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.
Bought this book as a Christmas treat for myself. It is well presented and comes in its own slip cover. I have travelled down memory lane on crash issues mentioned and found how an issue was published interesting. Well done to Chris and the late great Rodger and Oliver
Lovely book, wasn't sure about getting it initially, as I wasn't sure about what it was about. But bow that it's here I'm really enjoying it. It contains the highest quality versions of Crash cover images I have ever seen. And it's full of little informations and curiosities about each Crash issue. And the slipcase is the icing on the cake. I recommend it.
I have bought multiple Books and Magazines from Fusion, so will always recommend them. This particular one (Crash Legacy) have not received yet, which has been around a month in transit. You do expect International freight to take a while, especially leading up to the Xmas/NY period....but a little disappointed due to the freight cost not being cheap or the budget option, and effectively doubled the cost of the book. Not really Fusions fault in this case, there are other companies that skimp on freight P&P, Fusion aren't one. Looking forward to it, their books are always worth waiting for! :-)
I just took it for granted that Crash would always be there each month in WHSmiths so great to read about what was actually going on in Ludlow, especially in the early editions.
Book arrived very quickly. It's great looking at the art without the bits on it and the history of each front cover.