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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:44 pm    Post subject: The Mystery of the Missing, 'Missing Cases': by Geoff Barlow Reply with quote

Sorting through my Avengers collection in preperation for selling it off, I came across a glossy fold-out 'On Target' supplement from Rogers & Barlow advertising 'The Weather Merchants'. Inside is a sneak preview and a synopsis for four more missing cases, apparently "to come" ! I have, over the years, collected the four well known Barlow novels, The Monster of the Moor, The Weather Merchants, Before the Mast and Moonlight Express but has anyone ever managed to obtain these other four novels by Geoff Barlow ? Were they even written and distributed ? I certainly have never come across them.

1) The New Girl in Town. dateline 1967
In Which Steed Prefers Blondes
And Emma Sees Red

2) The Hearts and Minds of Englishmen dateline 1967
In Which Steed Becomes A Switched-On Star
And Emma Pulls The Plug

3) Holmes Sweet Holmes dateline 1895
Only a synopsis no other details given
4) The Magical History Tour
Sub-titled A More Congenial Spot
Only a synopsis no other details given


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:27 pm    Post subject: Barlow novels Reply with quote

I've never run across any of those in years of Avengers collecting, either... I can say with some certainty they've never been on Ebay. I'm guessing they never made print, and perhaps were never written.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fascinating! I've never come across any of these either, and I have all four. I have to agree with Bill. I doubt they ever saw print. The bylines suggest that they may have been written though, but "On Target/Stay Tuned" was always going through financial/subscription difficulties that would have easily pulled the plug. Or Geoff Barlow's brush with the copyright lawsuit.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fold out flyer is glossy and totally dedicated to the 'missing cases' Avengers novels of Barlow. Seems quite a length to go to for something that hadn't been written. Plus the synopsis given for each novel is certainly detailed enough. Personally I think they could well have been compiled but never made it to print and hence not to general circulation. Pity, from the synopsis given they sound very interesting.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Avengerholic wrote:
The fold out flyer is glossy and totally dedicated to the 'missing cases' Avengers novels of Barlow. Seems quite a length to go to for something that hadn't been written. Plus the synopsis given for each novel is certainly detailed enough. Personally I think they could well have been compiled but never made it to print and hence not to general circulation. Pity from the synopsis given they sound very interesting.


Yes, that sounds like too much detail for something in the idea stage. It would've been great to read them. Geoff Barlow's work isn't too bad, certainly better than some of the "official" novels (the Garforths in particular).

Any chance of scanning the synopsises for public consumption?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Geoff sent me everything he still had a few years ago, and he didn't include these - he didn't even hava a copy of "Before the Mast" anymore, so that's the one book I'm missing from my collection (well, along with "The Ultimate Avengers" which seems impossible to get - there are billions of copies of "The Complete Avengers", strangely enough.

I guess Dave did a smaller print run for his magnificent octopus.
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'The New Girl In Town'
DateLine 1967
In Which Steed Prefers Blondes,
And Emma Sees Red


When Edwina Barchester-Smythe, a tall stunning beautiful blonde joins the department, John Steed appears more than a trifle interested. Inviting the new agent to join him on a couple of cases, Steed finds her as efficient a spycatcher as she is an eye-catcher, and it isn't long before the duo are monopolizing each other's company, both in a professional, and social sense.

Mrs. Emma Peel appears both mystified and miffed by the liason, and, following an uncharacteristic flippant refusal by Steed to a social invitation, resolves, on the spur of the moment, to pay Edwina a visit. Arriving at the new girls fashionable apartment, Emma is at first welcomed, but her subsiquent interrogation of Edwina provokes the blonde into issuing a phsysical challenge. To her astonishment, Emma is skillfully defeated by the other girl, and thrown out of the flat. Furious, she drives back to her own penthouse, where she finds Ivan Borsky, a well known Russian envoy.

Mrs.Peel invites the man in, and between them, they soon formulate a plan to ensnare the icy edwina - and John Steed - by luring them to a lonley midlands airfield.

Are you reading right ? What possible explanation could there be for this bizarre behaviour by the Avengers ? At last, due to changes to the secrets act hinted at earlier, the full facts behind this most stunning Avengers story may be revealed - to genuine Avengerphiles only.


