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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Comics Novelisations & Tie-ins part 1

(* Version 3.0. I've added a ton of scans and, hopefully, the following listings are starting to look a little more complete. Parts 2 and 3 follow immediately. Originally posted 13 September and reposted 2 October. Note how I blithely claimed not to be making any attempt to be complete in the original introduction. Thanks to a number of people sending scans and notes on additional titles, I'm beginning to think that a complete list might actually be possible...)

The origins of this listing date back to the Comic Book Price Guide in the 1990s (remember that?). There was always a problem with such lists as they inevitably included oddities like the annuals associated with D. C. Thomson's story papers—highly collectable but not a comic strip in sight. Amongst the things I started to resolve this problem was a listing of British editions of books relating to comic strip characters (British because I compiled the British section of the Guide).

Now, over the years I've jotted down notes on some additional books that didn't have British editions as an aide-memoire to myself, so what follows is a bit of a mish-mash; it is as complete as I can get it for British editions but includes a lot of strays in areas where I've made no attempt to be complete. It's also quite probably out of date in some areas.

But, as I often say on this blog, I hate to see work go to waste, so I'm updating as best I can. And, despite promising myself that I wouldn't do it, I've sought out as many additional images (those books that I haven't got myself) as I can, so I'm as complete as possible on British editions; in this episode, for instance, I've nabbed quite a few Batman World Adventure Library covers from Atomic Avenue and various others from Amazon's and Waterstones' websites. And then I grabbed some US editions of books that didn't have UK editions.

If this all sounds a bit random, you're not wrong. But hopefully you'll enjoy the results. Took me bloody ages.

THE A.B.C. WARRIORS
Original Novels

The Medusa War by Pat Mills & Alan Mitchell. Nottingham, Black Library, Apr 2004.
Rage Against the Machines by Mike Wild. Nottingham, Black Library, Jul 2005. Note: Pat Mills & Steve Earles were announced as the authors of this novel, but Mills dropped out and the novel was written by Mike Wild. The alternative cover crediting Mills/Earles was not used.


THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Original Novel

The Addams Family by Jack Sharkey. Pyramid R-1229, 1965.

Movie Novelisations

The Addams Family by Elizabeth Faucher, based on the screenplay by Caroline Thompson & Larry Wilson. New York, Scholastic, 1991; London, Penguin Fantail, 1991.
Addams Family Values by Todd Strasser, based on the screenplay by Paul Rudnick. New York & London, Pocket Books, 1993.


ALIENS

Note: The 1979 film Alien created a franchise that has seen numerous movie sequels and an extensive range of comic strip spin-offs. A number of Dark Horse mini-series’ were novelised, hence their inclusion here. The first title, a highly illustrated novella by comic strip artist Steve Bissette, was serialised in the British Aliens comic.

Novelisations

Aliens: Tribes by Steve Bissette. Milwaukie, Oregon, Dark Horse, Jan 1992.
Aliens: Earth Hive by Steve Perry. New York, Bantam Spectra, Sep 1992; London, Millennium, Nov 1993.
Aliens #2: Nightmare Station by Steve Perry. New York, Bantam Spectra, Apr 1993; London, Millennium, Feb 1994.
Aliens #3: The Female War Steve & Stephani Perry. Bantam Spectra, Jul 1993; London, Millennium, Jun 1994.
Aliens vs Predator #1: Prey by Steve & Stephani Perry. New York, Bantam Spectra, May 1994; London, Millennium, Aug 1994.
Aliens #4: Genocide by David Bischoff. New York, Bantam Spectra, 1994; London, Millennium, Aug 1994.
Aliens vs Predators #2: Hunter’s Planet by David Bischoff. New York, Bantam Spectra, Dec 1994; London, Millennium, Dec 1994.
Aliens #5: Alien Harvest by Robert Sheckley. New York, Bantam, Sep 1995; London, Millennium, Sep 1995.
Aliens #6: Rogue by Sandy Schofield. New York, Bantam, Dec 1995. London, Millennium, Apr 1996.
Aliens #7: The Labyrinth by S. D. Perry. Bantam, Apr 1996; London, Millennium, 1997.

