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The 1960s/1970s
Publications

As well as the usual annuals and paperbacks, Joe 90 had a surprising amount of activity books associated with it, including painting books, dot-to-dot books and games books.

One can only assume that in the late 1960s, 2'6 was a boy's average pocket money!

Painting Book J1

JOE 90 PAINTING BOOK J1
© 1968 Century 21 Publishing Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

Printed in Spain, 80 pages.

JOE 90 PUZZLE BOOK J2
© 1968 Century 21 Publishing Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

Spot The Difference, Join The Dots, things to cut out, things to colour in... plenty in fact for the enthusiastic kiddie to do to make the thing practically worthless thirty years later.

Printed in Spain, 80 pages, price 2'6.

 

Puzzle Book J2

Dot To Dot Book J3

JOE 90 DOT TO DOT BOOK J3
© 1968 Century 21 Publishing Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

Contains a complete story - each page has a dot to dot puzzle, which when finished enables you to fill in the missing word in the story. For example: "The professor feeds the tape into BIG RAT while Joe enters the _ _ _   _ _ _ _." The puzzle reveals the "Rat Trap".

Printed in Spain, 80 pages, price 2'6.

JOE 90 STICKER FUN BOOK J4
© 1968 Associated Television (Overseas) Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

Contains the story Golden Boy, with four pages of stickers to use throughout the book.

Printed in The Netherlands, 12 pages, price 2'6.

Sticker Fun Book J4

Games Book J5

JOE 90 GAMES BOOK J5
© 1968 Century 21 Publishing Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

"A story book with pictures to colour and games to play."

Contains the story The Nightwalkers Of Kanthong, and several pages of games and puzzles.

Printed in Spain, 28 pages, price 2'6.

JOE 90 PAINTING BOOK J6
© 1968 Century 21 Publishing Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

A complete story, with a black and white line drawing to colour in on each page. Very similar in format to J1.

Printed in Spain, 80 pages, price 2'6.

Painting Book J6

Puzzle Book J7

JOE 90 PUZZLE BOOK J7
© 1968 Century 21 Publishing Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

Spot The Difference, Join The Dots, things to cut out, things to colour in... plenty in fact for you to regret doing as a child when you start collecting the merchandise as an adult. Very similar in format to J2.

Printed in Spain, 80 pages, price 2'6.

JOE 90 DOT TO DOT BOOK J8
© 1968 Century 21 Publishing Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

Contains a complete story - each page has a dot to dot puzzle, which when finished enables you to fill in the missing word in the story. For example: "A _ _ _ draws up outside the cottage..." The puzzle reveals a "van". Very similar in format to J3.

Printed in Spain, 80 pages, price 2'6.

Dot To Dot Book J8

Sticker Fun Book J9

JOE 90 STICKER FUN BOOK J9
© 1968 Associated Television (Overseas) Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

Contains the story Ransomed, with four pages of stickers to use throughout the book. Very similar in format to J4.

Printed in The Netherlands, 12 pages, price 2'6.

JOE 90 GAMES BOOK J10
© 1968 Century 21 Publishing Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

"A story book with pictures to colour and games to play."

Contains the story Deadly Drink, and several pages of games and puzzles. Very similar in format to J5.

Printed in Spain, 28 pages, price 2'6.

Games Book J10

Story Book J11

JOE 90 STORY BOOK J11
© 1968 Century 21 Publishing Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

Contains the stories The Cracksman and The Homing Pigeon.

Printed in Spain, 24 pages, price 2'6.

JOE 90 STORY BOOK J12
© 1968 Century 21 Publishing Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

Contains the stories Double Agent (not based on the episode Double Agent) and Flying Visit.

Printed in Spain, 24 pages, price 2'6.

Story Book J12

Story Book JSB 1

JOE 90 STORY BOOK JSB 1
© 1968 Century 21 Publishing Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

Contains the stories Joseph Ninetski and Forbidden Island.

