars, Lost Race, overthrowing a dictatorship – but all had moments of insight. Coincidentally, at this time Mickey Mouse Weekly was running the sf strip Don Conquest written by D C Thomson mainstay Kelman D Frost and illustrated by Winslade; despite sharing an artist the two sf Frosts were not the same.

Frost's adult novel Evidence Before Gabriel (1947) is both sf and supernatural, mainly in its framing chapters. Beginning with sinister deaths and Timeslip visions, the novel episodically studies a twentieth-century femme fatale artist's model before ending with the destruction of her portrait as too disturbing, circa 20,000 CE. The sexual content was unusual for 1940s sf.

Long after his sf work, Frost achieved cult success with his "George and Lynne" daily strip (the term is apposite) for the UK newspaper The Sun. [DR]

Alf Conrad Frost

born Sunderland, Durham: 27 April 1911

died Staines, Middlesex: 2 February 2005



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