Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Pawley's Peepholes by John Wyndham


Penny Turner, (the best person to have with you on a pub quiz team), reading the website mentioned 'had I read "Pawley's Peepholes"?' I hadn't....she had a copy which I borrowed and shortly after, I encountered Wyndham's clever take on time travel.

The John Wyndham Archive, 1930-2001, which is based in the University of Liverpool, Special Collections and Archives says that Pawley's Peepholes by John Wyndham was first published as Operation Peep in the magazine Suspense (Summer 1951).

The story tells of ghostly appearances in a small town which turn out to be time tourists! The townsfolk get tired of the intrusions on their private lives .....and fight back. I won't spoil the ending!

What's this got to do with Bellamy? In November 1969 Bellamy was asked by BBC Educational Publications to produce 9 drawings in black and white for "Music Session One "Pawley's Peepholes Pupil's Pamphlets for the Summer of 1970.

To date, we have not seen a pamphlet. Can you help? Email us at the usual address

An aside taken from "Time Travel" - PBS Airdate: October 12, 1999:
STEPHEN HAWKING: Time travel might be possible, but if that is the case why haven't we been overrun by tourists from the future?
CARL SAGAN: This argument I find very dubious.

Me too, Carl (RIP)

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Daily Mirror 1st Mar 1978 found

Shaqui has done it again. He's sent me a scan of the Daily Mirror for the 1st Mar 1978 and as he says, "it's a bit of a non-starter but, hey, you're the completist!"

But Shaqui has sent me other stuff which I have never seen! More to follow shortly

So visit the excellent Gerry Anderson Complete Comic History where Shaqui is the Editor.

And if you're a completist like me, the Mirror entry is now to be found on the Articles page with the 'full' text in the corresponding note.

Saturday, 26 May 2007

Paul McCartney and Frank Bellamy

Bill Storie writes:
"I was told by Terry Jones (when I was researching Bert Fegg's book) that he himself had been told the "Wings" illustration for Paul McCartney was originally commissioned for the cover of a solo album by Paul's wife Linda under the project title of "Linda and the Red Stripes". Terry himself didn't know if that was 100% true though and MPL publishing never repiled to me on the subject but maybe someone else out there on the net might know?"

This interesting article Seaside Woman by Suzy and the Red Stripes explains:
"Paul called the group Suzy (Linda) and the Red Stripes (Wings) and they signed with Epic under that name. The name Red Stripes is from one of Paul and Linda's favorite drinks."

If you fancy a challenge or happen to know one of the richest musicians in the UK, and would like to share any further information, contact us.

Bill also mentions a drunken night with Dez Skinn, but as I've never met Dez (whose reputuation precedes him) I'd better not say anymore.

Message for Dez:
Dez could you contact us so we can ask for a few clarifications?

Eagle Times updated page

Thanks to Richard Sheaf for help in updating the Eagle Times material on the page Articles about Bellamy. Where the part numbers are deduced (through continuous publications) the numbers are given in square brackets. Where they appear in the title they are included in the title itself.

But, can any Eagle Times readers tell me why there was a sporadic publication cycle in the following list?
Eagle Times Vol 8:3 Autumn 1995 (Part 10)
Eagle Times Vol 9:2 Summer 1996 (Part 11)
Eagle Times Vol 10:3 Autumn 1997 (Part 12)

Any help? Usual address feedback @
or click on comments below

Thursday, 24 May 2007

Eagle Times information to be added

Today I was contacted by Richard Sheaf who is passing on data about the series the Eagle Times ran on Bellamy. That was a long series because it covered a lot of ground with many authors. The Eagle Times is published 4 times a year and covers all thing Eagle (that is, the original run from the 50s and 60s)

And Alan Davis, yes fanboy, THE Alan Davis, wrote
"Congratulations on getting the site up and running. I haven't given it a thorough reading yet but it looks very informative." Thanks Alan. I'd still love to see you and Don McGregor on Killraven together. Alan has a nice section on his website showing his inspirations and one happens to be Bellamy. Alan shows some unpublished materials one of which we have yet to identify. For more details look on our Unpublished Bellamy page

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Praise indeed!

This online community is not a new thing to me. However, I've realised what a responsibility it is as the 'moderator' / creator!

Can you tell people that the wonderfully knowledgable Steve Holland - no slouch at writing about Bellamy - has sent compliments? His Blog is a wonder of research. Should you mention friends by name? And so on.

One email has offered some materials that will help in our research.

One comment came from how did they find out so fast!!

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Portugese is not my strong point!

The very kind Alberto sent me a copy of a checklist of the Portuguese appearances of Bellamy's work. I shall be correcting my spelling mistakes, and adding some new entries to the Non-English list of Bellamy's work reprinted 'abroad' within the next few days.

Thanks to Alberto who also allowed me to show you scans of his unpublished Bellamy strip 'Wes Slade' - see the note on that entry

Monday, 21 May 2007

Complexities of web tools!

Spent a long weekend finishing the website and tripped at a technical hurdle. Can anyone tell me how to allow comments on this blog?
I have saved and re-saved Settings on Comments, but with no option appearing for you to 'Post a comment'
I see from blog news that there was a glitch, but this should be sorted

Any help/suggestions gratefully received at

First reactions are very good and I see from statistics that mainly UK visitors are looking at the site, but God Bless Alberto in Portugal who has proved the statistics can see visitors outside the UK

Frank Bellamy Checklist website launched!

Monday 21st May 2007

What connects TV's "The Avengers", Dan Dare, Neil Armstrong, Winston Churchill and the Daily Mirror?

Frank Bellamy, graphic artist and illustrator, was born on this day 90 years ago. This blog is here to allow discussion about the published checklist which has been produced to celebrate his life and work.

The website will make a valuable reference tool for researchers and fans alike.

The checklist contains brief biographical details and anecdotes about the artists

Access is freely available at

We would love to get further information and there are many opportunities to add information.

We look forward to seeing you there!