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Thriller Picture Library: Jet-Ace Logan

October 7, 2011 by The Belated Nerd

Thriller Picture Library was a 64 page digest-sized comic book with black & white interior art.  Each page usually consisted of two panels; one on top of the other. Published four times a month in Britain by Fleetway it ran serialized stories featuring a variety of war, spy, and detective heroes. In 1961 the featured characters were Dogfight DixonJohn Steel, Battler Britton, Spy 13with one-off appearances by Dick Daring of the Mounties and our old friend Jet-Ace Logan.

Jet-Ace Logan was a space pilot with the RAF, 100 years in the future. He and his wingman, Plumduff  were entrusted to thwart the plans of nefarious aliens, smugglers, and other space-baddies. Where Dick Daring‘s sole Thriller appearance in 1961 was the character’s swan song issue, Jet-Ace Logan‘s was the first of  a dozen appearances that would see out the end of  Thriller Picture Library in 1963.  Jet-Ace Logan was usually found in Fleetway’s Comet and Tiger magazines between 1956 and 1968. It’s doubtful that the stories that ended up in Thriller were excess inventory from Tiger where it was running in serial during 1961. The large Tiger magazine featured a dozen or more panels to the page compared to the digest-sized Thriller‘s 2-4 panels per page. Issue 383 was published in 1961 and issue 391 was Thriller‘s first issue of 1962.


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