Omnibus Editions

Aliens Omnibus Vol. 1: Earth Hive & Nightmare Asylum. London, Millennium, 1995.
Aliens Omnibus Vol. 2: The Female War & Genocide. London, Millennium, 1995.
Aliens vs. Predator: Prey & Hunter's Planet. London, Millennium, 1995.
Aliens Omnibus Vol. 3: Alien Harvest & Rogue. London, Millennium, Jan 1997.


ANDERSON PSI DIVISION

Original Novels

Fear the Darkness by Mitchel Scanlon. Nottingham, Black Library, Feb 2006
Red Shadows by Mitchel Scanlon. Nottingham, Black Library, May 2006.
Sins of the Father by Mitchel Scanlon. Nottingham, Black Library, Jan 2007.


ANGELA AIR HOSTESS

Original Novel

Angela Has Wings by Peter Ling. London, Hulton Press, 1960.


ANNIE [Little Orphan Annie]

Novelisation

Annie by Thomas Meehan, based on the play. New York, Macmillan, 1980; London, Granada/Dragon, 1982.

Movie Novelisation


Annie by Leonore Fleisher, based on the screenplay by Carol Sobieski. London, Arrow, 1982.


AVENGERS
Original Novel

The Avengers Battle the Earth-Wrecker by Otto Binder. New York, Bantam, 1967.
The Man Who Stole Tomorrow by David Michelinie. New York, Pocket Books [Marvel Novel Series #10], Oct 1979.


BARB WIRE

Movie Novelisations
Barb Wire by Neal Barrett Jr., based on the screenplay by Chuck Pfarrer & Adam Rifkin. London, Boxtree 075220199-9, 1996.


BATMAN

Novelisations

Knightfall by Dennis O’Neil. New York, Bantam Spectra, Aug 1994; London, Bantam, Aug 1994.
No Man's Land by Greg Rucka. New York, Pocket Books, Mar 2001.

Movie Novelisations

Batman Vs the Fearsome Foursome by Winston Lyon, based on the screenplay by Lorenzo Semple, Jr. New York, Signet, Aug 1966; London, Four Square Books, 1967.
Batman by Craig Shaw Gardner, based on the screenplay by Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren. New York, Warner, Jun 1989; London, Futura, Jul 1989.
Batman Returns by Craig Shaw Gardner, based on the screenplay by Daniel Waters. New York, Warner, Jul 1992.
Batman Forever by Peter David, based on the screenplay by Lee & Janet Scott Bachler and Akiva Goldsman. New York, Warner, Jun 1995; London, Boxtree, Jul 1995.
Batman & Robin by Jan Michael Friedman, based on the screenplay by Akiva Goldsman. New York, Aspect, Jun 1997.
Batman Begins by Dennis O'Neil, based on the screenplay by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. New York, Del Rey, Jun 2005.
The Dark Knight by Dennis O'Neil, based on the screenplay by Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan. New York, Berkley, Jul 2008.

Original Novels

Batman versus the Three Villains of Doom by Winston Lyon. New York, Signet, Apr 1966; London, Four Square Books, 1966.
The Batman Murders by Craig Shaw Gardner. New York, Warner, Oct 1990; London, Penguin, Jun 1991.
Batman: To Stalk a Specter by Simon Hawke. New York, Warner, Jan 1991; London, Roc UK, Sep 1991.
Batman: Captured By the Engines by Joe R. Lansdale. New York, Warner, Jul 1991. Note: reissued by Borderlands Press. Date?
Catwoman by Robert Aspin & Lynn Abbey. New York, Warner, Sep 1992; London, Millennium, Aug 1993.
Batman: The Ultimate Evil by Andrew Vachss. New York, Warner, Nov 1995.
Justice League of America: Batman: The Stone King by Alan Grant. New York, Pocket Books, Mar 2002. See Justice League of America.
The Forensic Files of Batman by Doug Moench. New York, IBooks, Sep 2005.
Batman: Dead White by John Shirley. New York, Del Rey, Jul 2006.
Batman: Inferno by Alex Irvine. New York, Del Rey, Oct 2006.
Batman: Fear Itself by Michael Reaves & Steven-Elliot Altman. New York, Del Rey, Feb 2007.

