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Three Artists – Burningham, Wright and Coleman

It’s sad to report another artist has gone, this time it’s John Burningham who died on the 4th January but it wasn’t announced until last week. He illustrated many books but as far as PAN Fans go it is probably for his work for ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ that he is most well know. PAN published two editions in 1968, the first under the Piccolo imprint and the second as a film tie-in. Interestingly, although John illustrated the text in both, his work only features on the cover of the 2nd printing. Paul Wright is credited for the 1st.

It is a strange coincidence in that only this week I got a later copy of ‘Fiasco’ and was trying to work out the signature on the cover when I realised that this was also Paul Wright. I’ve tried to contact him to ask if he did the covers specifically for PAN or if they were recycled as he was a prolific marine artist, no reply so far. He also did the text illustrations for the Piccolo editions of the five Alexander Barrie novels (the above is an example)

I picked up a copy of ‘Learn to Paint Portraits’ by Roger Coleman which included the photo above. Roger painted covers for 1974 PAN Nevil Shute series which were also used for the US Ballantine editions. In the book he shows how he works on a portrait and I though one example looked familiar.It is of another PAN cover artist Michael Leonard whose self portrait hangs in the Ferens Art Gallery in Kingston-Upon-Hull except when we go to see it and all the portraits were replaced by contenders for the 2017 Turner Prize nominees. The book gave me a location for Roger and I’ve managed to track down an address for someone with the same name there and a letter has gone off. As usual fingers crossed but no response up to now.

Brian Garfield, Carola Salisbury and a couple of updates.

A little late but I’ve only just noticed we lost Brian Garfield on the 29th December, He wrote over 60 books under various names but PAN only published seven under his real name. He is probably most well know for the novel ‘Death Wish’ which was not published by PAN but a few others that were were made into films including ‘Hopscotch’ in 1980 and ‘Death Sentence’ from 2007. I’m still awaiting two of the titles but I’ve included scans from the internet until they arrive. See them HERE.

Another author who wrote under his own name of John Michael ‘Mike’ Butterworth (born on the 10th January 1924 in Nottingham) also used the pseudonym of Carola Salisbury and this time PAN only published those using the Salisbury name. As well as writing romance he also scripted ‘The Trigan Empire’ comic strip and was also credited with starting the ‘Playhour’ comic which gives me the excuse to resurrect my personalised artwork of Harry  Hamster who featured in it. Again two scans from the net but hoping to replace them soon with real scans, see them all HERE.

I’m still trying to get hold of copies of all the books featured in the ‘PAN Classsics’ series and I managed to get copies of ‘Middlemarch’ and ‘Joseph Andrews’ but they were in a pile of other titles I didn’t really want but at a I price couldn’t resist. Looks like a National Trust bookshop will be getting another donation soon. 

One other book I’ve been trying to get for a while is the 1990 copy of ‘Storm Warning’ by Jack Higgins so when I saw one listed by a company that up to now has been 100% right in their descriptions as 1990 New Ed I though I’d got it but as usual turns out to be the same old 1977 edition as used in all the stock photos. Not sure why I want this one as I have a good image off the net but then I did have the rule that I would only include covers I actually had and I am still trying to make that true.