Printed in Spain, 48 pages, price 5'.

JOE 90 STORY BOOK JSB 2
© 1968 Century 21 Publishing Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

Contains the stories Appointment With Death and The Big Steal.

Printed in Spain, 48 pages, price 5'.

Story Book JSB 2

Annual 1968

JOE 90 ANNUAL 1968
© 1968 Century 21 Productions Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd. and City Magazines Ltd.

The first Joe 90 annual. Contains comic strip stories Lust For Gold, Deadly Toy, Rat Trap, Phantom Light, Ambush, Doctor Fawkes, Check Mate & Operation Torch,  text stories Bach To The Rescue, Talk Down & The Small Invasion, background information on W.I.N., biographies of Shane Weston, Joe 90, Professor Ian McClaine & Sam Loover, cutaways of Sam Loover's car, Culver Bay Cottage, Mac's Lab & the Jet Air Car, three "BIG RAT binary computer programs" (puzzles), Joke 90 (bad cartoons), specifications of Joe's case and equipment, and Jest A Minute (more bad cartoons).

Printed in England, 96 pages, price 12'6 (62.5 new pence).

JOE 90 ANNUAL 1969
© 1969 Century 21 Publishing Ltd. and City Magazines Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd. and City Magazines Ltd.

Contains comic strip stories Night Climb, Break-Down, Stroke Of Death, Grip Of Steel, Dive To Disaster, The Deadly Game & The Deadly Swarm,  information on W.I.N. London, Agents Alert! (an article on codes and ciphers), Inventions Galore (describing some of Mac's inventions), text stories Trip To Tombstone, North Pole Special & Too Many Cooks, Alpha Probe (a puzzle), Probe-Tracker (diary of a W.I.N. agent's training),  three doses of Joe's Jokes, Spy Equipment, Beta Probe (a crossword where the clues need deciphering), Gamma Probe (a quiz), Computers Galore! (more of Mac's inventions), W.I.N. Agents' Aptitude Game, a cutaway of Shane Weston's Amphi-Car (?),  Delta Probe (another quiz), Spy Facts, background information and a cutaway of the BIG RAT, Zeta Probe (a course-plotting exercise), and how to "Make a working model of the W.I.N. Power Launch".

Printed in England, 96 pages, price 12'6 (62.5 new pence).

Annual 1969

Joe 90 Top Secret Annual

JOE 90 TOP SECRET COMIC ANNUAL
© 1969 Century 21 Publishing Ltd. and City Magazines Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd. and City Magazines Ltd.

Bizarrely, there were two Joe 90 annuals in 1969 - the second was based around the Joe 90 Top Secret comic. Contains W.I.N. Identicards (potted biographies of Joe 90, Ian McClaine, Sam Loover & Shane Weston), Joe 90 comic strip stories Black Gold, Snatch To Slavery and text story Double Strike, World Intelligence Network (quizzes & magic tricks), Paw-Foot Patrol (an article on police dogs), information on the origin of The Champions and the Nemesis agency, The Champions comic strip story Error Of Judgement and text story Deadline Discovery, W.I.N.'s Grins (jokes), The World Cup, an untitled Ninepence+Tenpence=Sport comic strip story and text story The Master Stroke, Stamp Collecting - Making A Start & A New Look, an untitled Star Trek comic strip story, Joke 90, two untitled Land Of The Giants comic strip stories, Campbell, Man Of Speed (a comic strip about Donald Campbell's life), and Airborne America (the history of American flight).

Printed in England, 96 pages, price 12'6 (62.5 new pence).

JOE 90 AND THE RAIDERS
by Tod Sullivan
© A.T.V. Overseas Ltd. 1968
Published by May Fair Books Ltd.
Armada Paperbacks in co-operation with Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

A double agent working at W.I.N. headquarters finds out the secret of JOE 90... Joe 90's cover is broken... Professor McClaine's cottage at Culver Bay is attacked by enemy agents and Joe 90 goes into action to prevent the secret of the BIG RAT getting into enemy hands...