Junior Novelisation

Batman: Knightfall and Beyond by Alan Grant. London, Titan, Mar 1995.
Batman: No Man's Land by Alan Grant. New York, Pocket Books, 2000.

Junior Movie Novelisation

Batman Forever by Alan Grant, based on the screenplay by Lee & Janet Scott Bachler and Akiva Goldsman. Boston, Little Brown, Jun 1995.
Robin: Facing the Enemy by Alan Grant. Boston, Little Brown, May 1997. Note: original novel set in movie continuity between Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.
Batman & Robin by Alan Grant, based on the screenplay by Akiva Goldsman. Boston, Little Brown, Jun 1997.

Junior Novels

Batman (World Adventure Library) [NOTE: I've seen it reported that there were 14 titles in all, but I've never come across copies of a number beyond issue 11]
__1 The Ringer. Manchester, World Distributors, Nov 1966.
__2 The Last Laugh. Manchester, World Distributors, Nov 1966.
__3 Dr No-Face. Manchester, World Distributors, Dec 1966.
__4 Penguin Gets the Bird!. Manchester, World Distributors, Dec 1966.
__5 The Joker Goes Nap!. Manchester, World Distributors, Jan 1967.
__6 A Rocker for the Riddler. Manchester, World Distributors, Jan 1967.
__7 The Bookworm’s Best Seller. Manchester, World Distributors, Feb 1967.
__8 Pile-Up For the Catwoman. Manchester, World Distributors, Feb 1967.
__9 No Quack For the Penguin. Manchester, World Distributors, Mar 1967.
__10 Egghead Gets the Yoke. Manchester, World Distributors, Apr 1967.
__11 The Archer Aims High. Manchester, World Distributors, May 1967.

Batman (Ladybird)
__1 The Warhawk, by Constance V. Hatch, illus. Walt Howarth. Loughborough, Wilts., Ladybird Books, 1989.
__2 Batman: Funhouse of Fear, by Constance V. Hatch, illus. Walt Howarth. Loughborough, Wilts., Ladybird Books, 1989.
__? Batman: The Man-Bat’s Attack, by Constance V. Hatch, illus. Walt Howarth. Loughborough, Wilts., Ladybird Books, 1991.
__? Batman: The Joker Steals the Scene, by Constance V. Hatch, illus. Walt Howarth. Loughborough, Wilts., Ladybird Books, 1991.

Terror on the High Skies by Joe R. Lansdale, illustrated by Ed Hannigan & Dick Giordano. New York, Little Brown, Mar 1993; London, Fantail, 1993.
The Black Egg of Atlantis by Neal Barrett, Jr., illustrated by Sal Amendola. New York, Little Brown, Mar 1993; London, Fantail, 1993.
The Six Deadly Demons by John Albano. New York, Little Brown, 1993; London, Fantail, 1993.
I, Werewolf by Ed Gorman. New York, Little Brown, 1993; London, Fantail, 1993.

Gamebook

Batman: The Doomsday Prophecy by Richard Wenk. New York, Archway, Aug 1986.

