I have been an avid CRASH reader since I was 13 or so - I did not get the first initial issues of CRASH back in the day, but do have my original issue 4 onwards to issue 34. Studies then took over, and the skills the ZX Spectrum taught me in coding, along with my degree, helped me carve out a career for myself in programming and management in the IT industry.
Becoming close to Roger Kean and Oliver Frey only increased my love of CRASH and all things Newsfield.
Roger and I worked together on creating "The Collected Adverntures of Jetman". Rog scanned the comic strip from each issue of CRASH and merged them together into a book, with Oli finishing the story with a final brand new strip. We took it to Kickstarter, and printed paperback and hardback versions and it proved very popular.
With this new publication we have once again gone back to CRASH - Roger (Lloyd Mangram) from Issue 45 to 48 looked back on the first 48 issues of CRASH and, along with the covers reproduced as they were on the actual magazine, talked about the production of each issue, and also gave a little insight into what was going on at Newsfield at the time. We have extracted the text from those issues using OCR software and tidied it up where appropriate. With the help of Gary Arnott, we have created cleaned up digitial versions of the covers that did not exist - we now have the first 50 covers of CRASH in hi-res digitial version format withought straplines (i.e. CRASH logo, text etc). So for this publication we are swapping out the cover art as published originally with just the cover art - so we can all marvel at Oli's talent.
The book is 108 pages, A4 and in high quality hardback. Roger wrote a feature for the CRASH 2018 Annual on the making of a typical issue of the magazine - we felt that the words and images used would sit very well in this book, so we have included that also.