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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Alan Class Yahoo Group


Please remember that the Alan Class Yahoo group has MANY images so if you haven't joined yet:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/alanclasscomics/info

Alan Class Phantom and Mandrake Reprints




THE following, compiled by Les Gray, is for those seeking Mandrake and/or Phantom stories published by Class.  Info from the Phantom Deepwoods site at:~

Les Gray
Issue
Price
Pages
Cover
Phantom Story
Reprint of
Creepy Worlds
86
1'-
68
Mandrake #3
The Magic Ivory Cage

87
1'-
68
Mandrake #4
The Girl Phantom

89
1'-
68
King #25
The Cold Fire Worshippers

94
1'-
68
King #23
Delilah

98
1'-
68
King #27
The Story of Hero

160
15p
68
Mandrake #4
The Girl Phantom
87
193
20p
50
Mandrake #4
The Girl Phantom
87
197
20p
48
Mandrake #3
The Magic Ivory Cage
86
231
25p
48
King #25
The Cold Fire Worshippers
89
234
30p
44
King #23
Delilah
94
Secrets of the Unknown
85
1'-
68
King #19
The Astronaut and the Pirates
The Masked Emissary

86
1'-
68
King #20
The Adventures of the Girl Phantom
The Invisible Demon

88
1'-
68
King #24
Riddle of the Witch (Girl Phantom)

237
30p
48
King #19
The Astronaut and the Pirates
The Masked Emissary
237
244
30p
68
King #20
The Adventures of the Girl Phantom
The Invisible Demon
86
Sinister Tales
69
1'-
68
Mandrake #1
SOS Phantom

71
1'-
68
King #22
The Secret of Magic Mountain

74
1'-
68
Mandrake #2
The Pirate Raiders

142
10p
50
Mandrake #2
The Pirate Raiders
74
173
20p
50
Mandrake #2
The Pirate Raiders
74
177
20p
50
Mandrake #1
SOS Phantom
69
Suspense
80
1'-
68
King #18
The Treasure of the Skull Cave

87
1'-
68
King #26
The Lost City of Yiango
The Pearl Raiders

230
55p
100
King #26
The Lost City of Yiango
The Pearl Raiders
87
234
55p
100
King #18
The Treasure of the Skull Cave
80
Uncanny Tales
181
55p
100
King #21
The Terror Tiger
The Treasure of Bengali Bay



I'm Still Here. And I STILL Love Alan Class Comics

 I have to admit that, with all the people professing to be long term Class Comics fans I had thought a few more might be popping by or asking questions 

The usual thing I get, when emailed, is offering me a copy of "the ultra rare" (please, I am NOT a moron) issue whatever. 

And the asking price is usually anywhere between £20-70.00.  Seriously. I resist the urge to write back: "F*** off!"

"This one is a very rare first appearance of the Vision character so it's a hot book with the movie coming up!"  No, it is the SECOND appearance of the Vision and it is a variable print quality, black and white UK reprint.  Oh, how much?  £75.00.  In this case I pointed all the usual out to the diseased little turd who thought I was open to conning and his response?  "If I put this on Ebay I can ask £100 for it!"  My response WAS rude.

Because I have a blog and a lot of articles out there -not to mention all the people who have plagiarized my posts and articles- some think I'm a bit retarded.  Or that I've been sectioned at some point and I'll splash money out like a mentally deranged buy-a-holic.

I do love these books and I usually pick them up if I see any for between £1.5-£5.00 -£5.00 is the absolute maximum I will pay but then only if I really want the contents badly (I also get a kick out of the covers).

Over the years I have had offers of collections for free -I can collect or cover the postage.  I do say yes, but I usually get the "once I've scanned them"/"Got them all sorted" and I KNOW I am never going to get the books.  I'm sure that the odd person does go through them but then says "No! I can't get rid of these!" but never let me know. Perhaps 95% of these offers come from bull-****** who do not even have the books but get a kick out of thinking I'm getting excited and waiting.  

I work in comics and one thing you learn is "until the cheque is in your hand it hasn't happened!"

I have to admit that, if I get to London this year, I might be able to arrange a visit with Alan Class, It would be interesting to note how publishing and promotion/production has changed!