Anthologies

The Further Adventures of Batman ed. Martin H. Greenberg. New York, Bantam, Jul 1989.
Contains ‘‘Death of the Dreammaster’’ by Robert Sheckley, ‘‘Bats’’ by Henry Slesar, ‘‘Subway Jack’’ by Joe R. Lansdale, ‘‘The Sound of One Hand Clapping’’ by Max Allan Collins, ‘‘Neutral Ground’’ by Mike Resnick, ‘‘Batman in Nighttown’’ by Karen Haber & Robert Silverberg, ‘‘The Batman Memos’’ by Stuart M. Kaminsky, ‘‘Wise Men of Gotham’’ by Edward Wellan, ‘‘Northwestward’’ by Isaac Asimov, ‘‘Daddy’s Girl’’ by William F. Nolan, ‘‘Command Performance’’ by Howard Goldsmith, ‘‘The Pirate of Millionaire’s Cove’’ by Edward D. Hoch, ‘‘The Origin of the Polarizer’’ by George Alec Effinger, ‘‘Idol’’ by Ed Gorman.
The Further Adventures of the Joker. New York, Bantam, Feb 1990; London, Bantam UK, May 1990.
Contains: "Definitive Therapy" by F. Paul Wilson, "On a Beautiful Summer's Day, He Was" by Robert R. McCammon, "The Man Who Laughs" by Stuart M. Kaminsky, "Someone Like You" by Sheri S. Tepper, "Help! I Am a Prisoner" by Joey Cavalieri, "Bone" by Will Murray, "Dying Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard" by Edward Bryant & Dan Simmons, "Double Dribble" by George Alec Effinger, "The Joker's War" by Robert Sheckley, "The Joker Is Mild" by Edward D. Hoch, "Happy Birthday" by Mark L. Van Name & Jack McDevitt, "Masks" by Garfield Reeves-Stevens, "Best of All" by Marco Palmieri, "The Joker's Christmas" by Karen Haber, "On the Wire" by Andrew Helfer, "The Fifty-Third Card" by Henry Slesar, "Museum Piece" by Mike Resnick, "Balloons" by Edward Wellen, "Jangletown" by Elizabeth Hand & Paul Witcover.
The Further Adventures of Batman 2: Featuring the Penguin ed. Martin H. Greenberg. New York, Bantam Spectra, Jun 1992.
Contains: "Brothers in Crime" by William F. Nolan, "Seize the Night" by Will Murray, "Seeking Asylum from the Past" by Brian M. Thomsen, "Endangered Species" by Greg Cox, "Reformed" by John Gregory Betancourt, "Hide and Seek" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, "Vulture: A Tale of the Penguin" by Steve Rasnic Tem, "Going Straight" by Laurie Sefton & Charles Von Rospach, "Robber's Roost" by Max Allan Collins, "Those Were the Days" by Jerry A. Novick, "Fat Tuesday" by Nancy A. Collins.
The Further Adventures of Batman 3: Featuring Catwoman ed. Martin H.Greenberg. New York, Bantam, Mar 1993.
Contains: ‘‘Gotham City Spring: a suite’’ by Mort Castle, ‘‘Creatures of Habit’’ by Paul Kupperberg, ‘‘A Knight at the Opera’’ by Jeff Rovinm, ‘‘Catwomen’’ by Greg Cox, ‘‘Catacombs’’ by Robert Weinberg, ‘‘The Cat’s-Eye Crown’’ by Kay Demijohn, ‘‘The City That Could Not Breath’’ by Will Murray, ‘‘Deadly Prey’’ by Gary Cohn, ‘‘On the Wings of Angel’’ by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, ‘‘Copycat’’ by John Gregory Betancourt, ‘‘An Unauthorized Biography’’ by Brian M. Thomsen, ‘‘A Harlot’s Tears’’ by Ed Gorman, ‘‘C&W’’ by Jon Hammer & Karen McBurnie.
Adventures of the Batman ed. Martin H. Greenberg. MJF Books, 1995. Note: reprints stories from the various anthologies above.
Tales of the Batman ed. Martin H. Greenberg. MJF Books, 1995. Note: reprints stories from the various anthologies above.
Legends of the Batman ed. Martin H. Greenberg. MJF Books, 1997. Note: reprints stories from the various anthologies above, plus two new stories: "Mr. Freeze: The Early Years" by Dennis O'Neil and "Poison Ivy's Gift" by Dennis O'Neil.


BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES

Movie Novelisations

Mask of the Phantasm by Geary Gravel, based on a screenplay by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Martin Pasko and Michael Reeves. New York, Bantam Spectra, Jan 1994; London, Boxtree, May 1994.
Mask of the Phantasm (junior novelisation) by Andy Helfer, based on an original story by Alan Burnett. New York, Bantam, 1994; London, Boxtree, 1994.

Original Novels

Shadows of the Past by Geary Gravel. New York, Bantam Spectra, Nov 1993; London, Boxtree, May 1994.
Dual to the Death by Geary Gravel. New York, Bantam Spectra, Feb 1994; London, Boxtree, May 1994.
The Dragon and the Bat by Geary Gravel. New York, Bantam Spectra, Jun 1994; London, Boxtree, May 1994.

Junior Novels

The Joker’s Apprentice by Chuck Dixon, illustrated by John Calmette. New York, Little Brown, 1996.

1 comment:

Mike W said...

Fascinating stuff, Steve. I can't believe that anyone has a complete collection of all the Batman material!