#11 - The Twisted Claw
Text by Franklin W. Dixon

Sampson Low / MacDonald / Collins / Armada Books: A, D, E / 1 Omnibus Edition

Sampson Low Hardback Edition  

The Twisted Claw (Sampson Low)

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The Twisted Claw (Sampson Low)

Red boards and spine.

Publisher: Sampson Low

First Printed: 1959 (October)

Cover Artist: Paul Laune
Frontispiece Artist: Paul Laune
Internal Illustrations: None

SBN: None

Story version: Original text

First Printing Attributes:
-- Frontispiece - not known if same as 1939 US edition
-- Spine number: None.
-- Blank endpapers.
-- Yellow spine
-- Retail price: None listed. Later printings cost 5/- (5 shillings).

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MacDonald Hardback Edition  

The Twisted Claw (MacDonald)

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Publisher: MacDonald

First Printed: 1968 (August)

Cover Artist: John Leone
Internal Illustrations: Unknown

SBN: 356-02405-9

Story version: Original text

First Printing Attributes:
-- Spine number: None.
-- Gretta orange 'tree' endpapers.
-- Blue spine
-- Retail price: 9/6 (9 shillings & sixpence)

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Collins Hardback Edition  

The Twisted Claw (Collins)

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Publisher: Collins

First Printed: 1972

Cover Artist: Peter Archer
Frontispiece Artist: Unknown
Internal illustrator: Unknown

ISBN: 0-00-160511-9

Story version: Revised text

First Printing Attributes:
-- Blue spine box with white text.
-- 12 titles listed on reverse cover.
-- Blue staining on page edges.
-- Gold price label: 45p.

Spine Art Description:
-- Frank fights armoured man

Notes:
-- The first printing was originally issued with a 45p Collins price sticker (as seen here).
-- The internal illustrations and frontispiece for this title can be viewed at the Series Book Art website.
-- The cover depicts Frank only, but where's Joe, who should be in the raft with him? (Note: this is not the only cover with a shark to feature an 'error' - see Sky Sabotage).

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Armada Paperback Edition  

The Twisted Claw (Format A)

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Publisher: Armada Books
Cover Layout: Format A

First Printed: 1974 (October)

Cover Artist: Peter Archer

ISBN: 0-00-690992-2

Notes:
-- First printing back cover prices are as follows:
0.30 (UK), $0.80 (NZ), $0.80 (AU), $1.25 (CAN).

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The Twisted Claw (Format D1)

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Publisher: Armada Books
Cover Layout: Format D (1)

First Printed: 1987

Cover Artist: Unknown

ISBN: 0-00-690992-2

Notes:
-- This paperback was originally printed with cover artwork meant for the Format D release of The Arctic Patrol Mystery. The error was corrected on all later reprints of this title (see below).

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The Twisted Claw (Format D2)

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Publisher: Armada Books
Cover Layout: Format D (2)

First Printed: 1988

Cover Artist: Unknown

ISBN: 0-00-690992-2

Notes:
-- This reprint features the correct artwork on the front cover.

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The Twisted Claw (Format E)

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Publisher: Armada Books
Cover Layout: Format E

First Printed: 1992

Cover Artist: Kenny McKendry

ISBN: 0-00-690992-2

Notes:
-- One of McKendry's last paintings for the series. It produced such a good reaction from his agency that it subsequently featured in their catalogue. (Source: the interview with British artist David Browne, conducted by Bob Finnan in 2003).

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Armada Paperback Omnibus Edition

Armada 3-in-1 Omnibus (Format A)

Publisher: Armada Books

Cover Layout: Format A

First Printed: 1981

Featured stories:
#2 - The Arctic Patrol Mystery
#11 - The Twisted Claw
#14 - The Secret Of Pirates' Hill

Cover Artist: Peter Archer

ISBN: 0-00-691990-1 (UK) | 0-00-692018-7 (AU)

Notes:
-- Two regional variants of this omnibus exist, each having a unique ISBN. The price given on the front cover of the version released in Australia is $4.95, whereas the British cover displays the equivalent amount in Sterling (1.75).

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 UK Collins Order

 US Order

Harold Hill only titles:

HH 2. House On The Cliff
HH 14. Hidden Harbour Mystery

Collins titles:

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