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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I also have some of those Avengers Files magazine/digest/book/whatever you call them that John Peel put together. I wouldn't classify them as essential, though.


I haven't got these. Everything I've read about them has been less than complimentary. Are they really that bad Question Rich.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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On a vaguely related point, a while ago I managed to acquire Vol 1 issue 7 of On Target. This included a two page comic strip entitled The Rat Trap. Does anyone know whether the strip continued in later issues?


It's been awhile since I read my old On Targets, but I'm struggling to remember the strip. Was it a reprint of one printed in TV Comic or the like, or a new one commissioned for the magazine?


It was a newly commissioned strip. The graphics are pretty basic - according to the editorial it was written/drawn by an amateur artist and would run to eight pages. However, it isn't featured in the next On Target magazine I have - volume 2 issue 2 - but I know that there were a couple of issues in between.

The story featured Steed and Tara who were called in to investigate when the leader of the local fox hunt was apparently killed by a giant fox! I wouldn't describe it as a 'must have', but so far as I'm aware, it's the only Avengers comic strip from the 1980s and the forthcoming Steed and Mrs Peel comic has reawakened by interest in the Avengers/New Avengers comic strips in general.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm going from memory (not always reliable at the best of times) but I'm sure I read in one of the editorials that Dave Rogers had either secured or planned interviews with one or more of 'the back room boys' as he put it. I also remember Julie Steven's name being mentioned, but I'd have to go through them to be sure.

Reading through several of Dave Rogers' rambling editorials to get to one nugget of information is not always a comfortable or pleasurable experience so don't hold your breath on that one... Wink


That's entirely possible--Dave was always trying to get in touch with more people from the show. I would love to read a print interview with Julie--her commentary on the DVDs was brilliant because she had so much to say, and no one had ever given her the opportunity to say it! With the leads' tendency to trot out the same old anecdotes in interviews, it's people like Julie who haven't talked about the show much who are the sources of "new" info. If there is a Julie interview, I hope it sees the light of day at some some point. Smile

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I haven't got these. Everything I've read about them has been less than complimentary. Are they really that bad Rich.


Well, they're not great. They're essentially one-season episode guides with pictures. I have the TNA and Tara ones. The TNA ones have little character summaries at the start, which aren't too bad, and occasionally there's a picture in there that I haven't seen before. But there are errors in there, too--one of the TNA ones has a picture that's not even from the show! Bottom line, they were never great enough to make me want to get the rest of them.

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It was a newly commissioned strip. The graphics are pretty basic - according to the editorial it was written/drawn by an amateur artist and would run to eight pages. However, it isn't featured in the next On Target magazine I have - volume 2 issue 2 - but I know that there were a couple of issues in between.

The story featured Steed and Tara who were called in to investigate when the leader of the local fox hunt was apparently killed by a giant fox! I wouldn't describe it as a 'must have', but so far as I'm aware, it's the only Avengers comic strip from the 1980s and the forthcoming Steed and Mrs Peel comic has reawakened by interest in the Avengers/New Avengers comic strips in general.


Hmm, I don't remember it at all, but then it's been ages since I read my On Targets. I'd check on it in my own issues, but I think my box of fanzines is still in storage from my last move. I do remember a couple of other little fan-drawn strips in some other fanzines, but not that particular one. It would be fun to look at in anticipation of the new comic series, definitely. Anyone else able to get to their complete set of On Targets?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cyberrich wrote:
Timeless A-Peel wrote:
Speed Six wrote:
I also have some of those Avengers Files magazine/digest/book/whatever you call them that John Peel put together. I wouldn't classify them as essential, though.


I haven't got these. Everything I've read about them has been less than complimentary. Are they really that bad Question Rich.


They are terrible. At least, those I have are. The "Season 1" guide is mostly illustrated with photos from Series 4 and 5 and contains so little information about Series 1 the writer ought to be done for misleading advertising.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And this series of files is full of mistakes (not the correct titles given to some episodes). It's confusing and there are only two pages of information (interviews, too) at the end.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dissolute wrote:
cyberrich wrote:
Timeless A-Peel wrote:
Speed Six wrote:
I also have some of those Avengers Files magazine/digest/book/whatever you call them that John Peel put together. I wouldn't classify them as essential, though.


I haven't got these. Everything I've read about them has been less than complimentary. Are they really that bad Question Rich.


They are terrible. At least, those I have are. The "Season 1" guide is mostly illustrated with photos from Series 4 and 5 and contains so little information about Series 1 the writer ought to be done for misleading advertising.
The ones on "The Prisoner" were really bad (I bought one, and saw one or two others), so I never felt tempted to buy The Avengers ones.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dandy Forsdyke wrote:
I'm going from memory (not always reliable at the best of times) but I'm sure I read in one of the editorials that Dave Rogers had either secured or planned interviews with one or more of 'the back room boys' as he put it. I also remember Julie Steven's name being mentioned, but I'd have to go through them to be sure.

