Shortly before Ron Turner’s Space Ace: Volume 2 being published earlier this year, I received a very interesting email from author and literary agent Philip Harbottle, concerning science-fiction book covers by Ron Turner:
“It occurred to me that you may not be aware that I have been using Ron’s science fiction book covers on scores and scores of the books by John Russell Fearn (and others) that I have been publishing with Borgo Books/Wildside Press.”
Philip also informed me about his book relating to Ron’s science-fiction covers:
“My recent four hundred plus page non-fiction book, VULTURES OF THE VOID: THE LEGACY, tells the entire history of British science fiction publishing, with particular emphasis on the post-war decade and what you would term ‘adventure’ or popular science fiction, The careers and books of prolific authors like John Russell Fearn and E.C.Tubb are covered in depth, and there are sidebars on classic sf comic strip characters like Dan Dare and Garth.”
“Also covered in depth is the canon of artist Ron Turner, who has the lion’s share of the scores of book and magazine covers featured in the book. Turner’s classic covers appeared on paperbacks in the early 1950s (mainly on titles by Fearn and Tubb under various pseudonyms).”
Philip also explained his connection with E.C. Tubb and John Russell Fearn:
“As their later literary agent, I have been arranging for the reprinting (with several posthumous first editions) of scores and scores of their books, many with original or new covers by Turner, or ‘recycled’ Turner covers from other titles. Initially from US small press Gryphon Books, then with US pod publisher Wildside Press and (mainly) with Borgo Books, a separate imprint of Wildside.”
While developments with Dorad & Sirius continue, it’s good to see classic Ron Turner artwork presented in new publications.
Thank-you to Philip Harbottle for the information and permission to share the covers.