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Old 10-26-2011, 01:36 PM   #101
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Yes, the covers were printed on very thin paper, laminated onto the white hardback stock, and the titles on the spine were the plain red text of the First Edition printings. The Indy logo spines were introduced on the reprints (as most of my books are).
Thanks for the details, whipwarrior, and your reminiscings were enjoyable to read. Do you know if all 11 of the Indy titles were reprinted in 1994 (both soft & hardcover)?

If so, that means 7 cover paintings that many fans have never seen, myself included.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:02 PM   #102
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Despite being aimed at a juvenile audience these are simply great products that are well produce and very collectable. For those who have not been converted have look inside...






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...and with a leap of faith you might discover something cool.
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:29 PM   #103
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...and with a leap of faith you might discover something cool.
Nice clue, Juggernaut.
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Old 10-26-2011, 06:11 PM   #104
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Nice clue, Juggernaut.

You have chosen wisely.
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Old 10-26-2011, 06:45 PM   #105
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The only FYF Indy books re-published in 1994 (with that godawful cover art) were the ones written by R.L. Stine, to capitalize on the Goosebumps craze. The other Indy books, to my knowledge, have never been reprinted outside of the 1980's. You can Google search to see all of the original covers. Most of mine, unfortunately, are too creased and worn to yield a decent quality scan. Junior Jones' FYF #1 looks pristine, although I'm puzzled by the Sphere ensign replacing the Ballantine Books logo. My guess is that it's a copy from overseas, where a different distributor might be used.

EDIT: Just noticed the spelling of 'harbour' on the jacket blurb (mine says 'harbor'), and the U.K. publisher's note at the bottom. Also, where the British text says 'summer holiday', the American version reads: 'summer vacation.'

Mystery solved! :-)

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Old 10-26-2011, 07:47 PM   #106
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The only FYF Indy books re-published in 1994 (with that godawful cover art) were the ones written by R.L. Stine, to capitalize on the Goosebumps craze. The other Indy books, to my knowledge, have never been reprinted outside of the 1980's. You can Google search to see all of the original covers.
Well, if that's the case, all the covers can be seen on The Raven's host site, TheRaider.net, but thank you very much for explaining why only the 4 titles from R.L. Stine were chosen for the reprints. (I've heard of "Goosebumps" but didn't realize they were books...thought it was a TV show.)

Though it must be said, the reprint cover of "Cult of the Mummy's Crypt" is very well done (even if Indy isn't there) and not 'godawful'.

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Old 10-26-2011, 09:16 PM   #107
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The triangle portrait of Indy which adorns the reprints is actually taken from the original cover artwork of Cult of the Mummy's Crypt. I used the term 'godawful' simply to imply that I found the artwork particularly uninspired compared to the usual Indy standards. But that's just my opinion.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:05 AM   #108
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Nice clue, Juggernaut.
I'm woefully stumbling in the dark...

I don't even know what I'm looking for!

.................................................. ...............

Turn to Junior or Stoo for enlightenment.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:20 AM   #109
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The triangle portrait of Indy which adorns the reprints is actually taken from the original cover artwork of Cult of the Mummy's Crypt. I used the term 'godawful' simply to imply that I found the artwork particularly uninspired compared to the usual Indy standards. But that's just my opinion.
Oh, I agree with you, the artwork is sub-standard. Any idea who the artist/s were for the reprints?
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Turn to Junior or Stoo for enlightenment.
Consider JJ's clue and read between the lines. (Nothing like a good treasure hunt but you'll kick yourself when you do find "it".)
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:29 AM   #110
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Consider JJ's clue and read between the lines. (Nothing like a good treasure hunt but you'll kick yourself when you do find "it".)

Well, there's almost a Cruciform Sword on the native's shield...
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:41 AM   #111
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Just ordered four more Find You Fate Indy books, including Eye of the Fates, that is said to be the best.
Oh, and all four are papeback, couldn't find then in hardcover.
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:17 AM   #112
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:52 PM   #113
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Gosh, I haven't seen that since 1987! Brings back a lot of great memories. Thanks for posting!
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:25 AM   #114
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Revisiting this thread, I just hopped over to eBay and nabbed a rare slipcase set of FYF #1-5 and, separately, #8, all first editions in near-mint shape! Yeah, it was a nostalgia-fueled impulse buy (even though I already own the entire series), but it'll be a treat to enjoy the books in readable condition, without crackled, flaking covers held on with decades-old tape. Eventually I'll find new copies of the other books, excluding #16, which I found in virtually pristine shape on eBay back in 2001.
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:44 AM   #115
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The boxed set arrived today, all glorious minty first editions! Seeing my favorite childhood books in pristine shape is almost like stepping back in time. The first thing I did was bring out my original set for comparison, and I could immediately tell the first editions from the later reprints because of the color change on the Indy logos, and also the logo appearing on the spines as opposed to the nondescript red block print titles. I obtained my vintage set from the order form in the back of Eye of the Fates, which I got at the school book fair in 1986, a mixed batch of originals (3,6,9) and re-issues (1,2,5,7,8). I picked up Mask of the Elephant separately in 1987, and didn't get Ape Slaves of Howling Island until later, although I had read a friend's copy back in the day. New copies of Dragon of Vengeance and Gold of Genghis Khan will be arriving this week, and I still have to track down mint copies of FYF #6, 7, and 17. Two of these are available on eBay at the moment, but I'm not about to shell out $45 per copy. In the meantime, check out my collection:



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Old 11-10-2013, 09:38 AM   #116
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Great find!

