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24 April, 2009

I e-mailed Steve Holland, editor of the Rick Random book mentioned a few days ago, and he has kindly provided the full details of Harry Harrison’s contributions to the Rick Random comics:

“Harry Harrison wrote four stories in total: Rick Random and the Space Pirates (Super Detective 127, May 1958, art by Ron Turner) Rick Random’s Perilous Mission (Super Detective 129, June 1958, art by Ron Turner) Rick Random and the Mystery of the Knights of Space (Super Detective 139, November 1958, art by Ernest Ratcliff) Rick Random and the Terror from Space (Super Detective 143, January 1959, art by Ron Turner)

“The first two were included in the reprint and the last was supposed to be, but they reprinted Killer in Space instead. If you look on page 652 you’ll see the cover for Terror from Space with the wrong information that it was reprinted as Killer from Space, a note helpfully (but erroneously) inserted by someone at Prion. Killer in Space was actually a reprint of the very first Rick Random story, Crime Rides the Spaceways.”

This information was taken from the payment records, so should be 100% correct.

Thanks to Steve for the additional information. He says there may be a second collection of the strips if the first one sells sufficiently well, so do please go out and buy a copy today!

Rick Random – Space Detective

15 April, 2009
Artwork: Ron Turner, colour by John Ridgeway

Artwork: Ron Turner, colour by John Ridgeway

UK publisher Prion have reprinted 10 of the old Rick Random comic stories in a chunky volume compiled by Steve Holland. Why am I telling you this? Because two of the stories, The Space Pirates and Rick Random’s Perilous Mission, both from 1958, were written by Harry Harrison.

I received my copy of the book today – the black and white artwork by Ron Turner is  really, really good.

Steve Holland has a blog where he has posted stories about the creation of the Rick Random book cover and about the contents of the volume. 

If you want to get hold of a copy of the book, Steve’s site links to the Amazon page you need. The book is a snip at £8.99 for over 600 pages of comics.

There has been some confusion in the past about which stories HH wrote for Rick Random – back in 1978 the story S.O.S from Space was reprinted in the 2000ad Sci-Fi Special, where it was attributed to HH, though this wasn’t actually one of the ones he wrote. I thought HH wrote The Mystery of the Robot World, but it turns out that was written by Conrad Frost and Barry Coker: HH wrote a story called Robot World for Boys World comic, not for RR.  

At this point I’m not sure whether HH wrote only the two stories contained in Steve Holland’s book, or whether there were more: I shall try and find out…


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