Nuff Said 72

Nov 1, 2020

Things are changing so quickly that this joke will no longer work after Thursday.

In 2015 and again in 2017 I discussed the odd fact that Thorpe and Porter’s Fantastic Tales numbers 8 and 10 both sported identical covers. This amused/puzzled me. If, as was likely this reprint series was published monthly (circa 1963?) you would have thought someone in the company would have noticed. If they couldn’t find any new artwork for number 10 then why not use a much earlier cover image rather than one issued weeks earlier that quite likely was still sitting on newsagents shelves.

In one of those earlier posts I said that although I owned both issues I could only find number 10. Whilst looking for something else I unearthed number 8 just the other day. I like tying up loose ends. I’d wondered if, as the covers were the same then the contents might be too. No, both issues do have completely different content. Here is a list of the delights to be found within issue number 8.

Davinci’s wig
Explanation please
Cave drawing
Luck of the Zanubis
Annals of the occult
Mirror of magic
Drobny’s domain
Pie in the sky
Mr Matthews mermaid
The road back
The vortex
From many lands
The anti gravity menace

Most of the contents had originally appeared in a couple of ACG comics published in 1958. There was one story that originally appeared in a 1958 DC House of Mystery. The most interesting story was The Vortex as the art was provided by the legendary Al Williamson. His neat style was quite a contrast to the majority of the other stories pencilled by the likes of Ogden Whitney or Kurt Shaffenberger in the ACG “house style”.

Odd fact. These exact same stories, but arranged in a different order had already appeared in a British reprint comic a few years earlier, namely Adventures into the Unknown 5 published by The Arnold Book Company (ABC). This series must have been printed and distributed by Thorpe and Porter. In fact later issues lost the ABC logos and displayed the T&P “tee-pee” stamp on the covers.

Oblique Strategies

Nov 1, 2020

Accept advice

A line has two sides

Ask people to work against their better judgement

Discover the recipes you are using and abandon them

Do nothing for as long as possible

Don’t be afraid of things because they’re easy to do

Don’t be frightened of cliches

Don’t be frightened to display your talents

Don’t stress one thing more than another

Do something boring

Faced with a choice, do both

Give the game away

Give way to your worst impulse

Go slowly all the way round the outside

Honor thy error as a hidden intention

How would you have done it?

Is it finished?

Is there something missing?

Just carry on

Look at the order in which you do things

Make a blank valuable by putting it in an exquisite frame

Make an exhaustive list of everything you might do and do the last thing on the list

Overtly resist change

Remove ambiguities and convert to specifics

Remove specifics and convert to ambiguities

Repetition is a form of change

Short circuit (example; a man eating peas with the idea that they will improve his virility shovels them straight into his lap)

Shut the door and listen from outside

Take a break

Take away the elements in order of apparent non-importance

Tidy up

Trust in the you of now

Turn it upside down

Use an old idea

Use an unacceptable colour

What are you really thinking about just now?

What mistakes did you make last time?

What would your closest friend do?

What wouldn’t you do?

You can only make one dot at a time

You don’t have to be ashamed of using your own ideas