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'The Hearts And Minds of Englishmen'
Dateline 1967
In which Steed Becomes A Switched-On Superstar
And Emma Pulls The Plug


Through subliminal messages transmitted into the nation's living rooms, the owners of a television station attempt to gain control of the thought process of the entire British population. Steed and Emma investigate, with Steed becoming the celebrity guest of upper crust social commentator Sonia Masters, and Mrs. Peel gaining a job as a news-reader. Suspects include the station owner, media baron Lord Picher, as well as Miss Masters, a shifty technician called Lofty Mondale, and sauve advertising exectutive Damon Stone.


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'Holmes, Sweet Holmes'
Dateline 1895??

This singular narrative, being an extract from further, only recently unearthed, reminisces of Dr John H. Watson, describes a series of incidents which apparently took place in 1895, beginning when the rooms of Mr Sherlock Holmes at 221B Baker St. welcomed two of the most unusual visitors ever to grace those famous portals - two visitors from the future. Over 70 years into the future, in fact !!

"The young lady was dressed, if such be the right word, in trousers, and a strange blouse, or vestment, of similar hue and texture" describes an astounded Dr. Watson. "The gentleman, meanwhile, was of a more conventional appearance - indeed, with his bowler hat, neatly tailored suit, with stove-pipe pants, furled umbrella and pocket watch chain, he might almost have passed for a gentleman of our own times, except perhaps for his suede leather boots, and his singular choice of companion". And yet here again, as Holmes was quick to point out, one should not rush into hasty judgements based upon insufficient data, for the young woman subsequently proved - through all of her actions, her aloof, queenly bearing, her charming manners, her unruffled, almost serene demeanour - to be not only a lady, in the finest, most chivalrous, sense of that expression, but one of the very few of her own sex upon whom one could firmly, and totally, rely in a moment of extreme crisis.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fascinating! Some of those sound quite interesting, actually. I'm very sorry they were never released! It does sound as though they were written--there's too much information in the summary for it to be otherwise. Thanks for sharing!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is indeed a pity that these were never released. The fourth book features Steed & Cathy but the synopsis is very long. If I can find time I'll type it out or failing that shorten it to a more desirable length.
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Avengerholic wrote:
It is indeed a pity that these were never released. The fourth book features Steed & Cathy but the synopsis is very long. If I can find time I'll type it out or failing that shorten it to a more desirable length.


Really? Steed and Cathy? That's unusual considering her episodes were less well-known at that point, although I suppose it would have been nice to break from Emma on occasion as a writer. I'd love to read it. You could always scan it to save time. I've got storage space...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:32 pm    Post subject: The Mystery of the Missing, "Missing Cases": by Ge Reply with quote

I subscribed to this series back in the mid 90s. The text outlining the (unpublished?) Cathy Gale story is quite long. As I don't have much time this morning I'll post it in two parts:

The Magical History Tour
Subtitled "A more congenial spot"

John Steed and Mrs Catherine Gale are on holiday in Australia, at the request of an old World War Two acquaintance of Steed's, one Arthur Gidgalong. Intrigued by the resurfacing of an old legend concerning the "rock men" - strange figures who emerge from a gigantic monolith far greater in dimension than Ayers Rock and the Olgas, but which does not appear on any map - the trio are soon setting forth on an expedition into the centre.

The party soon proves the existence of the rock - a structure almost thirty miles in diameter, possessed of some curious magnetic proprty which creates an almost constant barrier of sand-storms around its perimeter and renders it invisible to air-craft radar. The group succeeds in breaching the rock's defences, however, and finds within it a lush, almost temperate paradise - a huge rift valley holding the remnants of a once vast inland sea as a lake in its centre, along with rich green pastures, farm-lets, and woods nurtured by frequent rainfall caused by electrical storms. The biggest surprise is yet to come, however, when the "rock med" turn out to be knights in shining armour, the descendants of the legendary Arthurian court - the knights of the round table! Captain Cook, it seems, was not the first Englishman to claim part of Australia for his monarch - that privilege fell to Sir Lancelot, almost a millennium before.

