A collection of short stories by the two authors. Most stories have one black and white line
illustration by Pat Nevin. The first two impressions also have a full colour frontispiece which had disappeared
by the 7th impression. |
The book was regularly reprinted until at least the mid 1990s.
Over this period there were reductions in the number of stories. For the third impression in 1966 two stories were omitted,
one being The Explosive Twins. In 1979 seven more stories were cut, including Marrat's The Fighting Flanagans,
reducing the number of stories to 16.
The original dustwrapper design by Pat Nevin is distinctly 1960s in style. It was replaced by an 'updated' version
by an uncredited artist whose signature is unfortunately indecipherable.
Golden Pleasure books 1964:
392pp; colour frontispiece; 25 stories.
2nd imp. Golden Pleasure Books 1965:
Hardback with d/w; dated 'Second impression 1965'; dark blue cloth with gilt blocking; 392pp; colour frontispiece, signed 'Pat Nevin', of divers with anchor and rock; 25 stories; dustwrapper picture signed 'Nevin' wraps to include the spine, rear is plain blue with book summary in yellow; cover price 7s 6d.
( JA and MM copies)
3rd imp. 1966:
Hardback with first design dustwrapper; 360pp; 23 stories.
4th imp. Golden Pleasure Books 1967:
Hardback with dustwrapper, original design; dark blue cloth with gilt blocking on spine; 23 stories; dustwrapper first design.
? Hamlyn 1968:
Hardback, blue boards in dustwrapper; 360pp.
? Hamlyn 1969:
6th imp. Hamlyn 1972:
Hardback with dustwrapper; blue boards with gilt blocking; 23 stories; 360pp;dustwrapper wrap around with modernised version of original spacemen fighting design..
7th imp. Hamlyn 1973:
8th imp. Hamlyn 1975:
9th imp. Hamlyn 1977:
10th imp. Hamlyn 1978:
2nd imp. of abridged edition Hamlyn :
3rd imp. of abridged edition Hamlyn 1982:
Hardback with pictorial boards of 'modern' spacemen in fight; 272pp; 16 stories, 5 by Marrat. (JA copy)
4th imp. of abridged edition Hamlyn 1983:|
Hardback with pictorial cover.
5th imp. of abridged edition Hamlyn 1984:
Golden Press 1975
First Australian edition; hardback with d/w; blue cloth with gilt blocking; 268pp; illustrated by Pat Nevin.
16 stories only, Nicholas Marrat's contribution being the five which were retained when The Fighting Flanagans was dropped for UK editions.