Hello, it’s your Editor here! This site is now two years old, and in case you have stumbled here, or you have been following for a while, you might be wondering, why is he doing this?
I started off reading old Greg Clark stories that were published in the late 1970s by Totem in extra-cheap paperback form. These were reprints of the hardcover books published mainly in the 1960s, of his stories after Jim Frise died.
While strolling through The World’s Biggest Bookstore in the early 1980s, I came across the reprints of the Greg-Jim stories by Collins Press.
Since I enjoyed these as well, I set out to find all of the Greg Clark and Jimmie Frise books I could find. In the pre-Internet days, this was not so easy, but I ended up with most of them. With the ease of finding used books on the Internet, my collection was complete by about 2005, with the tracking down of the two books they published in the 1930s.
Knowing that their careers spanned decades, I knew there was just so much that was never collected. I knew that I would have to resort to looking at microfilm. (Paper copies exist at the Toronto Reference Library in their archives, but that would be impractical for me). Their primary publishing location was the Toronto Star Weekly, which was a separate collection from the much more popular and readily available Toronto Star. This required making special requests to the National Archives in Ottawa, Canada (where I live), and travelling to their location starting in 2015. About once a month, I would make the trip, and spend a day scanning what I could find. Depending on the year, I could do anywhere from 6 months to a year’s worth of content in a day. This work was mostly completed by 2018. I decided that in order to read all of the stories I would have to transcribe them, and I figured setting up this site with a regular publishing schedule will force me to do it. Since they both returned to the Toronto Star after World War One in 1919, I felt that starting the site in 2019, 100 years later, would be a fitting tribute.