I remember reading a few of these MANY years ago. I was pretty big into the "choose your own adventure" genre so throw Indy in there and I was sold. I couldn't tell you which ones I read it was so long ago, even after looking at your group pic there.

I do recall thinking some of them would have been better off being straight novels though, but I think that was out of spite after having "chosen poorly", on more than one occasion. On the flip side, it was interesting to see that Indy(or you, more precisely), did face consequences for being too reckless.
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:54 PM   #117
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So far I've managed to acquire books #6-10. FYF #10 and 15 feature a female Indy-type character named Morgan Swift, obviously designed to appeal to girl readers. Based on my research, the Swift books are somewhat rare, but worth collecting simply for their obscurity. Book #15 will be arriving soon, while I'm still trying to find a good copy of Mask of the Elephant (note my well-worn original pictured below). The few copies available from online vendors are priced at ungodly amounts of money that no person in their right mind would pay for a vintage paperback. In fact, the paperback retailer that I contacted regarding the value did not return my e-mail. If anybody has a good lead on a decently-priced copy I'd really appreciate it.



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Old 11-11-2013, 12:24 PM   #118
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It is ridiculous how Mask of the Elephant is priced. Most of the Find Your Fate books can be found for pennies, but this one is routinely priced at over $50. I finally broke down and bought a copy a few weeks ago when I saw it was priced at $12. That's still more than I think it's worth, but I paid it anyway just to complete my collection.
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$12 is fair, given how scarce the book is, although still overpriced. Personally, I'd go as high as $20 just to have a new copy, but no more.
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These books are very rare, though it seems the price has come down in the past few years. When I went looking for mine years ago they were running 30 or more. I spent months, probably more then 6, looking for copies of the higher numbers. I saw there were two that were recently sold on eBay for under $20.

There's also the Young Indiana Jones adventures, the Irish Rebellion, #8, was very difficult to get as well. Someone got a steal on it for $2 a few weeks ago it seems.

Guess I'll hold on to mine for awhile and see if the prices go back up.
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FYF #10 and 15 feature a female Indy-type character named Morgan Swift, obviously designed to appeal to girl readers. Based on my research, the Swift books are somewhat rare, but worth collecting simply for their obscurity.
I knew that there were a couple of non-Indy books in the series but never heard about this Morgan Swift character before. Good on you for seeking them out to get the complete collection.

So cool that you managed to get new mint editions! I'm very happy for you but very jealous at the same time. Will you be keeping your oldies for nostalgia's sake?
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These books are very rare,
I'm wondering if they are so rare because the age group they were intended for weren't concerned about keeping these books. As for myself, I only had one (#1, "Curse of Horror Island") and it was too much of a kiddie book for me at the time so I didn't care for it much and eventually lost it somehow. Kicking myself for that because now I don't have any.

Or are they rare because they didn't sell well and bookstores ripped off the covers to send back to the publisher to collect the return money (and threw the coverless books in the garbage)? This was a common practice in the past but I'm not sure if it was still being done in the '80s.
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These books are very rare, though it seems the price has come down in the past few years. When I went looking for mine years ago they were running 30 or more.
Really? I was able to buy each of them (except for Mask of the Elephant) over the last several years for only pennies each on ebay, amazon marketplace, etc.
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There's a lot of Indy FYF books on eBay right now, mostly in the $30-$45 range, except for Mask of the Elephant, the one I'm looking for. Meanwhile, FYF #15 arrived: Morgan Swift and the Treasure of Crocodile Key. It's in great condition, considering that it's a hardback ex-library book, which wasn't mentioned in the sale ad. Now I'll have to track down a paperback copy that fits in with the rest of my set. And yes, I will definitely be keeping my old FYF books because they were the very beginning of my Indy collection, and thus irreplaceable. I just wanted a new set to read without damaging my original copies.
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:41 AM   #124
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Really? I was able to buy each of them (except for Mask of the Elephant) over the last several years for only pennies each on ebay, amazon marketplace, etc.

Sorry, I was talking more about the Mask of the Elephant being rare, not really the rest of them. I had such a hard time finding mine too. I tried to buy a couple only to have one lost in the mail and another destroyed in the mail.

I have plenty of copies of the other books, all of the Indy books really, because I was trying to get complete sets in good condition years ago. Mask of the Elephant and Irish Rebellion were the two hardest to get.
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Since FYF #17 is the rarest of the lot, I decided to put it online for everyone who can't get a copy: Indiana Jones and the Mask of the Elephant.html

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