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Let's talk about PAN paperbacks – the blog for www.tikit.net

PAN Fans - Let's talk about PAN paperbacks – the blog for www.tikit.net

What’s it all about?

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This is the blog for website www.tikit.net a site for all those interested in the Golden Age of PAN Paperbacks, from 1945 to about the 1970’s. It originally started as a challenge to get at least one copy of the quirkily numbered PAN titles but has grown to include later ones with ISBNs or possibly part of a series or just because I like the cover. You may even find some covers from rival publishers if they took my fancy. It’s my site so I’ve decided I can change the rules a I go along!

  • I Stubbs says:

    Am interested to see how this website grows. I came to Pan’s via Fleming and love the look of the older covers. I also like a lot of the cover art form this era. If you want any scans of my limited collection I’d be happy to oblige when I have the time.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm
    • tikitnet says:

      Hi, It’s always nice to get a comment from someone who has found the site as I do it just as a hobby. Am I right in assuming you found the blog via a search as it seems you’ve not found the main site namely http://www.tikit.net? Like you I came to PANs through Fleming and most of the PAN covers are on the site but the search can miss some of them as I changed from a Windows server to a Linux one last year and while the Windows was not case sensitive the Linux is. I am correcting links as I find them or if people tell me when they find one. Keep in touch, Tim

      January 28, 2013 at 7:02 pm
      • John Young says:

        Hi,
        just started to collect the James Bond series and found this site. I think its brilliant having the information about the variations on the different covers eg priced printed or not printed etc.On one of the bond covers you circle a spot the difference I cannot “spot the difference”?
        Can we have a page possibly dedicated to just James Bond with all variations.
        Do you know what are the best covers to protect these books?
        too many questions………
        thank you John

        March 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm
        • tikitnet says:

          I have be in touch directly with John and hopefully answered all his questions. TK

          March 12, 2013 at 9:51 am
        • barbara says:

          in sydney.have flemings 201 232 233 234 235 238 well read any good ?

          June 9, 2013 at 4:29 am
          • tikitnet says:

            Hello Barbara, It sounds like these are the ones with the Raymond Hawkey style covers which unfortunately are amongst the most common editions and go for very little money even when in really good condition. Thanks for taking the time to let me know and I’m sorry I can’t be more positive but keep in touch. All the best, Tim

            June 9, 2013 at 6:16 am
  • Tony Earnshaw says:

    Dear Tim,

    Would you be able to help me? I run a fantasy film festival – Fantastiq – taking place in Derby from August 9-11 this year. I wish to investigate using one of Val Biro’s covers as the basis for our poster ident – the Second Ghost Stories image. I’d like to contact him and hoped you might be able to put me in touch, or forward an email.

    Congratulations on the site.

    My best,

    Tony Earnshaw

    February 3, 2013 at 9:20 pm
    • tikitnet says:

      Hi Tony, I have contacted you directly with details that I hope will help. Cheers, Tim
      PS Thanks for liking the site.
      PPS If you do get to use the artwork for a poster is there any chance of a copy?

      February 4, 2013 at 8:39 am
  • peter says:

    cannot link to G237 to see cover

    February 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm
  • peter says:

    Sorry meant G387

    February 24, 2013 at 4:41 pm
    • tikitnet says:

      Hi Peter, Thanks for spotting that. It is partly down to me being a bit slipshod and not always using the same letter case for pictures names and hyperlinks as when I was on a Windows server it wasn’t case sensitive but since I’ve move over to a Linux server it is. I’ve fixed this link and a couple of others I spotted so hope you can now see what you were after. I was pleased with G387 as I made ‘hot spots’ on the back cover to the other titles. If you find any more duff links pleased let me know, Cheers, Tim

      February 25, 2013 at 8:19 am
  • Jeremy Crawshaw says:

    Love the blog and the main site. I’ve also recently started collecting Pan Books initially only collecting the early James Bond titles but I’ve been drawn in by the wonderful artwork and it’s become quite an obsession now. I now started collecting lots of the war stories, thrillers, Saint books and other genres and I’m enjoying reading them too although I’m buying them far quicker than I can actually read them. I’m actually having to reign myself in from spending far too much than I would like as I keep seeing lots of wonderful covers on eBay. Keep up the great work on this blog and site, it’s a great reference point for us ‘newbie’ collectors.

