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Sinclair User Issue 4 – Original “Runway” Artwork

Posted in Books & Magazines, Miscellaneous, ZX Spectrum on February 20, 2015 by drewturpin

Following on from the “Flycatcher” artwork from issue 6 of Sinclair User, I have also managed to pick up this piece of artwork. This original painting by William Scolding was included in issue 4 of Sinclair User, published in July 1982, in an article on machine code.

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This article featured a computer program call “Runway”, hence the illustration of a plane landing.

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A cropped version of this artwork was also used in the 1983 Sinclair Annual, published later in the year, in an article on the growth of software. The painting is on card and covered by a tracing paper overlay for protection.

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The tracing paper has the following sentences written on it in red pen “Sinclair Annual Page 14. Repeat of colour illustration from Sinclair User July. Crop as indicated to 100mm deep. Proof of cropped pic please.”

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This is another ebay purchase, costing me just under £15.

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ZX Computing – Issue 1

Posted in Books & Magazines, ZX Spectrum on December 31, 2013 by drewturpin

This is the very first edition of ZX Computing magazine which was first published in the April 1982 (although the magazine shows this as Summer 1982) by Argus Press. The magazine was originally released bi-monthly, but went monthly from issue 24 (April 1986). The magazine contained “type-in” programs for the ZX80, ZX81 and ZX Spectrum computers, and also concentrated on more serious article on computing.

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The magazine ran for 38 issues with the last one published in June 1987. I picked up this copy from ebay for £10 which isn’t too bad, as it is a difficult one to track down. Therefore putting a price on this magazine is not going to be easy. Because of the age of the magazine the condition can vary, in fact as this magazine used a glued spine rather than the more common staple. This can mean loose pages or pages missing entirely. Fortunately my copy, although well read, is complete with no loose pages.

Crash – Catalogue

Posted in Books & Magazines, ZX Spectrum on November 29, 2013 by drewturpin

This is a rare copy of one of the first Crash software catalogues. Crash originally was a mail order software company selling ZX Spectrum cassettes, and these catalogues were sent out to customers. This catalogue is not dated but is believed to have been published somewhere around the middle of 1983.

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Only three of four different catalogues are thought to have been published in total, and this stopped in October 1983 when the first edition of Crash magazine was being planned.

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An interesting fact is that the street on the back page, drawn by Oliver Frey, features the original company office (Crash Towers). I was fortunate enough to pick this up on ebay for about £2, and have not seen any of these catalogues before or since. Considering the age of the catalogue it is in great condition.

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Putting a price on this item is difficult due to fact that they do not turn up very often, however they are well worth tracking down.

Sinclair Programs – Issue 1

Posted in Books & Magazines, ZX Spectrum on October 11, 2013 by drewturpin

This is the very first edition of Sinclair Programs magazine which was first published in May 1982 by ECC Publications Ltd, who also published Sinclair User and Sinclair Projects. The magazine was originally released bi-monthly, but due to its’ popularity went monthly from issue 7 (May 1983). The magazine contained “type-in” programs for the ZX80, ZX81 and ZX Spectrum computers, and although most listing were for games there was also the odd utility program included. The magazine ran for 35 issues with the last one published in September 1985, which was probably due to the introduction of budget software making buying games more affordable.

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I picked up this copy from a dedicated magazine website for £8 which I was pretty happy with, as it rarely appears on ebay. Because of this pricing of this magazine is difficult, but that said it is not obvious for the front cover that this is the very first issue, so you may be able to pick one up cheaply. Also because of the age of the magazine the condition can vary, so I would always check the overall state of the magazine (e.g. missing pages, rips, tears, writing etc).

Acorn User – Issue 1

Posted in Acorn Atom, Books & Magazines on August 9, 2013 by drewturpin

This is the very first edition of Acorn User magazine which was published in July 1982.  This particular issue spanned two months with issue two being published in September 1982, and the magazine going monthly thereafter. The magazine ran for an impressive 267 issues with the last issue being published in December 2003. This first issue was only 46 pages and covered both the Acorn Atom and BBC Micro.

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Along with this magazine I also have an official Acorn User binder I picked up when I bought a BBC Micro B a few years back.

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The magazine is another ebay purchase costing £6.99 on a “buy it now” auction, which I think is a good price considering it is in great condition. I have not seen any other copies on ebay, or indeed any of the binders either, so providing an actual price for these items would be difficult. As with any magazine the condition can vary, so if you are lucky to find one I would recommend contacting the seller to find out about the overall state of the magazine (e.g. missing pages, rips, tears, writing etc).

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Sinclair User Issue 6 – Original “Flycatcher” Artwork

Posted in Books & Magazines, Miscellaneous, ZX Spectrum on July 25, 2013 by drewturpin

Now here is something a little unusual that I picked up recently. It is an original piece of artwork by William Scolding and featured in issue 6 of the Sinclair User magazine, which was published in September 1982.

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The ink drawing on card is covered by a tracing paper overlay for protection. The words “Illustration for p27 Sinclair User – Sept” appear on the front, followed by the word “Flycatcher” which is circled underneath.

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The artwork was to accompany a program listing for the ZX81 called “Flycatcher”, and indeed in the September 1982 issue of Sinclair User, on page 27 there is the artwork in question.

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This was a bit of an impulse purchase from ebay, as it is not something you’ll see everyday, and at just £12 I think it was well worth the money.

“How to Win at Pac-Man” book

Posted in Books & Magazines on June 14, 2013 by drewturpin

This book, published by Penguin in 1982, provides strategies to achieve high scores in the most famous of arcade games. This 32 pages guide is comprehensive, and also covers the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man as well as the arcade version of Ms Pac-Man.

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Originally selling for 95 pence, you should be able to pick up a copy for around £10. This copy was a bootsale bargain at just 10 pence.

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