Oddities: James Whale’s Frankenstein – the photonovel

James Whale's Frankenstein was published in 1974 by Picador in the UK as part of their Film Classics Library series. I've been wrestling with how to categorise this one for a while... Does it count as a noncomic or an oddity? Or is it neither? Or all three? I eventually concluded that it can't be … Continue reading Oddities: James Whale’s Frankenstein – the photonovel

Noncomics: William Shatner – The Unauthorized Biography

Once again Uncle Rusty has delved into his Star Trek cabinet, and this time emerged with a rather odd publication indeed... This ain't no comic-book, folks, though it looks and feels very much like one at first glance and first touch. William Shatner - The Unauthorized Biography is one of many similar books published by … Continue reading Noncomics: William Shatner – The Unauthorized Biography

Noncomics: Star Trek – Planet Ecnal’s Dilemma

From the distant past of 1979 comes a Star Trek colouring book -- but this is not just any old colouring book. This is no mere random collection of line-art images: every page in Star Trek - Planet Ecnal's Dilemma is actually a panel in a continuous story (or half a panel, for the two-page … Continue reading Noncomics: Star Trek – Planet Ecnal’s Dilemma

Noncomics: KP Outer Spacers Free Space Posters

In the late 1970s, uncoincidentally around the time Star Wars was released and gave science fiction a massive boost in popularity, KP Snacks released Outer Spacers. Subtitled "Crispy Corn Snacks for Cosmonauts" these were cheap but tasty fried snacks -- sort of a sci-fi version of the more famous Monster Munch -- available in a … Continue reading Noncomics: KP Outer Spacers Free Space Posters

Star Trek / X-Men novel!

Apparently the world is going to end again on Saturday September 23rd, thanks to the mysterious “Planet X” gently smashing into our lovely homeworld. News of that has reminded me of this unusual novel from my collection… The Star Trek: The Next Generation / X-Men crossover novel Planet X by Michael Jan Friedman (Pocket Books, … Continue reading Star Trek / X-Men novel!