Monday, May 20, 2019

THE BEST OF OMNI SCIENCE FICTION (PART 1)


THE BEST OF OMNI SCIENCE FICTION
1980
Omni Publications International, Ltd.
Editor: Bob Guccione
Associate Editor: Kathy Keeton
Cover: Pierre Lacombe
Pages: 148
Cover price: $3.50

The first issue of this truly original science fiction magazine was published in October 1978. OMNI was the brainchild of Kathy Keeton, who worked with PENTHOUSE publisher Bob Guccione and would be his future wife (third of four). The concept was to create a magazine "that explored all realms of science and the paranormal, that delved into all corners of the unknown and projected some of those discoveries into fiction."

This "Best of" edition, published in 1980 and introduced by Ben Bova, collects stories and art from the first two years. The contents reads like a who's who of science fiction: Isaac Asmiov, Harry Harrison, Robert Sheckley, Bova and Roger Zelazny to name only a few. Known as a "genre classic", George R.R. Martin's "Sandkings" is also included here. Contributing artists include H.R. Giger, Les Edwards and Jim Burns. On page 83 is a Gahan Wilson rip-off by a cartoonist I can't identify. Also included is an interview with Arthur C. Clarke. This was an exceptional science fiction magazine!





































Sunday, May 19, 2019

WEIRD NO. 12 (EERIE PUBLICATIONS)


WEIRD
Volume 1, Number 12
Whole number 3
October 1966
Eerie Publications
Publisher: Robert W. Farrell
Editor: Carl Burgos
Art Director: Myron Fass
Cover: Bob Powell
Pages: 52
Cover price: 35 cents


STORIES:
Carl Burgos, inside front cover
The Blood Blossom (Iger Shop)
Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #1 (Ajax, May 1953)
Heads of Horror (Iger Shop)
Reprinted from Voodoo #14 (Ajax, Mar-Apr 1954)
Swamp Haunt (Joe Doolin)
Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #5 (Ajax, Jan 1953)
Cry From the Coffin (Iger Shop)
Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #8 (Ajax, Oct 1953)
Fanged Terror (Iger Shop)
Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #18 (Ajax, Nov-Dec 1954)
Black Death (Iger Shop)
Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #4 (Ajax, Nov 1953)
Nightmare (Iger Shop)
Reprint (?) of "Dream of Horror", Strange Fantasy #9 (Ajax, Dec 1953)
Rest in Peril (Iger Shop)
Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #6 (Ajax, June 1953)

For an unknown reason, there was a six-month gap between this and the previous issue of WEIRD.  The titles "Terror ... Shock ... Suspense" are also used at the top of Bob Powell's nicely done cover for the first time. A continuation of reprint stories from the Iger Shop with re-worked panels.























































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