Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thriller Picture Library cover reprints part 3

Finishing off our series of Thriller Picture Library cover reprints we come to Rick Random, one of the most popular and collectable of British comics. The Buster Adventure Library reprinted five of Rick's adventures from the pages of Super Detective Library, four of them with artwork by Ron Turner — the fifth (Killer in Space) reprinted Rick's debut adventure with artwork by Bill Lacey.

The covers of the original Super Detective Library stories were often less than inspiring or looked — by 1966 — rather old-fashioned, so a number of Jet-Ace Logan covers from Thriller Picture Library were repurposed. That the covers had nothing to do with the stories and didn't even feature the same character didn't seem to matter. At least on Buster Adventure Library 33 the editors remembered to remove Jet-Ace's R.A.F. badge and the Space Command logo from the spaceship...

Cover images of all of the original issues can be found in The Thriller Libraries index, published by Book Palace Books.

Alessandro Biffignandi, reprints TPL 426
Arnold Beauvais, reprints SDL 37

James McConnell, reprints SDL 129

Alessandro Biffignandi, reprints TPL 383

Alessandro Biffignandi, reprints TPL 422

(* Buster Adventure Library © IPC Media Ltd.)

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