|The main literary output, the source of many of the stories for the films
and books was a simple contractual obligation. Over the years, Oliver Postgate and
Peter Firmin wrote and illustrated something like four hundred weekly strip stories for
weekly children's papers called TV Land and TV Playland. They also produced longer
stories to go in the Annuals and Summer specials of those papers.
The first proper book, of the first Ivor story, in which he obtained his pipes and joined the choir was:
IVOR the ENGINE
This was followed by
No more books were published until after the color films were made for the BBC in 1975
and 1977. Then Collins published six paperbacks:
Richard Drew then published two IVOR the ENGINE story-books in hardback
One IVOR the ENGINE ANNUAL was published by Stafford Pemberton Publishing Co. Ltd, in
Six titles were reprinted in hardback by Harper Collins in their "Diamond Children's"
Series in the 1990's
Severnside Wholesalers are now in the process of re-issuing these six books!