I've had a bit of a slow week and there isn't much to report. I haven't managed to get much else done beyond the regular daily chores, bar a little cover cleaning for some future galleries.
With that being the case, I'll head straight into a couple of bits of news.
The autobiography is available from Fantom Books, who have produced it as a limited edition of 200 numbered and signed hardback copies. Ordering information for the novels can be found here.
I notice that the BBC have repackaged the three original Journey Into Space radio serials, which can be ordered via Amazon for with an up to 50% discount: Operation Luna, The Red Planet, The World in Peril. And they also have the revived stories that were broadcast in 2008 and 2009 going cheap: Frozen in Time, The Host.
eBay sale of a rather nondescript copy of Sun #324 from 1955. Normally you would expect copies to sell for around a fiver, maybe £5 to £10 on a good day, but for some reason this issue soared, with fifteen bids pushing the price up to £71.00. But that wasn't the end of it. I notice that a couple of days earlier another copy of Sun (#320) from the same seller sold for an astonishing £102.00 and a third copy (#270) for £70.88, with 22 bids registered, while other issues being sold were in the expected price range. Seems like Billy the Kid has a following.
So here are today's random scans. What spare time I've had I've spent cleaning up a lot of science fiction covers of late, so, for a change of pace, here are a couple of Digits by William Ard from 1960. Cry Scandal and The Naked and the Innocent (originally published as Hell is a City). The latter has a cover reprinted from the USA; I have the artist listed as Kalin in my notes but on closer inspection (and the signature is partly hidden) it looks more like Katy L----. Can anyone help?
The second batch are a pair of Fontana covers by our old friend John L. Baker, who has featured here many times, but not recently.