A classic science-fiction comic hero returns in the recently published Ron Turner’s Space Ace.
Produced by John Lawrence, a long-time follower of comic artist Ron Turner, this first volume presents four complete stories from Lone Star Magazine and Lone Star Annual. Additionally, thanks to superb colouring by illustrator John Ridgway, all four stories appear in full colour for the first time.
As well as being a fan of Ron Turner’s work generally, John Lawrence with Philip Harbottle created Nick Hazard: Interstellar Agent, which was illustrated by Ron in black and white originally, but more recently was also coloured-in and re-formatted by John Ridgway.
Along with stylish future vehicles and buildings, Space Ace shows how Ron Turner had a flair for creating imaginative aliens as well.
On a personal note, I’ve always been a fan of Ron Turner since the days of TV21 Annual, along with many stories that he illustrated in accompanying Century 21 Publishing annuals at the time. When TV21 (or at least the main Gerry Anderson aspect) came to an end, it was Ron Turner’s artwork that kind of filled the gap during those years before the new comic Countdown came along. In the comic Whizzer & Chips, although mainly having humour strips, there were two sci-fi adventures, The Space Accident, followed later by Wonder Car. Even though they were aimed at a young age range, with Ron illustrating the stories, there was a whole Gerry Anderson Century 21 quality which made them enjoyable. So not surprisingly, I think it’s great that this new Space Ace collection has been published.
As John Lawrence produced Space Ace as a non-profit publication, purely for the love of Ron Turner’s work, it’s definitely the number of copies sold that will determine whether or not there are future volumes published. If you enjoy Ron Turner’s artwork and/or classic science-fiction comic adventures generally, then you can purchase Space Ace: Volume 1, using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org via PayPal.
Thank-you to John Ridgway for the images and John Lawrence for permission to use them.