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Spaceship Away Part 24 Summer 2011

1/09/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

Buy Spaceship Away Part 24 Summer 2011 in the USA - or Buy Spaceship Away Part 24 Summer 2011 in the UK

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pub: Spaceship Away. Rod Barzilay, 8 Marley Close, Preston, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 6DH, UK. 40 page A4 glossy stock magazines. Price: GBP 7.50 (UK), 3 issues for GBP20.00 (UK) inc p&p.

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‘Spaceships Away’ might have lost a few pages this issue but is still good value for money.

Although I’m not particularly keen on Tim Booth’s illustrative technique and his depiction of Doctor Jocelyn Peabody has to be the ugliest I’ve seen of her to date. One can only hope that this isn’t really the real lady boffin. That being said, the ‘Persecular Tales’ story featuring Dan Dare is beginning to show legs as well as snow storms.

You’ve all heard how Frank Hampson used his family and studio staff as models for the characters. Here we can compare Robert Hampson in the poses photographed to the painted versions.

‘Shadow Over Britain’, the second instalment of the latest ‘Journey Into Space’; reveals that the Earth isn’t quite as empty as it thought but the explanations of what happened is for the next issue.

A new ‘Garth’ story, this time the fifth Martin Asbury illustrated one called ‘Finality Factor’, coloured by Tim Booth. According to the accompanying article, Asbury was in the process of becoming more his own style than being told to ape Frank Bellamy by this stage. Booth’s painting is complementing it very well. The story has a grounded space-vessel’s inhabitants seeking to commit emergency repairs as they explain to the scientists and Garth sent there to see what is going on.

If you want to avoid nightmares, don’t eat what Digby had and buy the issue instead.

GF Willmetts

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