So this site isn't quite dead yet!

Monday, 9 February 2015

At Long Last....Not much to write about

It has been a long time since I posted here but, to be honest, not a great deal has happened.  I may try to do a post on my favourite Class covers but if any of you 9000+ who've visited this blog have any ideas for postings then please let me know!

Thanks!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Never Ever Let People Near Your Comicx Collection

I have to admit that until I started trying to catalogue (again) the old 1960s comics I had such as Odhams Fantastic and Terrific and, of course, my Alan Class collection I had no idea just how many comics had been...well, stolen by visitors I used to have when my apartment was an open door to comic people.

How bad are the losses?

Well, I now have only issues 11, 12, 13, 45, 60, 67, 76 and 77 from my Fantastics and I was given a large stack at the old Bath mart in the 1980s by David Johnson.

The Terrific comics I just stared at in shock. Only two left -issues 6 and 7.

That is pretty gutting but my own fault since I was so open to visitors.

It was when I came to my Alan Class box that I discovered there were only just over 50 books -and a big space in the box.

I only have

Amazing Stories of Suspense 98, 102, 117, 127, 153, 174, 186, 219, 221 and 233.

Out Of This World 4, 7 and 18!!!

Sinister Tales  54, 75, 100, 106, 108, 117, 144, 184, 208, 214 and 227.

Secrets Of The Unknown  104, 139, 194, 206, 229, 230 and 241

Uncanny Tales  30, 64, 66, 73, 116, 141, 152, 153, 169, 173, 179 and 183

Astounding Stories  8, 76, 81, 93, 94, 122, 130, 141, 144, 171 and 188

Creepy Worlds  133, 138, 141, 159, 165, 204, 205 and 239


If you are a member of my Yahoo Alan Class group and have seen the cover scans I uploaded there years ago when I started the group you will see that I am missing...a lot.

By the gaps between numbers it looks as though people just put their hands in, grabbed a bunch and that was it.

I can actually see now WHY collectors tend not to let others near their books -especially unattended. I'm not the first to have had a collection looted but let it serve as an example to you. 

Can I rebuild the collection?  Not likely since ebay sellers are pushing prices sky-high and well out of my range.

Just utterly winded.


Sunday, 11 August 2013

Did You Buy A Copy Of The Amazing World Of Alan Class ?

Now those of you who have visited this site will know about the following paperback -a 24pp magazine looking at the work of Alan Class and my interview with him. Hey -I set up the first Alan Class tribute website and yahoo group on the net (and people are still stealing info from it).

Sadly, despite all the "likes" and responses this has sold lousily. I think 3 copies since it was published. The interview is available in The Hooper Interviews book but that's sold like...well, let's just say not many people seem interested in interviews with comic creators! 

I had wondered whether there was some way to expand the book -more illoes - a colour section was out as this would make the book about three times the cover price!  As it is, lulu.com, the print on demand company I use has become very snooty toward comics over the last few years. It wants to be seen as a wheeler dealer in first time authors. No, they DO NOT pay. Yes, you do all the work and they take a percentage as "middle men".

So, after a price hike a while back which hit the comic publishers, they have now decided "saddle stitching" (ie. -the staples used for smaller page count books) are obsolete to them.

No, seriously.

So, any book under 32 pages is "retired" by them. So you have to add pages to get "perfect bound" books. Over 30 of my books are affected so its a LOT of work on top of everything else.

Looks like the Class book will be retired until I can somehow up-date it.  So, if you have not bought a copy but want to you have a couple weeks. I cannot guarantee any updated version this year or even in 2014.

Well done lulu.com. Still killing the small publisher.

A4
Paperback
B&W
24 pages

Price: £5.00
Ships in 3–5 business days
Marvel, Timely, Atlas, Charlton, ACG, MLJ/Archie Dennis the Menace (US) -one man published them all. Alan Class. Who? Class is legendary for bringing black and white reprints of US comics to a country starved of the medium thanks to a certain war! From 1959-1989 Suspence, Sinister, Astounding and Uncanny gave us a comic fix for a few pennies. Learn more about the man and how Class Comics came about in the long awaited print version of Terry Hooper's exclusive interview!