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Dämonenkiller, #86: Das grüne Phantom

The attribution of this cover to David McAllister is probably not correct, see Guy N. Smith's site. The 1976 edition of The Slime Beast there looks more like a Ray Feibush cover (It's not on any Bruce Pennington checklist), while the different 1979 cover is attributed to McAllister. I'm not sure those Zauberspiegel online cover artist listings can always be trusted. Horzel 16:41, 4 January 2020 (EST)

Hi Horzel, I fully agree. The data at Zauberspiegel is fairly good - but not perfect and this particular cover has been haunting me all along as only Zauberspiegel linked it to David McAllister. Thank you for the link!! JLochhas 08:56, 5 January 2020 (EST)

Hofmann or Hoffmann

Hello! Is in Die Dschungelwelt the author of the essay a typo? Rudolf Rudam 03:22, 2 March 2020 (EST)

Hi Rudolf, thanks for pointing out the typo! Cheers, JOhn. JLochhas 03:26, 2 March 2020 (EST)


Hi, I added the editors to issue #1 of the magazine. I do fear that the credited editors for many (if not all) are at least in part missing for all the Bastei digest type magazines. Could you take a look into the matter? Christian Stonecreek 16:18, 12 March 2020 (EDT)

Hi Christian, there is a deeper underlying topic: Peter Thannisch was the 'Chefredakteur' and apart from being credited and nominally accountable the true editor (but uncredited, only idetified by his alias 'Morpheus') was Holger Kappel. Soo... yes, I'll need to amend the publications - but Holger Kappel needs to vanish as #1's editor too. I'll take care of it. Cheers, John. JLochhas 16:40, 12 March 2020 (EDT)
Well, Kappel is credited in the copyright section of #1 (and he is in the notes)! And I guess he is in the other issues, too. Christian Stonecreek 17:04, 12 March 2020 (EDT)
And maybe I just need a new pair of glasses. You're right, no doubt about that. JLochhas 17:07, 12 March 2020 (EDT)

Karin Ninlsen

Hello, I wonder about the author's name "Karin Ninlsen" I found in Your PV pub here. I guess it's a typewriting error of Nielsen? --Zapp 06:02, 18 March 2020 (EDT)

Almost, it's the wrong version of 'Nilsen'; nice touch but definitely wrong. Thanks for spotting!--JLochhas 15:30, 18 March 2020 (EDT)

Als der Meister starb

In Als der Meister starb, should the last entry ("Review: The Hidden — Das unsagbar Böse") be an essay instead of fiction? The rest of the series it's part of are essays. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 09:18, 26 April 2020 (EDT)


Sorry for the clutter on your primary verification notifications. I realized in trying to address chapbook cleanup, I was creating worse issues and reverted my changes. Those pubs should be back to the way they were. You may wish to provide an opinion at this discussion. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 10:15, 26 April 2020 (EDT)


Hi, John! Do you really think of this as a fanzine (= magazine). It seems to be more of a series of shortfiction pieces / chapbooks. Does it feature any magazinical content like letter columns, reviews, science essays? Also, there was the need to regularize the title per our rules. Thanks, Christian Stonecreek 02:17, 11 May 2020 (EDT)

Hi Christian, back in the day of its publication it was a fanzine alright, or better said: a fan publication with a Science Fiction club as the publisher, xeroxed onto cheap paper. Obviously, the first number has no letter column but later numbers do. So where to draw the line? It's a fannish, non-profit publication; in a way it's like a fan version of the Perry Rhodan or Atlan digest. And we do have a whole swathe of fanzines in the database that are anthologies. Sorry for this brain dump but I am struggling for a clean argument why something is a fanzine or not. If it had been published in recent years with all the self-publishing options we have today I might not be asking the question... Looking forward to your response. Cheers, John. JLochhas 13:29, 11 May 2020 (EDT)
Thanks for the info update! At first glance, I thought it more in the vein of Perry Rhodan Fan-Edition, but by your description it really sounds more than a fan-published magazine (= fanzine) than just a fan-published chapbook. Sorry for the hussle! Christian Stonecreek 23:22, 11 May 2020 (EDT)

When you are around


There are 3 of your submissions in the queue which had been sitting there for 2 weeks and either need approval (the change is not done) or rejection (if they were a mistake). Thanks! :) 08:39, 25 May 2020 (EDT)

Privileg Venusgeist

I found this review in Your pv pub. The author is listed as H. G. Francis. But here it is part of K. H. Scheer's ZBV series. Could this be an error? --Zapp 10:32, 26 August 2020 (EDT)
The same is here: Review of: Robotnarkose Newton. --Zapp 13:35, 26 August 2020 (EDT)

