Years magazine (GY) was published by Front Row Magazine
(FRM) in Sydney, Australia between 1986 and 1995. There
were 26 issues produced at irregular intervals. The first
series consisted of 13 issues and the second or 'new'
series of 13 issues. The magazine was curtailed due to
time restraints and eventually became the basis of the
Collecting Books and Magazines website, with much of the
information finding its way onto the various pages.
Content was devoted mainly to the old prewar Amalgamated
Press story papers with an occasional mention of W E
Johns, Elsie Oxenham and even E Brent-Dyer. Also included
were book search travel reports, books wanted and for
sale, clubs and magazines information, reviews and repros
of story papers. A spin-off was the Book and Magazine
Collectibles Advertiser (BMCA) which filled the gap
between GY and the establishment of the CB and M website.
Main contributors were the surviving members of the
Sydney Golden Hours Old Boys' Book Club (Ernie Carter and
Bill Hall), Bill Lofts and Tom E (see Aust
and NZ Collectors page). 'The Editor's Ramble' by yours truly, a
regular in all later issues, became 'Juvenile Adventures'
in the Australian Book Collector.
Editor's contributions aren't listed.
(mid-1986) A4 format.
Mostly old articles from newspapers about Billy
Bunter, Charles Hamilton plus photos of the original
Golden Hours Book Club in Sydney.
2. (20th November, 1986) A4 format, 40pp inc
covers, photocopied, limited to 20 copies.
Old articles from newspapers on the hobby,
reproduced story paper inserts, includes article on Felix
Costa, the famous Sydney book and paper collector who
sold his collection by weight. Articles on the Billy
Bunter TV series plus a clipping 'How William Began'
being an interview with Richmal Crompton.
3. (14th February, 1987) A4 format, 36pp inc
covers, photocopied, limited to 12 copies.
Reproduced articles include 'The brotherhood of
Happy hours' from the NZ Listener, 10.8.51, a lengthy
article on story papers and collectors, 'Billy Bunter is
now 50' from a 1957 London paper, 'No.1669 - 14 more to
go' about Hastings, New Zealand collector, John (Jack)
Murtagh who needed only 14 more issues of 'The Magnet' to
complete his collection, 'Money for old chips', about the
increasing value of old British comics, an obituary on
Charles Hamilton, 'Readers Exploded when Biggles got
soppy' being an article about W E Johns from the Sydney
Daily Mirror, 2.10.1968. A review of Butcher's
'Greyfriars Prospectus', 20.11.1965 can be seen plus
'Bunter's Back' by former Magnet sub-editor, Frank Snow
(1964). 'From Collector to Printer' is the story of famed
Canadian collector, Bill Gander (1.8.1963). 'Greyfriars
Nationalised' from Punch, 15.4.1953 and 'Billy Bunter's
Last great Gorge' from Saturday night, 12.1965, fill out
4. (June, 1987) A4 format, 36pp inc covers,
photocopied, limited to 20 copies.
Includes 'In the Magnetic Field' from Nation,
22.7.1972, a comprehensive article on Frank Richards and
his schools. 'Billy Bunter's Stepfather', on C H Chapman,
'Biggles' from Sydney's People magazine, 15.12.1954.
5. (November, 1987) A5 format, 32pp inc covers,
pages are numbered.
3 * Lofts, Bill * Investigations Unlimited ar
12 * Ebbage, Tom * The Modern Boy - Ahead of its Time ar
pt.1 of 2
23 * na * OBBC * report of Sydney meeting 1.1952
25 * Neville, Gail * Old Radio Shows of the Fifties
29 * Lethbridge, C * The Victor Melda 'Sri Lanka'
6. (July, 1988) A4 format, 40pp inc covers, pages
3 * Ebbage, Tom * The Modern Boy - Ahead of its
Time ar pt.2 of 2
38 * Lofts, Bill * C H Chapman - Greyfriars Artist ar
7. (Christmas, 1988) A4 format, 32pp with 5 x A3
one-side pull-out comic repros.