I'll post the other half this evening.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:14 am    Post subject: The Mystery of the Missing, "Missing Cases": by Ge Reply with quote

Here's the second part:

The old sage, Merlin, (many old names have been handed down the generations it seems) relates to the astounded travellers the tale of how Arthur and his court fled Camelot in the face od a massive Nordic invasion. Aboard two captured long-ships, they fled their beloved Misty Isles and set sail for sunnier climes. His story is one of courage and deprivation, as the travellers sail the forbidding West African coastline (braving the attacks of strange wild beasts and fierce tribes in their quests for fresh water), attempt to set up a colony at the Cape of Good Hope (their name also), and are eventually driven from the dark continent by the attacks of fierce raiders from the north. So begins a truly harrowing journey across the vastness of the Indian Ocean, and landfall in North West Australia. Here, to their joy, the natives are found to be friendly, and survivors of Camelot set up a new home alongside the Aboriginal people. The Britons long, however, for a more temperate climate and, guided by ancient local legends of a lush paradise somewhere in the midst of the desert, they set off to discover their future kingdom. In their suits of armour, with face-protecting visors, the knighrs are able to breach the sand-storm barrier and, finding the wonder-land beyond the rock walls, soon return to devise a way of escorting their women, children, and the remnants of their sheep and cattle flocks, to their new home. A castle is soon erected by the shores of the central lake; a fortress within a fortress. Paradise, it seems, has been regained.

No-one has breached these walls in almost a thousand years. The occasional sojourning knight who braved the storms in search of adventure has contributed to, and reinforced, the Aboriginal legends of the rock-dwellers. But now, the present Arthur - the 20th King to wear the crown of Camelot - seeks a wife. And when the present trio of invaders arrive, who better for a queen than the dynamic blonde beauty at John Steed's side?


I also have a letter promoting The Missing Cases Series Two, which contained summaries of several other forthcoming stories. I add details of these if anyone is interested.
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dissolute wrote:
Geoff sent me everything he still had a few years ago, and he didn't include these - he didn't even hava a copy of "Before the Mast" anymore, so that's the one book I'm missing from my collection (well, along with "The Ultimate Avengers" which seems impossible to get - there are billions of copies of "The Complete Avengers", strangely enough.

I guess Dave did a smaller print run for his magnificent octopus.

I was also lucky enough to be gifted a box bursting with goodies from Geoff. It was sent by surface mail (I couldn't afford airmail) and took five months to arrive. There was only a photocopy of 'Before The Mast' inside, but I'd be happy to make you a copy. I think he may have posted on here in the past.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jasper Groat wrote:
dissolute wrote:
Geoff sent me everything he still had a few years ago, and he didn't include these - he didn't even hava a copy of "Before the Mast" anymore, so that's the one book I'm missing from my collection (well, along with "The Ultimate Avengers" which seems impossible to get - there are billions of copies of "The Complete Avengers", strangely enough.

I guess Dave did a smaller print run for his magnificent octopus.

I was also lucky enough to be gifted a box bursting with goodies from Geoff. It was sent by surface mail (I couldn't afford airmail) and took five months to arrive. There was only a photocopy of 'Before The Mast' inside, but I'd be happy to make you a copy. I think he may have posted on here in the past.


I scanned "Before the Mast" ages ago, and it's still in my photobucket account for anyone who's interested.

http://s144.photobucket.com/albums/r192/timelessapeel/Original%20Avengers/?action=view&current=scan0004-2.jpg
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work. Wink
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Timeless A-Peel wrote:
Fascinating! Some of those sound quite interesting, actually. I'm very sorry they were never released! It does sound as though they were written--there's too much information in the summary for it to be otherwise. Thanks for sharing!


amazing what seems to turn up,from time to time...
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Jasper Groat wrote:
Nice work. Wink


Pleasure. Very Happy I saved you some scanning at least. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dissolute wrote:
Geoff sent me everything he still had a few years ago, and he didn't include these - he didn't even hava a copy of "Before the Mast" anymore, so that's the one book I'm missing from my collection.


Some kind soul on this forum uploaded the Before the mast novelette by Geoff Barlow. I can't find it anywhere now though Exclamation Can anyone help me locate it as I'd like to save it to my pc. I have the other 3 by Geoff, so this Tara novel is the only one missing from my collection too. Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction. Or maybe it was on the old forum in which case it's gone Exclamation If anyone has it can they upload here Question Many thanks, Rich.
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