Reading through several of Dave Rogers' rambling editorials to get to one nugget of information is not always a comfortable or pleasurable experience so don't hold your breath on that one... Wink

By the way, I didn't know her but I'm so saddened to read of the death of Laure Sermini. RIP.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Timescreen and Action TV both carried features about The Avengers/New Avengers, though would have to check to see which issues.


Just bought my first Action tv mag. No.7 from Autumn 2002. Nice colour photo of Steed and Emma on front cover. Well written in depth article about The Avengers inside by Andrew Pixley. Does anyone have any other Action tv mags featuring The Avengers that are worth looking out for? Rich.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure about Action TV but the significant Avengers articles in Time Screen are these:

Issue 2:
The Cybernaught Analysis
Albert Fennell – A tribute by Dave Rogers
TNA episode guide by Andrew Pixley
General article on Christmas episodes (include “Too Many Christmas Trees”)

Issue 8: Avengers Cars



Issue 13: “A Day In Avengerland” – location guide
Issue 19: List of the work of Brian Clemens
Issue 20: Interview / obituary Tony Williamson
Issue 21: Telefantasy in comics (includes Avengers)

They often appear on eBay at fairly reasonable prices.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for uploading those Avengers covers. I've only got the first of those (No 13) which has about 6 pages of Avengers on location. Love the covers of the next 2 (with Purdey and Tara). Is there much about the Avengers inside those 2 mags? If so I'll have to look out on ebay for them? Thanks. Rich.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got the first three, don't recall seeing the comics one. Intriguing. There's an early issue of Doctor Who Monthly magazine that has an interview with Dennis Spooner. I am sure Starburst magazine must have had some Avengers features over the years (especially in the mid-80s when Channel 4 started nation-wide repeats in the UK).
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leafing through doing a quick page count:

Issue 3 (not 2 as I mistakenly said above) has a total of 7 pages, plus a paragraph or two on "Christmas Trees".
Issue 8 - 4 pages on Avengers cars.
Issue 13 - 6 pages on locations.
Issue 19 - an impressive 13 pages on Brian Clemens including a catalogue of his TV work, although of course this isn't exclusively Avengers.
Issue 20 - 5 pages about Tony Williamson, including a list of his writing credits (again not all Avengers).
Issue 21 - is a comic exclusive with The Avengers getting one or two mentions.

All the articles come with copious illustrations, on average two per page.

Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anthony McKay of this parish (and Avengerland fame) was the editor of Time Screen so it's good mto see he got Avengers stuff in there, not surprising that there was an article on locations. Presumably the interest that led to the article resulted in continuing to research and develop what became the Avengerland guide?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Timeless A-Peel wrote:
Speed Six wrote:
I also have some of those Avengers Files magazine/digest/book/whatever you call them that John Peel put together. I wouldn't classify them as essential, though.


I haven't got these. Everything I've read about them has been less than complimentary. Are they really that bad Question Rich.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still reading my way through the various Forum topics. And enjoying every minute! I was looking for somewhere concerning magazines with a New Avengers inclusion and this seems the best place (if there's anything better, my apologies for uploading here and if the subject matter has been seen before then admin, feel free to delete this!).





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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got three of those in your photo. The TV times souvenir is the BEST Avengers magazine ever! Cool I haven't got the mag in the top left hand corner. What is the New Avengers article like in this one Question Rich.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Cyberrich. The top left TV ZONE (#54) is from May 1994 and is really just a three-page interview with Gareth Hunt by John Porter. Opening with his work on Doctor Who, going on to a brief synopsis of The Avengers and TNA. Then how he got the role of Gambit, the atmosphere on set and how he played the character. The working relationship with Joanna, his favourite episode (Target!), stunt work, how he might have got the part of Bodie when The Professionals came along, brief mention of several film and TV roles, wanting to do a follow-up project with Joanna and the Avengers book he had in the pipeline. The final paragraph reveals that the interview had taken place over the phone whilst Gareth was in the bath!

I've added pics of the pages so you can 'see' the article, too...






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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty amazing to be able to read the magazine. What year did that come out? Laughing Looks to be maybe 15 years after the show came out?
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The top left TV ZONE (#54) is from May 1994 and is really just a three-page interview with Gareth Hunt by John Porter.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks for posting the article. Smile It's interesting that Gareth might have got the Bodie part. I didn't know that, but I did know Lewis Collins screen tested for Mike Gambit alongside Gabriella Drake testing for 'Charlie'. I'd love to see that screen test Exclamation Gareth's screen test was with Joanna, and the rest as they say, was history! Rich.
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