Stephen James Walker presents a complete visual history of the Hank Janson crime fiction range, from its inception in 1946 through to the last of the original novels in 1971, and beyond. Showcased within its pages are pristine reproductions of every single cover – including, in full-page size and in better quality than ever seen before, all of the classic Reginald Heade-painted pieces of the 1940s and 1950s. Also illustrated, amongst a wealth of other Hank Janson ephemera, are the Hilary Brand spin-off range, the books’ North American editions and plentiful examples of their many foreign-language translations.
A gloriously nostalgic celebration of a vintage British publishing sensation!
‘This covers the whole Janson saga, all the way through his Compact days, and also covers foreign reprints from across Europe and Scandinavia, so there is an astonishing array of styles on show.’ Steve Holland
‘A quite fantastic labour of love … a useful historic footnote in the story of British crime fiction.’ Mike Ripley
256pp. Large format 22cm x 28cm hardback. Fully illustrated in full colour throughout.
Published 17 December 2021
Copies of this book are available to USA-based customers through the following retailers:
Bud’s Comics and Art: https://www.budsartbooks.com/product/hank-janson-under-cover-a-visual-history/
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephen James Walker has authored or co-authored an average of one book per year since the early 1990s, many of them about the BBC’s acclaimed Doctor Who series. Hank Janson Under Cover is his thirtieth title. He has a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Physics from University College London, and his many other interests include cult TV, film noir, vintage crime fiction, Laurel and Hardy and an eclectic mix of soul, jazz, R&B and other popular music. Between July 1983 and March 2005 he acted as an adviser to successive Governments, responsible for policy on a range of issues relating mainly to individual employment rights. His working time is now taken up by his writing projects and by his role as co-owner and director of Telos Publishing. He lives in Kent with his wife and family.