3 * Lofts, Bill * A Great Partnership - G H Teed
and E S Brooks ar
8 * Ebbage, Tom * Charles Hamilton's Views on the
30 * Ebbage, Tom * A Great Red Magnet - No.45 ar
Other contents inc a Jack Keen story from Kinema Comic,
8. (October, 1989) A4 format, full-colour cover,
3. * Cook, Jim * An Unforgettable Series [in the
5 * Lofts, Bill * A Living Ghost? ar
12 * Lofts, Bill * The Origin of Sexton Blake ar
23 * Ebbage, Tom * The Green Man Inn and the St Jim's
9. (April, 1990) A4 format, 28pp.
3 * Ebbage, Tom * Charles Hamilton's Early Sea
9 * Curran, Graham * Farewell to The Strand ar
13 * Ebbage, Tom * A comprehensive Guide to the St Jim's
Portrait Galleries ar
10. (August, 1990) A5 now standard format, 28pp
5 * Hughes, Jack * Pilot Officer Percy Prune,
7 * Ebbage, Tom * 'The Golden Hours' Revisited - Syd Smyth's
Excellent Magazine ar
11. (March, 1991) 32pp with 12pp insert
3 * Ebbage, Tom * The Long Life of 'The
20 * editor * Bill Hall Interview ar
13. (Spring, 1991) 32pp
22 * Sherwin, Debbie * Yorkshire Through 'n' Through - An
Appreciation of Stan Barstow ar
25 * Sallis, Greg * Doc Savage - The Man of Bronze ar
(Summer 1991-92) 28pp with 10pp supplement
ns2. (Autumn, 1992) 40pp
13 * Godden, Ian * Favourite Writers of
Childhood Remembered ar
24 * Brodie, Peter * Books in Sunshine ar
25 * Stockbridge, Grant * Spider ar
ns3. (Winter, 1992) 44pp
3 * Carroll, David * George Greenwood - Sydney
Available online from David's archive http://www.zip.com.au/~kylaw/Writing/GeorgeGreenwood.html
ns4. (Spring, 1992) 32pp
28 * Ebbage, Tom * Early Issues of The Magnet
and The Gem ar
ns5. (Summer, 1993) 48pp with additional 4pp wrapper,
cover art by Phil Cornell.
5 * Dunstan, Margaret * Experiences of a Fist-Time Fair
8 * Ward, E Honor * Indexing the 'Girl's Own Paper' ar
19 * Whiter, Robert [Bob] * George E Rochester ar
24 * An interview with Edgar Rice Burroughs from Radio
Pictorial of Australia, Feb 1, 1943.
32 * Dix, Shane * Used Books ss
ns6. (Autumn, 1993) 32pp
8 * A Radio Times article July 8, 1960 by Gerald
Campion; 'Impersonating Billy Bunter'.
21 * Goossens, Darran * All Booked Up ss
ns7. (Winter, 1993) 40pp
10 * McConchie, Lyn * Love in a Bookshop ss
14 * Cridland, Clarissa * Review: William - The Immortal,
An Illustrated Bibliography by David Schutte
33 * Reed, Sylvia * Girls in Name Only [men using female
ns8. (Spring, 1993) 40pp
8 * Draper, Brian * Harley's Books ss
28 * Williams, Sean * So You Always Wanted to Know How
and Why a Writer Writes? ar
ns9. (Summer, 1993-4) 40pp
13 * Reproduced from The Modern Boy 'When
Bradman Scored a Blob'.
ns10. (Autumn, 1994) 32pp
11 * nk * The Magnet in New Zealand
21 * Kennedy, Paul * Whitman Authorised Editions -
ns11. (Winter, 1994) 32pp
4 * Lofts, Bill * Introduction only to a news
article 'My Old School'
10 * Reproduced from Daily Telegraph Dec 6, 1947
'A&R' History of Angus and Robertson booksellers.
26 * Lofts, Bill * Overseas Readers ar
ns12. (Christmas, 1994) 40pp
3 * Lofts, Bill * Overseas Readers (2) ar
12 * Reproduced story 'The old Book-Room'
ns13. (Winter, 1995) 28pp final
3 * Lofts, Bill * Overseas Readers (3) ar
14 * Bursztynski, Sue * Saturday Arvo at the Flicks ar
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