    June 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm
    • tikitnet says:

      Hi Jeremy, Many thanks for the kind words, they are what keeps me going. Visit regularly so I’ve an incentive to keep adding to the blog. All the best, Tim

      June 22, 2013 at 7:08 am
  • Bart says:

    A wonderful site and blog, very interesting and useful. I adore the older covers.
    Keep posting, congrats.

    November 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm
    • tikitnet says:

      Hi Bart, Many thanks for the kind words. I love the older covers as well and I think a couple may have come from Redu Booktown although a lot more came from Bredevoort. Keep visiting and I’ll keep posting. All the best, Tim

      November 18, 2013 at 8:35 am
  • peter griffin says:

    Is it possible to list/find the actual dates that the cover alters for eg the Bond series.
    This would save the frustration of buying a copy of say Dr No only to find that an earlier publication date exists for that particular cover.

    February 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm
    • tikitnet says:

      HI Peter, I’ve replied by email but ‘Yes’ it would be a good idea and one I hope to get around to one day – honestly! Cheers, Tim

      February 25, 2014 at 9:01 am
  • peter says:

    Is there a scan of the pan dust jackets available. I am sure I have seen one but have lost the link.
    Best wishes

    March 25, 2014 at 10:31 am
  • peter griffin says:

    Just found G410 from 1964 with the cover used on X615. Had you known about this second edition G410?

    August 19, 2014 at 9:50 am
    • tikitnet says:

      Hi Peter, No I didn’t know about that, any chance of a scan so I can add it to the site? Cheers, Tim

      August 19, 2014 at 10:12 am
  • chris says:

    Is this site still active? I have about 300 of the first pan series up to no 443 and a similar amount of great Pans up to GP416, some multiple copies.

    October 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm
    • tikitnet says:

      Hi Chris, Site still active? Very much so as I try to update the blog every Monday. I’m also busy behind the scenes as it were rescanning covers such as the 5 I mention in this weeks blog. With 7,000 plus covers you may not always find one newly scanned at 3 times the original size when hosting was such a phenomenal price so they couldn’t be too big. You say you have several hundred covers, are you a collector or looking to sell? Now is not a good time as the prices are right down, I sold hundreds of duplicates on at 25p to a bookshop that was charging 50p. Keep in touch, Tim

      October 19, 2015 at 7:09 am
  • scott herbertson says:

    Just bought a bunch of very nice condition 1940s Pan books (£1 each for 20 of them from a local charity shop) and thanks for this site which provides useful reference and cataloguing information

    As an aside my brother Craig and I attended the World Horror Convention in Brighton in 2010,my brother having written a story for Pan Horror way back in the late 70s. He was on a panel with many of the other authors and they discussed the publishing quirks of Pan, and especially of Herbert Van Thal, the editor. There’s a picture of my brother and some of the other authors and a little bit about the panel here: http://www.christopherfowler.co.uk/blog/2010/03/29/pan-fans-gather-in-brighton/

    September 24, 2016 at 6:28 pm
    • tikitnet says:

      Hi Scott, Wow, you found a charity shop that still sells ‘old’ books, they seem very few and far between these days. I hope you enjoyed the convention in 2010, I know Johnny Mains (a friend of quite a long time) put in a lot of work to get it up and running and I’m not surprised van Thal got a mention after Johnny wrote Herbert’s biography. Keep visiting, Cheers, Tim.

      September 25, 2016 at 7:40 am
  • Simon Wood says:

    I was the promotions copywriter at Pan (at Cavaye Place) from 1979-1984. Easily the best company I worked for.

    April 21, 2017 at 9:53 am
    • tikitnet says:

      Hi Simon, I’ve sent you an email so hopefully we can keep in touch. Cheers, Tim

      May 6, 2017 at 12:20 pm

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