And comes face to face with his toughest assignment ever!

C250
Printed in Great Britain, 112 pages, price 2'6.

Joe 90 And The Raiders

Joe 90 In Revenge

JOE 90 IN REVENGE
by Howard Elson
© A.T.V. Overseas Ltd. 1969
Published by May Fair Books Ltd.
Armada Paperbacks in co-operation with Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

W.I.N. headquarters is broken into... Top Secret files on all active secret agents are stolen and the intruder swears revenge on the organisation... W.I.N. agents scan the world in an effort to track the enemy agent down... Five W.I.N. agents are brutally murdered in the Amazon jungle... Joe 90 is sent into the deadly, unexplored jungle and faces death at the hands of a madman...

Curiously, the spine of the paperback has the title as "Joe 90 And The Revenge"...

C254
Printed in Great Britain, 112 pages, price 2'6.

JOE 90 DOSSIER
© 1969 Century 21 Publishing Ltd. and ATV (Overseas) Ltd.
Published by Century 21 Publishing Ltd.

Want to know more about W.I.N.? Intrigued by Mac's car? Like a behind-the-scenes peek at Joe's Cottage? Fancy yourself as a Special Agent? Then this splendid dossier was for you.

Only available by sending four jar tops and 1/- to "Sutherlands Spreads" (a brand of sandwich filling made by Quaker Oats Limited). Closing date 31st August 1969. Originally came with a covering letter, purportedly from Joe himself. Click here to see it.

Click here to see how the Dossier was advertised in TV Century 21 comic, and click here to see the coupon that was available in stores.

Printed in The Netherlands, 36 pages.

Joe 90 Dossier

Thunderbirds Annual 1971

THUNDERBIRDS ANNUAL 1971
© 1971 City Magazines Ltd.
Published by City Magazines Ltd.

Includes the Joe 90 story The Thin Red Wire.

Printed in England, 96 pages, price 12'6 (62½ np).

TV21 ANNUAL 1971
© 1971 City Magazines Ltd.
Published by City Magazines Ltd.

"STAR TREK.... JOE 90.... TARZAN.... THE SAINT.... LAND OF THE GIANTS.... PLUS MANY MORE"

"More" obviously meant "less" in 1971, because although Joe 90 is mentioned on the cover, there is no Anderson content in this annual whatsoever.

Perhaps the Joe 90 story found its way into the 1971 Thunderbirds Annual by mistake?

Printed in England, 96 pages, price 12'6 (62½ np).

TV21 Annual 1971

Countdown Annual 1972

COUNTDOWN ANNUAL 1972
© Polystyle Publications 1971
Published by Purnell and Sons Ltd.

Includes the Joe 90 story Joe 90 Resigns.

Printed in Great Britain, 80 pages, price 60p.

JOE 90 STORY RECORD
© I.T.P.
Shinsha Organization

There were a few of these "talking books"  produced in Japan. This booklet included a double-sided blue flexidisc which featured - presumably - a retelling of the episode Most Special Astronaut. Side A begins with an extended version of the Japanese opening title theme.

16 pages, 7" (flexi) 33 rpm.

Joe 90 Story Record

Joe 90 Story Record (Toshiba)

JOE 90 STORY RECORD
© I.T.P.
Toshiba Records

I know this doesn't really belong in this section, but neither does it belong in The Music, so I thought I'd put it with the other story record.

Double-sided red vinyl single, featuring an abridged recording of the Japanese dub of The Most Special Agent. Side A begins with an extended stereo recording of the Japanese opening title theme. Also features a lovely four-sided sleeve with artwork by Naritsuna Maemura (move your mouse over the sleeve to see the reverse side - Java required).

7"  TC-1122  45 rpm  Stereo/Mono, ¥330.

Last modified 07 January 2007