1. Exclusive: Details on Titan's 'Goldfinger' Revealed (Updated)

    By johncox on 2004-08-25

    MAJOR UPDATE! Aug. 31, 2004:

    Good news. I can confirm that the ‘missing’ panel #833 has been located along with some additional material relating to Goldfinger. With regard to the Thunderball strip…this has been another eye opener and the book is likely to include some other rarely seen stuff relating to that story. Can’t give it all away here but I think we are on to another winner here.

    Thanks for all your efforts and contributions (you know who you are!). Without CBn I doubt this project would have turned out as well as it has.


    -An appreciative Red Grant.

    James Bond art expert and CBn’s own Titan insider “Red Grant” (webmaster of the terrific The Art of James Bond website) today reveals the details on Titan books Goldfinger, the next-in-line reprint of the classic Daily Express comic strips by Henry Gammidge and John McLusky. But along with this exciting news comes a plea for help.

    Prototype cover art - may change

    Prototype cover art – may change.

    As part of the continuing series of reprinted James Bond comic strips Titan plan to issue Goldfinger which will be collected with the three short stories Risico, From A View To A Kill, For Your Eyes Only and as an added bonus Thunderball. This will be a superb collection of rarely seen John McLusky strips that originally took two years to appear sequentially in the Daily Express. It is hoped that a full version of Thunderball will be presented instead of the truncated story that originally appeared in the newspaper in 1962. Golden girl Shirley Eaton will be providing the introduction.

    However, as is often the case with material of this age, it is not complete and we are missing one panel # 833 from Goldfinger. This was also the case with the recently published On Her Majesty’s Secret Service strip which was completed with the help of fellow CBn member doublenoughtspy. If anyone has a good quality copy of the missing strip (in English and in the normal uncropped format as originally printed in the Daily Express) can they please contact Red Grant ([email protected]) who will evaluate the usability and progress matters with Titan. The Goldfinger strip has been syndicated around the world over the years and there may be someone who has a good quality newspaper or printed copy that they are willing to donate.

    Naturally as we are dealing with copyrighted material you will be credited in the book if your contributions are used. The same is also true for the Thunderball strip and any material is welcome. I am lead to believe this story was completed in full and syndicated like the rest but have only ever seen the inferior truncated version reprinted in various formats and languages.

    – Red Grant.

    Again, if you can help Red Grant and Titan locate the missing panel # 833 for Goldfinger, please email ‘Red’ directly at [email protected]. Goldfinger‘s publication date is November 26, 2004 pending the availability of the missing panel.

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