Thanks for spotting the errors, they're now corrected. -- JLochhas 00:58, 27 August 2020 (EDT)

Atlan #768

Hello, John! The above publication should be postponed by one day, shouldn't it? Christian Stonecreek 11:35, 19 September 2020 (EDT)

Ah, no! It just needs a note on the shift of the day of publication: those holidays that don't exist anymore! Christian Stonecreek 11:38, 19 September 2020 (EDT)
Thanks! JLochhas 11:39, 19 September 2020 (EDT)
Hmmm, thinking about it, it seems more likely that the day of publication was the 18th. The official weekday of publication was on Tuesday, but from my experience (I jobbed after the end of school in the mid of the Eighties in the magazine distribution business) the distribution for Monday was totally covered by "Der Spiegel" & "Der Stern" (and newspapers) which locked in heavily by sheer number & weight. Novella magazines generally were distributed in the middle of a week. Christian Stonecreek 11:50, 19 September 2020 (EDT)
I had a similar job myself... the problem with Pabel-Moewig was that the delivered the digests towards the end of week (Thursday or Friday) so that they'd be available for official sale the following week. My shop didn't really respect the official date and just started selling them as soon as they were there. In other cities they were available a full week in advance... What to do? I don't know for sure what really happened back in 1986, Monday is as good as Wednesday to me. JLochhas 11:56, 19 September 2020 (EDT)
I was working at a distributional center that distributed for all regular newspaper & magazine shops, and Pabel-Moewig magazines were distributed on Tuesdays, the official day of publication. Personally, I bought my copies at the local railway station whose bookshop sold the copies in the preceding week: but they had there own distributional system & also ignored the official day of publication. But on Mondays there were no regular novella magazines distributed. Christian Stonecreek 12:03, 19 September 2020 (EDT)
Ah, thanks. that clarifies it then, I wasn't aware of that. Cheers, John. JLochhas 12:05, 19 September 2020 (EDT)

Atlan Zyklus 2: Der Held von Arkon

Hi John,

There is a misnumbered entry in this series - we have two number 109 and you had verified the two issues that contain them - so I figured you will know which one has the wrong number. Would you mind untangling these? Thanks! :) Annie 05:23, 28 October 2020 (EDT)

HI Annie, thank you for pointing this out, the flaw is now corrected! Cheers, John JLochhas 14:35, 28 October 2020 (EDT)
Perfect, thanks! Annie 14:55, 28 October 2020 (EDT)

Der weiße Gott

Hi John -

I was working on The Golden Ape for which you have a verified translation. There are a few issues with the title, including the canonical authors, but the main thing I discovered is that the original serialization, which is not currently linked, appears to be novella length. There is a Project Gutenberg copy of the text under the "Quest of the Golden Ape" which has slightly more than 34k words. Both Tuck and Clute/Nicholls (also SFE3) indicate that the two titles are the same. Further, I have compared the opening of this publication using Amazon's look inside and it appears identical to the Gutenberg version. All this being said, I think that we should convert the Novel "The Golden Ape" into a novella and make the publications where it is contained into chapbooks, which would include your publication. Do you agree with the proposed change? If so, I'm happy to make the edits. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 18:46, 26 February 2021 (EST)

Hi Ron,
thanks for reaching out. I am less concerned about turning the 'novel' into a 'novella' than about the publishing mess stating various alleged owners. You wonder who really wrote that story. Garrett and Lesser, Fairman being merely the editor of 'Amazing Stories'? - We'll probably never know.
In my view there is a residual chance that The Golden Ape (a 221 pages hardcover) is an expanded / novelized version of the original story. I'll need a another couple of days to compare the German edition against the serialized version of 1957. I'll get back to you here shortly and then I would be good to go with the proposed change. Cheers, John JLochhas 03:10, 27 February 2021 (EST)
I've been able to do the cross-check a little sooner than thought and the German edition is, indeed, identical with the three-piece series from Amazing Stories. It's an abridged version of the magazine edition and I have found no indication that the cited English original 'The Golden Ape' contains any additional plot. If it does, then it has been neatly carved away for the German translation. So: I am good with the transformation from Novel to Novella. Best, John JLochhas 04:45, 27 February 2021 (EST)

German magazines and editors

Hi John,

I hope you are doing well despite the crazy times we live in.

Just heads up as you are working on these often enough (and had verified a lot of them). The DB expects the author of the publication and of the title to be the same. For some reason, long time ago, someone started doing things differently for the German magazines: instead of creating a parent record with the names that are known only based on secondary sources, the EDITOR record was edited to have them as authors. See this one for an example of a fixed one: the uncredited title is inside of the publications (matching the publication authors); the authored one is just a parent.

