Nostalgic notions, sentimental sighings, wistful wonderings, rueful reflections, poignant ponderings & yearnings for yesteryear! (With a few profound perplexities & puzzling paradoxes thrown in as well.)
A big THANKS for sharing those with us ( the first time I've seen them ) - But it won't be the last ...
It was nice to see Ron return to one of his most famous strips from the '60s, eh?
Just found out that Ron was actually working on a second story when he died. I can't help wonder where the saga would have gone next.
Further digging has revealed to me that 2 unlettered pages of the story "Deadline To Doomsday were shown in DWM #276! I've got to ask, "Have you got it and, if so, would you show us?" Cheers, J ("the pest") P
Not the best quality of reproduction I'm afraid, JP, but it should give you a fair enough idea of what a treat it would've been had it been finished.
Brilliant! Thanks, Kid. And I've just ordered a DWM # 276 off EBay for a mere 75p ( plus p&p ) !
That's a good buy in anyone's language.
I hope there's an insight into John Lawrence's actual story in the mag. I get the jist of the story from these 2 pages, but I can't foresee where the potential "doomsday" will come from, unless it's a bit of a copy of Beneath the POTA?
I managed to get a copy of DWM #276 myself, JP (for a mere £2), so when it arrives, I'll replace the inferior page scans which someone sent me. (Not that you'll be worried, what with having your own copy.) It looks like the Daleks are taking a gubbing in one of those pages, so perhaps the 'doomsday' referred to is the threat of their extinction if they don't gain the upper hand. Hopefully, we'll both soon find out.
You know, I got to thinking that I wished that I knew of a letterer who could do a good job "ghost"-lettering these 2 pages and then it hit me! - HOLD ON A MINUTE! -I'll ask Kid! - Maybe HE'LL know of someone!
Your above comment was one that was hiding in my Spam file, JP - just rescued it from oblivion. Funnily enough, I had already considered lettering the pages when I first saw them, but the quality of the scans wasn't good enough for that. That's why I bought the issue on eBay. Watch this space.
NOW you've grabbed my attention! I will be watching this space with greater interest than anybody else!!
JP, I've now replaced the scans of RT's last Dalek art with superior ones. Click on, then click on the result for optimum size.
Yeah, much better! I know what you mean about the size of the pages, particularly the first page, but I think that they ARE finished. Perhaps Ron was going to design a slightly wider new logo strip to go with this second story and I reckon you're right - that he was planning to polish the Daleks off, but I can't see how a primitive race armed with rocks & spears could achieve that! My guess is that either by accident or design, the Daleks would take the whole planet with them, perhaps their saucer would turn into a thermo- nuclear device ,causing doomsday for the planet? ( I am even planning my own imaginary lettering for these pages ) - I reckon we are paying tribute to RT, by even thinking these thoughts !
I wasn't suggesting that the Daleks were going to be made 'extinct' as a race, JP - merely that the particular Daleks on that spaceship might be facing their own 'doomsday' at the hands of the planet's inhabitants. Of course, as you suggest, it could've been the planet's doomsday that was being referred to, of which I'd also considered the possibility. However, we'll never know unless John Lawrence spills the beans.
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