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Thursday, 15 April 2010

Ron Jobson In Book And Magazine Collector

The latest issue of the A5 size monthly Book and Magazine Collector is now in the shops and it has reached issue 350.

This issue has an article by Norman Wright and David Ashford on the artist Ron Jobson. While Jobson was the artist on the three "annuals" based on the science fiction character Space Kingley, since Kingley wasn't a character that featured in any of the weekly comics, the article doesn't fall under Norman and David's usual banner of Great British Comics Artists.

That said anyone who has the good fortune to own one or more of the Space Kingley books published by Sampson Low between 1952 and 1954 will know that Jobson did a superb job on the painted artwork for what was effectively a Dan Dare clone. Indeed the Kingley character was popular enough that there were even jigsaws released at the time featuring him in new Jobson artwork.

The other science fiction series that Jobson worked on were the covers for the earliest Kemlo juvenile novels by EC Eliott and the hardback dust jackets for Charles Chilton's Journey Into Space novelisations of the BBC radio series.

Book and Magazine Collector issue 350 is available for £3.50 from WH Smiths and Easons, or from the B&MC website.

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