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.

More Fantastic Tales

Jun 1, 2017

If I needed confirmation that I have TOO MANY COMICS here it is! A couple of years ago I pointed out the oddness of a couple of Thorpe and Porter comics from circa 1962/1963. Fantastic Tales No 8 and Fantastic Tales No 10 both sport identical cover images! The question was, were the whole contents of both issues identical too???

At the time I only owned issue No 8. I have recently acquired issue No 10, but am still none-the-wiser! Of course I’m unable to find issue No 8 (It’s within one of two hundred boxes). And stupidly I never thought to list the contents of that issue (or even open it, let alone read it!).

So, just for the record this is the rubbish/bonkers stuff that appears in issue No 10.
The Greater Evil
Bells and Noises
My Strange Godfather
The man who wasn’t there
Doctor Marlin’s menagerie
Annals of the Occult
The strangeness of Mr McGillicuddy
More Annals of the Occult
The Booster shots
Return of the Pequod
Yet more Annals of the Occult
The Old Man

Most of these black and white reprints were originally presented in ACG’s Forbidden Worlds 58 and Adventures into the Unknown 88 both cover dated September 1957. There were a couple of Charlton tales too. One whose origin I can’t identify and one which originally appeared in Out of this World 3 cover dated March 1957. (Oh, and I  mustn’t forget the adverts for T&P Classics Illustrated comics, sand-kicking Charles Atlas and Thorpe and Porter Western paperbacks).

Fantastic Tales

May 1, 2015

Fantastic Tales 8

I’m puzzled. Did issue 10 have the same contents as issue 8 ?!?



Fantastic Tales 10