The cleanup report looking for these discrepancies had suppressed them initially due to the volume -- and then they were forgotten and noone looked closely at these. The report is going to be updated and these will get fixed but if you add any new ones, just heads up. :) More details are in Christian's page - but if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. The other thread also has the fastest process on clearing these (if you want to change some -- although it is a pretty logical one). Thanks! Annie 17:38, 11 March 2021 (EST)


Hello John! You have made two typos in this name Mielke. Instead of a period there is colon! Regards Rudolf Rudam 08:33, 1 June 2021 (EDT)

Hi Rudolf, thanks for spotting and for correcting it! Cheers, John JLochhas 13:59, 1 June 2021 (EDT)

Terra Astra - Die Hypno-Sklaven

Editor Kregel stated in this submission the following: "The reference to the title from 1962-05-04 (Terra #227) ( is not correct. Should be Terra Astra #199 ("

Could you confirm his statement and correct as needed? Thanks! MagicUnk 10:05, 12 June 2021 (EDT)

I am afraid that I can't confirm user Kregel's statement. But when checking I found that the notes in the first CHAPBOOK of the series were faulty. Terra Astra #196 wrongly stated to be a re-edition of Terra #230 - and this bug is now corrected. I can't (yet) see an error with Terra Astra #199. I'll drop Kregel a note. Thanks, John. JLochhas 12:59, 12 June 2021 (EDT)

Whelan Cover

Back in February I added an edit changing date of Hijo de las Tinieblas to 1992 from originally entered date some 20 years later. Now I see you identified where that cover art came from. I thought it was odd Whelan did an original cover for a cheap foreign reprint of an American novel, but turns out it was from a cover nearly 20 years earlier! Although I still think it's odd he originally did it for a German publisher; I assume in those Whelan books listed in the cover art record it credits that as cover's first publication? Anyway, good catch. When I saw that title in "Recent Activity", it rang a bell; was it really just a little over 4 months ago? Seems a lot longer. How time flies... --Username 19:30, 20 June 2021 (EDT)

Hi, thanks for reaching out. I don't believe that the artwork was commissioned by a German publisher. My guess is that Whelan offered his work to various agents (in this case it would have been Thomas Schlück) who then offered it to his network. The book doesn't even credit Whelan, not to mention it being a first publication. The artwork is available at Whelan's website which is where I spotted it. Time flies indeed... it's some 25 years since I first read that German booklet... John. --JLochhas 15:53, 21 June 2021 (EDT)

Invasion der Kozmozoiden

Please see this edit that impact your verified pub. Let me know if I should approve or not. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 09:16, 24 July 2021 (EDT)

Also this one. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 09:25, 24 July 2021 (EDT)

Please approve the two changes. Thanks. --JLochhas 16:09, 24 July 2021 (EDT)



Can we figure our which of these two: Lichter des Todes or Gejagt! is #5 in the series? Thanks! Annie 21:06, 21 November 2021 (EST)

Hi Annie, you were a tad too early, the numbering will change a.s.a.p. Cheers, John JLochhas 16:28, 22 November 2021 (EST)
Ah, renumbering going on. OK then - if that series shows up on the report again, I will ignore it for a day or 3 :) Thanks! :) Annie 17:23, 22 November 2021 (EST)
Yup, but what you have seen now is a gap between nos 5 & 7. That'll stay for another couple of days... Cheers! JLochhas 16:03, 23 November 2021 (EST)
Well, the report for series with gaps has a lot of entries. The one for the duplicates is getting patrolled and cleaned up a lot more often once it was cleaned up :) Thanks for taking care of that one! Annie 16:07, 23 November 2021 (EST)

Accidental edit of the Welcome template

It looks like something went wrong with your response to User:Stegemann (?) and your Wiki edit modified the Welcome template instead -- please see template history. I have reverted the change to the template. Here is the text that you posted:

  • Hi and thanks for your contribution. However, the convention for page counts is slightly different. We only use the total pages count for magazines. For chapterbooks and novels we use the last nunbered page or, by commenting it in the notes, extending the count to the (usually last) unpaginated page. Please revert the entry to the original value. Thanks, John JLochhas 08:43, 15 December 2021 (EST)

Ahasuerus 13:47, 15 December 2021 (EST)

Die Hexe von Arni

Hi John. Can you take a look at this title? In Schattenreich, #21 it has 10 pages and is defined as a novelette, and in Die Hexe von Arni it has 63 pages and is defined as a novella. Thus it shows up on this cleanup report. Are they the same, and if so what is the length, or should they be separated? Thanks for checking. --Willem 03:53, 4 January 2022 (EST)

Hi Willem, thank you for pointing this one out to me. Novelette is the correct definition and I have meanwhile made the correction, too. Cheers, John JLochhas 11:25, 4 January 2022 (EST)
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