Roger Harris presents   www.wejohns.com.   Originally launched on 01.01.03

Welcome to my web site about the great author Captain W. E. Johns!

This site has been built over more than a decade and I am constantly adding to, and refining, the pages.

WANTED – ANY  BOYS’ FRIEND LIBRARY ISSUE THAT CONTAINS BIGGLES OR THE WORKS OF W.E. JOHNS

ALSO ANY EDITIONS OF “DESERT NIGHT” “BLUE BLOOD RUNS RED” OR ANY “STEELEY” BOOKS BY W.E JOHNS

The Biggles Books

The Worrals Books

The Gimlet Books

The Sci-Fi Books

The Steeley Books

The Juvenile Books

The Adult Books

The Factual Books

The Modern  Boy

Modern Boy

Popular Flying

Flying

Boy’s Own Paper

Girl’s Own Paper

My Garden

Men Only

Air Defence Cadet Corps Gazette

Air Training Corps Gazette

A Guide to Original  Book Prices

A Guide to W.E. Johns Other Work

Was he a Captain?

Biggles of 274

“Biggles Flies Again”

LINKS

William Earl Johns

Born Sunday 5th February 1893 - Died Friday 21st June 1968

 

The Biggles Books

I say there are 101 Biggles books and you can read why here.  96 books were published between 1932 and 1970 (but two of these were merely reprints) and there were 6 omnibus editions published within this period as well.  Two further books were published in the 1990's

101 (original) books

The Worrals Books

11 books published between 1941 and 1950 with 3 other short stories published elsewhere.

 

 

 

11 books

The Gimlet Books

10 books published between 1943 and 1954 with one short story published elsewhere.

(Four of these Gimlet books also feature Biggles so they are Biggles books as well!)

 

10 books

The Sci-Fi Books

10 books published between 1954 and 1963, with no short stories published elsewhere.

 

 

 

10 books

The Steeley Books

6 books published between 1936 and 1939   with one of these books, (The Missing Page) originally only being published abroad.

 

6 books

The Juvenile Books

8 other juvenile books published between 1938 and 1960 (including one book that contained unique Biggles, Worrals and Gimlet stories so that is also a Biggles book as well!).

 

8 books

The Adult Books

12 books, eleven published between 1922 and 1960, for the adult market and a short story collection published in 2001.

 

12 books

The Factual Books

8 books published between 1932 and 1962 including 'The Biggles Book of Heroes' and 'The Biggles Book of Treasure Hunting'.

 

8 books

The Modern  Boy

First launched on 11th February 1928 and always costing just 2d (two old pence) - This magazine ran initially for 523 weekly issues until 12th February 1938.  W. E. Johns started contributing illustrations and then articles and then from issue 257, the Biggles stories were published in it.

Modern Boy

On 19th February 1938 "The Modern Boy" was re-launched in a new size and this new “Modern Boy” was re-numbered from issue one again.  It ran until issue 87 was published on 14th October 1939. Production then ceased due to wartime paper shortages.  W. E. Johns contributed an article to every issue called "Let's Look Around" and it continued to feature the Biggles stories.

Popular Flying

This magazine was a monthly publication first published on Wednesday 16th March 1932 and it ran for 88 months before the last issue appeared in July 1939.

W. E. Johns was editor until May 1939, (i.e. for 86 out of 88 issues)

Flying

This magazine was a weekly publication first published on Friday 2nd April 1938 and it ran for 84 weeks before the last issue appeared on Friday 4th November 1939.

W. E. Johns was editor until January 1939 (i.e. for 43 out of 84 issues)

Boy’s Own Paper

First published on 19th January 1879, this paper ran until February 1967.  W. E. Johns started contributing Biggles stories with the October 1941 issue and Biggles stories appeared fairly regularly until June 1962.  With a 3 part Gimlet tale and 57 appearances by Biggles, Johns’ work appeared in 60 issues.  You can see them here.

Girl’s Own Paper

First published on 3rd January 1880, this paper ran until 1950.  W. E. Johns started contributing Worrals stories with the October 1940 issue and Worrals stories appeared regularly until September 1947.  Johns’ work appeared in 60 issues.

You can see them here.!

My Garden

This is a guide to the articles written by Captain W. E. Johns for “My Garden” magazine.  He actually wrote 100 articles for this monthly magazine.  This web page tells you which issues those articles were published in.  The bulk of the articles were headed “The Passing Show”.

Men Only

First published in 1935, W.E. Johns contributed seventeen articles to sixteen issues.  His work first appeared in the November 1936 issue (number 12) and his last article (or certainly the last article that I can find!) was in the April 1941 issue (number 65).

Air Defence Cadet Corps Gazette

The Air Defence Cadet Corps Gazette was first published in June 1939 this ran to 15 issues over two volumes.  The first volume of 9 issues contains no W. E. Johns work but every issue of the second volume did.  The last ever issue – January 1941 – is believed to be the rarest Johns magazine or periodical to obtain as it is thought that only 1000 issues were printed.

 

Air Training Corps Gazette

The Air Training Corps Gazette was first published in March 1941, this ran until June 1946 when that issue became the Air Reserve Gazette.  The first volume had ten issues, running from March to December 1941.  Volume two then commenced in January 1942 and each volume ran until the December, that being 12 issues.  Johns’ work appears in the first three volumes only.

John Hamilton Ltd

John Hamilton was the company that published the first five Biggles books.  In 1935, W. E. Johns changed publishers to the Oxford University Press.  John Hamilton Ltd was bombed out of business during WWII.  The first editions of the first five Biggles books are highly sought after.  However as they are undated, they can be hard to identify.  This page tells you how to identify those first editions

The Eagle

In 1953, two of W.E. Johns’ Biggles books were first published in this boy’s comic.  ‘The Eagle’ was famous for Dan Dare but

BIGGLES IN THE BLUE

and

BIGGLES IN THE GOBI

were first published here!

Biggles of 274

Find out EXACTLY how many Biggles stories there are and exactly how many World War I Royal Flying Corps stories there are!  There is also a link to my guide to the correct order of the Royal Flying Corps stories!

Norman Wright

Norman Wright has been publishing W. E. Johns books in limited editions of 300 since 1994.  In 2007 he started a run of hardback Biggles books in fantastic dust jackets painted by Andrew Skilleter.  The books are highly collectable and  you can see pictures of them here

A Guide to Original  Book Prices

This guide is helpful is working out which dust jackets were on the first editions.

How Johns wrote the manuscripts

Find out how the books were written!

Did W. E. Johns write any more books?

 

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The copyright in all of W.E. Johns work is owned by the estate of W.E. Johns as represented by W. E. Johns (Publications) Limited.

This private limited company have appointed literary agent Pat White of Rogers Coleridge White to represent the interests of the estate.  Their web site is here:  http://www.rcwlitagency.com/

This is a non profit making fan based web site purely for the information of fellow fans - no infringement of copyright is intended.

The intention of this web site is to encourage people to read the works of William Earl Johns, one of the great authors of the 20th Century.

 

Thanks to Anne Shuker for correcting all of my typing errors in the story summaries

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