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‘Screaming’, Steinbeck and Rival Logos!

Is there some reason that the few copies of ‘And Now The Screaming Starts’ by David Case from 1973 that I’ve found appear to be a) expensive and b) in awful condition or is it just me? This was originally published as Fengriffen but not by PAN. This is my copy which has been much improved(!) in PhotoShop.

This weeks Hans Helweg’s sketches and maquettes are for ‘Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck. I’ve included later copies with artwork by John Walsh and Brian Sanders. Annoyingly, after much hunting, I cannot find my copy by Brian so have not been able to include a decent scan. I thought I had found another copy on a French site and on checking was told it was, as stated in the description, with a cover by Brian so why when it arrived was it the one with a cover by Walsh? How hard can it be to get this right and it now involves me sending it back, I’m wondering if it will be as easy now with customs etc. we have left the EU. As I have said many times I did NOT vote to leave.

This might be just me but I’ve only just noticed the logo for the Fontana children’s imprint ‘Fanfare’  next to the one for PAN’s ‘Piccolo’ have a similar musical theme. As I said it might just be me ……..! I’ve tried to find out which came first and so far ‘Piccolo’ wins as they started in 1971 while the earliest titles I’ve found from ‘Fanfare’ are dated 1972, a couple of  ‘Tamworth Pig’ stories by Gene Kemp.

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Roger Smith
April 4, 2021 9:56 am

Back when films like these where popular Amicus, Hammer and others where pumping this stuff out on an almost weekly basis. So the tie-ins had a limited shelf life, so that particular edition may have had a much lower run than a Bond book say. The subject matter/cover illustration won’t have lent itself to others as a treasure, to be preserved for posterity, so few survived. That said, most high grade copies are in the collections of those, unlikely to be decluttered in the near future. The Vault of Evil is the best place for such items.

Tim J Kitchen
April 7, 2021 10:18 am
Reply to  Roger Smith

Thanks Roger, Yes you are probably right. I know when I was at school I would buy titles like this and never really treated them with the respect they deserved.