Friday, March 14, 2014
Comic Cuts - 14 March 2014
I have another request of readers: does anyone have a copy of the "Giant Spacefact Wallchart" that was given away with the first issue of Countdown. I need to get scan of it – with or without stamps, I don't mind – and hopefully someone will still have it. The condition is not important but I do need a print-quality scan. If you only have an A4 scanner, a couple of overlapping scans will also do . . . I can photoshop the image back together.
So... um... that's my news... what have you been up to? Well, I can't speak for you all, but Anton Haasnoot sent me a picture of a Charles Garvice novel all the way from the Netherlands. It reminded me that I started off the random scans as a way of forcing myself to clean up a few covers every week. Last Saturday, having picked up a couple of old paperbacks in charity shops and Mel being away at a convention for the weekend, I spent the whole afternoon cleaning up just one cover. I was amazed how relaxing it felt, even when I was tinkering around with some of the most horribly damaged bits for twenty or thirty minutes at a time.
Actually, this is the third Chris Foss-covered paperback I've found in two weeks, thanks to our local Oxfam having put out a few new SF titles, including Poul Anderson's Conquests, which you'll find below. These clean-up operations don't always work out. There are some where the colours have degraded so badly – usually on or towards the spine – that they're impossible to fix. To show you what I mean, I'll post a couple of books I have by Edmund Cooper. I had these years ago in almost mint condition but they were disposed of, along with a few hundred other paperbacks, in a moment of madness. The Cooper novels I've subsequently picked up clearly belonged to a heavy smoker, because the spines are all brown and horrible and trying to restore the artwork to how it should look is nigh on impossible. You can see that especially in the last pic where I've not yet touched the original scan. They all looked like this to start with!